The Indian Navy has expanded its deployment of frontline warships and submarines in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

India had deployed its warships in the IOR amid border clashes with China in the Galwan Valley in June that led to the death of 20 Indian Army personnel.

With the aim of sending out a strong message to China, the government has taken a multi-pronged approach involving three defence forces, reported PTI, citing defence sources.

An undisclosed defence source was quoted by the news agency as saying: “Yes, our message has been registered by China.”

It was further reported that there was no visible increase in forays by Chinese vessels in the IOR.

According to a PTI report, this could be because of an increase in the deployment of ships by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in the South China Sea following tensions with the US over territorial disputes.

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The Indian Navy recently conducted exercises with naval forces of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and French Navy in the IOR to enhance regional security.

Earlier this month, the US Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz (CVN 68), along with its Carrier Strike Group (CSG), conducted a passing exercise (Passex) with the Indian Navy.

The CSG was deployed to the Indian Ocean in support of an open Indo-Pacific free from influence.

After the Galwan Valley clashes, the IAF deployed fighter jets, including Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar and Mirage 2000 aircraft in Ladakh airbases.