“On the op­er­a­tional front, we have re-ori­ented our de­ploy­ment phi­los­o­phy to mis­sion-based de­ploy­ments.”

–Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, CNS


Addressing the an­nual press con­fer­ence on the oc­ca­sion of Navy Day 2017 Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) wel­comed all present for the me­dia in­ter­ac­tion. He recog­nised the re­spon­si­ble role be­ing played by the Me­dia in pro­ject­ing the In­dian Navy in right light which works as force-mul­ti­plier for the Navy. He availed the op­por­tu­nity to pay homage to the de­parted mar­tyrs and recog­nised supreme sac­ri­ficed made by them.

CNS said: “We are all well aware of the pre­vail­ing se­cu­rity sce­nario in the mar­itime do­main. The con­tin­ued pres­ence of both tra­di­tional and non-tra­di­tional threats in the mar­itime do­main de­mands con­stant at­ten­tion and ro­bust mit­i­gat­ing ac­tions. The In­dian Navy is ac­cord­ingly, ac­tively en­gaged in en­sur­ing safety and se­cu­rity in In­dia’s mar­itime ar­eas of in­ter­est. We have adopted sev­eral new mea­sures to ef­fec­tively ful­fil our com­mit­ment to the na­tion. These are aimed at mak­ing our pro­cesses and struc­tures more ef­fi­cient and out­come-ori­ented.

“On the op­er­a­tional front, we have re-ori­ented our de­ploy­ment phi­los­o­phy to mis­sion-based de­ploy­ments. We have main­tained con­tin­u­ous pres­ence off the Horn of Africa for anti-piracy op­er­a­tions since Oc­to­ber 2008. In­dian Naval Ships de­ployed on an­tipiracy pa­trols have been ac­tively in­volved in foil­ing piracy at­tempts in the Gulf of Aden. In ad­di­tion, reg­u­lar de­ploy­ment of naval ships and air­craft is be­ing main­tained in the North Ara­bian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Per­sian Gulf, the An­daman Sea and the ap­proaches to the strate­gi­cally im­por­tant straits of Malacca, Lom­bok and Sunda. In short, our ships and air­craft are de­ployed from the Gulf of Aden to the West­ern Pa­cific on an al­most 24x7 ba­sis.

Force Level Plan­ning and Ac­qui­si­tions

“In­duc­tion of new as­sets is be­ing pro­gressed in con­so­nance with the In­dian Navy’s per­spec­tive plans. As on date, we have 34 ships un­der con­struc­tion and it is a mat­ter of great pride that all of them are be­ing con­structed in In­dian ship­yards. The war-fight­ing ca­pa­bil­ity of the Navy’s sur­face fleet has been aug­mented by in­duc­tion of three in­dige­nous Anti-Sub­ma­rine War­fare Corvettes, two Wa­ter-Jet Fast At­tack Craft and two Land­ing Craft this year.

“Work on In­dige­nous Air­craft Car­rier, IAC-1, is pro­gress­ing well and I am hope­ful that the ship would join the Navy by 2020. Two naval offshore pa­trol ves­sels have been launched at Pi­pavav in Gu­jarat. In ad­di­tion, sur­vey ves­sels, shal­low wa­ter anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare craft and div­ing sup­port ves­sels are in var­i­ous stages of pro­cure­ment.

Mod­erni­sa­tion of the sub­ma­rine arm is also well un­der­way. We have ac­cepted the de­liv­ery of Kal­vari and we will for­mally com­mis­sion her very soon. Tri­als of Khan­deri, the sec­ond of the Kal­vari Class, are also pro­gress­ing sat­is­fac­to­rily. Mea­sures are also un­der­way to bol­ster the avi­a­tion arm of the Navy by in­duc­tion of new fight­ers, sur­veil­lance air­craft and ship-borne he­li­copters.

“Pol­icy re­forms by the Gov­ern­ment, such as the Strate­gic Part­ner­ship Model and the Tech­nol­ogy Devel­op­ment Fund, have emerged as cat­a­lysts for the Navy’s goal of self-re­liance. In­dige­nous devel­op­ment of sen­sor suites such as next-gen­er­a­tion SONAR, com­bat man­age­ment sys­tem and tor­pedo fire control sys­tem is in­deed en­cour­ag­ing.

“We have also iden­ti­fied about ` 40,000 crore worth of projects for par­tic­i­pa­tion by pri­vate ship­yards. It is in­deed heart­en­ing to note that 23 In­dian pri­vate sec­tor ship­yards have qual­i­fied for par­tic­i­pa­tion in in­dige­nous ship­build­ing projects on the ba­sis of their ca­pac­ity, ca­pa­bil­ity and in­fra­struc­ture.

“A key fo­cus area for the In­dian Navy this year has been on in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment and I am pleased to in­form you that we have made sig­nif­i­cant progress in de­vel­op­ing Kar­war as a fu­tur­is­tic naval base on the West coast of In­dia. The ex­e­cu­tion of the next Phase of Project Seabird has com­menced. Cre­ation of a full-fledged Naval Dock­yard and as­so­ci­ated in­fra­struc­ture to ac­com­mo­date more num­ber of ships, sub­marines and yard-craft will be un­der­taken dur­ing this phase.

“Six women Of­fi­cers have em­barked on the Navika Sa­gar Parikrama, wherein they are cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the globe in the ocean­sail­ing yacht INSV Tarini. This ef­fort stands tes­ti­mony the res­o­lute­ness of our women.

This year also marks the Golden Ju­bilee of the Navy’s Sub­ma­rine Arm. Since its in­cep­tion in De­cem­ber 1967, the Sub­ma­rine Arm has evolved into a for­mi­da­ble force. To com­mem­o­rate the oc­ca­sion, 2017 is be­ing cel­e­brated as the ‘Year of the Sub­ma­rine Arm’ by the Navy. In recog­ni­tion of their ex­em­plary ser­vice, the Hon­our able Pres­i­dent of In­dia is due to award ‘Pres­i­dent’s Colour’ to the Sub­ma­rine arm on De­cem­ber 8, 2017.

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