Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh visited Karwar Naval Base on Thursday.
He was received by the Admiral Superintendent of Yard (Karwar) and the Chief Staff Officer of the Karnataka Naval Area.
Admiral Singh addressed officers and sailors at Karwar and complimented the contribution of the Naval Base towards sustaining high levels of operational tempo. He also appreciated the Naval Ship Repair Yard in Karwar in providing maintenance support and repair service to ships and submarines during the COVID-19-induced lockdown period.
He acknowledged the contribution of INHS Patanjali for being the first Armed Forces hospital in the country to treat civilian COVID-19 positive patients. He said that patients from Uttara Kannada were provided quality care leading to their speedy recovery. The Admiral wished the men and their families a happy festive season.
During the interaction, he emphasised on various operational aspects including key issues relating to cyber-security, protection against terror attacks, asymmetric warfare, and exhorted all personnel to maintain the highest-level of alertness, officials said.
Admiral Singh, thereafter, departed by helicopter to embark on the Carrier Battle Group, comprising INS Vikramaditya, accompanied by a number of destroyers, frigates, corvettes, fleet support ships and swing-role fighter jets and helicopters.
On embarking on indigenous guided-missile destroyer Chennai, he was given a briefing by the Fleet Commander, after which weapon firings, air-to-air combat operations, anti-submarine drills and fleet manoeuvres were demonstrated, the Navy said.
Following the drill, the Chief of Naval Staff embarked on a fleet support ship Deepak and interacted with the ship”s crew.
Then he embarked on INS Vikramaditya where he witnessed the Carrier Battle Group’s capabilities for air defence as well as strike missions.
In his address, Admiral Singh, also advised continued compliance of protocols by naval personnel and their families to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Indian Navy continues to maintain a high tempo of operations and combat-readiness despite the COVID-19 pandemic by adhering to stringent protocols onboard warships, submarines and aircraft squadrons and bases, and is fully prepared to tackle challenges in the maritime domain,” the Navy said.