Naval Commanders’ Conference concludes
The first edition of this year’s biannual Naval Commanders’ Conference was conducted at New Delhi from May 25-28, 2015. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R.K. Dhowan chaired the conference and addressed the Navy’s top leadership on myriad issues including enhancing operational readiness of the commands, infrastructure development, human resources management, coastal security, cyber security in the Indian Navy and foreign cooperation initiatives, amongst others.
Emphasising that combat readiness of the fleet and other operational formations is of prime importance and focused efforts, as hitherto, are required at all levels to ensure sustained growth of the Navy into a formidable multidimensional force, the Admiral complimented all ranks of the Navy in maintaining a high tempo of operations during the last six months, including the response shown during the fresh water crisis in the Maldives and evacuation of people of various nationalities from Yemen.
The indigenisation programme of the Navy was discussed and the CNS stressed that indigenisation of platforms, weapons, sensors and equipment, through DRDO, public and private sectors as also through in-house efforts, should remain an area of focus. He emphasised that the “Roadmap for the Navy’s expansion and growth would continue to remain anchored on self-reliance and indigenisation”. He also urged the naval designers and technical officers to work in close coordination with DRDO so as to develop niche technologies for the future Navy.
During the course of the conference, the CNS released the Maritime Infrastructure Perspective Plan (2015-27) and reviewed progress of various infrastructure projects that are in the pipeline and shall contribute towards capacity building. The need to adopt sustainable green technologies, recycling and waste management to reduce carbon footprint of our bases, in pursuance of the energy goals of our country as also to have ‘zero carbon footprint’ were also stressed by the CNS. An integrated roadmap and action plan to develop ecologically sustainable infrastructure was also released by the CNS. Plans for conduct of International Fleet Review and induction plan for Scorpene submarines were also reviewed by the CNS.
Consolidation and strengthening of the rapidly expanding aviation arm of the Navy was discussed. Deliberations were also held on infrastructure and manning requirements for new induction aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles and enhancement of surveillance in our area of interest.
The CNS reviewed the ‘Coastal Security Construct’ and was satisfied with the steady progress made in strengthening the coastal security apparatus, viz. induction of FICs, ISVs and NC3 I project. He asserted the need to remain ever vigilant and focused towards our coastal security responsibilities, through proactive coordination with other maritime agencies and coastal states. Deliberations were also held to strengthen ‘Cyber Security in the Indian Navy’.
The Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar visited the Siachen Glacier recently and was accompanied by General Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff. They were received at the Siachen Glacier Base Camp by Army Commander Northern Command and General Officer Commanding Fire and Fury Corps.
The Raksha Mantri carried out an aerial survey of the Siachen Glacier and on reaching the Siachen Base Camp laid a floral wreath paying tribute to the martyrs at the Siachen War memorial. He addressed the troops and applauded their efforts for the defence of the country’s frozen frontier and placing the call of duty above all.
The Raksha Mantri thereafter arrived at Leh and interacted with soldiers at the Rinchen Auditorium. He was briefed on the prevailing military situation along the borders of Ladakh.