ON BOARD INS VIKRAMADITYA: In the backdrop of Pakistan’s repeated talk about nuclear war, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that Indian Navy’s “second strike capability” as a nuclear deterrent is “most significant”.
“Second strike capability” is an assured capability of an armed force to respond to a nuclear attack with its own nuclear weapons.
Addressing the Navy personnel on aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, the minister said, “I am aware that after the Pulwama attack, when the country responded effectively through strikes on terror camps in Balakot, the Western Fleet was immediately deployed in a strong posture in the northern Arabian Sea.
“This degraded the ability of our adversary to deploy and ensured they did not attempt any misadventure at sea. In this context, the role of Indian Navy to have a credible ‘second strike’ capability as a nuclear deterrent, is most significant.” Read More