Indian navy to step up surveillance of cargo vessels

March 30th, 2009 - 8:22 pm ICT by ANI  

Visakhapatnam, Mar 30 (ANI): Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sureesh Mehta, has said that surveillance of cargo vessels has been stepped to check arms trafficking.

“The terrorists that operate against us, which are inimical to our development, they will quite often look for more innovative ways to do things. So we have to be prepared for all kinds of things and certain measures have been put into place to make sure that cargo coming to the country through proper regulated shipping is also inspected to ensure that there is no such thing coming,” Mehta said on the sidelines of a naval investiture ceremony here on Sunday.

Eight new maritime patrol aircrafts would be acquired for the Indian navy, he added.

Indian security agencies have undertaken a slew of measures to boost coastal security in the wake of last year’s militant strikes on Mumbai.India says that the 26/11 attackers used the sea route from Karachi to sneak into Mumbai. (ANI)

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