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Naval Commanders’ Conference to focus on changes in the Indo-Pacific Region

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with the senior leadership of the Indian Navy during the Naval Commanders' Conference in April, earlier this year (File image courtesy: PIB)

The second edition of the Naval Commanders’ Conference of 2022, scheduled from October 31 to November 3 in New Delhi, would dwell upon the dynamics of the geostrategic situation of the region and the Indian Navy’s readiness to deal with the same.

The conference serves as a platform for Naval Commanders to discuss important maritime matters at the military-strategic level through an institutionalised forum.

Due to the dynamic and fast-paced developments in security imperatives in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) as well as in other parts of the world, the conference has its own significance and relevance.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address the conference and also interact with the Naval Commanders on matters pertaining to national security.

The Chief of Defence Staff and the Chiefs of the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force would also interact with the Naval Commanders to address the convergence of the three Services vis-a-vis the common operational environment, and avenues of augmenting Tri-Service synergy and readiness towards the defence of the nation and India’s national interests.

“Amongst many issues being discussed, the Chief of the Naval Staff, along with other Naval Commanders will review major operational, materiel, logistics, human resource development, training and administrative activities undertaken by the Indian Navy in the last few months and further deliberate upon future plans for important activities and initiatives,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The Navy has focused on being a combat-ready, credible and cohesive force with a future-ready outlook and continues to assiduously execute its mandate. The Indian Navy has witnessed significant growth in its operational tasking over the years in consonance with India’s rising maritime interests.

Indian Navy’s standing as the ‘Preferred Security Partner’ has also grown concomitantly in recent times as it is poised to counter all maritime security challenges emerging due to uncertain geo-strategic situations in IOR and beyond.

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