Navy’s new detachment at Androth Island in Lakshadweep
Kochi: Indian Navy’s surveillance missions received a shot in the arm with the opening of a Naval Detachment (NAVDET) at Androth Island situated in Lakshadweep.
According to Southern Naval Command (SNC) in Kochi, the NAVDET would extend Indian Navy’s presence at Androth Island by providing communication network connectivity with mainland.
Navy says the new facility would also enable Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOC) monitoring and would function as an Observance and reporting organisation, besides radar surveillance,” a naval spokesperson
Lt Cdr Angom B Singh has been posted as the Officer-in-Charge of the Detachment. Navy says he would function under the Naval Officer-in-Charge, Lakshadweep and Minicoy (L&M) Islands.
NAVDET was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, SNC. Multiple teams from L&M Islands played their part in setting up this new facility.
Vice Admiral Luthra said NAVDET at Androth Island would enhance Navy’s reach and surveillance in addition to contributing significantly to strengthen maritime security and stability.
As part of the ongoing modernisation efforts, a number of infrastructure facilities at naval units located on Kavaratti, Minicoy, Agatti and Androth islands are being upgraded now.
“Suitable ships are also being based at the islands to provide enhanced surveillance and immediate response capability,” says an official.