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Indian Navy, a leading force: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh | India News

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NEW DELHI: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday described the Indian Navy as an “outstanding force” as he saluted it on the occasion of Navy Day.
In a tweet, Singh praised the professionalism of the Indian Navy and mentioned in particular its efforts to keep India’s sea lanes safe.
“On the occasion of # indiannavyday2020, my regards and best wishes to all the personnel of this exceptional force. @Indiannavy is at the forefront of keeping our seas safe by ensuring maritime safety. I salute your courage, courage and professionalism,” said Singh.
The Chief of the Army General Staff, General MM Naravane, the Chief of the Naval General Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, paid tribute to the country’s fallen heroes at the National Monument to the War on the occasion of Navy Day.
Naval Day is celebrated every year on December 4 to commemorate the achievement of the Indian Navy in inflicting severe damage on Pakistani ships in the port of Karachi during the Indian-Pakistani War in 1971.
In a message, Admiral Singh reaffirmed the firm commitment of the Navy to ensure the maritime security and territorial integrity of India.
The Indian Navy has increased its surveillance missions and strengthened operational deployment in the Indian Ocean in the wake of increasing incursions into the region from Chinese ships and submarines.
“On the occasion of # NavyDay2020, we reaffirm # IndianNavy’s firm commitment to serving the Nation and ensuring our maritime security and territorial integrity,” said Admiral Singh.
A number of trade union ministers, diplomats and prominent personalities conveyed their greetings to the Indian Navy on the occasion of Navy Day.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, in a tweet, said that his ministry has been a close partner with the Navy in securing India’s interest abroad and that both sides have provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief that they have improved the stature of the country.
“We look forward to continuing this partnership,” he said.
US Ambassador Ken Juster also conveyed his greetings to the Indian Navy and mentioned last month’s “successful” naval exercise Malabar.
“On behalf of the US Mission to India, a very happy #NavyDay to @ IndianNavy. We thank you for hosting the US, Japan and Australia for this year’s successful Malabar exercise and we look forward to continued growth in #USIndiaDefense association. Sham No, Varunah! “He tweeted.
India had invited Australia to be a part of this year’s Malabar exercise which effectively made it a drill for all Quad member nations.
The Quad, comprising India, the United States, Australia and Japan, aims to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific, a region that has witnessed growing Chinese military assertiveness in recent years.
At a press conference on Thursday, Admiral Singh said that the Indian Navy stood firm in protecting India’s maritime interests.
“In these trying times, the Indian Navy aims to stand firm as a combat-ready, credible and cohesive force that furthers our national and maritime interests,” he said.

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