Mumbai: On the occasion of the Navy Day, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra also the Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command (WNC) said, the Indian Navy is always ‘Mission Deployed and Combat Ready’. Considering the geo-strategic situation of the subcontinent, the Indian Navy has shifted its focus on the emergence of new threats. The Western Naval Command of Indian Navy has stepped up security at all the naval bases.
Luthra said, the Command’s operational focus is to maintain maritime security and stability through continuous presence of warships. He further said, the Navy has strengthened its operational support mechanisms to enable longer deployments by ships and submarines.
Most of the plans, maps are saved on the computers of the personnel and have heightened their cyber security pre-empting any attack or leakage of information. Vice Admiral Luthra said, “The maritime boundaries cannot be guarded by walls but need constant vigilance. The identification of threat is to be made within a split of a second since we cannot anticipate the threat inside a vessel from our boundaries. Hence we have trained personnel in the waters all the time, round the clock to respond to any threats coming from pirates or terrorists.”
Luthra has recommended the decommissioned Indian warship INS Viraat be used only for the ‘dignified’ activities. Since its decommissioning in March 2017, several states have expressed an interest to convert the ship into a tourism hub or a museum. “The INS Viraat should not be disrespected at any point, like turning it into a commercial hub like a shopping mall or water sports arena. Its vast history and dutiful service should be given full justice,” said Luthra.
A decade after the 26/11 terror attacks in the city, wherein the terrorists came by boat and were not spotted by the coast guard and navy, Luthra said the coastal security now better co-ordinated with all agencies concerned– navy, Coast Guard and Marine police. Now the naval exercises are undertaken, every six months involving intelligence-based activities.