Diego Garcia

Diego Garcia is coral atoll located south of the equator in the central Indian Ocean in the British Indian Ocean Territory. The United States was developing Diego Garcia as a strong American military base in Indian Ocean. America felt that this is necessary for maintaining peace in Asia and India strongly opposed this because it is a threat to India’s peace interests. Today U.S. operates a large naval ship and submarine support base, military air base, communications and space tracking facilities, and an anchorage for pre-positioned military supplies for regional operations aboard Military Sealift Command ships in the lagoon. This was a major issue till a few years back. However, between 2001 and 2004 some naval exercise between India and US were carried out at Diego Garcia.

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