We are fo­cused on en­sur­ing a pos­i­tive mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment in the re­gion: CNS

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

The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba on the eve of Navy Day launched the re­de­vel­oped In­dian Navy’s re­cruit­ment web­site, along with an of­fi­cial app, to sim­plify the ap­pli­ca­tion process to join the In­dian Navy. Ap­pli­cants will need to reg­is­ter on the web­site and will re­ceive au­to­mated op­por­tu­nity and ap­pli­ca­tion-pro­cess­ing alerts. Ap­pli­ca­tions will be made com­pletely pa­per­less within two months of the launch. No­tably, ap­pli­cants in re­mote places would be able to ap­ply for the In­dian Navy uti­liz­ing the ex­ist­ing net­work of 1.45 lakh Cus­tomer Ser­vice Cen­tres, with whom the In­dian Navy has signed an MoU.

Ad­dress­ing his first press con­fer­ence as CNS, Ad­mi­ral Lanba men­tioned the se­cu­rity sce­nario in the im­me­di­ate neigh­bour­hood. In this sce­nario, the In­dian Navy has holis­ti­cally re­viewed its de­ploy­ment phi­los­o­phy to proac­tively de­ter any men­ace that may threaten In­dia’s sovereignty. The Navy has over 40 ships, four sub­marines, and 12 air­craft de­ployed in the In­dian penin­su­lar and is­land ter­ri­to­ries. The op­er­a­tional phi­los­o­phy, war-fight­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and com­bat tac­tics of both the fleets are con­stantly been tested through a se­ries of sea ex­er­cises.

It is In­dian Navy’s prime re­spon­si­bil­ity to safe­guard na­tional mar­itime in­ter­ests and to shape a favourable and pos­i­tive mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment in the In­dian Ocean re­gion. The CNS stated: “To­wards this end, our ships have es­tab­lished a wide op­er­a­tional foot­print car­ry­ing the na­tion’s tri­colour across the In­dian Ocean re­gion, and even be­yond over the last year.”

The In­dian Navy has ac­corded the high­est pri­or­ity to In­dia’s neigh­bour­hood in keep­ing with the gov­ern­ment’s ‘Neigh­bour­hood First’ pol­icy. “Our ships have vis­ited var­i­ous ports and en­gaged with navies of coun­tries in the Bay of Ben­gal, South­east Asia, Sri Lanka and Mal­dives in 2016,” he said. He men­tioned the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Fleet Re­view (IFR) at Visakha­p­at­nam in Fe­bru­ary this year. He said that the In­dian Navy’s en­deav­our to pro­mote mar­itime part­ner­ships for com­mon ben­e­fit of the global com­mu­nity was achieved with tremen­dous suc­cess dur­ing the IFR 2016. This event, he said, is of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance has en­abled the Navy to bring di­verse na­tions on a com­mon plat­form to en­gage mean­ing­fully for se­cur­ing the mar­itime do­main.

CNS Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba said: “The In­dian Navy had trained al­most 1,000 per­son­nel from over 40 navies in our train­ing es­tab­lish­ments, con­tin­ued to de­ploy our ships and air­craft for EEZ pa­trols off Mal­dives, Sey­chelles and Mau­ri­tius, and pro­vi­sioned ships, air­craft, he­li­copters and sim­u­la­tors, to friendly re­gional navies. Herein, I must high­light that our ad­vanced light he­li­copter de­ployed to Mal­dives with our crew, has un­der­taken mul­ti­ple mis­sions, in­clud­ing med­i­cal evac­u­a­tions and search and res­cue in Mal­dives.

“Our grow­ing na­tional se­cu­rity needs dic­tate that we em­brace joint­ness and re­spond more ef­fec­tively in a com­pos­ite man­ner to ad­dress present and fu­ture chal­lenges. With this foun­da­tional prin­ci­ple, the In­dian Navy, along with the In­dian Army and the In­dian Air Force, has con­ducted a se­ries of joint ex­er­cises this year, in­volv­ing sev­eral air­craft from the IAF as well as In­dian Army units.”

The CNS elab­o­rated: “As far as coastal se­cu­rity is con­cerned, with sup­port from the Na­tional Com­mit­tee for Strength­en­ing Mar­itime and Coastal Se­cu­rity (NCSMCS), we have brought mul­ti­ple agen­cies of the gov­ern­ment to­gether. This has en­abled con­sol­i­da­tion of our com­bined ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Con­se­quently, our op­er­a­tional readi­ness to se­cure our coastal and offshore re­gions has sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved.”

The year 2016 has wit­nessed sig­nif­i­cant ca­pa­bil­ity ac­cre­tion through in­duc­tion of a num­ber of state-of-the-art com­bat plat­forms into our force. These in­clude the anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare corvette, Kad­matt, which has more than 90 per cent in­dige­nous con­tent, the wa­ter jet fast at­tack craft, Ti­hayu and sev­eral fast in­ter­cep­tor craft.

“The com­mis­sion­ing of INS Chen­nai, the third ship of Kolkata class, was an im­por­tant mile­stone in our in­dige­nous ship­build­ing pro­gramme. We also launched the sec­ond ship of the P-15B de­stroy­ers Mor­mu­gao this year. The im­pend­ing in­duc­tions of ASW corvette Kil­tan, wa­ter jet FACs and land­ing craft util­ity ships will fur­ther boost our com­bat po­ten­tial. The con­struc­tion of our first in­dige­nous air­craft car­rier Vikrant is pro­gress­ing well at Kochi. We are also fi­nal­is­ing our plans and de­sign for our next In­dige­nous air­craft car­rier and mov­ing to seeks gov­ern­ment’s ap­proval for the project,” the CNS said:

The In­dian Navy’s Sub­ma­rine arm is com­plet­ing 50 years on De­cem­ber 8, 2017, and 2017 will be cel­e­brated as the ‘ Year of the Sub­ma­rine Arm’.

“We have con­cluded the con­tract for purchase of four ad­di­tional P-8I air­craft. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, the con­tract for upgra­da­tion of Ka-28 he­li­copters has been con­cluded which will give a boost to our in­te­gral avi­a­tion ca­pa­bil­ity,” the CNS said. The suc­cess­ful and timely com­ple­tion of Vikra­ma­ditya’s re­fit, in­clud­ing her maiden dock­ing at Cochin Ship­yard, was a mo­men­tous achieve­ment. This maiden feat has en­hanced our col­lec­tive con­fi­dence in in­dige­nous ca­pa­bil­ity to main­tain and build com­plex plat­forms.

Of­fi­cers and sailors train­ing es­tab­lish­ments at Ezhi­mala and Chilka are be­ing aug­mented. Skill-map­ping of re­tir­ing sailors and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion dur­ing in-ser­vice train­ing are im­por­tant ini­tia­tives by the In­dian Navy in pur­suance of the gov­ern­ment’s ‘Skill In­dia’ mis­sion.

The CNS said he hoped that “this year, six of our per­son­nel were hon­oured with Naosena Medal for ex­hibit­ing ex­cep­tional gal­lantry and courage, in the face of daunt­ing chal­lenges. On the oc­ca­sion of Navy Day, I salute them and their fam­i­lies, for their con­tri­bu­tions and sac­ri­fices, in ser­vice of our na­tion.”

“LCA with its present en­gine is too heavy, hence not suitable for op­er­at­ing from a car­rier. It does not meet the thrust and weight ra­tio re­quire­ment to be able to take off with the full weapon load.”

– Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, CNS

Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba launch­ing the of­fi­cial app dur­ing the Navy Day an­nual press con­fer­ence in New Delhi

Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba dur­ing the Navy Day press con­fer­ence in New Delhi on De­cem­ber 2, 2016

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