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Warning Signal To India? Chinese Navy Carries Out Live-Fire Drill In Indian Ocean

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| August 26 , 2017 , 12:41 IST

A Chinese naval formation conducted a live-fire drill in the waters of the western Indian Ocean. The drill was carried out in order to improve the fleet performance of China's Navy.

The drill held in the maritime region near India started by targeting “enemy” surface ships. It is the first naval drill to be publicised by China in the Indian Ocean where the Indian navy is influential and can be interpreted as an aggressive military posturing by China.

People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been carrying out various well-publicised drills in the Tibet Autonomous Region, close to Sino-India border ever since the two countries' the border troops had a military standoff in June near the Sikkim boundary at Donglang.

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The exercise lasted several days and two of PLA Navy’s front-running battle ships including destroyer Changchun and guided-missile frigate Jinzhou took part in the drill. The exact location and time of the drill have not been revealed.

The report released by an official news agency mentioned, "Chinese naval formation consisting of the destroyer Changchun, guided-missile frigate Jinzhou and supply vessel Chaohu conducted a live-fire drill in the waters of the western Indian Ocean."

Chen Denan, Chief of staff of the Chinese fleet quoted, "The fleet carried out strikes against ‘enemy’ surface ships and completed transverse replenishment of fuel and drinking water during an exercise that lasted for several days. The drill is aimed at improving the ships’ performance under real combat circumstances."

The fleet is apparently on its way to a half-year friendship visit to countries, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania and has also conducted joint exercises with foreign navies from 10 countries since its voyage starting on April 23. Earlier a similar drill was conducted in the east Indian Ocean region.

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The exercise which was carried out in February, missile destroyer Haikou had placed floating targets as enemy ships along its way, and attacked the “red force,” missile destroyer Changsha.

The Chinese exercise follows India, the US and Japan navies' recent Malabar Naval exercises held in the Indian Ocean.

China’s first homegrown aircraft carrier is "very likely to start its first sea trials in autumn, as its manufacturer announced that it will present key achievements as a tribute to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC)."

The new carrier which is the first domestically-built one came after the Liaoning, a refitted former Soviet Union-made carrier that was put into commission in the Navy of the Chinese PLA in 2012.