New Delhi. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Karwar Naval Base in Karnataka on June 24 to assessment the progress of ongoing infrastructure improvement beneath ‘Challenge Seabird’.
Accompanied by the Chief of the Naval Workers, Admiral Karambir Singh, Rajnath Singh undertook an aerial survey of the Challenge Space and Websites earlier than arriving on the INS Kadamba Heli Pad. The visiting dignitaries have been acquired by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar and Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Space, Rear Admiral Mahesh Singh.
The Defence Minister inspected the continued works on the Naval Base and acquired on-site briefings together with functionality demonstration on the Shiplift Tower. He additionally undertook a tour of the Naval Harbour and reviewed the marine works/infrastructure being developed as a part of Challenge Seabird Section II A as additionally operationalisation of Piers. He visited the newly-constructed Sailors Married Lodging which contains superior options for water effectivity, dealing with of family waste, power effectivity and offers environment-friendly homes.
Rajnath Singh interacted with Challenge Seabird Contactors and Engineers and Officers, Sailors & Civilians of Karwar Naval Base. In his tackle, he expressed satisfaction on the progress of works being carried out beneath ‘Challenge Seabird’. He hoped that after the completion of the challenge, the Kawar Naval Base would turn into Asia’s largest Naval base which might additional bolster the operational readiness of the Armed Forces and assist in augmenting commerce, financial system and humanitarian assist operations.
The Defence Minister complimented the Indian Navy for being a robust arm of the Armed Forces that’s making a useful contribution in the direction of maritime and nationwide safety, in addition to strengthening India’s place on the strategic in addition to diplomatic & industrial ranges.
He said that the Navy is efficiently discharging its duties of defending the nation, which by its shoreline of greater than 7,500 km, about 1,300 islands and an unique financial zone of two.5 million sq km, is enjoying an important position within the improvement of the world. He added that the Navy is constantly strengthening India’s relations with its maritime neighbours with give attention to ‘SAGAR’ (Safety & Progress for All in Area) envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He additionally praised the position of Indian Navy throughout Goa Liberation Battle of 1961 and the 1971 Indo-Pak struggle, amongst others.
Rajnath Singh lauded the efforts of Indian Navy for offering humanitarian help to not simply the nation, however the world, particularly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “From rescuing stranded Indian nationals from affected international locations to ferrying in essential gear, together with oxygen cylinders, from overseas, Indian Navy has labored tirelessly within the battle towards COVID-19. It additionally prolonged help to numerous international locations,” he stated.
The Defence Minister additionally highlighted among the reforms undertaken by the Authorities to additional strengthen the operational preparedness of the Armed Forces, together with appointment of Chief of Defence Workers and establishing of Division of Navy Affairs in Ministry of Defence.
He additionally listed out various initiatives taken by the Authorities to advertise self reliance in defence manufacturing. The initiatives embrace allocation of 64 per cent of modernisation funds beneath capital acquisition finances for 2021-22 for home procurement; adjustments in Defence Acquisition Process 2020 and enhance in FDI restrict within the defence sector to 74 per cent.
On the efforts to spice up self-reliance within the Indian Navy, Rajnath Singh stated greater than two-thirds of its modernisation finances has been spent on indigenous procurement within the final 5 monetary years. Lauding the Navy’s dedication in the direction of ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’, he said that out of 48 ships and submarines on order, 46 are being inducted by indigenous development.
The Defence Minister described the Indigenous Plane Service Vikrant as a shining instance of Navy’s self-reliance efforts. He stated the commissioning of Vikrant might be a momentous event within the historical past of Indian defence as it’s coinciding with the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.
He expressed confidence that Indian Navy will turn into one of many high three Navies on this planet within the coming years and proceed to play an important position in defending the nation.