Rajnath Singh reviews development works at Karwar Naval Base

 Rajnath Singh reviews development works at Karwar Naval Base

The Union Minister for Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh conducting an aerial survey of ‘Project Seabird’, at Karwar on June 24, 2021. The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh is also seen.

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The Union Minister for Defence, Rajnath Singh conducting an aerial survey of Project Seabird, at Karwar. The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh is also seen.

Karwar, June 24, 2021: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Karwar Naval Base and reviewed the progress of ongoing infrastructure development under ‘Project Seabird’ today.

Accompanied by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Rajnath Singh undertook an aerial survey of the Project Area and sites before arriving at the INS Kadamba Helipad. The visiting dignitaries were received by Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Naval Command Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar and Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area, Rear Admiral Mahesh Singh. 

The Union Minister for Defence, Rajnath Singh reviewing progress of ongoing infrastructure development at Karwar Naval Base under Project Seabird

The Raksha Mantri inspected the ongoing works at the Naval Base and received on-site briefings including capability demonstration at the Shiplift Tower. He also undertook a tour of the Naval Harbour and reviewed the marine works/infrastructure being developed as part of Project Seabird Phase II A as also operationalisation of Piers.

Rajnath Singh visited the newly-constructed Sailors Married Accommodation which incorporates advanced features for water efficiency, handling of house-hold waste, energy efficiency and provides environment-friendly houses. 

He interacted with Project Seabird Contactors, Engineers and Officers, Sailors & Civilians of Karwar Naval Base.

In his address, he expressed satisfaction at the progress of works being carried out under ‘Project Seabird’. He hoped that after the completion of the project, the Kawar Naval Base would become Asia’s largest Naval base which would further bolster the operational readiness of the Armed Forces and help in augmenting trade, economy & humanitarian aid operations. 

The Raksha Mantri complimented the Indian Navy for being a strong arm of the Armed Forces that is making an invaluable contribution towards maritime and national security, besides strengthening India’s position at the strategic as well as diplomatic & commercial levels.

Rajnath Singh lauded the efforts of Indian Navy for providing humanitarian assistance to not just the country, but the world, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. “From rescuing stranded Indian nationals from affected countries to ferrying in critical equipment, including oxygen cylinders, from abroad, Indian Navy has worked tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19. It also extended assistance to various countries,” he said. 

He also listed out a number of initiatives taken by the Government to promote self reliance in defence manufacturing. The initiatives include allocation of 64 per cent of modernisation funds under capital acquisition budget for 2021-22 for domestic procurement; changes in Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 and increase in FDI limit in the defence sector to 74 per cent. 

On the efforts to boost self reliance in Indian Navy, Shri Rajnath Singh said more than two-thirds of Navy’s modernisation budget has been spent on indigenous procurement in the last five financial years. Lauding Navy’s commitment towards ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’, he stated that out of the 48 ships and submarines, 46 are being inducted through indigenous construction.

The Raksha Mantri described Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant as a shining example of Navy’s self-reliance efforts. He said the commissioning of Vikrant will be a momentous occasion in the history of Indian defence as it is coinciding with the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.

He expressed confidence that Indian Navy will become one of the top three Navies in the world in the coming years and continue to play a crucial role in protecting the nation.

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