Admiral Karambir Singh said that his force is alive to various threats in the maritime domain including from China and is fully ready to deal with them
Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh on Thursday said his force was prepared to face the dual challenges from coronavirus and China. "Covid-19 and Chinese attempts to change status quo along northern borders have posed new challenges. The Navy is ready to face both these challenges," Singh said.
The Navy Chief also said that his force is alive to various threats in the maritime domain including from China and is fully ready to deal with them.
"We have deployed the P-8I aircraft at various locations on the requirement of Army and Indian Air Force. In addition, we have deployed the Heron surveillance drones on the northern borders," he added.
Addressing a press conference on the eve of Navy Day, he said the Navy has a standard operating procedure in case there is any infringement in the Indian Ocean region, in a veiled reference to the Chinese challenge.
Referring to the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, the Navy chief said the Indian Navy's surveillance aircraft P-8I and Heron drones are deployed in the region.
"Whatever we are doing is in close coordination with the Army and the Indian Air Force," he said.