India Sending High-powered Boats to Match Heavier Chinese Vessels While Patrolling Ladakh Lake

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New Delhi: In a move to counter the Chinese vessels patrolling the Pangong Tso, Indian Navy is sending a dozen high-powered, bigger capacity and top of the line surveillance equipped steel boats to Ladakh so that the Indian Army can patrol Pangong Tso lake and match the heavier Type 928 B vessels of the Chinese Army.

The Pangong Tso lake is at the centre of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aggression in East Ladakh with the Chinese bullying India into ceding territory on both the banks and deliberately pushing the Modi government into retaliatory mode.

While the third senior military commander level talks stretched late into Tuesday night at Chushul, the word out is that they were held in cordial atmosphere with both the Leh Corps Commander and his Xinjiang Military district counterpart discussing the specifics of de-escalation and dis-engagement along the 3488 km Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The decision to send steel hulled boats to Pangong Tso was taken by the tri-services this week with the Navy asked to transport the vessels through C-17 heavy lift transporters to Leh on a priority basis. Apart from signalling Indian intent to stand up strong to any Chinese provocation, the heavier vessels will not be pushed around in the water by PLA boat fleet. Even though there are some logistical issues in transporting the huge boats by plane, solutions are being worked out by both Indian Navy and Army.

The Indian Navy is forwardly deployed on its eastern and western seaboards with its naval fleets monitoring the movement of ships from Andamans Sea to Persian Gulf to prevent any untoward activity.

While ostensibly China is talking peace and disengagement in the East Ladakh, it is quite evident to Indian national security planners that the PLA is actually consolidating on the four stand-off points along the 1597 KM LAC in the western sector.

The amassing of troops in the Galwan sector, the building of road at Gogra point, the upgradation of communications at Hot Springs and the massive infra push at the Pangong Tso all shows that the PLA has no intentions to restore status quo ante. Instead, the PLA is hell-bent on provoking Indian Army by trying to nibble more territory and force an escalation on the border.

The Modi government has given Indian military a free hand to deal with the situation on the border as China has decided to turn the difference on the LAC into permanent dispute. The Indian troops and air force are all standing up to the PLA but will not initiate escalation on their own but only responds to the Chinese aggression. Just like 2001 Operation Parakram, Indian Forces are prepared to wait till such time status quo ante is restored in East Ladakh.

2 comments

  • Honble Sir,
    We are boat builder’s in Kolkata, as a Indian National who loves his motherland and wishes to be of service to the Country, request you to kindly consider procuring FRP speed boats of 9m which could be used for patrolling and can comfortably carry 15 personnel with fire arms at an reasonably good speed of 30 to 35 knots fitted with 250HP 4 stroke outboard motors.
    We are also willing to earmark part of our factory for the Defense Establishment which is on the bank of river Hooghly.
    Our company is a very old establishment and we are operating since 1963 i.e. 57 years, we have earlier built and delivered FRP speed boats to Easter Command, Northern Command, as well as Western Command.
    Regards.

  • Honble Sir,
    We are boat builder’s in Kolkata, as a Indian National who loves his motherland and wishes to be of service to the Country, request you to kindly consider procuring FRP speed boats of 9m which could be used for patrolling and can comfortably carry 15 personnel with fire arms at an reasonably good speed of 30 to 35 knots fitted with twin 250HP 4 stroke outboard motors.
    We are also willing to earmark part of our factory for the Defense Establishment which is on the bank of river Hooghly.
    Our company is a very old establishment and we are operating since 1963 i.e. 57 years, we have earlier built and delivered FRP speed boats to Easter Command, Northern Command, as well as Western Command.
    Regards.

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