AS part of Navy Day 2016, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Western Naval Command interacted with the media personnel during the Press conference held onboard INS Vikramaditya on Thursday. He reiterated Indian Navy’s resolve towards ensuring safety and security of the country from any challenge or threat originating from the sea. He said that the maritime environment in the Indian Ocean Region is challenging and complex and that, developments in the region have necessitated high degree of operational and combat readiness. This, he said, has led to a very high tempo of operations, including deployments, surveillance and patrolling.

He apprised the members of media regarding the conduct of a major exercise named Exercise Paschim Leher, wherein large number of ships, submarines and aircraft participated. He said that the exercise was to test and improve our operational readiness, including mobilisation and synchronisation.

Speaking regarding the current security scenario, he said that, ships, submarines and aircrafts of the command continue to be deployed and tasked in widely dispersed and diverse locations at sea to strengthen maritime defence and security. While calling the current scenario a dynamic one, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra assured the people that the Navy is alert, watchful and fully ready to safeguard nation’s maritime interests, and address any threats or challenges that may come up. He said that impetus is also being given towards strengthening physical security, as well as Cyber Security.

The Indian Navy celebrates Navy Day on 04 Dec every year, the date on which during the 1971 Indo-Pak conflict, naval ships, armed to the teeth, stealthily maneuvered off Karachi, and unleashed a lethal missile attack that left the port ablaze and destroyed several enemy warships.

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