Indian Navy fully capable of defending nation from any threat: Sitharaman


Agencies, New Delhi/Panaji After reviewing the maritime prowess of the water warriors over the two days, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said the Indian Navy was completely capable of securing the nation against any form of threat. “Having witnessed first-hand the prowess of the Western Fleet, I am confident that the Indian Navy is fully capable of defending the nation against any form of threat,” the minister said. Ms Sitharaman witnessed the operational manoeuvres of over ten warships including the aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, three submarines and various naval aircraft off the western coast of the country. The minister initially embarked INS Kolkata, the first of the indigenously built Kolkata Class destroyers and then spent the night at sea on-board INS Vikramaditya. To assess the performance of the carrier in real conditions, she ‘transited’ through a simulated ‘multi-threat’ environment on-board along with her ‘escorts’.She also presided over a multiple complex naval operations including air interceptions, missile, gun and rocket firings, ship-to-ship replenishment, night flying and anti­submarine operations. The Western Fleet of the Indian Navy undertook these major naval manoeuvres off the western seaboard of India to showcase operational excellence and combat capabilities. Later, she also interacted and had open discussions with the sailors on-board the warships.