He says Navy has participated in 22 bilateral and multilateral exercises this year.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R. Hari Kumar said the situation on the northern border had added to the security complexities, and a dual situation (along with COVID-19) continued.
A proactive deployment had helped deter any misadventure in the maritime domain. The Navy had established firm footprint in the nation’s areas of interest. It had participated in 22 bilateral and multilateral exercises this year. The scale and complexity of these exercises had also gone up, he stated at the Navy chief’s annual press conference.
International Liaison Officers from 14 countries have been invited at the Information Fusion Centre for Indian Ocean Region and nine have joined so far, he observed.
The 28 ships commissioned into the Navy in the last seven years have been built in India. And of 39 ships and submarines under construction, 37 were in the country, he highlighted.
The Navy was focusing on infra development in island territories that could act as the springboard for operational turnaround, he added.