Thursday, October 24, 2019

ANC prepared to thwart any breach: CINCAN

Port Blair, Oct 09: "The Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) is fully committed to the growth and security of these strategic islands. Foreign invasions are a reality. Even developed countries are facing such challenges. But ANC is prepared to thwart any such attempt. Fleet accretions as also forces are being done in consultation with the Union Government as per procedures. But there is nothing to worry for people in these islands", said Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, Commander-in-Chief, ANC on Oct 07, 2019. Speaking to scribes on the 19th Raising Day celebration of the tri-services command, Vice Admiral Verma, who will superannuate next month after serving the forces for decades, said would become a formidable force with more feet accretions, inductions and augmentation of related supportive infrastructure in a gradual manner. Several important projects of strategic significance are underway.
Outlining the operational readiness of the Command, Vice Admiral Bimal Verma said that several defence exercises have been conducted in the recent year. The past four years have been eventful for the ANC will many sanctions and accretions approved. Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Exercise is scheduled to be held from Oct 14 to 18 after its success last time when major assets from mainland participated. Major military exercises with littoral countries were also conducted. Joint patrolling throughout these islands has been set every month while deployment in the strategic Landfall Islands has been ensured.
To a question, the CINCAN said that the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of 648 islands. "The survey conducted last year included all rocky formations. The final report has been submitted to the local administration about 648 islands in this territory all of which span over an area of 1 sq.kms. Shibpur runway is ready for civilian operations. Andaman Airways has evinced interest to start operations under the UDAAN scheme for which all clearances has been accorded. Currently the Command has no plans to start Dornier Aircraft services to Diglipur in North Andaman which is well connected by sea and road unlike the southern group of islands," said Vice Admiral Bimal Verma.
In 1999, after the Kargil War, Andaman and Nicobar Islands received more attention. The Group of Ministers (GoM) report on Reforming the National Security System recommended the replacement of the FORTAN, under the Indian Navy, with a Joint Andaman and Nicobar Command which will control the assets of the tri-services and the Coast Guard on the islands. The GoM had recommended that the Commander of this Joint Command would report to the proposed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The Andaman and Nicobar Command was in place by the end of September 2001 and Vice Admiral (later Admiral and CNS) Arun Prakash was the first Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN).

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