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SP's NavalForces - - LEAD STORY - Jayant BaranwaL Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

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.

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