“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!