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.

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