Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff an­swers a few quick ques­tions of Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Jayant Baran­wal at the An­nual Press Con­fer­ence on the eve of Navy Day

“Mis­sion-Based De­ploy­ment:We now have a con­stant pres­ence of a ship de­ployed in An­daman Sea and mouth of Malacca Straits. We have ships on de­ploy­ment in the Gulf of Oman, the Per­sian Gulf, the North Ara­bian Sea, the North Bay of Ben­gal, and the strate­gica

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Jayant Baran­wal: You spoke about Mis­sion-Based De­ploy­ment. Can you elab­o­rate the ob­jec­tives and essence of this con­cept? And also which kind of as­sets are be­ing and are likely to be uti­lized?

CNS: 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. We had an on­go­ing de­ploy­ment since Oc­to­ber 2008 in the Gulf of Aden.

We now have a con­stant pres­ence of a ship de­ployed in An­daman Sea and mouth of Malacca Straits. We have ships on de­ploy­ment in the Gulf of Oman, the Per­sian Gulf, the North Ara­bian Sea, the North Bay of Ben­gal, and the strate­gi­cally im­por­tant Straits of Lom­bok.

At the same time our long range mar­itime pa­trol air­craft are also de­ployed to cover our ar­eas of in­ter­est. All this is to en­sure that we have (an ef­fec­tive) pres­ence in our ar­eas of in­ter­est and we have mar­itime do­main aware­ness. All the ingress and egress routes to the IOR are cov­ered and we are op­er­a­tionally avail­able to re­act to any emerg­ing sit­u­a­tion.

As a part of this when there was a cy­clone which had hit Bangladesh and Myan­mar, the ship which was en route An­daman Sea for de­ploy­ment was di­verted, she picked up and res­cued 33 Bangladeshi na­tion­als who were all float­ing hold­ing on to a branch of a tree, 90 nau­ti­cal miles out at sea. Same ship af­ter de­liv­er­ing re­lief ma­te­rial went on to Myan­mar. So this kind of pres­ence has im­proved the do­main aware­ness and the ef­fec­tive­ness to be able to re­act as the key se­cu­rity provider in the IOR.

Jayant Baran­wal: Is the deck-based fighter, you are look­ing for, re­quired for IAC-1?

CNS: Yes. IAC-1 is de­signed to op­er­ate the MiG-29K and Light Com­bat Air­craft (LCA). So, (in­deed) we need deck-based fighter for IAC-1 (as the LCA is not com­bat-ready).

Jayant Baran­wal: So, does this mean that twin-en­gine fighter pro­gramme is meant for IAC-1?

CNS: Yes.

“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 (In­dian Ocean re­gion), based on these ini­tia­tives, re-ex­am­ined the de­ploy­ment and phi­los­o­phy.”

(Left) P-8I mar­itime pa­trol air­craft; (right) In­dige­nous Air­craft Car­rier-1

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