Tuesday, September 9, 2008

India: Joint Doctrine for Amphibious Operations Released

India: Joint Doctrine for Amphibious Operations Released
17:56 IST

Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sureesh Mehta released the "Joint Doctrine for Amphibious Operations" in New Delhi today. The doctrine is meant to serve as a guideline on how Armed Forces intend to plan and conduct these operations and achieve full synergistic effect of joint combat power. It lays down the commonality between the three Services, for the smooth conduct of amphibious operations. The Joint Doctrine had been under preparation since 2004. Lessons learnt during the joint amphibious exercises, conducted since 2004, have been incorporated in the Doctrine. Chief of Army Staff General Deepak Kapoor, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal FH Major, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff Lt Gen HS Lidder and other senior officials of the three forces were also present on the occasion.

Indian defence forces have been moving in the direction of integration. Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff has made great strides since its inception, in streamlining some of the joint aspects, be it training, operations, 'financial planning/budgeting and overseeing the tri-Service institutions of the defence forces. A number of Joint Doctrines and Orders/Instructions have also been promulgated.


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