SP's NavalForces - - INTERVIEW - Jayant Baran­wal Pub­lisher & Editor-in-Chief

The In­dian Navy is dead on course for Make in In­dia vi­sion of the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, which is sup­ported by the in­ter­view of Rear Ad­mi­ral A.K. Sax­ena, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Naval De­sign (Sur­face Ship Group). Dur­ing the in­ter­view, Rear Ad­mi­ral Sax­ena has ar­tic­u­lated upon all facets of war­ship build­ing in­clud­ing in­fra­struc­ture, de­sign, con­struc­tion and en­gag­ing of the pri­vate sec­tor. He em­pha­sized on the need to fo­cus on much more pro­duc­tiv­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness of In­dian ship­yards, with much less cap­i­tal in­vest­ments on ship­build­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

Sail­ing for­ward on the same theme, Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, Chief of Naval Staff, stated in a re­cent in­ter­ac­tion with the media, We have put the Make in In­dia thrust on an over­drive. The fo­cus in the road map is on weapons, sen­sors and cut­tingedge tech­nolo­gies, with cer­tain mile­stones and re­quired time­lines. Ac­cord­ingly an ar­ti­cle on the sub­ject which car­ries out an anal­y­sis and in-depth re­view of the Navys plans for Make in In­di­ais in­cluded.

Fol­low­ing Make in In­dia vi­sion, the In­dian Navy had also or­gan­ised a seminar on In­no­va­tion and In­di­geni­sa­tion dur­ing July, with the theme of Sail­ing To­wards Self-Re­liance. The pre­am­ble of the seminar stated, In­no­va­tion in an or­gan­i­sa­tion is the key to its per­for­mance in the field of tech­nol­ogy and aids in pro­duc­tion of new age equip­ment and sys­tems. The in­dus­try pitched in with Anil D. Am­bani, Chair­man, Re­liance group, lead­ing by giv­ing an il­lu­mi­nat­ing talk and as­sur­ing that in ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture and ship­build­ing as­sets at the Pi­pavava Ship­yard eval­u­ated at

10,000 crore, his en­ter­prise has plans for fur­ther in­vest­ments to the tune of 5,000 crore to fa­cil­i­tate ex­pan­sion of the ship­build­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties for in­dige­nously con­struct war­ships. All very in­spir­ing for the Navy as well as the in­dus­try. A write-up of the seminar is in­cluded in this is­sue.

The Navy has also been busy with Op­er­a­tion Ra­hat for evac­u­a­tion of In­di­ans struck in war-torn Ye­men, car­ry­ing out joint train­ing and spread­ing good­will by vis­it­ing Aus­tralia, Sin­ga­pore, In­done­sia, Malaysia, Cam­bo­dia, Thai­land, Sey­chelles and Is­rael. There are also a few write-ups to keep you all abreast of the events, fol­lowed by the News in Brief and ap­point­ments.

Wish you all dis­cern­ing read­ers happy read­ing!

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