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“We need fast-track de­ci­sion mak­ing process.” —Nitin Gad­kari, Union Min­is­ter for Road Trans­port and High­ways and Ship­ping

The third is­sue of SP’s Naval Forces co­in­cides with the Mar­itime/Air Sys­tems and Tech­nolo­gies (MAST) ex­hi­bi­tion be­ing held in Ja­pan from June 12 to 14, thus the thrust of ar­ti­cles is towards East Asia. The lead ar­ti­cle is on South China Sea (SCS) which con­tin­ues to hit head­lines for the wrong rea­sons. How­ever, China in re­cent times is will­ing to take ex­traor­di­nar­ily uni­lat­eral steps to ex­er­cise its in­flu­ence in mar­itime af­fairs to con­form to its na­tional ob­jec­tives spe­cially in the SCS and the ECS. The ar­ti­cle fo­cuses on the con­cerns of the claimant na­tions on SCS vis-àvis China but also in­cludes the in­ter-se play of views/thrusts/ strate­gies with other na­tions like the United States, Ja­pan, Aus­tralia and In­dia.

With ever grow­ing chal­lenges, to­day there is a need for In­te­grated Air and Mis­sile De­fence (IAMD) to be even more joint – ad­vanc­ing in­ter-de­pen­dence and in­te­grat­ing new ca­pa­bil­i­ties that ranges across global, re­gional, trans-re­gional and home­land do­mains. An ar­ti­cle on IAMD gives you the sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ments in this area.

The be­gin­ning of In­doJa­pan re­la­tions started when Bud­dhism trav­elled to Ja­pan from In­dia. They con­tinue to get stronger in all spheres in­clud­ing mar­itime. Ja­pan’s im­por­tance to In­dia was summed up by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on his visit to Ja­pan in Novem­ber 11, 2016, when he told the re­porters that, “Ja­pan oc­cu­pies an ex­tremely high po­si­tion in our for­eign pol­icy. The rea­son is Ja­pan has played a very im­por­tant role in the de­vel­op­ment and growth of In­dia.” In­dia is also im­por­tant to Ja­pan due to its demo­cratic val­ues, large source of man­power, strong eco­nomic growth and its geopo­lit­i­cal im­por­tant lo­ca­tion in the cen­tre of the SLOCs (sea lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tions) in the In­dian Ocean-Pa­cific re­gion.

Sign­ing of MoU on co­op­er­a­tion in ship­build­ing be­tween In­dia and South Korea sig­ni­fies a ma­jor turn in the grow­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries. Read about this im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment in the ‘Look East’ pol­icy of the Gov­ern­ment.

“It ap­pears that a word namely ‘time’ has dis­ap­peared from the dic­tio­nary of Delhi work sys­tem. We need to bring back the work cul­ture which is time-bound and can­not al­low any ex­e­cu­tion/de­ci­sions/work out­puts any slip­pages against the pre­scribed time lines,” said Nitin Gad­kari, Union Min­is­ter for Road Trans­port and High­ways and Ship­ping, at the In­ter­na­tional Sem­i­nar on ‘Build­ing In­dia’s Fu­ture Navy: Tech­nol­ogy Imperatives’, jointly or­gan­ised by the In­dian Navy and Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Cham­ber of Com- merce and In­dus­tries (FICCI) in New Delhi re­cently. He added, “I like those who work and not those who do not work in the name of hon­esty” and went on to say “As pol­icy mak­ers we are sup­posed to en­sure that work cul­ture emerge on top of ev­ery­thing.” Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff stated that the Navy has taken gi­ant strides in the field of in­dige­nous ship de­sign and con­struc­tion but a lot of work is re­quired on niche tech­nolo­gies. Read all about it in the sem­i­nar re­port.

We sign off with the usual news di­gest and flag post­ing. Happy read­ing you dis­cern­ing read­ers!

Jayant Baran­waL Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

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