CNS: In­dian Navy is on the thresh­old of trans­for­ma­tion

SP's MAI - - FRONT PAGE - [ By Rear Ad­mi­ral Sushil Ram­say (Retd)

D] ur­ing the an­nual Navy Day press con­fer­ence on De­cem­ber 3, 2015, Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, ad­dressed a host of is­sues in­clud­ing the op­er­a­tional readi­ness of the In­dian Navy, in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, hu­man re­sources man­age­ment, coastal se­cu­rity, cy­ber se­cu­rity, for­eign co­op­er­a­tion ini­tia­tives, joint ex­er­cises, etc.

He re­it­er­ated that the In­dian Ocean has emerged as the world’s cen­tre of grav­ity as 80 per cent of the oil and trade that em­anates from the In­dian Ocean re­gion (IOR) is ex­tra-re­gional in na­ture. This im­plies that any im­ped­i­ments to the free move­ment of oil or trade through IOR will have an im­pact not just on the economies of the re­gion, but the global econ­omy as well. The In­dian Navy which is the world’s fifth largest navy, has oner­ous re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to be the net se­cu­rity provider in the mar­itime do­main of in­ter­est to In­dia. The In­dian Navy is em­pow­er­ing In­dia with mar­itime se­cu­rity to safe­guard its as­sets em­ployed for the eco­nomic growth of the coun­try. The In­dian Navy is on the thresh­old of trans­for- ma­tion through con­tin­u­ous con­sol­i­da­tion of its ca­pa­bil­i­ties through in­di­geni­sa­tion. The blueprint of the In­dian Navy is firmly an­chored on self-reliance and in­di­geni­sa­tion. To­wards this ob­jec­tive science and tech­nol­ogy road map and in­fra­struc­ture plans to meet the fu­tur­is­tic re­quire­ments have been promulgated and dis­sem­i­nated widely to the in­dige­nous in­dus­try for its greater par­tic­i­pa­tion. This vi­sion is di­rectly in line with the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive of the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

With the aim to show­case the In­dian Navy, foster a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the navies of the world and share best op­er­a­tional prac­tices, the In­ter­na­tional Fleet Re­view is sched­uled at Visakha­p­at­nam in Fe­bru­ary 2016. A scin­til­lat­ing video clip­ping on the forth­com­ing pres­ti­gious event was show­cased for the au­di­ence. This was fol­lowed by yet an­other video clip­ping demon­strat­ing the an­nual round-up of the In­dian Navy and its grow­ing prow­ess.

He high­lighted mea­sures ini­ti­ated in main­tain­ing a high tempo of oper­a­tions with In­dian Navy ships de­ployed at ex­tended ranges from In­dian coasts, span­ning from the South China Sea and Sea of Ja­pan in the east to the Per­sian Gulf and the At­lantic Ocean in the west and at the same time re­main­ing fo­cused on mar­itime and

coastal se­cu­rity in close li­ai­son with other na­tional au­thor­i­ties and agen­cies. He also high­lighted that trans­for­ma­tion has taken place with the in­duc­tion of MiG-29K, Boe­ing P-8I, Vikra­ma­ditya, newer and pow­er­ful sur­face and sub­sur­face plat­form par­tic­i­pat­ing in net­worked the­atre level op­er­a­tional readi­ness ex­er­cise net­worked through ded­i­cated naval satel­lite Ruk­mini.

He also gave a de­tailed re­sume on the mea­sures ini­ti­ated and progress made to­wards pro­vid­ing seam­less coastal se­cu­rity. 87 Au­to­matic Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem sta­tions have been net­worked to pro­vide data through 46 coastal radar sta­tions. Reg­u­lar coastal se­cu­rity ex­er­cises have been con­ducted net­worked through 51 nodes of IMAC at Gur­gaon.

Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan dur­ing the Navy Day press con­fer­ence in New Delhi on De­cem­ber 3, 2015

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