Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday lauded the Indian Navy’s proactive forward deployment during the Galwan standoff and added that India’s move signalled its intent for peace but is also ready for any eventuality.
Rajnath Singh said that the commissioning of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) next year will be a befitting tribute to 75 years of India’s Independence, terming it as country’s pride and a shining example of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Speaking at the Southern Naval Command after reviewing the construction work of the IAC, Rajnath said: “It was a pleasure to review the construction work of the IAC first-hand. The project was originally approved by the National Democratic Alliance government and has made significant progress in the recent past despite COVID. Commissioning of the IAC next year will be a befitting tribute to 75 years of India’s independence.”
He also said that the combat capability, reach and versatility of the aircraft carrier will add formidable capabilities in the defence of our country and help secure India’s interests in the maritime domain.
Asserting that the government is fully committed to a strong Navy, he said: “Yesterday, I also reviewed Project Seabird at Karwar, which will be the largest Naval Base of the Indian Navy in future, and will provide the facilities and infrastructure to support the Navy’s operations in the Indian Ocean Region and beyond.”
The Defence Minister further said that their impetus to modernisation, harnessing India’s indigenous industry and know-how, is a key priority and 42 of the 44 warships on order being built at Indian shipyards is a testimony to this.