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Chinese Analysts Express Unease Over New Delhi’s Naval Surge in the Arabian Sea

File image of the Indian guided missile destroyer INS Kolkata that is now on patrol in the Arabian Sea in a bid to deter Houthi attacks against ships in the Red Sea. Public domain image via the U.S. Navy.

The Indian Navy has deployed an unprecedented number of warships to the Arabian Sea to join the multinational effort protecting civilian vessels coming under attack from Houthi militants based in Yemen.

Although India is not a formal member of the U.S.-led coalition that’s launching counter-attacks on targets in Yemen, the Indian Navy is playing a major role in the campaign to stabilize maritime traffic in the region with the deployment of at least 12 advanced warships along with surveillance aircraft to the Gulf of Aden and the northern and western Arabian Sea.

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