Indian Navy

Will continue maintaining high-tempo of operations, says Navy chief amid tensions with China

By ET News

As tensions with China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) continue, Indian Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh Thursday reviewed the operational preparedness and combat-readiness of the Indian Navy’s principal combatants.

Principal combatants refer to warships deployed at sea for operations.

The review comes just days after India announced Australia’s participation in the upcoming Malabar maritime exercise next month as part of the Quad — a move China was not in favour of.

During the review, Admiral Singh said the Navy would continue maintaining a high-tempo of operations in the coming months in the backdrop of the prevailing security situation. He also complimented the Carrier Battle Group and its combatants for accurate and effective weapon firings, which highlighted the Navy’s readiness to meet emergent contingencies.

‘Indian Navy combat-ready’

According to a government statement, during an interaction with naval personnel at the Karwar Naval Base in Karnataka, Admiral Singh along with Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar, emphasised on key issues of repairs, maintenance, spares support and op-logistics for afloat units to sharpen their war-fighting capabilities.

“He also reiterated aspects of cyber-security, force protection against terrorist attacks, asymmetric warfare and exhorted all personnel to maintain the highest-level of alertness,” the statement mentioned.

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