Blue Print to India's Amphibious Forces
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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India has seen robust growth in its economy in the recent years. This growth has seen the country slowly emerging as a major player on the global arena. With this new stature have come increased responsibilities, threats, and challenges. These challenges develop rapidly and have seen Indias armed forces operating tempo increase manifold and operate in countries from Lebanon to Indonesia. These include terrorism leading to extra vigilance along Indias coast and island territories, piracy and its threat to Indias energy security, peace-keeping operations, non-combatant evacuation operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations to name a few. Most challenges develop rapidly and call for rapid response and it would be ideal for a composite force, withthe wherewithal and ability to operate independently-both within and at distances from India, to deal with them. The carving out of an independent amphibious force from the existing defense structure would enable India to assemble the ideal force that is capable of operating independently. This independent force would be Indias force in readiness and the first military response prior to induction of additional forces as the circumstances dictate. Therefore there is an urgent need to develop a modern, well equipped, and competent amphibious force that has the advantage of being staged at sea for prolonged duration while a situation is still evolving and capable of being deployed at immediate notice.
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