We are going ahead with the integration of intelligence, says Admiral Lanba
At the Passing out Parade of the 132nd course of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Admiral Sunil Lanba said efforts are being made towards tri-service synergy and jointmanship in sectors besides intelligence.pune Updated: May 30, 2017 18:19 IST
Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba on Tuesday said the Indian Navy is open to integration of the intelligence units for the three wings of the armed forced.
Speaking to reporters after reviewing the Passing out Parade of the 132nd course of the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakwasla near Pune, Admiral Lanba said efforts are being made towards tri-service synergy and jointmanship in sectors besides intelligence.
Integration of intelligence of all the three wings was one of the key recommendation made by Lt Gen DB Shekatkar committee constituted by Ministry of Defence to boost combat potential of the armed forces.
“Committee report has been submitted to the government. They are examining it. And we are going forward with the jointness and integration in slow and steady steps,” Admiral Lanba told reporters. He further pointed towards the increased efforts to integrate training for the three services in avenues other than intelligence.
On expanding Navy’s operational footprint to emerge as a stabilising force in the Indian Ocean region, admiral Lanba said, the naval ships have made foray in Mediterranean and have gone all the way into Altlantic.
“Over the years, our footprints have been increasing. We have increased our deployment. We have a ship permanently on station at the Gulf of Aden. Ships of the Western fleet have just gone off foray in the Mediterranean and gone all the way into the Atlantic,” Admiral Lanba said.
He said the ships on the Eastern Creek have undergone joint exercise with the Singapore Navy in the South China Sea and are now en route Australia to exercise with the Australian Navy.
“You see, the Indian Navy is deployed from the Pacific to the Atlantic,” he said after reviewing the parade of the NDA cadets.
This year, 308 students - including six international students - passed out from the premier institute. The parade was held a day after receiving their academic degrees from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Admiral Lanba, also an alumnus of NDA, recalled his days at the institute.
“I joined NDA in January 1974 as a part of the Golf Squadron. As far as I go, Golf Squadron is the best squadron in the National Defence Academy. I had a great innings of three years in the Golf Squadron. It is a unique squadron with unique customs and traditions. And I have happy memories as its member,” he added.