Navy chief says it is battle ready, coasts are well patrolled

Last Updated: Friday, August 21, 2009 - 23:04

Panaji: Indian Naval Chief Admiral Sureesh
Mehta said on Friday the Navy is ready to battle the whole
spectrum of low-end terror to nuclear warfare, if required.

We have the capability to exercise the kind of control
we want in the region, Mehta, who was on the farewell visit to
Goa, told reporters at the INS Hansa base in the port town of
Vasco.
He said the naval force is ready to counter the whole
spectrum of low-end terror to nuclear warfare in the sea.

Admiral Mehta said that Indian navy is growing and has
been a force to reckon with in the continent.

Replying to a question on coastal security after Mumbai
attack, Mehta said that the coasts are hundred per cent safe
and well patrolled by navy`s 140-odd-ship force manned by well
trained men in uniform.

"For all practical purpose we are almost an island
country. Our maximum trade is through the sea and navy ensures
that the waters are safe for the trade", he said.

The naval chief said that the Indian maritime forces
can now be dependent on indigenous shipyards to have its fleet
requirement fulfilled.

Its a matter of great satisfaction that we have our
shipyards building the smallest of the vessels to the largest
of aircraft carriers, Mehta added.
He said that around 40 ships and submarines are being
constructed in the shipyards across the country as also the
aircraft carrier.

Admiral Mehta said that as the time passes the ships are
getting more complex and technologically advanced.

The navy has need for people who are trained that is why
we have shifted naval academy to Ezhimala (Kerala). Every
executive officer passing out will be now an engineer with
Btech qualification, he said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, August 21, 2009 - 23:04

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