The Indian Navy has assured the government that it will be ‘Atmanirbhar’ (self-sufficient) by 2047, according to Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar on Saturday.
In a press conference ahead of Navy Day, he said that the Navy keeps a close eye on the movements of various Chinese military and research vessels in the Indian Ocean Region.
He also said that the Indian Navy has achieved a very high operational tempo in the last year and that there has been a greater emphasis on the importance of maritime security as India advances.
“The government has provided us with specific guidelines for Atmanirbhar Bharat. We have promised that the Indian Navy will be transformed into Aatmanirbhar by 2047,” said the Navy Chief.
Admiral Hari Kumar also said that the Navy had had a very intense and engaging year operationally. According to him, the commissioning of the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant was a watershed moment for India.
The Navy Chief said that his force intends to provide Made-in-India security solutions to the country.
Around 3,000 Agniveers have joined the Navy, with 341 of them being women and we are inducting female sailors for the first time, according to Admiral Kumar.