Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC) 2021: Closing remarks
Part of: Prelims and GS-III – Defence and security
Context The Navy demonstrated its submarine rescue capability, available with very few countries in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), to delegations of Indian Ocean countries during the Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC) 2021.
Closing remarks at GMC
- Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral proposed “four guiding principles for the future editions:
- iterative and incremental gains,
- harnessing complementarities,
- synchronisation and focussed operations,
- upskilling and upscaling the existing capabilities.
Common Maritime Priorities
- India and 12 other nations have adopted a declaration on “Common Maritime Priorities” that will include surveillance, patrolling and common goals of ensuring safe seas.
MoU between India and Singapore
- India and Singapore have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to exchange practices on submarine rescue and discussions were on with more countries to have arrangements for them to utilise this mechanism.
Deep-submergence rescue vehicle
- The Navy has procured two DSRVs from the U.K., of which the first one was operationalised at the end of 2018 in Mumbai and the second at Visakhapatnam in early 2019.
- The system can go to a maximum depth of 650 metres and rescue 14 people in one go.
- The DSRVs are designed to be agile and easily transportable to far-off places
- The DSRV, attached to mother ship INS Sabarmati, could be transported by heavy transport aircraft like IL-76 and C-17