Vasco: Stating that a significant number of Indian Navy ships are planned to be constructed in Goa, Flag Officer, Commanding Goa Naval Area Rear Admiral Philipose George Pynumootil, on Tuesday, disclosed that the construction of naval ships in the state apart from providing employment opportunities to the local population, would also energise the local industries.
Rear Admiral Pynumootil was speaking to the media at the Navy Day Celebration-2018 held at Navy House at Goa Naval Area Headquarters at INS Gomantak.
Governor Mridula Sinha was the chief guest for the event. The former chiefs of Naval Staff were also present along with a large gathering of retired and serving senior naval officers and civilian dignitaries.
Air power demo and flypast by naval aircraft, high speed run by fast interceptor crafts, capability demonstration by Special Operations RIB and beating the retreat ceremony were highlights of the event.
Sinha released the Navy Day brochure on the occasion. The event culminated with a sunset ceremony with an impressive illumination of naval ships at anchorage.
The theme for Navy Week – 2018 celebration was ‘Indian Navy – Mission Deployed and Combat Ready’.
Rear Admiral said that “Indian Navy, and particularly, naval aviation has historic ties with Goa. INS Hansa located at Dabolim is known as the Mecca of Indian Naval Aviation. The station is the base for highly potent aircraft manned by very capable and highly trained crew. Many a fighter pilots, maritime patrol and helicopter aircrew have been groomed here before they took on live missions that have had a direct bearing on matters of national security.”
He maintained that “exercise Sagar Kavach, conducted once in six months, provides an excellent platform for all the stakeholders to ensure that our mission of safeguarding the shores of Goa remains paramount.”
“Acts of terror serve as a grim reminder for the need to be ever vigilant and keep our guard up. A heightened state of alertness is therefore the new normal. In connection with coastal and airport security co-ordination, I must thank the Goa administration and other stakeholders for the proactive approach and support at all times,” he said.
He stated that Indian Navy is also cooperating with friendly foreign countries towards installing coastal radar chains, undertaking coordinated patrols and assisting them with hydrographic surveys in their waters. “Navy also undertakes exchange of white shipping information with many foreign navies and trains almost 900 foreign naval personnel annually in training establishments and schools in India,” he said.
“The Indian Navy works closely with other navies through interactions and exercises at sea. We also periodically undertake visits to foreign ports thereby undertaking the important role of showing our flag and establishing presence. This year, we had bilateral exercises with US, Singapore, Australian, and French, apart from passage exercises with ships of many friendly Navies,” he said, adding, “Over the past year, the Navy has been dispatching ships, submarines and aircraft for long range mission based deployments to enhance the footprint and presence in our primary areas of interest.” [NT]