Naval Alternative Operation Base (NAOB)

The Indian Navy has proposed to construct a Naval Alternative Operation Base (NAOB) in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Key Points

  • The NAOB would be designed to dock a fleet of 12 nuclear-powered missile vessels of the Indian Navy.
  • In addition to it, the Navy has proposed to construct “Submarine Pens” which act as bunkers to hide submarines thereby avoiding them being spied by satellite.
  • The NAOB has been given prime precedence by the State authorities, together with the three ports proposed at Machilipatnam Ramayapatnam, and Bhavanapadu at an estimated cost of Rs 10,000 crore.
  • The Eastern Base of Indian Navy had earlier in 2016 requested the Government of Andhra Pradesh to notify the certain parts of AP coastal line to Indian Navy.

Andhra Pradesh Government Agrees to give 27 km Vizag Coastline to Indian Navy

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has agreed to give a coastal stretch of 27 km for setting up the NAOB. The 27 km stretch to be provided is the coastline at Visakhapatnam's Nakkapalli. This move is seen as diplomatically sensitive in the backdrop of tension between Indian and China.

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Written by IAS POINT

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