New Delhi, 1 December (Agency)
The Indian Navy has appointed the first woman commanding officer of a naval ship in line with its ‘all roles-all ranks’ vision for women personnel, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar said on Friday. “Our ships, submarines and aircraft have maintained a high level of operational mobility,” Admiral Kumar said at a press conference ahead of Navy Day. On China’s increasing activities in the Indian Ocean, he said that the Indian Navy keeps an eye on all activities in the region.
The Navy Chief said, ‘Our units are deployed in operational readiness throughout the Indian Ocean Region and beyond to protect and advance our national interests.’ He said that the Navy remains a war-ready, reliable, united force and a future-proofing force. Admiral Kumar said the extent of the Navy’s deployment on the operational front has been satisfactory as its ships have been continuously present in the Indo-Pacific region. The Navy Chief said, ‘The total number of women firefighters has now crossed the 1,000 mark.’