“The Honorable Prime Minister has initiated ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’ i.e. SAGAR, and we have, being net security
provider in the IOR, based on these initiatives, re-examined the deployment and philosophy. We are now on a mission-based deployment where assets are deployed in our maritime areas of interest.” —Admiral Sunil Lanba, CNS
This issue is being published soon after the Navy Day 2017 thus the lead story gives highlights of the traditional press conference of Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), held on December 1. The CNS started with paying tribute to the Navy martyrs who sacrificed their life for the Nation since the last Navy Day. The CNS then covered a host of issues including operational readiness, latest acquisitions, modernisation programmes, adventure and some administrative matters including induction of women in the Navy. He started by saying that, “we are all well aware of the prevailing security scenario in the maritime domain. The continued presence of both traditional and non-traditional threats in the maritime domain demands constant attention and robust mitigating actions. The Indian Navy is accordingly, actively engaged in ensuring safety and security in India’s maritime areas of interest.” On acquisition process, he highlighted that, “policy reforms by the Government, such as the Strategic Partnership Model and the Technology Development Fund, have emerged as catalysts for the Navy’s goal of self-reliance. He added that, “we have also identified about ` 40,000 crore (about $6 billion) worth of projects for participation by private shipyards. It is indeed heartening to note that 23 Indian private sector shipyards have qualified for participation in indigenous shipbuilding projects.”
He also mentioned that this year also marks the Golden Jubilee of the Navy’s Submarine Arm. To commemorate the occasion, 2017 is being celebrated as the ‘ Year of the Submarine Arm’ by the Navy. In recognition of their exemplary service, the Honourable President of India is due to award ‘President’s Colour’ to the Submarine arm on December 8, 2017.
I also had the occasion to have an exclusive interaction with the CNS where on a query from me, he explained that, “the Honorable Prime Minister has initiated ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’ i.e. SAGAR, and we have, being net security provider in the IOR, based on these initiatives, re-examined the deployment and philosophy. We are now on a mission-based deployment where assets are deployed in our maritime areas of interest.” Read all the details in this issue.
The second India-Singapore Defence Ministers dialogue was held on November 29 at Delhi with five major issues discussed and agreed upon including mutual maritime interests. These new agreements have injected fresh impetus into the India-Singapore defence and strategic relations. India’s defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Singapore’s defence minister Dr Ng Eng Hen, issued a Joint Statement which also referred to the significant progress made in defence industry cooperation, with the signing of the terms of reference for the Defence Industry Working Group (DIWG) in August this year. More about in this issue.
Then there are details of Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Exercise (DANX) 2017, which was conducted from November 20-24.
Lt Gen P.C. Katoch (Retd) writes that Ivanka Trump boosted the Indo-US relations at the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) by having very positive interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also leading the US delegation. That Republic Day Parade 2018 will be special as 10 heads of all the 10 ASEAN states have been invited to this event.
There is a overview of how Boeing is going to boost India’s Aero Space industry by no other than by Gene Cunningham, Vice President, Global Sales for Defense, Space & Security. This issue wraps up with the usual news including the progress of INSV Tarini who is on a maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe with an all-women crew.
Our belated greetings on the Navy Day and happy reading and safe and successful sailing to the crew of INSV Tarini.