Indian Navy -- News Folder -- July 2003

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Indian Navy -- News Folder -- July 2003

Postby member_201 » 01 Jul 2003 02:33

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Re: Indian Navy -- News Folder -- July 2003

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Re: Indian Navy -- News Folder -- July 2003

Postby maz » 03 Jul 2003 04:19

Indian Navy to guard Mauritian waters
(Hindustan Times, 03 July 2003)


The Indian Navy will assist Mauritius in the surveillance of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Indian Ocean, a development which has considerable strategic significance. This is the first time that India will formally deploy its navy to secure another country's EEZ. External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha, who is on a tour of the South Indian Ocean country, and his Mauritian counterpart Anil Kumar Singh Gayan announced the agreement in a joint statement on 03 July 2003. The strategic community views this as an acknowledgement of India's relevance and that of the strategic capability of its Naval forces. "This is an acknowledgement of our reach and capability. It is also heartening that the countries in the Indian Ocean region do not look at us with suspicion and instead have confidence in India," Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) Rear Admiral R Contractor said.

Admiral Contractor said this venture would be in keeping with the Indian Navy's guiding principles of 'Tacking to the Blue Waters', extending reach and goodwill and 'Building Bridges of Friendship'. He indicated that details about commitment of naval assets for surveillance of the considerable Mauritian EEZ would be worked out soon. Defence analyst Commodore Uday Bhaskar holds the view that using the trans-border capability of the Indian Navy for contributing to the overall stability of the Indian Ocean region is a desirable way of projecting India's strategic prowess. Countries like Mauritius have a large EEZ but not a matching military capability to guard their interests. "Defence cooperation within the region is good for India. It's important and desirable for India to be seen as relevant in the South Indian Ocean Region," he says, suggesting that India has for too had a strategic skew towards land borders.

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Re: Indian Navy -- News Folder -- July 2003

Postby maz » 03 Jul 2003 04:22

India to strengthen presence in high seas
(Sify News, 02 July 2003)


Toronto: India has formulated a gigantic plan to modernize its navy and strengthe its presence at the high seas in the region, Navy Chief Admiral Madhvendra Singh said in Toronto on July 02nd. "India has decided to upgrade its warships, frigates and other equipment, and strengthen its presence beyond the territorial waters in the region. It will also equip its warships with high-tech weapons," Admiral Singh told media persons after commissioning 27 Indian naval officers at the INS Tarangini in Toronto. The Navy Chief however "neither confirmed nor denied" that India wou1d equip its warships with nuclear warheads. "Our aim is to build our navy on our own resources by indigenising equipment and weapons, and with limited support from abroad," said the navy chief.

On a specific question on the lessons India had learnt from the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, he saidpehe world was now realising the significance of maritime power "It is an era of joint warfare. It there is proper co-ordination between navy, airforce and the armed forces at the right time and place, excpmlent results can be achieved." The sail training ship is here as part of its global goodwill visit during which it will visit 36 ports in 17 countries and provide seamanship training to over 400 Indian and 18 foreign navy cadets. It will also expose young officers and sailors to the use of sails, to develop a spirit of adventure, and inculcate in each cadet the quality of team work and leadership, according to Shaukat Ali, commanding officer of the ship.




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