Indian Navy to be Aatmanirbhar by year 2047
On the occasion of Navy Week, Admiral Hari Kumar said during an event in the capital New Delhi that the aim of the Navy is to find every possible “Made-In-India security solutions”. The Navy Chief added, “The government has given us clear guidelines on Atmanirbhar Bharat. We have given assurances that the Indian Navy will become Aatmanirbhar by 2047.”
Assuring Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar has said that the Navy has assured the government of becoming ‘Aatmanirbhar’ by 2047. “Recent global events such as Ukraine conflict demonstrated that we can’t remain dependent on others for our security requirements,” the Navy Chief explained. He has also lauded the recent commissioning of INS Vikrant, the indigenous aircraft carrier, as a landmark even for Navy and “torch bearer of atmanirbharta”.
“There are very few countries that have the capability to make an aircraft carrier and we now form one of the elite,” he said. “It inspires self-confidence among us and it’s a shining symbol of our indigenous capability. It has contributed to enhancing the stature of the nation in the world. I’m sure Vikrant will proudly fly the Tiranga across the wide reaches of Indo-Pacific in years to come.”
“Nearly 60 odd other extra-regional forces are always present in Indian Ocean Region. We’re aware it’s a vital region where there’s large amount of trade which transits, energy flows which happen. Our job is to see that India’s interests in maritime domain are protected,” he said while addressing the concerns over increased Chinese vessel activity in the Indian Ocean region.
Admiral Hari Kumar mentioned that 3,000 agniveers have joined the Navy so far, of whom about 341 are women, citing the recruitment drive under Agnipath scheme. “Come next year, we are looking a women officers being inducted across all branches and not just the 7-8 branches they’re restricted to as of today,” he said.