India pays homage to its martyrs on occasion of Navy Day
The three chiefs of Defence staff today, on the occasion of Navy Day paid their homage to the martyrs at the national war memorial at India Gate.
Navy Chief Admiral D. K Joshi, Army Chief General Bikram Singh and Air Chief Marshal, N.A.K. Browne paid floral tributes to the soldiers at the war memorial.
Admiral Joshi told the reporters that they stand committed to safeguard the sovereign interests of the country.
"The significance of 4th of December really is to commemorate that odious missile attack on the night of the fourth, which was executed through very innovative means and to commemorate that every year we celebrate this day as the 'Navy Day' and so, far as the message to the nation is concerned, it is simply that we stand committed to safeguarding all our sovereign interests of the country wherever they may lie in the maritime domain and the nation must rest assured on that count," said Joshi.
Every year, the Indian Navy celebrates December 4 as Navy Day to commemorate the victory of Indian Navy at sea in the Indo-Pak War of 1971.
Meanwhile, Indian Navy is evolving continuously to meet emerging challenges to suit India's maritime interests. Modernisation and enhancement of the Navy's capabilities is going on to meet emerging maritime challenges/threats.
Anti Surface Warfare Corvettes are being series built at Garden Reach Ship-builders, Kolkata. In addition, Naval Offshore Patrol vessels are under construction both at public and private sector shipyards.
The construction of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier though delayed is now picking up pace at Kochi Shipyard. In 2013, we expect to induct one Kolkata class destroyer, one P-28 ASW Corvette, one Catamaran Hull Survey Vessel, one Offshore Patrol Vessel and sixteen Fast Interceptor Craft."
Amongst the overseas projects, the delivery of Vikramaditya is expected to take place in the last quarter of 2013. The scheduled induction of P8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft commencing 2013 would augment the aerial surveillance capability.