Growing Submarine Competition in the Bay of Bengal

The Bay of Bengal is an enclosed ocean space part of the Indian Ocean that leads to the key choke points in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) – the Malacca Straits amongst others which connect the Indian and the Pacific Ocean. Traditionally the Indian Navy dominates this vast sea space, however there is increasing competition especially with acquisition of submarines by Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand and growing presence of the China People’s Liberation Army  Navy [PLAN] in these waters. Navies of the Indo Pacific are also increasingly carrying out submarine based exercises which include the U.S. Australian, Japanese and the Singapore Navy. While India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Singapore are littoral nations the presence of extra littoral powers with their submarines in these waters is likely to be a cause of much concern in the years ahead................

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