Naval Commanders’ Conference begins today | India News


KOCHI: The first edition of the Naval Commanders’ Conference of 2023 will commence on Monday. The first phase of the conference will be held on board India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, in the Arabian Sea off Goa. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address the naval commanders on board the carrier today.
The conference serves as a platform for naval commanders to discuss important security issues at the military-strategic level as well as interact with senior government functionaries through an institutionalised forum.
The Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar along with other naval commanders will review major operational, materiel, logistics, human resource development, training and administrative activities undertaken by the Indian Navy in the last six months and further deliberate upon future plans for important activities and initiatives.
An operational demonstration at sea is also planned as part of the activities on Day 1. During the conference, naval commanders would also be provided with an update on the ‘Agnipath Scheme’ executed in the Indian Navy in November last year.
The Chief of Defence Staff and the Chiefs of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force would also interact with the naval commanders on subsequent days to address the convergence of the three services vis-à-vis common operational environment, and avenues of augmenting Tri-Service synergy and readiness towards the defence of the nation and India’s national interests.
“Due to the prevailing geostrategic situation in the region, the conference has its own significance and relevance. The Navy has witnessed significant growth in its operational tasking over the years in consonance with India’s growing maritime interests. The commanders would also deliberate the Navy’s readiness to address the challenges to our maritime interests. The Indian Navy remains focused on being a combat-ready, credible, cohesive and future-proof force and continues to assiduously execute its mandate as the maritime security guarantor of the country,” said a naval statement.


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