Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Context: Indian Navy Dornier maritime patrol aircraft and an Indian Air Force (IAF) C-130 transport aircraft visited Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands (CKI) in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands (CKI) (red circled)
Cocos (Keeling) Islands (CKI) (red circled)
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About Coco Islands 

  • CKI is an Australian external territory located in the Indian Ocean, approximately 3,000 km north-west of Perth in western Australia.
  • It comprises two coral atolls made up of 27 smaller islands of which only two – West Island and Home Island – are inhabited.
  • It is a small archipelago approximately midway between Australia and Sri Lanka and relatively close to the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
  • The territory’s Malay name is Pulu Kokos (Keeling).
  • The Cocos Islands are strategically important because of their proximity to shipping lanes in the Indian and Pacific oceans.
  • It can be an important base for refuelling and Operational Turnaround for the Indian military, especially once the runway there is expanded to accommodate large aircraft like the P-8 long range maritime patrol aircraft.

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