Defence Minister Shri
AK Antony has underlined the key role of Indian Navy in our engagements
with countries of Indian Ocean Region. Addressing the biannual Naval
Commanders` Conference here today, Shri Antony said our strategic
location and the professional capability of our Navy places a
responsibility on us to play a more mature and stabilizing role in the
He said, “Our Government is pursuing a string of proactive engagements
with countries in the Indian Ocean Region to ensure peace and stability
in the region, which is also related to our economic and wider security
interests”. In this context, he assured Indian Navy’s full support to
all maritime neighbours of its unstinted support for their security and
Highlighting the fragile security environment in the region, he said,
“our own security interests require the Indian Navy to respond to all
challenges in quick time”. He expressed his satisfaction over the Indian
Navy’s brisk operational tempo over the last six months.
“Maintaining high levels of vigilance and security 24x7, collecting and
analyzing information, material and physical security and maintaining
the high morale of the personnel both at professional and personal
levels, needs to remain a constant focus of our Armed Forces”, he added.
“Indian Navy’s overseas deployment in the South China Sea, East China
Sea, the Western Pacific Ocean, Red Sea and the Meditarrean Sea carrying
out exercises with the navies of these regions not only shows our
capabilities but will also go a long way in reassuring the Indian
diaspora in these countries”, the minister added.
Dwelling upon various measures to enhance coastal security, he said that
the setting up of Sagar Prahari Bal, establishment of Joint Operation
Centers, induction of 15 First Interceptor Crafts and various other
coastal security initiatives will definitely strengthen the coastal
“The recent installation of Coastal Radar Network Chains in Gujarat and
Maharashtra and establishment of the National Command, Control,
Communication and Intelligence network (NC3I) would establish a
real-time maritime domain awareness link between Operations Rooms of the
Navy and the Coast Guard, both at the field and apex levels” he
Emphasizing on the urgent need to reduce the long construction periods
of warships, Shri Antony opined the adoptionof `modular construction`
and `integrated construction` methods to speed up the Ship construction
activities in a time bound manner.
The conference was attended by the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral DK
Joshi, Defence Secretary Shri Shashikant Sharma and Senior Commanders
and Flag Officers of the Indian Navy.