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Navy to produce an integrated doctrine on National Security soon says Naval chief

Indian Navy is hopeful of producing an integrated doctrine on National Security involving all agencies in good time, Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, has said.

Delivering his valedictory address on the third and final day of Sagar Discourse here on October 17, Admiral Lanba said, "Indian navy will produce a doctrine on national security in good time for a stable and secure marine environment and manage ocean resources with rule based global order."

On its own, the navy had developed a doctrine in 2008 and the same was updated in 2015, he said at the conclave attended by delegates from 22 countries and organised by Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS), a non-governmental think tank.

Appreciating FINS for the commitment on the government initiative of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), Admiral Lanba said, "Post the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, functional structure for security was kicked off and working protocol was initiated involving 15 ministries that had subsequently improved our maritime domain and security construct."

Speaking on the significance of the Indian Ocean, he pointed out that oceanic trade routes make for 60 per cent of the global trade in the Indian Ocean and the hydrocarbon assets in this region in the form of oil and gas are not only feeding Asia, but also the globe.

"Hence, unprecedented amount of global wealth is committed to the Indian Ocean region and calls for environment conducive to growth to prevail and where security paradigm comes into practice," Admiral Lanba said.

In his initial remarks, Lt General V. M. Patil (Retd) pointed out that the political and economic balances are moving from a unipolar to a multipolar world and this process is not reversible.

"Indian Ocean is the busiest trade corridor with three choke points of Aden, Hormuz and Malacca, and hence the destination of the world will be decided in the Indian Ocean with Asia surpassing combined US and Europe in terms of economic power, GDP, population, military power and technology," General Patil said.

Earlier, capturing the proceedings of the 3-day interaction, Dr Seshadri Chari, Secretary-General, FINS, said, "We have many doctrines on every other conceivable idea, but not on integrated national security."

Airing the concerns from various dimensions, Dr Chari stressed on the need for integrated national and maritime security on the lines of the nuclear doctrine, said a release.


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