Eastern & Western Naval Command to be merge as Peninsular Command to protect South India

Eastern & Western Naval Command to be merge as Peninsular Command to protect South India

Eastern & Western Naval Command to be merge as Peninsular Command to protect South India: Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat has proposed to merge the Eastern and Western Command of the Indian Navy  to create a Peninsular Command to take care of sea-borne threats.

"Peninsular Command will look at the Indian Ocean as one entity instead of looking at the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea differently,  by March 31 we will issue a directive to undertake a study on what are the things to incorporate under such a command and the study should be completed in the next three-four months," CDS Gen Rawat said at a select media interaction.

One of the foremost tasks of the Chief of Defence Staff is to facilitate a restructuring of military commands for optimal utilisation of resources by bringing about jointness in operations and establishment of joint/theatre commands.

India Armed Forces currently has 19 commands distributed between the Army, Navy and Indian Air Force.

The Peninsular Command, CDS Gen Rawat said, would be under the Navy Chief while the tri-service Andaman and Nicobar Command would continue with its separate identity.

This is the second joint command proposed by the CDS after the Air Defence Command that would be headed by the Indian Air Force. A study has been initiated and would be completed by March 31.

"The study team under the Vice Chief of the IAF has been given a time period of 100 days and the report is to be submitted by April 10. The implementation order for the Air Defence Command may be issued by December 2020," Gen Rawat said.

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