(…) Thus any chance of Mahe becoming a prospective naval base seems to be a remote possibility. Though the stationing of troops has raised doubts about China’s “military base” in Seychelles which might lead to an increase in Chinese influence in the region surpassing that of the US in Africa. Nonetheless, China is not the only country which has stationed troops, an Indian Dornier surveillance aircraft (under construction) was given to the SPDF for maritime surveillance within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in February, 2011. In addition two Chetak maritime choppers were provided to fight against sea pirates. India hails the Seychelles efforts to combat piracy and has initiated a series of maritime operations to check piracy. In 2009 US Africa Command (AFRICOM) had put together a US military base in Seychelles. American military drone had earlier been used to monitor piracy off the East African coast.