The naval detachment was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command.
The setting up of a naval detachment will extend India’s naval presence at Androth Island, provide communication network connectivity with the mainland, enable monitoring of Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOC) and function as an observance and reporting organisation, besides helping in radar surveillance.
“Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands occupy a strategic location in the Arabian Sea. A number of shipping lanes pass close to these islands. Setting up of a Naval Detachment at Androth Island will enhance the navy’s reach and surveillance, and contribute significantly to strengthen maritime security and stability,” Vice Admiral Luthra said.
A number of infrastructure facilities at naval units on Kavaratti, Minicoy, Agatti and Androth islands are also being progressively upgraded, said a statement from the navy.
The naval detachment at Kavaratti was commissioned as a naval establishment, INS Dweeprakshak in 2012.
Suitable ships are also being based at the islands to provide enhanced surveillance and immediate response capability, the navy said.