This issue of SP's Naval Forces coincides with the celebrations of Indian Navys 43rd Navy Day. President Pranab Mukherjee extended his greetings and felicitations to all members of the Indian Navy and their families on the occasion by stating that "The current geostrategic environment has enhanced the role and responsibilities of the Indian Navy in protecting the nations maritime interests. The Navys successful induction of indigenously constructed warships and submarines and its integration of Indian-made equipment and systems symbolise Indias growing maritime capabilities and quest for strategic selfreliance. It is indeed a matter of great pride and reassurance to the entire nation that the uniformed and civilian personnel of the Navy have been serving the nation with utmost devotion and dedication. They have countered effectively growing challenges and maintained constant vigil at sea."
In his message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "I salute the Indian Navy personnel and the impregnable spirit and utmost devotion with which they protect our Motherland".
Admiral Dhowan said that "On the occasion of Navy Day 2014, the personnel of the Navy rededicate themselves to the service of the nation. Indian Navy is a multidimensional combat force, we shoulder the responsibility to safeguard maritime interests of nation.
The Navy Chief, along with Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag also paid tributes to martyrs of the Navy at the Amar
Jawan Jyoti in New Delhi. The lead article in this issue includes salient aspects of the Chief of Naval Staffs (CNS) press conference and an exclusive interaction of CNS with
SP’s Naval Forces. The CNS reiterated in the interaction that the acquisition programme of the Navy is continuing apace and the recent years have seen us moving steadily on the path of modernisation with major inductions. He also stressed that the Navy has been a steadfast supporter of indigenisation and self-reliance. The first Indian-built warship INS Ajay was commissioned in 1961. The other articles pertain to Chinas growing maritime footprint around India, Arihant entering the second most crucial and vital phase of sea acceptance trials, multi-role helicopter deal with Sikorsky, an insight into the submarine procurement programme of the Indian Navy and the usual News in Brief. With this issue,
SP's Naval Forces completes nine years with SP Guide Publications completing 50 years of service to the nation.
Happy Reading, Happy Navy Day and Happy New Year.