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New Naval Air Base 'INS Kohassa' at Diglipur commissioned

New Naval Air Base 'INS Kohassa' at Diglipur commissioned

Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will commission the new Naval Air Base ‘INS Kohassa’ at Diglipur in Andaman and Nicobar Islands on 23 Jan.

The new airbase in the northernmost part of the Andaman Nicobar Islands will be used for both Defence and civil aircraft.

Probable reasons behind INS Kohassa

It is India’s 3rd air base in small island of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It will be used for surveillance of Chinese ships and submarines entering the Indian Ocean through Malacca Strait.

India is concerned about the Chinese investments in Pakistan and Sri Lankan commercial ports.

About 1,20,000 ships pass through the Indian Ocean each year and nearly 70,000 of them pass through the Malacca Strait.

A Chinese submarine docked in Sri Lanka’s Colombo port in 2014 that drew such alarm and Indian government raised the issue with the Sri Lankan authorities.

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