Navy’s role critical for second strike ability, says Rajnath
Indian Navy is all set to defend the country against all dangers, said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh while addressing the personnel of Western Fleet, during his day at sea onboard INS Vikramaditya off the Goa coast on Sunday.
Witnessing the skills and fire power of the Western Fleet first hand Defence Minister Rajnath said “I am most impressed to see the professionalism, commitment and spirited approach shown by the brave sailors of the Indian Navy. I am reassured that the security of our nation is in safe hands”.
India’s security entirely depends a lot on being strong at sea. “The Navy’s Mission Based Deployments at critical regions of the Indian Ocean have strengthened the maritime security environment in the region”, Defence Minister.
The Navy has been able to achieve credible deterrence by maintaining a very high degree of preparedness through regular training, quality maintenance and strategic situational awareness. The naval deployments are an important tool of diplomacy which is essential to build bonds with friendly nations”, he added.
“India’s economic resurgence is directly linked to its overseas trade and energy needs, most of which is by sea. About 90 per cent of India’s international trade by volume and about 70 per cent by value are carried by sea. As we move towards our goal of 5 trillion dollar economy; the volume of maritime trade will only grow in times to come,” Rajnath Singh stated an official release read.
The Defence Minister was accompanied by the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Flag Offcer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Ajith Kumar and Rear Admiral Jasjit Singh Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet.