New Delhi: The Bi-annual Naval Commanders Conference commenced at New Delhi on Sep 04, 2023. Minister of state for defence Ajay Bhatt inaugurated the conference.
Having shifted the venue of Commanders Conference outside Delhi wef 2023, wherein the first edition was conducted onboard INS Vikrant in March 2023, the second edition that started today is to review the status of decisions taken during the first edition. During his interaction, the minister commended the Navy for maintaining a high Operational tempo in ensuring secure seas for national security and prosperity. He praised the Navy for the efforts invested towards indigenisation and innovation towards becoming a fully Aatmanirbhar Force by 2047, which was exemplified during the recent launch of indigenous stealth frigates Vindhyagiri and Mahendragiri. He also appreciated the Navy for undertaking steady initiatives in line with the Paanch Pran enunciated by the PM .Gen Anil Chauhan, Chief of the Defence Staff, Dr Samir V Kamat, Secy DRDO and senior officials from the MoD were also present during the inaugural session .
The ongoing and planned indigenous projects of the Indian Navy utilising niche technologies in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Tactical Communications, Combat Management Systems, Cyber Security, Underwater Domain Awareness and Combat Platform Integration, were showcased at the conference. In addition, the newly designed uniform items being introduced in Service for enhanced comfort, hygiene and functionality, viz. high absorption T-shirts, camouflage cap and jacket, high ankle shoes, and National Civil Dress for Messes/ functions were displayed on the sidelines of the conference.
The minister also released the Maritime Infrastructure Perspective Plan 2023-37, IRS Rules and Regulations Handbook, Family Logbook, and Electronic Service Document Project during the event.