[India] Dec 3 (ANI): Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra on Monday said the Indian Navy is looking at broadening the spheres of cybersecurity, owing to the importance of operational networks in Naval operations.
"Cybersecurity is vital for Navy. Navy depends on networks. We can't have operational networks down even for a short span of time," he said on board INS Kochi on the eve of Navy Day.
Furthermore, Vice Admiral Luthra stressed on the importance of being sensitised towards the families of personnel on account of information security.
He also touched upon development initiated by the Navy in Gujarat and Porbandar. "Operational infrastructure has been developed in Gujarat and Porbandar's infrastructure has witnessed remarkable changes. Also, the strength of personnel posted there has gone up by four times," he said.
Stressing on the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai, Vice Admiral Luthra further said: "We are committed to ensuring security and safety to our people from any challenges or threats originating from the sea, especially after the 26/11 attack in Mumbai. We have also stepped up surveillance in areas close to our coasts," he added.
Highlighting the upcoming projects initiated by the Navy, Vice Admiral Luthra asserted: "Phase 2 of Karwar project is underway and Naval Ship Repair Yard will be soon upgraded to Naval Dockyard in the near future. The Dry Dock in Mumbai will be fully ready and operational by mid-2019. As the Indian Navy is looking forward to the integration of new platforms, Vikramaditya and Kalvar-class submarine have been integrated into full-fleet operations."
He also emphasised on the need for active participation of both public and private sector entities in various sectors of the Navy, adding that system enhancement and systemic corrections need to be undertaken.
Navy Day is celebrated every year on December 4 to celebrate the success of the Indian Navy. (ANI)