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Indian Navy fully capable to deal with any threat: Sitharaman

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The is fully capable of defending the nation against any form of threat, Defence Minister Sitharaman today said after witnessing a show of its operational might off the western coast of

More than 10 warships from the including the INS Vikramaditya, three submarines and various naval aircraft participated in the show.

The said Sitharaman "presided over" complex naval operations including air interceptions, missile, gun and rocket firings, ship-to-ship replenishment, night flying and antisubmarine operations during the two-day-long show which began yesterday.

The western fleet of the Navy undertook the manoeuvres off the western seaboard of to showcase operational excellence and combat capabilities.

The initially embarked INS Kolkata, the first of the indigenously built Class destroyers and then spent the night at sea on-board INS Vikramaditya.

"To assess the performance of the carrier in real conditions, Sitharaman 'transited' through a simulated 'multi-threat' environment on-board along with her 'escorts' during the night of January 8," the Navy said in a statement.

"Having witnessed first-hand the prowess of the Western Fleet, I am confident that the is fully capable of defending the nation against any form of threat," she was quoted as saying by the Navy.

Sitharaman said the Navy's "mission based" deployments in the region have effectively contributed in keeping the seas safe.

The Navy had operationalised a new 'mission-ready' plan for aggressive deployment of warships in critical sea lanes around five months ago, seen as a move to counter China's growing assertiveness in the region.

Sitharaman said the government was sparing no efforts to enable and empower the armed forces as they "stand firm" on the country's borders.

"I am confident that your presence and preparedness will deter our adversaries from attempting any actions detrimental to our sovereignty and safeguard our interests," she said.

She disembarked the ship by naval helicopter to INS Hansa in today.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 20:45 IST