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After naval base in Minicoy, India building jetty in Androth


NEW DELHI: In a bid to strengthen its presence and assets in the strategically positioned Lakshadweep and

Minicoy islands

in the Indian Ocean Region, the

Indian Coast Guard

(ICG) is building a new


at the

Androth island

which will enable it to position new and larger ships to keep an eye on the region.

The ICG said it expects to commission the jetty “shortly”.

The coastguard is also planning to build an

air enclave

at the Minicoy islands from where it will be able to keep an eye on the entire region nearby using its Dornier aircraft and ALH Dhruv choppers.

The ICG has also deployed its radars, ships and coastal defence infrastructure to protect the area.
A small naval base, INS Jatayu, will be commissioned at Minicoy on March 6, as part of the government’s plan to incrementally boost military presence and security infrastructure in the Arabian Sea.
(With inputs from agencies)

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