The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions. It is bounded by Asia including India, after which the ocean is named on the north, on the west by Africa, on the east by Australia, and on the south by the Southern Ocean. The major choke points include Bab el Mandeb, Strait of Hormuz, the Lombok Strait, the Strait of Malacca and the Palk Strait.

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