Dehradun, June 08: Amid heightened tension on Indo-Pak border, naval chief Admiral Madhvendra Singh said today that the armed forces are fully geared for battle in four hours' notice.
All the three forces are fully prepared for war. It is for the leadership of the country to decide. We are capable of swinging into action at four hours' notice, Admiral Singh told reporters here after reviewing the passing out parade at the Indian Military Academy.
Stating that tension on the border had been mounting for the last five-six months, he said in case of war, the navy would play a very crucial role to exert pressure on the southern flank.
Navy vessels and ships have intensified patrolling to protect vital installations like oil pipelines, Admiral Singh said adding that our ships are prepared with fuel and ammunition to meet any eventuality.
He said though the strength of Pakistan navy lies in its submarines, Indian submarine capability has been substantially upgraded and strengthened.
The admiral emphasised that the Bombay as well as the Kandla ports are absolutely safe and there is no danger at all and the situation on the Arabian Sea is normal.
He, however, regretted that the force level of Indian Navy has been considerably reduced due to inadequate funds for a decade (1986-95), putting ship building plans behind schedule.
No orders for acquisitions and projects could be placed due to resource crunch, he said.
But in the next three-four years, we will remove the existing deficiencies as government has, of late, enhanced the allocation of funds for navy, Admiral Singh said.