Visakhapatnam, Apr 30 UNI | 3 months ago

The New Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan today said it was the responsibility of the Navy to ensure that India's maritime interests were protected, both in peace and war.

Addressing Media, here for the first time after taking over he said this necessitates a multi-dimensional, combat-ready force, and the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) with operations spread across the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean, was undertaking these tasks admirably.

Over the last two years, the ENC here had acquired three Shivalik class stealth frigates, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft, Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers, nuclear attack submarine INS Chakra and a number of Fast Interceptor Craft.

The Arihant is in the final phase of its harbour trials and will shortly be put to sea the first of the four indigenous P-28 class ASW Corvettes being built at GRSE, Kolkata will be joining the Eastern Fleet in the near future.

He stressed that keeping these assets in a high state of combat readiness was the responsibility of every man in Naval uniform.

(Posted on 30-04-2014)