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Indo-Pacific

Remote Indian Ocean atoll key for U.K., U.S. Indo-Pacific push

Diego Garcia expected to help Royal Navy project strength from base in Oman

LONDON -- A U.K.-U.S. military outpost on a remote atoll in the Indian Ocean is gaining increased strategic significance as the two allies seek to increase their engagement in the Indo-Pacific through initiatives such as the new AUKUS security pact.

Diego Garcia sits in the middle of the ocean, roughly 1,770 km east of the main island of the Seychelles. With a land area of around 44 sq. km, the atoll is the largest and most southerly of the 58 islands in the Chagos Archipelago, known as the British Indian Ocean Territories (BIOT).

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