New Delhi, Sep 29 : The Indian Navy is ready to defend the country against all threats, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday while addressing the personnel of Western Fleet, during his “day at sea” onboard INS Vikramaditya off the Goa coast.
After witnessing the prowess and fire power of the Western Fleet first hand, he 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”.
Emphasizing that security of India relies a lot on being strong at sea, Mr Singh lauded the multi-dimensional approach adopted by the Navy to ensure safety and security in the country’s areas of maritime interest.
He said, the Navy’s Mission Based Deployments at critical regions of the Indian Ocean have strengthened the maritime security environment in the region.
The minister also commended the Western Fleet which was immediately deployed in a strong posture in the northern Arabian Sea when the Government effectively responded to the Pulwama attacks through strikes on terror camps in Balakot.
He said, “Western Fleet degraded the ability of our adversary and ensured they did not attempt any misadventure at sea”.
Mr Singh termed as most significant the role of Indian Navy to have a credible “second strike” capability as a nuclear deterrent.
He joined the ship’s crew during morning Yoga followed by a walk around the Aircraft Carrier. He was also briefed on the reach of Indian Navy and enhanced Maritime Domain Awareness. He also spoke to INS Mysore, deployed in the Strait of Hormuz, through video conferencing.
The visit culminated with the Steam Past and Fly Past - the traditional naval salutation by ships, submarines and aircraft of Western Naval Command.(UNI)