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Keeping close watch on Chinese ships in region: Indian Navy Chief

Indian Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, while addressing an annual Navy Day press conference, said Indian Navy is keeping a close watch on Chinese ships in the region.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 3, 2022 14:34 IST

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Admiral R Hari Kumar said that recent events like the Russia-Ukraine War have shown us that we cannot remain dependent on others for our security.

By Manjeet Negi: Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, during the annual Navy Day press conference, said there are a lot of Chinese ships present in the region.

“There are four to six People’s Liberation Army (PLA) navy ships at any time. There are a large number of Chinese fishing vessels along with their research vessels. We keep a close watch on them,” said the navy chief.

“This is an important region where a large amount of trade and energy flows through this region. There are around 60 extra-regional vessels. We track these vessels and ensure that they don’t do anything inimical to our interests,” added the navy chief.

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Admiral R Hari Kumar said that recent events like the Russia-Ukraine War have shown us that we cannot remain dependent on others for our security requirements. The government has given us very clear guidelines towards Aatmnirbhar Bharat.

“The CDS Gen Anil Chauhan has laid stress on increasing integration, and we have been working on developing theatre commands and integration, stated the navy chief.

The navy chief, calling the Agniveer scheme a landmark achievement, said 3,000 Agniveers have joined the Indian Navy, of whom 341 are women.

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