“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

SP's MAI - - FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK - Jayant Baran­wal Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

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.

Happy read­ing!

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