China spies on Indian warships as they leave Vietnam after naval exerciseJun 05,2018 SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
China tried to snoop on India Navy warships as they left Vietnam, top sources have told India Today TV. A flotilla on Indian Warships comprising the newly inducted stealth anti-submarine corvette INS Kamorta, a tanker, were leaving Vietnam in the last week of May after exercising with the Vietnamese Navy when they spotted a Chinese warship “tailing them at a safe distance”. The Indian and Vietnamese Navy exercised in the last week of May. “The Indian Navy has had extensive interactions with Vietnam People’s Navy, particularly in the field of training, repairs, maintenance and logistics support aimed at capacity building,” the Indian Navy spokesperson had said. “We knew we were being tailed, but we were on international waters or global commons, and therefore took evasive measures,” top sources told India Today explaining why India took no action. The Indian flotilla was on their last leg of deployment when they noticed the Chinese warship “tailing” them. Earlier, Indian security agencies had warned New Delhi that China had put up its surveillance aircraft in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) to keep an eye on Indian Air Force exercise, Gagan Shakti, that simulated fighting China and Pakistan. The two-week exercise tested the IAF’s ability in the fight in the Eastern front from dispersed airbases to evade threats. Besides radar and sonar signatures India feels China also tried to snoop and collect other electronic signatures of the Indian warships. “These data collected is used for swifter identification of warships,” the officer added.