Indian Navy takes steps to build a thriving naval base in Porbandar

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    Indian Navy takes steps to build a thriving naval base in Porbandar

    GANDHINAGAR: The Indian Navy has chalked out a detailed plan to make its presence in Gujarat robust, beginning with upgrading and strengthening of its aviation assets in Porbandar. The navy, which had commissioned an unmanned aerial vehicle squadron in Porbandar in January 2011, is likely to upgrade and strengthen its aviation assets in Gujarat next year.

    It is building 400 houses for its officers and men at its 600 acre plot in Porbandar, which are expected to be ready by 2015. The navy thereafter would embark upon creating berthing facilities for its ships at the proposed INS Dwarka II in Porbandar. This project would entail huge investment of money and time and is yet to get the go ahead from the central government, a senior Indian Navy officer said, adding that it could be named INS Vallabhbhai Patel.

    Meanwhile, Rear Admiral Ashok Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding, Gujarat-Maharashtra area, Indian Navy, on Wednesday met chief minister Anandiben Patel in Gandhinagar. He discussed navy's future plans along Gujarat's 1,600-km-long coastline, the need for infrastructural facilities like jetty etc. and the general security situation in the region.

    The primary role of navy's national-level institution INS Valsura in Jamnagar is to train officers and sailors in electrical, electronic and weapon technologies and systems. However, it is under the administrative control of Southern Command. The existing naval base INS Dwarka at Okha is not that big, giving the Indian Navy's officer-in-charge in Porbandar a limited sphere of influence in the seas off the strategically located state of Gujarat. The proposed Dwarka II base of the navy is expected to enhance the role of the commodore-rank officer posted in Porbandar, sources said.

    The posting of a captain sometime ago in Gandhinagar by the navy was the first signal, which pointed towards the naval armed force's intention of deploying its frontline assets in Gujarat.

    Indian Navy takes steps to build a thriving naval base in Porbandar - The Times of India
     
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