Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says the Navy has a crucial role to play in the form of safeguarding the Sea Lines of Communication (SLOC) – the economic lifeline to make Indian economy to reach the Five Trillion Dollar mark by 2025.
He was speaking at the Naval Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi today. Mr Singh urged the Naval Commanders to continue reviewing procedures and strengthen the Coastal Security framework, so as to counter emerging threats and challenges, effectively. He said the Indian Navy will continue to perform the duty of safeguarding the maritime interests of the nation.
Speaking to media later, Mr Singh said India has never been the aggressor but its armed forces are capable of giving a befitting reply to those who cast an evil eye on it.