"And the way to do that is to follow Standard Operating Procedures that are laid down and we don't take any shortcuts that lead to these accidents," he said when asked how the force would bring accidents under control. Dhowan's predecessor Admiral DK Joshi had resigned taking moral responsibility of a series of mishaps. In the last ten months, the Navy has suffered 14 mishaps including two involving submarines. The first major mishap took place in August last year, which resulted in the sinking of the INS Sindhurakshak and killing of all 18 personnel on board.
The second submarine mishap on February 26 in which two officers died on INS Sindhuratna which led to the resignation of Joshi as Chief of Naval Staff. Dhowan, who has superseded Western Naval Commander Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, said the force including sailors and commands will have to work together to take the force forward.
"Till the time we don't work together as a team and carry out our daily tasks and face challenges, we would not be able to become a top-class Navy," he said. That is why, our priority would be that we will work as a team, whether it is a sailor or the commands, take forward the navy and face the challenges in the maritime domain, Dhowan said.
The Navy chief was asked how he would face the challenges ahead of the navy when there were issues related to seniority and whether he expected support from the Eastern and Western commands, whose heads were in race with him for the top job.
Listing his priorities for the force, he said his first priority area would be to ensure that the Navy is combat ready to meet all the challenges at all times. Second is to ensure that our men and officers are trained professionally and adequately.
We need to ensure that we have a good leadership system in place which ensures they carry out leadership aspects, they show commitment to the Navy and the nation, compassion towards the men and women they lead. Credibility as a professional to ensure that every individual in the Navy carries out his duties encompassing all this would be the requirements of integrity and every individual's credibility is beyond doubt, the new Navy Chief said.
He said, "to meet the maritime challenges we need a formidable and multi-dimensional Navy which can take on the entire spectrum of operation in maritime domain." He said the future of Indian Navy is based on self-reliance and indigenisation and currently we have 45 submarines and warships under construction in the country. "It will be my endeavor to ensure to pull on the oars together and keeping my hands on the tiller to ensure that we run an efficient, taut and a happy navy," he said. (PTI)