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Navy well-prepared as net security provider in Indian Ocean: Vice Admiral Pawar

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The is well prepared to live up to its role as the net security provider in the Indian Ocean, M S Pawar, Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command, said here today.

Many countries in the region look up to the for support and training, said on the sidelines of the launch of a fuel barge for the INS Vikramaditya, the Navy's flagship

The INS Vikrant, the first indigenous to be built in India, will soon join the Naval force and will be based in the eastern sea-board, he said.

"The is well-prepared to live up to its role as the net security provider in the and is capable of meeting any security needs and contingency," the said.

said more than 40 warships are being built for the Navy, almost all being manufactured in Admitting that of submarines have been delayed, he said "subs have been on a building line for long".

He, however, hastened to add the second Kalvari class submarine will soon join the Naval forces, while four more are being built at in

He said many countries in the region, including Bangladesh, Myanmar, and look up to for support and training. said the Navy shipped 400 tonnes of relief to last week.

He said the INS Sumedha, a patrol vessel of the Indian Navy, is engaged in patrolling the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in jointly with the National Defence Force.

"Last week, an outside fishing vessel was intercepted in the Maldives waters by the INS Sumedha and MNDF personnel and was told to stay away from its territory," Pawar said.

Regarding the withdrawal of Maldives from '2018', a joint exercise of navies of various countries held in March, he said, "Changes are constant which we have to reckon with. There may be some ups and downs but overall we share bonds of friendship."

Many people come from the island nation to for education and other purposes, the Vice Admiral said, adding that MNDF personnel are also trained at the

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 22:20 IST