Chief of the Naval Staff warns of possible terrorist attack through Sea

Admiral Sunil Lanba Chief of the Naval Staff, on Tuesday while addressing an ‘Indo-Pacific’ regional dialogue, jointly organised by the Navy and the National Maritime Foundation, asserted on the threat of ‘state-sponsored’ terrorism that India faces.

However, the Admiral didn’t mention any specific name of the ‘state’ but countrymen are wise to understand the hint.

He said, “reports of terrorists being trained to carry out attacks with varying modus operandi, including through the medium of the sea.”

Weeks after the Pulwama terror attack, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, in the dialogue on Tuesday warned that there are reports about terrorists being trained to carry out operations through sea.

He added, “A unique blend of strategised financial aid, creeping territorial accretion, information on operations, legal ambiguity and military assertiveness is being wielded by aspiring great powers to establish regional dominance. This is putting the region’s historically delicate stability under renewed pressure”

Admiral Sunil Lanba while reminding of the 26/11 terror attack said that it was carried out by 10 sea-borne terrorists of the ‘Lashkar-e-Taiba’, who hijacked an Indian fishing trawler to reach Mumbai.

India, however, faces a “far more serious” version of “state-sponsored” terrorism, Admiral Lanba added.

In a statement concerning the disastrous Pulwama attack. He said that this violence was perpetrated by terrorists aided and abetted by a country that seeks to destabilise India.

Admiral Sunil Lanba was commissioned into the Indian Navy as an officer on 1 January 1978 into the Executive Branch of Indian Navy. He is a Navigation and Direction specialist who has served as the navigation and operations officer onboard various ships in both the Eastern and Western Fleets. He, over four decades, has served as a navigation officer on board INS Sindhudurg and INS Dunagiri before serving as the commanding officer (CO) of various ships, minesweeper INS Kakinada, frigate INS Himagiri, INS Ranvijay and INS Mumbai. He also served as executive officer of aircraft carrier INS Viraat and the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet.

This event seeks to “identify and conceptualise challenges and opportunities that lie in the waters, and evolve strategy for mutual benefits of all stakeholders,” Admiral Lanba said.

“It is widely accepted that (the) Indo-Pacific Region has been growing in geopolitical significance in recent years due to economic, political and other reasons,” he said.

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