President, Vice President & PM Modi greet Navy personnel on Navy Day

PTI

File phot: Nvy Day

File phot: Navy Day

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday greeted Navy personnel on Navy Day, Nation is proud of your commitment in protecting our maritime frontiers, securing our trade routes, and providing assistance in times of civil emergencies.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also greeted Navy personnel on Navy Day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted Navy personnel on Navy Day, saying their service and sacrifice has made India safer.

“On Navy Day, we salute our courageous Navy personnel. Their valuable service and sacrifice have made our nation stronger and safer,” PM Modi tweeted.

He also posted a short video on Indian Naval history.

Navy Day is celebrated to commemorate the attack on the Karachi harbour during the Indo-Pakistan war on this day in 1971 by the Indian Navy.

The Indian Navy on Tuesday said it has decided to set up women-friendly facilities on its indigenously-built aircraft carrier and other bigger ships amid demands for induction of women.

Vice-Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, said the first indigenously-built aircraft carrier Vikrant would be women-friendly.

His statement comes a day after Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi became its first naval woman pilot to join operational duties in the presence of top officials at its base here.

Fulfilling her long-cherished dream, she received her ‘qualification wings’ from the Vice-Admiral on Monday.

He was addressing a press conference on board INS Tir at South Jetty, naval base.

The Vice-Admiral said, “We’ve already started incorporating women-friendly facilities on the aircraft carrier and other bigger ships.”

“In the combat branch, which is basically on warships and submarines and the aircraft that goes to sea, there are certain requirements. There are logistic issues being sorted out. We need separate accommodation for women, separate toilets and other such facilities for them,” he said responding to queries on a delay in deployment of women on warships.

Asked whether Vikrant being built in Cochin Shipyard Limited would have women-friendly facilities, the Vice-Admiral said, “Yes”.

He said the aircraft carrier would be put to sea next year after the ship completes its trials.

The ship should be commissioned in 2021 as was planned, he said.

A roadmap has been prepared by the Navy on deployment of women on warships, which has been a long-pending demand.

The Vice-Admiral said legal and other issues needed to be sorted out before putting women on combat duty.

The appeal in the regard was pending in the Supreme Court.

The Navy is procuring 41 ships and its long-term plan is to have three aircraft carriers, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh also said on Tuesday.

The Navy’s annual budget allocation has come down from 18 per cent to 13 per cent in the last five years, he noted.

On the challenges in the neighbourhood, he said no action of any other player in the region should impact us.

“We are ready to work with like-minded nations in the region,” he said.

Seven to eight Chinese ships are usually present in Indian Ocean region, Admiral Singh noted.

The Navy chief also said India is playing a stabilising role in the Indo-Pacific region.