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Global Inter-oper can only meet global challenges: Vice Admiral

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Dec 4 (UNI) Western Naval Command (WNC) Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (F0C) Vice Admiral Sangram Singh Byce today called for a structured co-operative arrangement between the Navies of the world for ensuring maritime security and better inter-operability.

Speaking at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) here, Adm Bryce said with globalisation embracing the whole world, the sea has become a symbol of economic development. Hence, there was a need to keep the soverignity and sensitivity of various nation states in mind while devising a co-operative arrangement.

Highlighting India's strategic interests from West Asia to Straits of Malacca, he reiterated that co-operative maritime security was necessary for ensuring trade and fight against global terrorism.

Some of the main priorities for the Indian Navy were energy security, ensuring security of overseas assets, protecting sea lanes of communication and providing succour to the needy during natural calamities, he added.

The WPNS is a grouping of Navies of the Western Pacific Region and is a body to encourage regional Naval interaction. The Symposium has 18 members, including USA, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Mexico and six other countries having the observer status.

India, which was granted the observer status in 1998, has hosted the WPNS seminar for the first time. The Indian Navy aims to obtain the permanent membership status. Attaining the full membership of the exclusive club of Navies, India will politically, diplomatically, economically and militarily gain a different position.

The three-day seminar, which began today, is being attended by 22 of the 24 Navies. The seminar on inter-operability was organised keeping in mind the the future need where there would be little choice for the Navies but to inter-operate and help synergise to meet emerging challenges.

The seminar will also help to increase Naval co-operation among Navies in the Western Pacific through discussion of maritime issues, both regional and international.


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