The Indian Navy is strengthening its Eastern Naval Command with additional force multipliers, and has a proposal to relocate its Naval base INS Adyar soon, said Naval officer-in-charge Commodore Amar K Mahadevan. He, however, refused to divulge details on where the Naval base will be relocated.
Addressing reporters after delivering the Navy Day message here on Monday, Commodore Mahadevan said that the Eastern Naval Command would be home to additional force multipliers such as P8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft, MIG 29K Fighter aircraft, advanced jet trainer and ASW Corvettes, in consonance with India’s ‘Look East Policy’.
The Naval officer said that P8I aircraft and other aircraft would be stationed at the INS Rajali naval base at Arakkonam, near Chennai.
He said the stationing of the aircraft was part of Indian Navy’s expansion in the Eastern command.
He said the induction of the aircraft at INS Rajali will start by next year and would go on till 2014.
On the arrest of 37 fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, he said, “There has been no FIR that they were harassed.”