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Indian Warships, Aircrafts and Submarines will have a big presence in Indian Ocean Region to counter Chinese threat

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 cases

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 meeting.

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.

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