First Biannual Naval Commanders Conference 2018 concludes on 11 May 2018. Various topics were discussed at this four-day conference. The conference was inaugurated by the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. In her address, Sitharaman said that Indian Navy is a big power in the India-Pacific region. The Defence Minister assured the Naval Commanders that the Government of India would speed up the task of bridging helicopters, fleet support, vessel and the capacity gap in Submarine. The Defence Minister gave her support to the Indian Navy's Long-Term Acquisition Scheme.
This plan has been prepared with the strategic vision of India-Pacific region. The conference discussed the need for acceptance of the second indigenous carrier aircraft for the Navy. In addition to this project, the ongoing projects for shipbuilding will be strengthened by the Government of India's 'Make in India' initiative. Shipbuilding projects include Mine Counter Major Ship (MCMV), Landing Platform Dock (LPD), NT Submarine Shallow Water Craft, Diving Support Ship and Survey Ship.
Apart from employment generation from major shipbuilding projects being run by private and public sector in Indian ship factories, micro-small and medium enterprises also help to develop indigenous technology and to develop manufacturing units for support in shipbuilding. The Navy Swadeshikaran Yojna, launched by the Navy in 2015, has provided an opportunity for the Indian industry to develop structure, skill development and employment.
The Navy's mission-based deployments were also reviewed at the conference. The purpose of this review was to get the maximum benefit of the deployment of ships and the deployment of important areas within the IOR. In addition to sharing information with the navies of other countries, there is a plan to connect these steps with each other, such as defence, diplomatic efforts like bilateral maneuvers and visiting each other's ports.
New Digital Library was inaugurated in Naval Commanders' Conference. This knowledge will be available to the Navy for the management and return of important data and information records. Naval commanders also had discussions with Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanyam and Chief of the Army Staff and Air Chief. The next conference of Naval Commanders will be held in October / November this year.
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