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Indian Navy ready for joint exercises with Pak

On the modernisation of the Indian Navy, the Admiral said the Navy frequently inducts the latest technology.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 20:26 IST

The Indian Navy is ready to undertake joint exercises with its counterparts in Pakistan, as the two countries enjoy an "excellent" bilateral relationship, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash said in Udhagamandalam on Friday.

"It is excellent and if we get a chance, we are ready to go ahead with joint exercises with the Pakistan Navy," he informed a news agency..

Asked about the several joint exercises of the Navy, he said the Indian Navy has such exercise programmes with USA, UK And Oman. "We did such an exercise with the French Navy in Goa and it was a rewarding experience," he said.

On the modernisation of the Indian Navy, he said the Navy frequently inducts the latest technology.

To a question on the formation of the Armed Forces Tribunal, Admiral Arun Prakash, said it is a good proposal. "It is under the government's scrutiny and will be implemented any time."

Referring to the current tense situation in Sri Lanka, he said the Navy had been taking a number of steps to protect the maritime boundaries, like increased surveillance, with special attention towards the safety of fishermen.

But despite pleas, fishermen do venture out to sea, he said.

Earlier, Admiral Prakash took the salute from cadets at the parade grounds at Lawrence School, Lovedale.

Addressing the students, he exhorted them to uphold the values learnt in school all through their lives.

This would help them achieve success in their fields, he said.