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Cementing Indo-Myanmar ties: Myanmar to procure its 1st submarine 'INS Sindhuvir' from India!

By Priti Kumari

Countering China's growing influence in the South-East Asian region, India revives its 'Act East Policy' by pledging to lease a Kilo-class(out of 9) submarine INS Sindhuvir(S58) to Myanmar Navy.

Addressing the media, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, "Cooperation in the maritime domain is a part of our diverse and enhanced engagement with Myanmar. In this context, India will be delivering a kilo class submarine INS Sindhuvir to Myanmar Navy. This is in accordance with our vision of SAGAR - Security and Growth for All in the Region, and also in line with our commitment to building capacities and self-reliance in our neighbouring countries".

Indeed, INS Sindhuvir is a Sindhughosh - class submarine with 300m diving and 3000 tonnes displacement capacity. It was commissioned on 26 August 1988. Before its delivery to Myanmar, it went to refit at Hindustan shipyard. It's important to note that the two neighbours share a land boundary of 1,640 km and maritime boundary of 725 km. Besides this, from ancient times, we have cultural ties. In a bid to boost up relations with Myanmar, India is constructing the Kaldan Multi-Modal Transit Transport for connecting Kolkata with Sitwee in Myanmar.

This stance of India came amid the escalating border tensions between India and China. Certainly, India's move is quite commendable as far as India's naval diplomacy is concerned.

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