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Indian Navy on heightened alert: Admiral Robin Dhowan

The Navy had already stepped up patrolling in coastal areas much before the recent Pakistan terror boat sinking incident off Gujarat coast, he told reporters.

“We have already stepped up patrolling in our coastal areas much before the December 31 incident and for the last two months, we have been in heightened state of alert, with our entire fleet, including warships, aircraft carriers, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle deployed in our waters,” he said.

In a mid-sea operation on New Year night, a Pakistani fishing boat, said to be carrying explosives, was intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard off the coast of Gujarat, but the vessel exploded and caught fire before sinking along with four occupants. While the government has said the occupants of the boat were “suspected terrorists”, there have been questions over authenticity of this claim.

India is fully prepared to protect its long coastal region and secure its maritime interests with round-the-clock surveillance, he said after delivering “Admiral RL Pereira Memorial Lecture” organised by the Navy Foundation, Bengaluru chapter in association with Bharat Electronics Limited here.
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