US Navy warships entered into Indian waters without Indian permission; Navigation expedition started near Lakshadweep
The US Navy's warship entered the Lakshadweep Islands group within the Special Economic Zone of India. Here, the US Navy started a naval independence campaign in the Indian waters near the Lakshadweep archipelago. This campaign was started on April 7. The US Navy says that it did so under the 'Freedom of Navigation Operation'. It is believed that this move by Washington may affect Indo-US relations.
On April 7, 2021, the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) said, without India's permission, that its special economic zone was almost west of the Lakshadweep archipelago, without the permission of India, in a statement issued by the commander of the Seventh Fleet of America. Started the Naval Rights and Freedom Campaign 130 nautical miles away. This was done under international law. Under the Naval Freedom Campaign, India has the right and freedom to use the law of the sea by challenging the excessive maritime claims of India through international recognition laws.
Permission from India is to be taken before entering Indian territory
This statement by the US Navy will be worrying for New Delhi, as the US is one of India's closest strategic partners. Both countries have opposed China's maritime expansionary attitude in the South China Sea. At the same time, India and America keep doing naval exercises throughout the year. Please tell that prior permission has to be taken for a military exercise or expedition in India's special economic zone or subcontinental area.
Government of India did not comment
At the same time, no comment has been made on this matter from the Indian Navy and the Ministry of External Affairs. It is worth noting that in February this year, the meeting of the Quad Group, its member countries took a pledge that they would insist on mutual cooperation and to create an open and free Indo-Pacific region. Freedom of navigation and territorial integrity will be supported for this. Let us know that the quad group includes America, India, Japan and Australia. Its purpose is to end China's growing aggression in the Indo-Pacific region.