“Mis­sion-based de­ploy­ments”

On the oc­ca­sion of Navy Day 2017, Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba spoke on events of the past year as well as pro­vid­ing some in­sight into the In­dian Navy’s fu­ture. His re­marks are re­pro­duced be­low.

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With con­tin­u­ing fo­cus on the In­dian Navy, the CNS ad­dressed high­lights of the past year as well as pro­vid­ing some in­sights into the Ser­vice’s fu­ture. These in­clude force level plan­ning and new ac­qui­si­tions in­clud­ing the indige­nous air­craft car­rier, mod­erni­sa­tion of the sub­ma­rine arm and an ex­pan­sion of Naval Avi­a­tion.

The In­dian Navy in 2017

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 a con­tin­u­ous pres­ence off the Horn of Africa for anti-piracy op­er­a­tions since Oc­to­ber 2008. In­dian Naval Ships de­ployed on anti-piracy 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 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 24 x 7 ba­sis.

Wa­ters be­yond this geo­graph­i­cal ex­panse are also fre­quented as part of our in­ter­na­tional mar­itime en­gage­ments in the Pa­cific and the At­lantic Oceans. This de­ploy­ment phi­los­o­phy has en­sured a high de­gree of pres­ence, vis­i­bil­ity and sit­u­a­tional aware­ness in im­por­tant mar­itime re­gions across the globe.

The over­all com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity of the Navy was tested dur­ing our an­nual Theatre Level Op­er­a­tional Readi­ness Ex­er­cise, TROPEX, con­ducted in Feb-March 2017. The ex­er­cise saw par­tic­i­pa­tion of 45 ships, 5 sub­marines and more than 50 air­craft from the Navy as well as 11 ships from the In­dian Coast Guard. In ad­di­tion, about 20 air­craft and the Garud Spe­cial Forces of the Air Force and Air­borne Spe­cial Forces and Am­phibi­ous units from the In­dian Army par­tic­i­pated. I must high­light that the ex­er­cise pro­vided great op­por­tu­nity for pro­gress­ing joint­ness among our three Ser­vices in plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion of com­bat op­er­a­tions. Joint­ness was also honed through the an­nual Joint Dis­as­ter Re­lief

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