Navy chief stresses on synergy to combat maritime threats

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 19:30

New Delhi: Alluding to the growing maritime threats, including piracy, Indian Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi on Tuesday underlined the "constant need for synergy and coordination" amongst different agencies and stakeholders to ensure India`s optimum security.

Speaking at the biannual Naval Commanders Conference, Joshi stressed on the dynamics of current maritime environment and a wide spectrum of challenges confronting the nation, including coastal security and piracy.

The conference is being held to discuss issues of operational relevance, identify capability gaps and to review the future plans of the Indian Navy.

Highlighting a wide spectrum of challenges confronting the nation, including coastal security and piracy, Joshi spoke about the participation by several international Navies, including the Indian Navy, through well-coordinated efforts have reduced piracy incidents.

Joshi stressed the constant need for synergy and coordination amongst the various stakeholders - Indian Coast Guard, state marine police, customs, fisheries departments and other diverse agencies for ensuring optimum security of the maritime environment.

The current pace of growth of Indian Navy makes it one of the world`s fastest growing Navy, he said. He also emphasised the need to groom human resources to meet the demands posed by new induction of modern equipment.

Over the next two days, senior naval commanders will focus on steps to bolster the Navy`s preparedness, including the induction of new platforms, creation of infrastructure, expansion-cum-modernisation of repair facilities, re-vamping of logistics chains, policy issues pertaining to human resource development and upgradation of hospitals amongst others.

IANS



First Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 19:30

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