Indigenisation Should Remain Focus Area For Navy: Dhowan

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New Delhi: Asserting that Navy has contributed significantly to the nation’s geopolitical and developmental aspirations, Navy chief Admiral R K Dhowan today said. Indigenisation programme for platforms, weapons, sensors and equipment should remain an area of focus for the force.

Addressing the bi-annual Naval Commanders’ Conference, which commenced on April 21, Dhowan addressed the Navy’s top leadership on myriad issues including enhancing operational readiness of the Commands, infrastructure development, human resource management, coastal security, cyber security and foreign cooperation initiatives.

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He revisited the thrust areas as also the importance of the C3I model Commitment, Compassion, Credibility and Integrity to keep focus on defined goals and maintain the Navy on the correct track. He said that the Navy has contributed significantly to the nation’s geopolitical and developmental aspirations.

Emphasising that combat readiness of the fleet and other operational formations is of prime importance, the Admiral said focused efforts, as hitherto, are required at all levels to ensure sustained growth of the Navy into a formidable multi-dimensional force.

He complimented all ranks of the Navy in maintaining a high tempo of operations during the last six months including the “very successful” International Fleet review (IFR) held by the Navy at Visakhapatnam in February this year, apart from a number of other notable operational activities such as the first Combined Commanders’ Conference on board Vikramaditya in December last, a statement by the Navy said.

Among the focus areas discussed during the conference were aspects pertaining to training, skill development and welfare of retiring personnel who constitute a vital resource for the nation.

The indigenisation programme of the Navy was discussed and the Navy chief stressed that indigenisation of platforms, weapons, sensors and equipment, through DRDO, public and private sectors as also through in-house efforts, should remain an area of focus.

During the course of the conference, the Chief of the Naval Staff reviewed the progress of airfield infrastructure, security of Naval Air Stations, dockyards and naval establishments.

In addition meteorological and oceanographic initiatives being undertaken in support of naval operations were also discussed.

He emphasised the need for constant review and refinement of the Navy’s logistics support structures to ensure that its combat units and formations receive quality logistics support while maintaining a high operational tempo.

One of the highlights of the conference was the opportunity Naval Commanders had to interact with the MoD officials, wherein issues pertaining to joint operations and military synergy were discussed.

He added that Navy’s role is not only vital for national security, but also for national prosperity and development. The first edition of this year’s bi-annual Naval Commanders’ Conference concluded today.

PTI

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