Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman presided over India's show of Naval might on January 8-9, 2018. More than ten warships from the Indian Navy including the aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, three submarines and various naval aircraft participated in operational manoeuvres conducted off the western coast of India.
The Raksha Mantri initially embarked INS Kolkata, the first of the indigenously built Kolkata Class destroyers and then spent the night at sea on-board INS Vikramaditya. To assess the performance of the carrier in real conditions, the Raksha Mantri 'transited' through a simulated 'multi-threat' environment on-board along with her 'escorts' during the night of January 8.
Reviewing the maritime prowess of the Indian Navy over the two days, Smt Sitharaman presided over a multiple complex naval operations including air interceptions, missile, gun and rocket firings, ship-to-ship replenishment, night flying and antisubmarine operations. The Western Fleet of the Indian Navy undertook these major naval manoeuvres off the western seaboard of India to showcase operational excellence and combat capabilities.
The Raksha Mantri commented on the battle readiness of the Indian Navy. "Having witnessed first-hand the prowess of the Western Fleet, I am confident that the Indian Navy is fully capable of defending the nation against any form of threat",she stated.
Continuing the effort to collect feedback from Armed Forces Personnel at all operational levels of the military, Smt Sitharaman interacted closely and had open discussions with the sailors on-board the warships.
Finally, the Raksha Mantri disembarked the ship by naval helicopter to INS Hansa, Goa.