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Focus to remain on Indigenisation: Admiral Dhowan

VIS News Service

New Delhi: In order to make a conscious effort to bring down the excessive dependence on the import of foreign defence arms the Admiral stressed that indigenisation of platforms, weapons, sensors and equipment, through public as well as private sectors, should remain an area of focus. ‘Roadmap for the Navy’s expansion and growth would continue to remain firmly anchored on Self-reliance and Indigenisation’ said Admiral RK Dhowan. Currently all 44 Naval Ships and Submarines under construction are being built at Indian Shipyards.
Chairing the first edition of the bi-annual Naval Commanders’ Conference as CNS, Admiral Dhowan addressed the Navy’s top leadership and outlined three inter-related priorities i.e. sustaining combat readiness, building capabilities for the future and addressing human resource challenges.
Issues pertaining to operational readiness, coastal security, maintenance philosophy and quality of refits for ensuring combat effectiveness of platforms, infra-structure development and foreign cooperation initiatives were some of the areas discussed.
Asserting that induction of Vikramaditya with integral fighter aircraft is a substantial boost to the Navy’s capabilities, CNS emphasised that combat readiness of the fleet and other operational formations is of prime importance.
He added that the Navy’s surface capability is further poised for a quantum jump with the planned induction of Kolkata (P15 A Destroyer) and Kamorta (P 28  ASW Frigate) in the near future.
During the course of the conference, the CNS reviewed progress of various infrastructure projects that are in pipeline and shall contribute towards futuristic capacity building.
He also spoke of the need to adopt sustainable green technologies, re-cycling and waste management to reduce carbon footprint of our bases.
Bringing the focus on Human Resource Development and Management, the CNS stated that the force’s men and women are the greatest assets and their morale and well-being should always remain a primary concern. He reiterated his vision to run a taut, effective and happy Navy.
The conference also presented an opportunity to naval commanders wherein they got to interact with the MoD officials and the other service chiefs.
General Bikram Singh, COAS and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, CAS also addressed the naval top brass and discussed with them issues pertaining to joint operations and military synergy.

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