Naval Com­man­ders’ Con­fer­ence

The De­fence min­is­ter ex­tended sup­port to the long-term ca­pa­bil­ity ac­qui­si­tion plans of the in­dian navy that have been for­mu­lated with a strate­gic view of the indo-Pa­cific re­gion

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The De­fence Min­is­ter ex­tended sup­port to the long-term ca­pa­bil­ity ac­qui­si­tion plans of the In­dian Navy that have been for­mu­lated with a strate­gic view of the Indo-Pa­cific Re­gion.

The firsT BiAn­nUAl nAvAl Com­man­ders’ Con­fer­ence of 2018 was held from may 8 to 11, 2018. in­tense de­lib­er­a­tions over a wide range of is­sues were presided over by Ad­mi­ral su­nil lanba, the Chief of the naval staff. The Con­fer­ence was in­au­gu­rated by the De­fence min­is­ter nirmala sithara­man, who lauded the role of the in­dian navy as a force to reckon with in the indo-Pa­cific re­gion and is held in high es­teem as a sta­bil­is­ing force within the re­gion. The min­is­ter as­sured the naval Com­man­ders that en­deav­ours to bridge crit­i­cal ca­pa­bil­ity gaps in ship-borne he­li­copters, fleet sup­port ships and sub­marines would be pro­gressed by the Gov­ern­ment.

Amid China’s pres­ence in the In­dian ocean re­gion (ior), the in­dian navy has flagged its need for ship-borne he­li­copters, fleet sup­port ships and sub­marines.

The De­fence min­is­ter also ex­tended sup­port to the long-term ca­pa­bil­ity ac­qui­si­tion plans of the in­dian navy that have been for­mu­lated with a strate­gic view of the Indo-Pa­cific re­gion. The im­per­a­tive need for ap­proval of the sec­ond in­dige­nous air­craft car­rier for the navy was also de­lib­er­ated upon. This project along with the other ship­build­ing projects al­ready un­der­way or are in the pipeline in­clud­ing mine counter mea­sure ves­sels (mCmvs), land­ing plat­form dock (lPD), anti-sub­ma­rine shal­low water craft, div­ing sup­port ves­sels and sur­vey ves­sels were ex­pected to pro­vide a major thrust to the ‘Make in In­dia’ initiative of the Gov­ern­ment.

major ship­build­ing projects in in­dian ship­yards, both in Pri­vate and Pub­lic sectors re­sult in the cre­ation of jobs at these ship­yards as well as en­cour­age­ment to msmes to de­velop in­dige­nous tech­nolo­gies and man­u­fac­tur­ing units in sup­port of these major ship­build­ing projects. The 15-year ‘Naval Indi­geni­sa­tion Plan’ pro­mul­gated in 2015 by the in­dian navy has set the tone for the in­dian in­dus­try to cre­ate in­fra­struc­ture, skilling and jobs.

The Con­fer­ence also un­der­took a re­view of the In­dian Navy’s mis­sion-based de­ploy­ments. The re­view was aimed at max­imis­ing ben­e­fits ac­crued from the de­ploy­ment of in­dian navy ships and air­craft to crit­i­cal ar­eas within the ior. mea­sures such as in­for­ma­tion shar­ing with other navies as well as com­bin­ing de­fence diplo­macy ini­tia­tives such as bi-lat­eral ex­er­cises and port vis­its into these de­ploy­ments were planned to be un­der­taken.

The In­dian Navy’s new Tran­si­tion Cy­cle for ships from main­te­nance to op­er­a­tions was also re­viewed by the Com­man­ders. This has re­sulted in con­sid­er­able im­prove­ment in com­bat ef­fi­ciency and crew pro­fi­ciency of ships un­der­go­ing the new Tran­si­tion Cy­cle. The new Tran­si­tion Cy­cle has also re­sulted in the over­all im­prove­ment of op lo­gis­tics, spares man­age­ment and fore­cast­ing, re­fit plan­ning and ex­pen­di­ture man­age­ment.

The Naval Com­man­ders’ Con­fer­ence also saw the in­au­gu­ra­tion of a new Dig­i­tal li­brary avail­able pan-navy for knowl­edge man­age­ment and re­trieval in­clud­ing ar­chiv­ing of crit­i­cal data and in­for­ma­tion. This was com­ple­mented by de­lib­er­a­tions on the se­cu­rity and hard­en­ing of naval data net­works in keep­ing with con­tem­po­rary cy­ber se­cu­rity prac­tices. in keep­ing with the in­dian Navy’s ethos of har­ness­ing niche tech­nolo­gies, con­crete plans to in­cor­po­rate Big Data An­a­lyt­ics and Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence into the In­dian Navy’s (Blue Water Force) op­er­a­tional func­tion­ing have also been for­mu­lated.

The naval Com­man­ders also in­ter­acted with Arvind sub­ra­ma­nian, the then Chief eco­nomic Ad­vi­sor to the Gov­ern­ment of in­dia, the Chiefs of the Army and Air force. The sec­ond edi­tion of the naval Com­man­ders’ Con­fer­ence 2018 is sched­uled dur­ing oc­to­ber-novem­ber 2018.

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