First edition of the three-day bi-annual Naval Commanders' Conference was concluded on Saturday after fruitful deliberation.
Chairing the conference, the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan addressed the Navy’s top leadership on myriad issues including enhancing the operational readiness of the Commands, infrastructure development, human resource management, coastal security, cyber security and foreign cooperation initiatives.
Addressing the Naval Commanders, the CNS revisited the thrust areas as also the importance of the C3I model – i.e. Commitment, Compassion, Credibility and Integrity – to keep focus on defined goals and maintain the Navy on the correct track, which he had stressed on taking over the command of the Indian Navy. The CNS was very satisfied with the progress made over the last two years and complimented the rank and file of the Indian Navy for successfully overcoming several challenges and navigating steadily through the way points which were set.
The CNS said that the Navy has contributed significantly to the nation’s geopolitical and developmental aspirations and that has been accepted and acknowledged at the highest level of our government.
Emphasising that combat readiness of the fleet and other operational formations is of prime importance, the Admiral said focused efforts, as hitherto, are required at all levels to ensure sustained growth of the Navy into a formidable multi-dimensional force.
The CNS complimented all ranks of the Navy in maintaining a high tempo of operations during the last six months including the very successful International Fleet review (IFR) held by the Navy at Visakhapatnam in Feb 2016, apart from a number of other notable operational activities such as the first Combined Commanders’ Conference on board Vikramaditya in Dec 15.
Earlier, the Hon’ble RM addressed the Naval Commanders Thursday and complimented all personnel of the Indian Navy for ensuring the maritime security of the country through a high tempo of operations.
He especially commended the Navy for the outstanding conduct of Combined Commanders’ Conference on board Vikramaditya off Kochi last December and the successful conduct of the International Fleet
Review at Visakhapatnam in February this year. He also appreciated the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief efforts of the Indian Navy in the aftermath of the floods in Chennai as well as the recent fire tragedy at Puttingal temple near Kollam in Kerala.
He assured the Commanders of the government’s commitment to the modernisation and development plans of the Navy. He further appreciated the efforts of the Navy in the recent initiative to grant permanent commission to the first batch of women officers and also induction of women as pilots in the Maritime Reconnaissance stream of Naval Aviation and Naval Armament Inspectorate cadre. The conference also provided an opportunity to the Naval Commanders’ to interact with MoD officials on important ongoing issues.