Technical and logistics aspects were also discussed with a special emphasis on enhanced efficiency/capability of sea-going units
At the two-day Indian Navy’s Annual Refit Conference and Annual Infrastructure Conference (AIC), the delegates deliberated upon refit plans for all ships and submarines of the Indian Navy and formulated plans for infrastructure augmentation to meet the growing requirements.
The event commenced on 18 February 2020 at Vishakhapatnam, the Headquarters of Eastern Naval Command. The Annual Infrastructure Conference was held on 19 Feb 2020 to review progress towards modernisation and augmentation of repair and refitting infrastructure in order to maintain the lethal edge of combat assets of the Indian Navy.
The two-day conference chaired by Vice Admiral GS Pabby PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Chief of Materiel (COM), Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy) was attended by all the stakeholders representing the Naval Headquarters, three Naval Commands, the Tri-Services Andaman & Nicobar Command at Port Blair, Dockyards, Repair Yards and Material Organisations of the Navy.
Delivering the inaugural address, Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, ENC welcomed the delegates and appreciated the dedicated efforts in ensuring combat availability of Naval platforms. He also lauded the role of the Naval Repair Yards towards the sustained operation of platforms at sea.
The Chief of Material (COM), during his address, complimented the forum for ensuring quality refits of ships and submarines, with a focus on the safety of personnel and material. He also urged all concerned to focus on greater indigenisation in keeping with the spirit of the ‘Make in India’ initiative.