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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Navy chief says it is battle ready, coasts are well patrolled

Panaji: Indian Naval Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta said on Friday the Navy is ready to battle the whole spectrum of low-end terror to nuclear warfare, if required.

We have the capability to exercise the kind of control we want in the region, Mehta, who was on the farewell visit to Goa, told reporters at the INS Hansa base in the port town of Vasco.

He said the naval force is ready to counter the whole spectrum of low-end terror to nuclear warfare in the sea.

Admiral Mehta said that Indian navy is growing and has been a force to reckon with in the continent.

Replying to a question on coastal security after Mumbai attack, Mehta said that the coasts are hundred per cent safe and well patrolled by navy's 140-odd-ship force manned by well trained men in uniform.

"For all practical purpose we are almost an island country. Our maximum trade is through the sea and navy ensures that the waters are safe for the trade", he said.

The naval chief said that the Indian maritime forces can now be dependent on indigenous shipyards to have its fleet requirement fulfilled.

Its a matter of great satisfaction that we have our shipyards building the smallest of the vessels to the largest of aircraft carriers, Mehta added.

He said that around 40 ships and submarines are being constructed in the shipyards across the country as also the aircraft carrier.

Admiral Mehta said that as the time passes the ships are getting more complex and technologically advanced.

The navy has need for people who are trained that is why we have shifted naval academy to Ezhimala (Kerala). Every executive officer passing out will be now an engineer with Btech qualification, he said.

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