The Indian Navy has been at the forefront of becoming self –reliant. The process of indigenization in the Indian Navy had started many years ago with the Navy taking proactive measures to this extent.
And with Prime Minister’s Atmanirbhar call this has further accelerated the Indian Navy’s self-reliant mission.
‘We have moved away from being a Buyers Navy to a Builders Navy. The Indian Navy has made a concerted effort in becoming a Builders Navy. We have an indigenization plan and we are very clear of what we want in the coming years’ said Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, flag officer commanding in chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command.
Today most of the Navy’s ships/submarines are being built by Indian shipyards.
‘It gives me great pride to tell you that in the shipyards of our country a whole lot of submarines are now being indigenously made. We have no other option but to become self-reliant’ said the Vice Admiral Jain dedicating a Prerna Sthal to the workforce of Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam.
The ‘Prerna Sthal’ (Motivation Centre) has been created with in-house efforts of the Naval Dockyard and is aimed as a symbol of the pride in self-reliance and a motivator for achieving Aatma Nirbhar Bharat in repairs and refits of ships and submarines. The Prerna Sthal comprises a 30.5 m high National Flag Mast, inclusive of a 20×30 feet National Flag, unknown workers statues, and an arc-shaped building housing the capabilities of the Yard and its development over the ages.
Vice Admiral Jain lauded the government for taking steps in making sure that the defence forces of the country become self-reliant. ‘All the steps being taken by our government like strategic partnership, amending offset policies, increasing FDI are very important steps in our journey of becoming Atmanirbhar. Now we are getting foreign OEMs to technology transfer here.’ said the Vice Admiral. Hailing MSMEs to be an integral part of making the Indian Navy self-reliant he said ‘MSMEs play a very important role in the supply chain as many of our spares and refits come from them’.