VISAKHAPATNAM: Director, Maritime Warfare Centre, Indian Navy, Commodore Srikanth B Kesnur delivered a guest lecture on ‘Navy and the Maritime Domain’ at GITAM School of Law here on Thursday. He interacted with the students and explained the nuances of the maritime operations carried out by the Indian Navy. He narrated the multiple roles played by a naval officer like police, sailor, saviour, diplomat and a soldier. He highlighted the multidimensional perspective of the oceans and the role they have played all through the ages.
Later in the second session, Srikanth spoke on ‘Somali Piracy: A Case Study’ (including its legal and humanitarian dimension). He also explained the practical difficulties faced by the Navy in the Somalian piracy issue. He highlighted the damage caused by piracy in terms of loss of property, trade and dignity.
He also spoke about the concept of piracy and prosperity and also discussed the jurisdictional issues and difficulties faced by the Navy on high seas with regard to piracy.
GITAM School of Law director Y Satyanarayana said that the piracy in the Indian Ocean had been a threat to international shipping since the second phase of the Somali Civil War in the early 21st century. Since 2005, many international organisations have expressed concern over the rise in piracy cases, he said.
Regional Director of National Maritime Foundation G Padmaja and the senior faculty of GITAM Law School were present. The students raised questions which were answered by Srikanth who presented books to the students who had asked the questions.