Maintenance of fighting abilities a top priority: Admiral Verma
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 22:01
New Delhi: India's top Navy commanders on Tuesday discussed the security scenario and naval preparedness with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma underlining the need to pay maximum attention to maintenance of the force's war fighting capabilities.

Addressing the four day-long Naval Commander's Conference, Admiral Verma said the Navy must remain prepared to deploy ships, submarines and aircrafts at "immediate notice".

"With the security situation being fluid, we need to maintain the organisational ability to deploy ships, submarines and aircraft at immediate notice," he said addressing the biannual conference.

Amid Navy's growing involvement in coastal and maritime security, Admiral Verma drew the Commanders' attention to the fact that maintenance of war fighting abilities remains the top priority despite the fact it has large number of peacetime commitments at hand.

The CNS further said that due to increasing demand of maritime security, the naval personnel are spending longer hours and many more days at sea.

Over the four days, the Navy will examine and review its operational readiness and assess its ability to tackle current and emerging challenges.

On coastal security, Verma stressed on the need for maintaining a high level of effectiveness with increased patrolling and synergised efforts with all the stakeholders like Coast Guards, Marine Police, Customs and Sagar Prahri Bal.

He also stressed that the ongoing anti-piracy operations of the Indian Navy will also need to be sustained.

On need for maintaining Navy's network centric capability for seamless and swift operations, he stressed on the need to have a proper security for such systems and mechanisms.

Navy recently showcased its network centric capabilities during the TROPEX exercise in February this year.

On progress of naval ship-building in the country, Verma stated that almost all the warships ships planned to be inducted in the next 15 years would be built in India.

The Navy will also review its material and logistics preparedness during the conference.


First Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 22:01

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