Pointing out that the navy is looking at indigenous options, the defence ministry said 42 of the 44 warships on order being built at Indian shipyards is a testimony to this.
During his address, Singh also talked out Navy’s significant contributions in the fight against COVID-19, bringing back Indian citizens from overseas during Op Samudra Setu-I, and much needed Liquid Medical Oxygen during Samudra Setu-II, despite dangers of COVID spread onboard warships.
Search and rescue efforts by Navy during Cyclone Tauktae showcased the spirit of daring and courage among our men and women in whites.
“Our efforts are in alignment with the Prime Minister’s Vision of SAGAR, or Security and Growth for All in the Region, and the wider goal of a Free, Open and Inclusive Indo-Pacific region, to ensure peace and stability in the region,” the defence minister said.
(Published in an arrangement with IANS.)