New Delhi (NVI): Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh while highlighting important issues pertaining to operational readiness, capability, op logistics, infrastructure development and human resource management sought three Aircraft Carriers in light of the increasing mandate of Indian Navy (IN) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
Addressing the Commanders’ Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh said that there was a requirement of three Aircraft Carriers so that at least one operational carrier is available on either seaboard at any given time, amongst other capability gaps, especially in light of the increasing mandate of IN in the IOR.
He said the IN remains a well-balanced multi-dimensional force with modern surface, sub-surface and air assets, capable of blue water and littoral operations in the IOR and beyond to defend the national interests against potential threats.
The present force levels are being augmented and modernised for undertaking the full spectrum of roles and tasks defined for the IN.
“Further, Navy is closely monitoring developments in our areas of interest, as also progressing our foreign cooperation mandated which is aimed towards outcome based interaction with other navies in the region in synch with the the PM’s vision of SAGAR and Act East Policies. Based on the assessment of these developments, necessary steps are being initiated with the Government for strengthening the preparedness of Indian Navy,” the Naval Chief said.
During the three day deliberations, the Commanders’ discussed numerous issues pertaining to Functional re-organisation of the Indian Navy and optimal manning in order to improve operational efficiency, an official statement said.
Moreover, issues pertaining to harnessing emerging technologies as well as use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data Analysis were discussed at length and key deliverables to be achieved in the desired time frame were identified.
In addition to discussing Intra-IN issues, several critical subjects relating to effective conduct of operations in a futuristic Joint service environment were examined and an action plan was arrived at.
On October 22, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh while complimenting Indian Navy personnel for maintaining high operational tempo and safeguarding India’s interest in the maritime domain, had said that the service had established itself as a vital tool for military diplomacy, furthering the national and foreign policy objectives through active cooperation and engagement with not just IOR nations, but maritime nations across the globe.
The Defence Minister said that initiatives like foreign cooperation, sustained efforts at capability enhancement and capacity building of friendly foreign navies, have not only strengthened maritime security and stability in the region, but also resulted in transforming the Indian Navy into a ‘Preferred Partner’ for engagement in the Indian Ocean Region.
The second edition of bi-annual Naval Commanders’ Conference 2019 which commenced on October 22, concluded on 24 after three days of fruitful deliberations.