Maritime Theatre Command should be finalised by mid-2022: Navy chief

Indian Navy Chief Admiral R. Hari Kumar addressing journalists on Dec. 3 in New Delhi.

Indian Navy Chief Admiral R. Hari Kumar addressing journalists on Dec. 3 in New Delhi.

Says Indian Navy supported tri-services integration

New Delhi, Dec. 3 (Delhi Crown): Newly-installed Indian Navy chief Admiral R. Hari Kumar on Friday said that the “Maritime Theatre Command” should be finalised by mid-2022.

The “Maritime Theatre Command”, previously referred to as Peninsular Command, is a proposed integrated tri-services command of the Indian Armed Forces whose responsibilities may include the command and control of the entire Indian naval fleet and coastal defence operations.

Admiral Kumar said that the Indian Navy supported tri-services integration.

Addressing his first press conference as the Navy Chief, Admiral Kumar said that the Navy had taken measure to provide additional opportunities for women officers.

“The first woman provost officer joined in March this year. The Navy is ready to induct women in different capacities,” he said.

He also stated that the situation on the northern borders and Covid-19 had created two complex challenges, but the Indian Navy was prepared to tackle both. “Indian Navy has maintained combat and mission readiness and this resulted in preventing any misadventure in its maritime domain,” he said.

According to him, the Indian Navy had commissioned 28 “Made in India” ships over the last seven years, and that indigenous aircraft carrier “INS Vikrant would” be inducted in August 2022.

On relations with other nations, Kumar said that the Indian Navy had established itself as an information centre in the region. The Indian Navy participated in 22 multinational and bilateral exercises this year, he added.

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