Indian Navy's warships, aircrafts and submarines will
have sustained presence and visibility in the Indian Ocean Region from now on
to counter the possible threat from the Chinese Navy, it was formally decided
at the four day meeting of the Naval Commanders which concluded in the National
capital on October 27.
During the Conference session, the Naval
Commanders brainstormed to fine tune the execution of mission based deployment
involving ships, aircrafts and submarines beyond the country’s immediate
neighborhood for providing sustained presence in the Indian Ocean Region, an
official statement issued at the end of the meeting said.
The Conference also discussed in detail critical
enablers such as refits, maintenance philosophy, Operation Logistics and Human
Resource measures for sustained operational effectiveness in the region.
Approval of a new transition cycle for ships from
maintenance periods to Operational deployment that allowed for a focused and
gradual transition of ships from periods of maintenance lay-offs to full
Operations, was one of the milestones achieved during the Conference.
The Commanders also resolved to focus efforts on
the Navy's ability to deploy and sustain in tandem with the new mission based
deployment concept which would result in greater presence and visibility in the
Indian Ocean Region.
The official statement however did not specify
the threat perception to the country that forced the Naval Commanders to come
to such decisions.
The Chief of Naval staff Admiral Sunil Lanba
exhorted the naval commanders to keep an unwavering focus on combat readiness
at all times and said they must put in concerted efforts to realize the way
ahead arrived at during the deliberations at the conference. He shared his
views on the current security scenario and emphasized the need for the Indian
Navy to remain outcome oriented in all endeavors both at sea and ashore.
Defense minister Nirmala Sitaraman who attended
the conference reviewed the combat readiness of the Naval personnel, pace of
modernisation and progress of various acquisition and infrastructure related
In her brief address at the conference she said
it was matter of pride that all the 34 warships presently under construction for
the Navy is an indigenous effort. She also informed the Commanders of the keen
interest evinced by various ASEAN Nations in exercising with the Indian navy
during her meeting with them recently in Manila. This spoke highly of the
Indian navy's professional standing and competence she observed during the
The Naval commanders also had an opportunity to
interact with Chiefs of the Indian Army and Indian Air force. The Service Chiefs
brought out the complexities in current security situation where the spectrum
of threats to the country ranged from possible conventional conflict to
inimical action by state and non state sponsored terrorists and natural
disasters and calamities.
The Service Chiefs elaborated their vision and
the path being charted by respective Services towards Operational readiness and
action in progress towards improving Tri Service cooperation.