Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed the Combined Commanders Conference on board India’s latest aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, about 50 kms off the Kochi coast.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar, national security advisor Ajit Doval, all three services chiefs and other senior officers of the Army, Navy and Air Force were present.
The Prime Minister was briefed about military issues during the conference which began at 10 am, defence sources said.
This is the first time the annual tri-services event was held outside the national capital, following Modi’s suggestion last year that they should meet on board ships, or air bases or in forward area cantonments.
Also known as the Unified Commanders’ Conference, the meet is crucial as it discusses in detail national defence policy and operational challenges.
Before leaving for INS Vikramaditya, Modi reviewed the tri-services guard of honour at Southern Naval Command in Kochi.
After the conference, Modi took a helicopter to Kollam to unveil the statue of former Kerala chief minister R Sankar at an event organised by the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP)-- an organisation representing the Ezhava community.