The Times of India has reported that the Indian Navy
is strengthening its ties with key maritime nations in the Indian Ocean region
and has long-term plans to get over 60 warships in keeping with its emergence as a major power in South Asia.
After having conducted joint exercises during this year with the navies of US, Russia and France, the Indian Navy had signed pacts with Thailand and Indonesia to carry out coordinated patrols in regional waters.
It is said that the navy chief also disclosed that his force had ordered 27 warships ranging from patrol boats to frigates and had in-principle clearance from the government for 36 more vessels.