Indian Navy has deployed a P 8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft to Seychelles since 20 Mar 16, for surveillance in Exclusive Economic Zone of Seychelles, as per MoU between ndian and Seychelles governments.
Earlier also, Navy has undertaken surveillance missions in the Seychellois EEZ twice a year, by deploying it's ships.
Last time such deployment was undertaken in October 15 by Indian Navy, in Oct 15. This is the first time that the P8I aircraft has been deployed to the country.
Aircraft will remain deployed till March 23, 2016. During this period,the aircraft will undertake surveillance of the Seychellois EEZ.
Deployment of aircraft shows India’s commitment towards ensuring the security of Seychellois EEZ.
Deployment would assist in curbing illegal activities and contribute towards security and stability in the Indian Ocean Region.