New Delhi: In a bid to boost its defence base and appear robust on security challenge from China, Indian Army has decided to develop an Amphibious Brigade.

“The amphibious brigade of the Army has been undergoing training for over a year at Thiruvananthapuram and will be formally launched by the Defence Minister next month,” according to Defence Ministry official.

For this, 91 Infantry Brigade would be turned into the Amphibious Brigade whereas 54 Infantry Divisions would be trained as ‘Rapid Amphibious Force’.

According to the Army officials, the Rapid Amphibious Force will be trained to go through tough border areas even by crossing water to check suspected activities. The amphibious force will also discharge emergency operations out of their work area, officials said.

It should be mentioned that a Cabinet committee on security passed an Army project of Rs 2000 crore for making eight Landing Craft Utility warships, last week.

The recent activities in border areas adjacent to China have raised security concern of India.

Analysing whole thing, strategic analyst Commodore (retired) Uday Bhaskar said, “South China Sea is of great strategic importance for India.”