India deploys INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea amid the China-Pak naval drill

NEW DELHI: India has deployed its aircraft carrier in China at the same time and Pakistan They are doing a nine-day mega naval exercise in the region, a movement seen as New Delhi sending a signal to its two neighbors.

Senior naval headquarters officers were aboard the aircraft carrier when it was deployed on the strategic mission, military sources told PTI.

Pakistan and China on Monday launched a major drill in the North Arabian Sea with an aim to increase inter-operability and strategic cooperation between their two navies.

The exercise 'Sea Guardians' is taking place in the midst of heightened tension between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue. Key platforms of both China and Pakistan , including submarines, destroyers and frigates are part of the exercise.

The INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier, with MiG29K fighters on board, has been shipped with a strategic objective, sources said.

China is developing Pakistan 's deep water Gwadar port in North Arabian Sea and has ramped up its military presence in the region, triggering concerns in India.

Gwadar is being connected through the over USD 60 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to China's Xinjiang province, providing a key land route to China to access the warm waters of Arabian Sea.

The Arabian Sea provides entrance to the Indian Ocean where China has built a logistics base in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.