Friday, February 20, 2015

Strategic Importance of Overseas Military Bases

Overseas army bases are started from 15 centuries when European countries started capturing, countries in different continents. British were the highest number of overseas military bases. Most of the European countries had overseas bases but British, French and German had largest number of that.

After First World War US also join them but after second world war most of the countries got freedom .European and American were also present in most of the countries in Africa and Middle East for their own strategic interest.

US forces deployment in different countries
Overs eases military bases has many advantages as well as disadvantage but, this bases provide strategic advantages to their parent country. In cold war period US and NATO forces mainly existed in Africa and middle east the main reason was to look after all Soviet movement in those area also they want to protect their petroleum root. Pakistan Air base of America used in cold war period to regularly flying their black bird plane for secrete operation in USSR.
 French Army in Central Asia




 British Forces in Afghanistan
Russian  Hovercraft in CIS country
This bases also helpful for secret service operation. Some countries directly create their army base in overs eases some were using different tricks. Like Chinese were not directly place their army, Air force or Navy in any other country but they used electronic surveillance system. Suppose Chinese helped many countries to create port and base with modern technology. The gadgets which were using in those area are basically due use technology, this help existing country mechanically and side provide many secrete information of that area and near about area to China.

Indian Destroyer in Oman port

MIG 29 of IAF from Fakrur in Kajakisthan

Indian Govt. provide a gift to Vietnam a barren island in Indian Ocean by Nehru or Indira Govt.,Lateran Vietnam gave that island in lease to Chinese for commercial use but Chinese Secrete service place the sophisticated surveillance system in all that Island.

American forces mostly doing joint exercise with friendly countries. Last eight years back they did same exercise with Indian forces in Far East India. After such exercise Indian technical secret service from RAW were finding many surveillance equipment’s placed on those area.


Chinese surveillance system or technical army base are present in total Indian Ocean region. Not only has that Chinese surveillance system also presented in all those area where Chinese company or Chinese equipment’s were used.

Pakistan also had military base overseas but not as like west. Pakistan special commandos provide security to most of the Royal families in Middle East and for that Pakistan army persons were present there. Pakistan also provide defence technical support to many middle east countries as well as Srilanka . Pakistan navy staff also present in Oman for technical support as well as anti-piracy operation.

British forces in different countries

 French and British are other two main country has overseas military bases.After the invention of spy satellite system the uses of foreign military bases were reduced but still this bases provide strategic advantage to the parent country.

Afghanistan Army officer graduated in NDA India
India has also overs eases military bases. Fukrur air base in Tajikistan provide access to China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Middle East. Indian army were also present in Afghanistan and provide army training to Bhutan royal army. Indian Navy also send their ship to Oman and some African countries.

Pakistan SAIF Destroyer in Srilanka Port

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan Army joint military Exercise
Russian have also overseas army bases but they were concentrated in pro Soviet countries only. This logistic base also helps to watch any military movement in east Europe as well as East Asia and Middle East. The main advantage from overseas bases was during any secrete operation.