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Visakhapatnam,  (PTI) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday visited the Indian Navy’s indigenously designed stealth frigate, INS ‘Shivalik’ submarine ‘Sindhukirti’ here.

On the second day of his two-day visit of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) here he was apprised on the operational readiness of the Command and other relevant aspects of maritime and coastal security in the Eastern Seaboard at the Command headquarters, a defence release said.

Addressing the naval personnel, he lauded the patriotic fervour of the sailors in the Indian Navy in maintaining constant vigil against maritime threats and safeguarding the nation’s interests.

He also highlighted the Navy’s significant role in implementing India’s ‘Act East Policy.’

Singh was briefed about Long Range Maritime reconnaissance aircraft P8i.

Later, the Defence Minister left for New Delhi accompanied by Chief of naval staff AdmiralKarambir Singh by a special flight.

On Saturday, Singh and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewed the ongoing infrastructure projects and proposals of the Indian Navy at the ENC, an Andhra Pradesh government release said.

The Union Minister, who arrived here by a special aircraft, held a meeting with the chief minister and officials of the state and district administration.

Singh had directed the naval officials to continue proactive civil-military synergies and cooperation to expedite the naval projects.


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