New Delhi, May 26 (IANS): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday asked shipyards, both public and private, to compress delivery schedules of warships and other platforms for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard.
Addressing the Naval Commanders’ Conference here, Parrikar said in the last one year the modernisation plan of the navy has gained significant momentum with the induction of several new platforms.
The minister expressed satisfaction with the impetus being imparted on indigenous development of naval capabilities.
“Each commissioning of a ship or launch of a submarine built in India is a proud moment for everyone and the nation as a whole,” Parrikar said.
The minister said all 48 ships and submarines presently on order for the navy are being constructed in Indian shipyards in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ vision.
The defence minister also complimented the naval personnel for continuing to perform their duties tirelessly and selflessly to protect and promote the maritime interests of the nation.
He appreciated the stellar role played by the navy in evacuating citizens of nearly 35 countries during ‘Operation Rahat’ in the extremely dangerous and war-like conditions in strife-torn Yemen.
The minister also praised the prompt response during ‘Operation Neer’, where Indian Naval ships provided potable water to Maldives in December last year and demonstrated the nation’s commitment and engagement with its maritime neighbours.
Parrikar also said improvements in service conditions, welfare and quality of life of personnel in uniform were among his top priority.
The minister also highlighted the proactive engagement of Navy with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and other private and public sector partners which have resulted in a high degree of indigenisation and transfer-of-technology.