The Indian Navy has prepared a maritime infrastructure perspective plan to improve maintenance and operability of naval assets, the Chief of Staff of the Navy, Admiral R K Dhowan said today.
Addressing a press conference in Delhi, the chief said that the plan would be in sync with the overall preparedness of the navy.
While the chief did not give out any details of the plan, it has to be seen in the context of improving the battle readiness of the ever-increasing fleet of ships, submarines and aircraft which the navy has and will acquire in the near future.
During the past couple of years, the Indian Navy has been hit by accidents and maintenance issues affecting its ships and submarines which have brought the focus on improving fleet maintenance and setting up the infrastructure for such a venture.
With India’s medium term strategic imperative being to match the growing activity of the Chinese Navy in the Indian Ocean region, a battle-ready navy would be the means to achieve it.
The chief also touched upon the need to help Indian Ocean littoral states with naval assets when asked if India would be a net provider of security.