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Chief of the Naval Staff Inaugurates Naval Commanders' Conference
Visakhapatnam, April 28, 2004

A three-day Naval Commanders Conference-2004 under the Chairmanship of Admiral Madhvendra Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, the Chief of the Naval Staff has commenced at the Naval Base in Visakhapatnam.

The conference is highest decision making body of the Navy that deliberates upon major operational issues with regard to the Defence of Maritime interests, Operational Planning, Coastal Security including Defence of National Assets at Sea, Naval Strategy, review of weapons and platforms for achieving operational plans.

The Conference is being attended by Vice Admiral Arun Prakash, the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Madan Jit Singh, the Flag Officer commanding-in-chief, Western Naval Command, vice admiral OP Bansal, the flag officer commanding-in-chief, Eastern Naval Command, vice admiral Yashwant Prasad, the flag officer commanding-in-chief, Southern Naval Command, vice admiral P.Jaitley, the Chief of Material, Vice Admiral S.V.Gopalachari, the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff, Fleet Commanders of the Western and Eastern Fleets and a large number of other Flag and Senior naval officers from all over the country including the Integrated Andaman and Nicobar Command. The Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam, is hosting the conference for the first time.

The discussion will focus on making the Indian Navy more effective and capable in a changing international, domestic and economic environment. Charting the course for the navy of the future, reevaluating of threats and focus of naval activities on core issues will be some of the other important issues planned to be deliberated during the Conference lasting for three days.

The Indian Navy has seen increased visibility in the Indian Ocean, over the last two years with the concept of "Tacking to the Blue Waters". The Navy has also engaged other friendly nations in joint exercises to improve interoperability and hone our skills with other capable navies of the world. Indian trade has been expanded considerately to over 100 billion US & of which 90 percent is by sea. Low intensity threats, measures for dealing with Maritime Terrorism and interdiction of shipping in the prevailing security environment would also be deliberated upon.

Induction of Talwar class Stealth Frigates and Ka 31 advanced early warning helicopters has provided the Navy the cutting edge in weapons and sensors. Integration of these newly acquired platforms and weapon systems into the overall concept of operations will be a subject of discussions. In keeping with the fast paced changes that are taking place in the modern warfare, the main focus of the Naval Commanders Conferences would be on the way ahead towards "Network Centric Operations" in the Indian Navy.

Indigenisation is the Way-ahead and towards this, a comprehensive document on the 15 year indigenisation Plan of the Navy giving forecast requirement of equipment and systems has been drawn up. This has been received well by the industry and would be subject of professional interaction keeping in view the induction of new platforms. Clearly, this conference would cover all aspect towards making the Indian Navy an operationally focussed force capable of dealing with the changing environment of the 21st century.

News by Visakha Samacharam

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