New Delhi. 01 July 2019. Indian Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, on his maiden visit to Eastern Naval Command, Defence Minister was briefed on the operational readiness of the Command and other aspects of maritime and coastal security on the Eastern Seaboard on 30 Jun 19. Later he visited Indian Navy’s indigenously conceived design and constructed frontline stealth frigate INS Shivalik and Indian Naval Submarine Sindhukirti at Visakhapatnam. During the guided tour of the ship and submarine, Defence Minister interacted with the crew members.
Addressing the naval personnel and Defence Civilians, Defence Minister lauded the patriotic fervour of every sailor serving in the Indian Navy in maintaining constant vigil against maritime threat and safeguarding our Nation’s maritime interests. He also highlighted Indian Navy’s significant role in implementing India’s Act East Policy. He later interacted with them during Barakhana. Defence Minister was also briefed about the Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft P8I prior to his departure to New Delhi.