Antony cautions Navy against complacency

Defence Minister A K Antony said some recent incidents have brought to fore the need for further strengthening the country`s coastal security.

Last Updated: Oct 12, 2011, 21:30 PM IST

New Delhi: Cautioning the Navy against
complacency, Defence Minister A K Antony today said some
recent incidents have brought to fore the need for further
strengthening the country`s coastal and maritime security.

"Our maritime forces are capable of protecting our
frontier, however this should not lead one into feeling of
complacency. There have been isolated incidents, which have
highlighted the need to further strengthen our coastline and
maritime security," Antony said here.
Addressing the three-day Naval Commanders Conference
here, Antony said the Indian Navy has been mandated to be the
`net security provider` to island nations in the Indian Ocean
Region (IOR).

"Indian Navy has been mandated to be the net security
provider to island nations in the IOR. We would like to assure
our maritime neighbours about our unstinted support for their
security and economic prosperity," he said.

On security of Indian maritime and coastal regions, he
said the efforts made by the agencies must show improvement in
their response mechanism on the ground.

"Our coastline is vast and round-the-clock patrolling
is not an easy proposition. Naval ships, submarines and
aircrafts are being extensively deployed, but still a lot more
needs to be done. At the end of the day, all our collective
efforts must show more improvement in our response mechanism
on the ground," Antony said.
The Defence Minister said that several measures have
been taken to strengthen the coastal security such as
establishment of joint operation centres, induction of Fast
Interception Crafts and setting up of Sagar Prahari Bal.

"Several security exercises and awareness drives have
been conducted by the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine police of
coastal states to sensitize the fishing community about
threats from the sea. Such exercises must be replicated as
frequently as possible," he said.

PTI