India Girding up its Loins
To counter the emergent Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean, the Government of India has planned to turn the Andaman & Nicobar Islands into a formidable military cantonment replete with Indian Air Force and Indian Navy bases.
Fighters aboard INS Virat at Port Blair after Tsunami
As per a meticulous master plan, the proposed Tri-Service Andaman & Nicobar Command will be put into action, as early as, by the end of 2009. If everything goes by the plan, these paradise islands could be India’s most formidable military outpost in about a decade from now.
By 2020, the magnificent coral islands will see a Nuclear Submarine base in South Andaman, a permanent Sukhoi-30 base at Car Nicobar, a permanent Tactical Aerial Recon base at Campbell Bay, a permanent Aircraft Carrier base and expansion of INS Kardip Advance Naval base in Nicobar.
India’s first floating dock at Port Blair
A dedicated 250 MW Nuclear Power Station on the Islands is also proposed to come up on the island territory, which is of great strategic importance for India. The facility will feed the enormous power requirements that the ambitious Island militarization program will ultimately demand.