Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba on Monday said the killing of American tourist John Allen Chau by the Sentinelese tribe in Andaman was not a failure of coastal security in the island, ANI reported. The navy chief said Chau arrived as a tourist in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and had the requisite permissions, adding that the Andaman and Nicobar Command was investigating the case.
At his annual press conference, the navy chief addressed several issues and also made a number of announcements. On the status of the trial of former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, held captive in Pakistan over espionage charges, he said the navy was in touch with Jadhav's family and was providing them all assistance.
He announced that the Indian Navy was looking at inducting 56 warships and submarines, and the process to bring in a third aircraft carrier had been moved.
"This is apart from 32 warships under construction," he said.
Lanba also vowed to enhance the force's maritime capability, adding that the process for installing automated identification transponders on around 2.5 lakh fishing boats had been started as part of efforts to enhance coastal security.
The admiral assured the country that the navy was keeping round-the-clock vigil on India's maritime domain.
Talking about the contract given to Reliance Naval Engineering Limited for five offshore patrol vehicles, he said: "We are looking into the contract... The bank guarantee for the deal has been encashed."
When asked about the status of the proposal to set up a base at the Seychelles' Assumption Island, he said talks were on with the government of the island nation.
Lanba added that with Maldives now with a favourable government, the two countries are set to strengthen their maritime cooperation.
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Dec 03, 2018 17:54:50 IST