New Delhi: After getting Defence Ministry
approval, the second phase of modernisation of Karwar Naval
base will soon get the clearance of the Union Cabinet.
"The Naval base at Karwar has become operational. The
second phase of the project has been approved by me and it
will soon be cleared by the Union Cabinet," Defence Minister A
K Antony said today while addressing the three-day Commanders
Conference of Indian Navy.
Stressing that the second phase of the Karwar naval base
must be pursued vigorously, he said the Navy must synergise
its efforts with the stakeholders to maximise the maritime
"The next phase of the project (Karwar Naval base) must
now be pursued vigorously. The efforts of the Navy in
developing support infrastructure in our island territories
must be in synergy with other stakeholders to maximise our
maritime security," he said.
Observing that the modernisaton of Navy has been going
apace, Antony said the objective of the defence shipyards must
be to remain competitive and to rank among the best in the
"The modernisation of the Navy has been going on apace.
The Navy had inducted stealth frigates INS Satpura, tanker
Shakti and three Fast Attack Crafts and Fast Interceptor
Crafts. Our shipyards must develop and expand rapidly and
adopt the latest best practice," he said.
On indigenisation and productivity of the shipyards,
Antony said, "Shipyards have a very crucial role to play as
better production raise the benchmark even higher.
The Navy has been making satisfactory progress in
indigenisation efforts, but such efforts must not only be
continued, but also accelerated."
Appreciating the role of human resource as the life
blood of any organisation, he urged the naval commanders to
accord topmost priority to bring about an improvement in the
service conditions, living conditions and training of naval