Myanmar Navy Sees Largest Active-Duty Deployment in Rakhine Conflict

The Myanmar Navy (MN) is undertaking its largest-ever active-duty deployment as a main element in the growing counter-insurgency campaign by the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) in western Rakhine state. The MN’s role increased notably in July, according to local observers and defence analysts, who noted that the monsoon season, which began in June,...

The Myanmar Navy (MN) is undertaking its largest-ever active-duty deployment as a main element in the growing counter-insurgency campaign by the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) in western Rakhine state.

The MN’s role increased notably in July, according to local observers and defence analysts, who noted that the monsoon season, which began in June, had put a growing premium on naval assets deployed in support of operations against the Rakhine nationalist Arakan Army (AA).

The AA-led insurgency, which aims to wrest far-reaching autonomy for the seaboard state, has escalated this year. This, in turn, has led to a large-scale commitment of Tatmadaw air and ground forces, both of which were heavily engaged throughout the dry season.

Source: www.janes.com