Defence minister commissions new naval establishment at Karwar

Karwar (Karnataka), Sep 9 (IANS) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday commissioned INS Vajrakosh, the latest establishment of the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Indian Navy at Karwar in Karnataka.

It is poised to be the Indian Navy’s premier base on the western seaboard, and the base for some vital naval assets.

“Naval units operating out of Karwar are required to be equipped with specialised armaments and missiles. These sophisticated missiles and ammunition require special storage facility and specialised servicing facilities,” said an official <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>statement.

“The commissioning of INS Vajrakosh, the third naval establishment commissioned in Karwar, will allow the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Indian Navy to further bolster the offensive and defensive capabilities of its platforms,” the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>statement said.

On the occasion, Parrikar emphasised the importance of a strong and modern navy for a maritime nation like India.

“Navy helps in maintaining peaceful, stable and orderly environment for socio economic growth and national development,” he said.

The minister exhorted the crew to ensure that the missiles in Vajrakosh “remain ever ready for operational deployment”.

<strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Indian Navy chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan noted that Karwar was poised to emerge as the navy’s most significant base on the western seaboard in the near future.

“This naval establishment has some of the most significant naval assets already in <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>service or being inducted. With the ongoing expansion of the Indian Navy, there has been increase in the number of ships, submarines and aircraft equipped with specialised armament and missiles,” said the navy chief.

“These need to be stowed and maintained in the best possible manner throughout their <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>service life,” he said.

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