A report published in the Economic Times
informs that for the first time ever, India’s annual conference of top military commanders might be held not on land but sea. According to the report, the conference, which will be attended by top military commanders, might be held onboard the INS Vikramaditya.
Discussions on national defence policy, doctrine and operational challenges are held in such meetings.
ET reports that the meeting, which will be held on October 10, is a brainchild of PM Modi. Traditionally, the meeting has been held in South Block in New Delhi but is being shifted to Kochi this time. The PM has previously chaired a meeting of Naval officers onboard the aircraft carrier on June 14 last year.
It is possible that such meetings will be held at a forward army base camp and air bases in the future.
Officials reminded the paper that while speaking at the last edition of the conference in October 2014, Modi had said that “commanders’ conferences should be organised alternately on sea, in forward Army camps and at air bases, not just in Delhi.” The INS Vikramaditya is India flagship aircraft carrier. Other major warships are expected to be in the area during the conference.