Stressing that climate change posed a serious challenge, Indian Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh said that Indian Navy was shifting from diesel powered engines to electric engines. The Indian Navy has decided to go for the conversion for keeping up India’s commitment to fight climate change, he said this during the Goa Maritime Conclave in Panaji.
Referring to the recent discussions in the United Nations on climate change and how much the world is concerned, he said that climate change was going to have an impact on the coastal areas. Rising sea levels and natural calamities pose a great danger to the present world, Singh said. He also mentioned that maritime terrorism, illegal fishing, drug trafficking, poaching are all on an increase now and the Navies are now occupied these challenges.
Later, he told the media that the navy was looking forward to the Centre for a third aircraft carrier.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval told the conclave that the present age posed much threat and has to conceive ways to minimise them. He also said that India was committed to peace in the region.
Top navy officials from ten countries in Indian Ocean region are participating in the two day conclave. The theme for this year’s conclave is “Common Maritime Priorities in Indian ocean Region and need for Regional Maritime Security”.