New Delhi, April 23: Swearing by NDA government's Make in India mandate, Navy Chief Admiral R K Dhowan on Saturday stressed that indigenisation of various systems would remain as the main focus.
Speaking on the concluding day of the bi-annual Naval Commanders' Conference, Admiral Dhowan touched upon on myriad issues including enhancing the operational readiness of the Commands, infrastructure development, human resource management, coastal security, cyber security and foreign cooperation initiatives.
He wanted Navy to continue with its push to indigenize various platforms, weapons, sensors and equipment, through DRDO, public and private sectors.
Navy had recently conducted a joint seminar with FICCI on the subject: 'The Make in India Paradigm - Roadmap for a Future Ready Naval Force.'
He asked the Commanders to prepare the Navy to meet the future maritime security challenges before the country.
"We must continue to pull on the oars together, to propel the navy forward, and contribute to a strong and prosperous maritime nation," the Navy Chief said.
Expressing confidence that the Navy would continue to grow, Admiral Dhowan emphasized that operational effectiveness and readiness should be the touchstone of all the efforts.
"The Chief revisited the thrust areas as also the importance of the C3I model - i.e. Commitment, Compassion, Credibility and Integrity - to keep focus on defined goals and maintain the Navy on the correct track.
He was very satisfied with the progress made over the last two years and complimented the rank and file of the Indian Navy for successfully overcoming several challenges and navigating steadily through the way points which were set," says a spokesperson.
Navy says among the focus areas discussed during the conference were aspects pertaining to training, skill development and welfare of retiring personnel.
The Chief termed the granting of Permanent Commission to women officers as a major milestone in the Indian Navy's history.
The progress of airfield infrastructure, security of naval air stations, dockyards and naval establishments were also reviewed. In addition metrological and oceanographic initiatives being undertaken in support of naval operations were also discussed.
"He also reviewed the improvements being made to the logistics delivery chain and the implementation of e-procurement in the Indian Navy.
He emphasized the need for constant review and refinement of the Navy's logistics support structures to ensure that its combat units and formations receive quality logistics support while maintaining a high operational tempo," says the spokesperson.