Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, today highlighted the importance of the maritime domain and the advantage possessed by India owing to its geographic disposition in the Indian Ocean. Speaking at an event on 'Maritime India and the Indian Navy' organised here, he also dwelt on the various roles of the Indian Navy in defending the country's interest, both in war and peace, and in promoting stability and security. The event was organised by the Indian Merchants' Chamber's (IMC) Chamber of Commerce & Industry and IMC Ladies Wing this evening. Luthra explained about the Indian Navy's sustained operations in the region to secure the country's national maritime interests. He also highlighted that the Indo-Pacific region is central to global and regional developments and that emerging geopolitics have a strong maritime orientation. He provided details related to centrality of the seas in growth and development and covered aspects about the new government initiatives for Blue Economy, including Project Sagarmala for port-led development of industrialisation, trade and commerce. Speaking on the occasion, Preeti Luthra, President Naval Wives Welfare Association (NWWA) brought out how the association provides support to the families of the naval personnel when they are away on deployments guarding the frontiers. She informed the audience about the various social outreach activities of NWWA. Lieutenant Meenakshi Pandey of the Indian Navy, elaborated on the topic "Life of a woman Indian Naval Officer".
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