The Indian Navy has deployed the maritime patrol / anti-submarine warfare aircraft, the P-8I Neptune, to undertake surveillance operation in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Seychelles.

Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between the Governments of India and the Seychelles, the maritime reconnaissance aircraft has been deployed since 20 March.

The aircraft will undertake surveillance operations as well facilitating a professional interaction between the aircrew and the Seychelles People’s Defence Force (SPDF).

“This is the first time that the P8I aircraft has been deployed to Seychelles.”

This deployment will help in preventing illegal activities and piracy, as well as contributing towards security and stability in the Indian Ocean region.

In a press statement, the Indian Ministry of Defense said: "The Indian Navy [IN] has, in the past, undertaken surveillance missions in the Seychellois EEZ twice a year, by deploying IN ships.

"The last such deployment was undertaken by ships of the 1st Training Squadron of the Indian Navy, in October 15.

"This is the first time that the P8I aircraft has been deployed to Seychelles."

Over the last few years, India and Seychelles have been bolstering defense ties.

Recently, Seychelles agreed to allocate land on Assumption Island for India to construct its first naval base in the Indian Ocean region.

Image: Indian Navy’s P-8I aircraft deployed for Seychelles EEZ surveillance. Photo: courtesy of Indian Navy.