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The ex­plo­sion in INS

Sind­hu­rak­shak along with var­i­ous other dis­clo­sures per­tain­ing to the In­dian Navy shows how dis­mal the coun­try’s de­fence pre­pared­ness is (“That Sink­ing Feel­ing”, Au­gust 26). It seems that in the ab­sence of ad­e­quate in­dige­nous fa­cil­i­ties for de­fence pro­duc­tion, in­clud­ing warship con­struc­tion, In­dia has to de­pend on for­eign sup­pli­ers. That has its lim­i­ta­tions like mid­dle­man cor­rup­tion and de­lay in sup­ply which ul­ti­mately af­fect the ef­fi­ciency of the naval ser­vices. We must im­prove in­dige­nous fa­cil­i­ties so that it the In­dian Navy can be­come self- suf­fi­cient and not de­pend on out­side help.

RAN­JIT SINHA, Kolkata In 2006, the then pres­i­dent APJ Ab­dul Kalam, the supreme com­man­der of the In­dian armed forces, proudly rode the INS Sind­hu­rak­shak. To­day, the same sub­ma­rine lies stricken at the Mum­bai dock­yard. The In­dian Navy has to re­fine its stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures in deal­ing with arms and am­mu­ni­tion. It also needs to prac­tice its mo­bil­i­sa­tion schemes re­al­is­ti­cally and sharpen its cri­sis man­age­ment drills.

R. D. SINGH, Am­bala

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