In October 2015, the Indian navy released a document entitled Ensuring Secure Seas: Indian Maritime Security Strategy (IMMS-2015). In contrast to its more conservative predecessor, Freedom to Use the Seas: India's Maritime Military Strategy, published in 2007, the new strategic document propounds a more assertive role for the Indian navy over the next ten years. To that end, New Delhi seeks to build up a force structure centered on three aircraft carriers, each of which would form the nucleus of a carrier battle group (CBG).
Ho, Ben Wan Beng
"The Aircraft Carrier in Indian Naval Doctrine,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 71
, Article 6.
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