A four day Naval Commanders’ Conference commences in the national capital
from October 24 and will last for four days. The Conference serves as a
platform for institutionalised interaction between the Naval Commanders and
senior government officials, as also, with the Chiefs of Indian Army and Indian
The Defense Minister Ms Nirmala Sitaraman will address and interact with
the Commanders’ during the bi-annual conference. The Chief of the Naval Staff,
with the Commanders’-in-Chief, will review major Operational, Materiel, Human
Resource, Training and Administrative activities undertaken in the last six
months and deliberate the way-ahead on important activities and initiatives. An
interaction is also planned with Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog to provide
the Commanders’ a perspective on broader national interests.
The Navy’s combat readiness would be reviewed with focus on operational
effectiveness of combat platforms, logistics and development of shore support
infrastructure for sustaining distant operations.
The efforts towards ‘indigenisation and standardisation’ so as to make the
Navy self-reliant and modernise its warfare capability by means of unmanned
systems would also be examined.
Aspects complementary to combat effectiveness, such as Training, Human
Resource Management, Fleet Maintenance and pan-Navy measures for enhancing
safety will be reviewed. With reference to safety, IN Safety Organisation
including rescue support during submarine accidents in the IOR will be
discussed. The Commanders’ will also review the security of establishments in
the backdrop of terrorist threats and the prevailing security scenario.
The Commanders will also discuss plans for ‘enhancing and sustaining IN’s
operational footprint in the IOR’ in keeping with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s
vision of ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’ (SAGAR). In this regard,
initiatives to further maritime cooperation with other navies in the IOR as
also the IN’s ability to proactively respond to maritime security challenges,
including natural calamities, in the IOR will be reviewed.