India's reputation has increased in the Indian Ocean Region and wider Indo-Pacific due to the bravery and promptness of Indian Navy, Defence Minister Singh says

In a strong assertion of India’s maritime prowess, the first edition of the Naval Commanders’ Conference of 2024 commenced on Tuesday (March 5, 2024), with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh embarking at sea to witness the Indian Navy’s ability to conduct ‘twin-carrier operations’.
Both aircraft carriers – INS Vikrant and INS Vikramaditya - showcased the growing capabilities of the Navy to safeguard India’s maritime interests. The demonstration served as a powerful testament to the crucial role of sea-based air power in maintaining maritime superiority, the Ministry of Defence said.
Addressing the Naval Commanders during the inaugural session, Defence Minister Singh commended the Indian Navy for increasing its multi-dimensional capabilities in the Indian Ocean region and continuously emerging in a leadership role. “If India's reputation has increased in the Indian Ocean Region and wider Indo-Pacific, it is due to the bravery and promptness of our Navy. It has become synonymous with credibility in the Indo-Pacific region. The Navy is a reflection of India's growing stature on the global canvas,” he said.
Defence Minister Singh appreciated the Indian Navy’s efforts to work towards peace and prosperity across the Indo-Pacific region, in line with Security And Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also lauded the Indian Navy for its anti-piracy operations of the Indian Navy in the Indo-Pacific region, saying this was being appreciated not only in India but across the globe.
In his address, Singh underscored the importance of jointness and synergy of the three Services amidst the constantly-evolving geopolitical scenario. He also spoke about the increasing use of drones in modern-day warfare and various maritime operations as he urged the Commanders to remain prepared to deal with all kinds of challenges.
The Naval Commanders’ Conference, which is being held in a hybrid format, serves as a platform for Naval Commanders to deliberate on strategic, operational, and administrative matters concerning maritime security. “Held against the backdrop of evolving geopolitical dynamics, regional challenges and the current volatile maritime security situation in the region, the conference plays a pivotal role in shaping the future course of the Indian Navy,” the Ministry of Defence said.
The Chief of Defence Staff, along with the Chiefs of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force, will also engage with the Naval Commanders during the conference to discuss the convergence of the three Services in light of the common national security environment. They will explore avenues to enhance tri-service synergy and readiness in defence of the nation.