The Indian Navy is preparing to set up a naval base in the Lakshadweep Islands as part of its efforts to strengthen the country’s coastal security amidst increased pirate activity in the region.

A senior official said work had already started and the naval base would be operational within the next two years.

The base will be expanded in a phased manner and will enhance the presence of the navy and act as a deterrent against pirates, according to Daily News Analysis.

As part of navy’s measures to enhance coastal security efforts, a coast guard district headquarters in Kavaratti and a station in Minicoy have recently been launched in the Lakshadweep Islands.

India has also been deploying its frigates and destroyers in the Gulf of Aden to maintain its presence in the troubled waters since November 2008.