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High level of coordination on coastal security, says Navy

The Navy said it has achieved a ‘very high level of coordination’ with concerned state and Central agencies on the issue of coastal security.

“We have achieved a very high level of coordination with concerned state and Central agencies on the issue of coastal security,” Vice Admiral Surinder Pal Singh Cheema, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, told reporters.

The top Navy official was speaking to reporters on board INS Vikramaditya, a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier which entered into service with the Indian Navy in 2013.

“Prevention of a 26/11 type attack is one of the prime focus areas of the Western Naval Command for which we are fully geared up to meet any challenge,” he said.

“We use technology, like radars and other sensors. Whatever is there at sea, we monitor it,” Adm Cheema said, when asked about measures taken after the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai when the terrorists set off from Karachi and entered Indian waters.

“We are also in close touch with fishermen who are the eyes and ears. They are the first to spot anything,” he added.

The Flag Officer also lauded the ‘good coordination and understanding’ with all agencies including Coast Guard, Marine Police, Customs to prevent any threat emanating from the sea.

Speaking of the naval shipbuilding, Adm Cheema said, “As of now, there are 47 warships under various stages of construction.”

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ thrust is a huge shot in arm. There is 90 per cent indigenisation in ship building,” he added.

Asked about threat from neighbours like China, Adm Cheema said, “the Navy is a guarantor of peace and prosperity.

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