Indian Navy's Annual Refit Conference (ARC) and Annual Infrastructure Conference (AIC) was inaugurated at Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command by Vice Admiral Karambir Singh Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command on February 14, 2018. The two-day conference chaired by Vice Admiral GS Pabby, Chief of Materiel (COM), Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence(Navy) was attended by all the stake-holders representing the Naval Headquarters, three Naval Commands, the Tri-Services Command at Port Blair, Dockyards, Repair Yards and Material Organisations of the Navy. The delegates deliberated upon refit plans for all ships and submarines of the Indian Navy scheduled during the next three years and formulate plans for infrastructure augmentation to meet growing requirements of the Indian Navy.
Inaugurating the conference, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh appreciated the role of Naval Dockyards and Repair Yards in undertaking operational repairs and refits of ships and submarines. He highlighted the growing role of Indian Navy in the context of existing geo-political scenario and the central role of our combat platforms in ensuring secure seas for national prosperity and development. In order to ensure high level of performance from equipment and sensors, he urged all agencies to work towards ensuring quality repairs, enhanced operational logistics and strict compliance with mandated routines.
Delivering the keynote address, Vice Admiral Pabby lauded the efforts of Naval Dockyards, Material Organisations, Repair Yards, Trials and Inspection agencies in ensuring operational availability of machinery, weapons and sensors including emergent hull repairs during the past year. He urged all stake holders to remain focused and their timely completion whilst adopting new technologies and innovative repair methodologies particularly for legacy systems and equipment. He also urged all concerned to focus on greater indigenisation in keeping with the spirit of the 'Make in India' initiative.
The Conference deliberated upon technical and logistics aspects concerning refits and towards developing a comprehensive maintenance philosophy for ensuring higher availability of combat platforms. The Annual Infrastructure Review drew up plans for modernisation and augmentation of infrastructure necessary for future induction of platforms pan Navy.