Navy intends to
make Chennai its important naval base in the near future as this part of the
country has assumed primacy in the maritime security calculus of the country
Rear admiral Alok Bhatnagar said in his navy day message without any reference
to the frequent presence of Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean region for the
last few months.
In his Navy day
message he said Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have assumed a primacy in the overall
maritime security calculus. The Indian Navy has accordingly upgraded the Naval
organization in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and it is now headed by an Officer of
the rank of Rear Admiral.
It has been very satisfying
for me to be at the helm and steer all operational and admin activities in
TN&P Naval Area over the last two years. I am happy to report the enhanced
synergy between Indian Navy, State Government, Coastal Security group and all
We are also at
advanced stages of consultation with state government and other central
agencies towards expansion of Naval footprint in Tamil Nadu. We are
confident of complete support of the state government for allotting us, much
required land for infrastructure augmentation. We aim to make an
important Naval Base at Chennai by creating the required Naval support
infrastructure. This in turn will also contribute to economy of Chennai and
TN in the long run. All the three southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka
and Kerala have naval establishments for decades while Tamil Nadu had none.
The Flag Officer
Commanding Tamil Nadu & Puducherry Naval Area or FOTNA in short, operating
under the Operational and Administrative command of Flag Officer Commanding–in-Chief,
Eastern Naval Command, has a flotilla of ships under his Command at Tamilnadu
and can call for aircraft and RPSs for air support to augment surveillance
FOTNA is also tasked to provide Local Naval
Defence at off shore installations and number of important vital installations
located along the TN & P Coast. Ships based at Chennai have been
actively deployed in Palk Bay to protect our National Interests and thwart any
breech of our Maritime Boundary Line.
We have also been
assisting the Tamil Nadu government in preventing movement of non-bonafide
personnel, smuggling of contraband items, poaching of banned creatures and
search and rescue of stranded fishermen at sea. In the event of
hostilities we are responsible for ensuring freedom of navigation in the high
seas and continued shipping operations from our ports to enable uninterrupted
movement of essential supplies.
Indian Navy, in
close consultation with the state government, the Coast Guard, the Coastal
Security Group, CISF, Fisheries, Ports, Customs, Animal Husbandry and
Intelligence Bureau has been taking several initiatives to strengthen Coastal
Security in Tamil Nadu. Towards this end, a high level APEX committee
meeting to review the Coastal Security of the State of Tamil Nadu co-chaired by
the flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Easter Naval Command and Chief Secretary
to the Government of Tamil Nadu is held every year. The next edition of
the meeting is scheduled in Jan 2018.
is committed to support our fishermen and ensure that they are provided with a
safe environment to fish and earn their livelihood. Towards this, an
International Maritime Boundary Line Meeting between Indian Navy, Indian Coast
Guard, Sri Lankan Navy and Coast Guard is held biannually. The next
meeting will be scheduled in Jan 2018.
Indian Navy is general and this Headquarters
in particular has always been on the forefront in contributing towards
environmental and social obligations. To this effect we have taken
initiative by contributing towards a healthy environment by organizing beach
clanship, plantation drives and implementing measures to reduce pour carbon
footprint. On the social front, community interactions are undertaken by all
units at Tamil Nadu to sensitize the local populace. Indian Navy also
organizes free medical camps at remote locations to provide free health
checkups and medicines to the under privileged.
The Indian Navy has built up a reputation in
being the first responders to provide relief in South East Asia.
Nationally also, Navy has contributed immensely toward HADR after the Chennai
floods in 2015 and more recently after Cyclone
He thanked the
State Government, the people of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, Chennai Port, the
Coastal Security Group and all other Central and State Organization / agencies
for their unstinted support towards discharging our responsibilities.
This year is
even more special as we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Eastern Naval Command
and Indian Navy’s Submarine Arm.
This era of rapid
globalization and complex economic interdependencies, India’s growth has become
increasingly dependent on the security of trade and commerce. With over
90% of our trade being water borne, the role of Indian Navy in nation building
has assumed larger proportions. Coupled with threats of maritime piracy
and maritime terrorism, the role of the Navy has gained primacy.
therefore endeavors to evolve and modernize continuously to be able to thwart
any kind of aggression and meet emerging challenges to our maritime interests.
The Navy’s focus has been to evolve a force structure commensurate with the
geopolitical and economic aspirations of the nation. Our force structure
a three dimensional Navy and therefore includes aircraft carriers, stealth
frigates, destroyers, corvettes, amphibious ships, nuclear powered submarines,
conventional submarines ad smaller crafts.
is also inducting state – of – the art fixed wing aircraft and helicopters to
augment our surveillance and integral aviation capabilities. Indian Navy’s
efforts towards indigenization of equipment and emphasis on domestic
ship-building capability are in keeping with ‘Make in India’ policy of the
government and have promoted domestic industry and Defence capability.
In consonance with
India’s ‘Look East’ policy, The Eastern Naval Command, headquarters at
Visakhapatnam, has become home to force multipliers, such as INS Chakra Nuclear
Powered Submarine, P8I ling range maritime reconnaissance aircraft, MIG 29 K
Fighter aircraft, advance jet trainer aircraft, INS Kamorta class ASW corvette,
INS Sarya class Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel and Amber Project (VLF Transmitter
for Submarines). The most potent of these force multipliers, the long
range p8I aircrafts and Remotely Piloted Aircrafts are based and operated form
Naval Air Stations in Tamil Nadu.