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Friday, December 25, 2009

Indian gov't committed to modernizing navy: president

INS Arihant

The Indian government is committed to modernizing the Indian Navy in keeping with the requirements of the 21st century, Indian President Pratibha Patil said Thursday.

In July was launched INS Arihant, an indigenously designed nuclear submarine that is an important milestone in the Navy's modernization process and to ensure an equitable balance of power in the region, she said, while on board the aircraft carrier INS Viraat off Mumbai harbor during a "day at sea."

The president said in a statement that the construction of many new ships and submarines, as also aircraft construction and acquisition projects are at various stages of completion and would help transform the Indian Navy into an even more formidable force.

"It is, indeed, very satisfying to note that a number of these naval projects are indigenous," Patil observed.

Heaping praise on the Indian Navy, the President said the men and women of the force were discharging their duties with a high degree of professionalism, courage and commitment.

The multi-dimensional responsibilities of the Navy in the Indian Ocean Region are important for the prosperity of the nation and the country has implicit faith in the capability and capacity of the maritime forces to secure the sea frontiers to provide a peaceful environment for maritime trade and other activities, she said.

Source: Xinhua

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