India has resources and assets to map, monitor and enforce order at sea: Chief of the Navy | India News
Chief of the Naval General Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh (File photo)
NEW DELHI: In the context of the growing Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean region, Admiral Chief of the Naval General Staff Karambir singh on Friday it said India has the resources, assets and domain expertise to map, monitor and enforce “good order” at sea.
In a speech at a seminar, Admiral Singh also claimed that the Indian Navy he remained focused on contributing his “power” to support the government’s efforts to harness the potential of the blue economy.
“We have the resources, assets, and domain expertise to map, characterize, monitor and enforce good order at sea. The Navy’s goal is to create an enabling ecosystem that supports the blue economy,” he said.
Admiral Singh also said that his force is supporting organizations such as Indian Ocean Basin Association (IORA) in its efforts to develop a common vision in the development of the blue economy.
“The 23-member grouping has emphasized the development of the blue economy through a common vision for balanced economic development in the Indian Ocean Basin,” he said at the seminar on the role of maritime forces in promoting an economy blue.
The Chief of the Navy said that the blue economy is a promise and hope as a new frontier and engine of global growth in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that destroys economies around the world.
“The prime minister has emphasized India’s emergence as one of the world’s leading blue economies, with all maritime stakeholders joining hands to accomplish this task,” he said.
“The Indian Navy It is a key player in making this vision a reality and its strength lies in guaranteeing safety, security and order at sea. This is critical to allow trade and commerce to flourish in a stable and sustainable manner, “said the Chief of the Navy.
Referring to the Indian Navy’s maritime dominance awareness efforts, he said it focuses on preventing “hostile activities” at sea that can deprive nations of their legitimate blue economic dividend.
There has been growing concern in the Indian Ocean region about growing Chinese assertiveness, including the exploitation of Beijing’s marine resources.
“I want to assure everyone that the Navy remains focused on contributing its power to support the blue economy efforts of the Indian government and indeed the region,” he said.
The Indian Ocean, considered the backyard of the Indian Navy, is central to India’s strategic interests.
China has been making concerted efforts to increase its presence in the region.
The Indian Navy has increased its presence in the Indian Ocean to keep a hawk-eyed vigil on Chinese activities.