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Coast Guard vital for coastal trade, maritime security: Railway minister Suresh Prabhu

PANAJI: Union minister for railways Suresh Prabhu[1] on Tuesday asserted that in the next 10-15 years, India would be one of the top three economic powers in the world but for India to achieve that goal, a multi-modal coastal transport remained a vital cog. Speaking while commissioning Indian Coast Guard[2] ship Shaunak[3] at Goa Shipyard Limited[4], Prabhu[5] said that coastal security was key to India’s security and economic prosperity.

“I believe that in the days to come, based on the way our economy is growing currently, in 10-15 years, India will be the second or third largest economy in the world. Trade has always been an important factor for the economic development and international trade will be equally important,” Prabhu said while interacting with the media.

Most of India’s import and export trade passes through the country’s major shipping ports along the country’s eastern and western coast. “If you see, quite a large part of the rail network runs along the coast and in a way, the coast guard[6] helps protect this rail network. Multi-modal transportation is going to be an important thing… Rail infrastructure is susceptible and the Coast Guard helps in its protection,” Prabhu said. Stay updated on the go with Times of India News[7] App. Click here[8] to download it for your device.


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Sri Lanka naval chief lauds PN role for maritime security

ISLAMABAD – Commander Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne has lauded the efforts of Pakistan Navy to maintain collaborative security in the Indian Ocean and beyond. The visiting dignitary expressed these views during series of interactions he separately had on Thursday with Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Zubair Hayat, Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, Chief of Air Staff Sohail Aman, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Minister for Defence Production Rana Tannveer Hussain. In his meeting with Admiral Zakaullah, the visiting dignitary held detailed discussions on professional matters and bilateral naval collaboration in diverse fields.

A comprehensive brief on PN s operational developments was also given to the visiting dignitary. Admiral Zakaullah thanked Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne for active participation by Sri Lankan Navy in Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN 17 to join hands for common resolve of Together for Peace . Sri Lankan Naval Chief highly lauded the efforts of Pakistan Navy to maintain collaborative security in the Indian Ocean and beyond. Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne also called on Federal Minister for Defence Production, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chief of the Army Staff and Chief of the Air Staff during his engagements at Islamabad. Earlier during his visit to Karachi Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne attended different events of Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN 17, including International Fleet Review and graced the Session-II of International Maritime Conference, International Band Display and Maritime Counter Terrorism Demo as Chief Guest. The dignitary called on Naval Field Commands at Karachi and laid wreath at mausoleum of Quad-e-Azam. Sri Lankan Naval Chief also visited Pakistan Navy War College Lahore.

Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne has had the honour to hold number of Command and Staff appointments including Command of SLNS SAYURA (Offshore Patrol Vessel), Commandant Naval and Maritime Academy, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet, Director General (Services), Director Naval Operations/Special Forces/Maritime/Surveillance, Commander South Naval Area, Commander Eastern Naval Area, Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Commander Special Boat Squadron.

Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne is an alumni of Pakistan Navy Staff College, a graduate of Karachi University of Pakistan and National Defence University Washington DC, USA. The visit is expected to greatly enhance the bilateral collaboration between the two Navies in various avenues.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 17-Feb-2017 here.[1]


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US naval chief lauds PN role for maritime security

ISLAMABAD – Commander US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) Vice Admiral Kevin M Donegan on Wednesday lauded the professionalism of Pakistan Navy personnel and active role being played by Pakistan Navy for maritime security and stability in the region. Admiral Donegan stated this during a meeting with Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral M Zakaullah here in his office. The US admiral said that the near permanent presence of Pakistan Navy units in the Area of Responsibility (AOR) has greatly helped in shaping a secure environment for freedom of navigation in the region. Matters of mutual interest including bilateral naval collaboration and security environment in Indian Ocean Region came under discussion during the meeting.

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral M Zakaullah thanked the visiting dignitary for participation by US Navy in Exercise AMAN-17.

Commander US NAVCENT highly appreciated the conduct of Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-17 in Karachi in which 37 nations participated with ships, aircraft, helicopters, special operations forces, explosive ordnance teams/Marine teams and Observers.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 16-Feb-2017 here.[1]


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