The addition of more equipment will enhance our capacity and help us render better service, he said. The ones to be inducted will be built indigenously. Indian Navy has begun supporting inland building of naval equipment for a very longtime, he said.
S Vishnu Sharma, INN/Chennai, @svs037
Marine safety continues to remain intact
The safety of our nation on the marine front continues to remain intact, thanks to Indian Navy that is ever vigilant. The good news is that this safety over the seas for India is going to get even stronger. The hint towards this became available during Indian Navy Day celebrations in Chennai recently.
Speaking to reporters at the headquarters of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry Naval area on December 3 Rear Admiral Alok Bhatnagar, Flag Officer Commanding, Tamilnadu and Puducherry naval area said soon they would be inducting helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, ships, offshore patrol vessels in the naval area.
Currently there are eight ships, eight fast interceptor aircrafts. The addition of more equipment will enhance our capacity and help us render better service, he said. The ones to be inducted will be built indigenously. Indian Navy has begun supporting inland building of naval equipment for a very longtime, he said.
He also informed that they were making attempts to expand their presence in Chennai. We are looking towards getting a more waterfront from Chennai Port Trust for expanding their presence. Discussions being held with the state (Tamil Nadu) authorities with regards to expanding their presence here are yielding fruitful results, he said.
The senior naval personnel reminded that they have been having an eye on Chinese presence. We are observing them cautiously, said Rear Admiral Alok Bhatnagar. We know their existence here, he added. They have even played a crucial role during gaja cyclone.
While Gaja cyclone hit Tamil Nadu on 16 November, naval personnel began warning fishermen from 12 November itself not to step on to the sea and to exert caution. With warning done in advance, loss of life on the sea front could be prevented, said the Alok Bhatnagar. Their motive has always been to serve and this would continue in the years to come, he said.