The first edition of this years’ bi-annual Naval Commanders’ Conference concluded on Thursday with having discussed the reorganisation of Indian Navy towards improving operational efficiency and optimal manning.
The conference was commenced on April 23 with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressing the top echelons in the naval service, complimenting the Indian Navy for maintaining a high operational tempo and its ability to not only safeguard India’s interest in the maritime domain but also coerce an adversary into submission as was evident during the recent standoff.
Chairing the conference, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba addressed the Commanders on various important issues pertaining to operational readiness, capability enhancement, maintenance, op logistics, infrastructure development and human resource management.
‘Functional Reorganisation of Indian Navy towards improving Operational efficiency’ and ‘Optimal Manning’ formed the core of discussions towards finalising the long term road map of the Navy, an Indian Navy spokesperson said.
In keeping with the Navy’s ethos of harnessing niche technologies, concrete plans to incorporate ‘Big Data Analytics’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’ for solutions in the domains of naval combat, convergence of networks/ information, logistics, administration and equipment health monitoring for sustained operation were also discussed, the spokesperson added.
The commanders also reviewed the Indian Navy’s sustained prominence as the first responder for HADR and its role as the Net Security Provider in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
The Navy’s partnering with many Friendly Foreign Countries for developing comprehensive Maritime Domain Awareness, undertaking concrete steps such as 10th IONS anniversary celebrations at Kochi, concluding numerous defence cooperation agreements related to logistics, training and operations, which are a testimony to its primacy in the sphere of defence diplomacy in the wider Indo Pacific region and beyond were also reviewed during the conference.
The minister had also appreciated Navy’s efforts in the area of indigenisation, self-reliance and support to the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government.
The next edition of Naval Commanders’ Conference is scheduled in Oct/ Nov later this year.