Naval Com­man­ders’ Con­fer­ence


Bi-an­nual Naval Com­man­ders’ Con­fer­ence was held from May 2 to 5, 2017, which was at­tended by all Com­man­ders-in-Chief, se­nior flag of­fi­cers of In­dian Navy, De­fence Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley, Ra­jya Rak­sha Mantri, Dr Sub­hash Bhamre, Asok Gupta, De­fence Sec­re­tary and other se­nior func­tionar­ies of the Min­istry of De­fence. Dur­ing the Con­fer­ence the top-level lead­er­ship of Navy re­viewed ma­jor op­er­a­tional, train­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tiv­i­ties un­der­taken in the last six months.

While ad­dress­ing the con­fer­ence De­fence Min­is­ter com­pli­mented the In­dian Navy for its pro­fes­sion­al­ism and deep com­mit­ment to­wards pro­tect­ing the mar­itime in­ter­ests of the coun­try in­clud­ing the huge mar­itime boundary as also meet­ing a large num­ber of in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions, in line with the coun­try’s de­fence diplo­macy re­quire­ments. He spoke about the pre­vail­ing and emerg­ing se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the sub-con­ti­nent as also the ex­pand­ing pres­ence of the ex­tra-re­gional pow­ers in In­dia Ocean re­gion (IOR). He also re­ferred to the sit­u­a­tion on the West­ern Bor­der and its link­age to the in­ter­nal se­cu­rity. He urged the Com­man­ders’ to be pre­pared at all times as “Pre­pared­ness was the best De­ter­rent”.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the var­i­ous cru­cial re­quire­ments of the In­dian Navy, the De­fence Min­is­ter as­sured the Com­man­ders that the govern­ment was work­ing on all is­sues very pos­i­tively and was go­ing to in­crease the re­sources to make good the short­falls soon. He lauded the ef­forts of In­dia Navy in in­di­geni­sa­tion and urged the Com­man­ders to fo­cus on fur­ther­ance of do­mes­tic ex­per­tise build­ing up. Con­clud­ing his ad­dress, he said that due im­pe­tus through ap­pro­pri­ate De­fence Pro­cure­ment Poli­cies (such as SP Model which would be fi­nalised soon) was be­ing given to make good the crit­i­cal ca­pa­bil­ity short­falls viz. ship borne multi-role he­li­copters, con­ven­tional sub­marines and mine counter-mea­sure ves­sels.

Chair­ing the con­fer­ence, Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff ad­dressed the Naval Com­man­ders on is­sues per­tain­ing to op­er­a­tional readi­ness, ca­pa­bil­ity en­hance­ment, main­te­nance, op­er­a­tions lo­gis­tics, in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment and hu­man re­source man­age­ment. He em­pha­sised the need for con­tin­ued ef­forts to­wards mod­erni­sa­tion, in­di­geni­sa­tion and ex­pand­ing the In­dian Navy’s op­er­a­tional foot­print so as to be a sta­bil­is­ing force in IOR.

The Com­man­ders also had an op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials, as also with the Chiefs of In­dian Army and In­dian Air Force, who shared their views on the cur­rent se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion and the way ahead to en­hance Tri-Ser­vice syn­ergy and joint­man­ship. The For­eign Sec­re­tary also in­ter­acted with the Com­man­ders on the geo-po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments with key fo­cus on the In­dian Ocean Re­gion and out­lined key im­per­a­tives per­tain­ing to our for­eign pol­icy and diplo­matic ini­tia­tives.

Fo­cussed at­ten­tion was also ac­corded to as­so­ci­ated as­pects that in­cluded a re­view of the se­cu­rity mea­sures and mech­a­nisms for coastal de­fence, in­fra­struc­ture, force devel­op­ment and lo­gis­tics sup­port man­age­ment.

In his clos­ing ad­dress, the CNS while com­pli­ment­ing the of­fi­cers and men for their com­mit­ment and pro­fes­sion­al­ism ex­horted the Com­man­ders to give fo­cussed at­ten­tion to ad­dress all chal­lenges with the sin­gu­lar aim to be com­bat ready at all times. He em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of qual­ity main­te­nance and ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tional lo­gis­tics to­wards en­sur­ing com­bat ef­fec­tive­ness.

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