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1st Naval Commanders' Conference of 2024: Defence Minister witnesses 'twin-carrier operations', a testament to Indian Navy's growing capabilities towards safeguarding maritime interests

"Navy continuously emerging in a leadership role in Indian Ocean region due to its increasing multi-dimensional capabilities"

Jointness & synergy of Armed Forces must in today's ever-changing geopolitical scenario: Rajnath Singh

March 5, 2024 Photo(s): By SpokespersonMoD / X, PIB
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on March 5, 2024 addressed the 1st Naval Commanders' Conference of 2024 onboard INS Vikramaditya, highlighting the Indian Navy's pivotal role in the Indian Ocean Region.

The first edition of the Naval Commanders' Conference of 2024 commenced on March 5, 2024. The inaugural session of the three-day event saw Defence Minister Rajnath Singh embarking at sea to witness the Indian Navy's ability to conduct 'twin-carrier operations'. Both aircraft carriers showcased the growing capabilities of the Navy to safeguard India's maritime interests. The demonstration served as a powerful testament to the crucial role of sea-based air power in maintaining maritime superiority.

The Defence Minister also addressed the Naval Commanders during the session. He commended the Indian Navy for increasing its multi-dimensional capabilities in the Indian Ocean region and continuously emerging in a leadership role. He appreciated the Navy's efforts to work towards peace and prosperity across the Indo-Pacific region, in line with Security And Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He lauded the anti-piracy operations of the Indian Navy in the Indo-Pacific region which, he said, is being appreciated not only in India but across the globe.

Rajnath Singh highlighted the Navy's important contribution in maritime security and maintaining the sovereignty of India, in addition to the crucial role it plays in fulfilling the global commitments. "If India's reputation has increased in the Indian Ocean Region and wider Indo-Pacific, it is due to the bravery and promptness of our Navy. It has become synonymous with credibility in the Indo-Pacific region. The Navy is a reflection of India's growing stature on the global canvas," he said.

The Defence Minister underscored the importance of jointness and synergy of the three Services amidst the constantly-evolving geopolitical scenario. He also spoke about the increasing use of drones in modern-day warfare and various maritime operations. He urged the Commanders to remain prepared to deal with all kinds of challenges, assuring Government's all-possible support.

The Naval Commanders' Conference, this time around, is being held in a hybrid format. It serves as a platform for Naval Commanders to deliberate on strategic, operational, and administrative matters concerning maritime security. Held against the backdrop of evolving geopolitical dynamics, regional challenges and the current volatile maritime security situation in the region, the conference plays a pivotal role in shaping the future course of the Indian Navy.

The Chief of Defence Staff, along with the Chiefs of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force, will also engage with the Naval Commanders during the conference to discuss the convergence of the three Services in light of the common national security environment. They will explore avenues to enhance tri-service synergy and readiness in defence of the nation.

(Above) Glimpses of inaugural session of the first edition of Naval Commanders' Conference of 2024 'twin-carrier operations' a testament to Indian Navy's growing capabilities towards safeguarding maritime interests witnesses by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at sea on March 5, 2024. The Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan, the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. Hari Kumar and the Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane are also seen.