Navy Chief on Self-Re­liance

At the cus­tom­ary Navy Day press con­fer­ence held at New Delhi, Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral D.K. Joshi gave up­dates of var­i­ous In­dian Navy pro­grammes, in­clud­ing the P-8I which is go­ing great, the re­cently is­sued RFP for MRMR and Ari­hant likely to be in

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There has been no pi­rate at­tack re­ported within 450 nau­ti­cal miles of our coast in the last two years,” said the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Ad­mi­ral D.K. Joshi, while also call­ing for reg­u­la­tions to check the in­ci­dences of pri­vate float­ing ar­mouries and the pri­vate armed guards op­er­at­ing close to In­dian waters. Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence ahead of the Navy Day on De­cem­ber 3, the Navy Chief said that the float­ing ar­mouries could per­pe­trate at­tacks sim­i­lar to 26/11. “Ad­verse fall­out of piracy of se­ri­ous con­cern is the largely un­reg­u­lated car­riage of armed guards on­board mer­chant ships. There are scores of ships op­er­at­ing as float­ing ar­mouries, out­side any coastal state ju­ris­dic­tion. Lack of any pro­vi­sions to deal with such ves­sels or armed per­son­nel ham­pers le­gal ac­tions. We have rec­om­mended that this ne­ces­si­tates for­mu­la­tion of a reg­u­la­tory frame­work by the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IMO).”

Ex­press­ing sat­is­fac­tion at In­dia’s ef­fort at self-re­liance, the Navy Chief said that the Navy is proud that all 45 ships and sub­marines, which are cur­rently on or­der for In­dian Navy, are be­ing con­structed in In­dia in both pub­lic as well as pri­vate ship­yards. “Launch of Vikrant, at­tain­ment of crit­i­cal­ity of Ari­hant’s nu­clear re­ac­tor and its im­pend­ing sea tri­als, in­duc­tion of Shiva­lik class stealth frigates, on­go­ing tri­als of Kolkata, the lead ship of Project 15 A stealth de­stroy­ers, have demon­strated the strength of our re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D), naval de­sign and in­dus­try. The syn­ergy be­tween Navy, the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) and in­dus­try has en­hanced the pace, quan­tum and qual­ity of in­di­geni­sa­tion. Glob­ally very few se­lect coun­tries con­struct their own ships, air­craft car­ri­ers and sub­marines, in­clud­ing nu­clear ones, and this achieve­ment is a mat­ter of na­tional pride.”

The launch of GSAT-7 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ISRO), a ded­i­cated satel­lite for Navy un­der project Ruk­mani is a land­mark achieve­ment in en­hance­ment of our blue-wa­ter net­worked op­er­a­tions. We are also sup­port­ing ISRO in the Mars Mis­sion through Naval teams em­barked on ships cur­rently in the South Pa­cific.”

Ex­plain­ing fur­ther to a ques­tion on self-re­liance raised by Jayant Baran­wal, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief, SP’s M.A.I, CNS said that a lot of money needs to be in­vested in R&D and the in­dus­try has to show in­ter­est. “Our en­thu­si­asm is 100 per cent, the in­dus­try has to re­spond.” In the three op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties re­quired for a ship—“float, move and fight”—he said “we have 100 per cent ca­pa­bil­ity in the first cat­e­gory, some­thing to be re­ally proud of; while a lot of im­prove­ment is needed in the ‘move’ and ‘fight’ cat­e­gories.” Giv­ing de­tails on In­dia’s self-re­liance ef­forts, Vice Ad­mi­ral N.N. Ku­mar, the Chief of Ma­te­rial, In­dian Navy, in­formed SP’s that the In­dian Navy, DRDO, the Bharat Elec­tron­ics Lim­ited (BEL) and in­dus­try are work­ing to­gether on many pro­grammes; Pi­pavav is work­ing on five off­shore pa­trol ves­sels (OPVs), and Larsen and Toubro (L&T) on tor­pedo tubes and rocket launch­ers.

Re­ply­ing to a ques­tion on coastal se­cu­rity by Jayant Baran­wal, the Navy Chief in­formed that the costal se­cu­rity mea­sures taken at present are at a vastly im­proved stage and much of the hard­ware for the coastal se­cu­rity net­work has al­ready fruc­ti­fied. As re­gards reg­is­tra­tion of the fish­ing ves­sels, he said that the process is on. He as­sured that the Navy con­tin­ues to main­tain en­hanced vigil across the en­tire spec­trum of In­dia’s mar­itime in­ter­ests, in­clud­ing coastal se­cu­rity and is en­hanc­ing its pre­pared­ness grad­u­ally. “Coastal se­cu­rity re­mains a key fo­cus area for us. With reg­u­lar ex­er­cises and set­ting up of Joint Op­er­a­tions

Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral D.K. Joshi at the In­dian Navy Day press con­fer­ence held at New Delhi

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