Indian Navy played important role in deterring Chinese naval forces: Top officer

By: Express Web Desk | Kochi |

Updated: December 3, 2020 8:38:10 pm

INS Vikrant, India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier currently under construction at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), is expected to be commissioned late next year or early 2022 (Photo credit: Twitter/DefencePROKochi)

Amid Chinese aggression at the LAC as well as at sea, a top officer said on Thursday the Indian Navy played an important role in “deterring” the naval forces of the People’s Liberation Army in order to send a strong message.

“..the Navy did portray its deterrent capability at sea. The Navy is a silent service and once you sail over the horizon, nobody knows what happens, except those who have communication systems on the ships. The Navy played an important role in deterring the PLA (Navy) at that time and the message has gone across to them very unambiguously that they cannot mess with us either at sea or on land,” Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, told reporters onboard INS Shardul on the occasion of Navy Week this year.

He said the situation had given impetus to the Navy to concentrate on building its strengths such as force levels, human resources, operational capabilities and partnerships.

The Vice Admiral also said INS Vikrant, India’s first…

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