Geopolitics - December 2017

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December 2017 http://www.geopolitics.in


SEAPOWER


‘INDIAN NAVY IS RECOGNISED


AS A PREDOMINANT FORCE IN


INDIAN OCEAN AND BEYOND’


There has been a realisation that our Navy
has grown to be an effective force, which
can ensure security of our maritime bor-
ders. Could you elaborate on this steady
and silent growth of our Navy’s strengths
and effectiveness to meet national security
requirements?
Yes, the Indian Navy has, indeed, come
a long way since its inception. We were
a small force of a little over 30 vessels
at independence. Today, the size of
our Navy has grown to 139 ships and
submarines and 224 aircraft. But it is
not just the numbers that count. Our
worthy predecessors kept their focus
on developing capabilities required
for modern naval warfare. We owe it to
their vision that today the Indian Navy
is a multi-dimensional force capable of
operating across the full spectrum of
naval warfare – not just surface, sub-
surface and air, but also cyber and Space.
Through this journey over the last 70
years, self-reliance has been the foremost
guiding principle of the Indian Navy. It
is a matter of significant achievement
that our focus on indigenous warship
design and construction has transformed
the Indian Navy from being a ‘Buyer’s
Navy’ to a ‘Builder’s Navy’. All 34 ongoing
construction projects for naval platforms
are being progressed in Indian shipyards.
Let us also appreciate that the Navy is not
known only by the platforms it has in its

PIB

NAVY CHIEF ADMIRAL


SUNIL LANBA, PVSM,


AVSM, ADC tells Geopolitics


how the Indian Navy is


preparing itself to be a force


of the future

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