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Indian navy in control of situation on piracy front: Naval Chief

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, June 1, IRNA -- Indian naval chief Admiral Nirmal Verma said that the Indian navy was going ahead with its anti-piracy operations without a let-up and was in control of the situation on the piracy front.

'Our anti-piracy operations are continuing', he said during an informal talk with reporters, replying to a query whether the navy was planning to suspend the anti-piracy drive.

He noted that the pressure created by the multinational navies had shifted the activities of the pirates within a distance of about 500 nautical miles from the Indian shores, adding that 'We are forced to engage them'.

Admiral Verma was at the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakwasla near Pune in Maharashtra state, pti reported, where he reviewed the passing out parade of the 120 course of the premiere training institution.

'The vigilance level along the Indian coastline had already been high with coordination between the Coast Guard and fishermen following the 26/11 Mumbai attacks,' he added.

On the recent terror attack on the Pakistani naval base in Karachi and its implications for India, the navy chief said 'It is not right to react immediately'.

Earlier, Admiral Verma, in his address at NDA, exhorted the cadets to uphold the highest standards of discipline and ethos of the armed forces.

Cadet Nikhil Prabhune was awarded the President's gold medal on the occasion which also saw a spectacular air show presented by a formation of Sukhoi 30 fighter jets.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30413737

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