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Harbour defence systems inaugurated at Vizag

The Navy’s surveillance capability and response to security threats have been enhanced with the inauguration of two state-of-the-art harbour defence systems at the Naval Dockyard.

Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral H.C.S. Bisht inaugurated the Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS) and Mine Warfare Data Centre (MWDC) here on Tuesday.

The systems will function under the control of the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh) Commodore Sanjiv Issar. The IUHDSS is a multi-sensor system capable of detecting, identifying, tracking and generating warnings for all types of surface and underwater threats to the harbour.

Vast coastline

Post 26/11, the Navy was made responsible for the security of the country’s vast coastline of 7,516 km in coordination with other agencies like the Coast Guard, Marine Police and Fisheries.

Nodal centre

The creation of the Sagar Prahari Bal, induction of Fast Interceptor Crafts and commissioning of the IUHDSS are some of the Navy’s measures to strengthen security. The MWDC will collate, analyse and classify data collected by the Navy’s Mine Hunting Ships from various ports along the East coast.

This state-of-the-art facility will be the nodal centre for maintaining an underwater database of harbours along the coast.

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