Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh on Thursday said that the Indian Navy was prepared to face the dual challenges from COVID-19 and China, adding that they are determined to stand steadfast in these testing times.
“There is a dual challenge from COVID-19 and Chinese attempts to change the Line of Actual Control. The Navy is prepared to face both these challenges,” Admiral Singh said at a press conference.
When asked about the Navy’s role in the ongoing conflict with China, he said that the Navy’s activities are in “close coordination and synergy” with the Indian Army and Indian Air Force.
“We have deployed the P-8I aircraft at various locations on the requirement of Army and Indian Air Force. In addition, we have deployed the Heron surveillance drones on the northern borders,” he said.
The Navy chief further said that they have an SOP to tackle the situation if there is an infringement by Chinese research vessels.
“As of now, three Chinese warships are in the Indian Ocean region. The Chinese have been maintaining three ships since 2008 for anti-piracy patrols,” he added.