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NEW DELHI: The Navy will name its ranks in line with Indian traditions, PM Modi announced, asserting that the country is moving forward abandoning the slavery mentality. He expressed his government’s commitment to increasing the numerical strength of women in the armed forces and hailed the appointment of a female officer to command a naval ship for the first time.
Paying tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on December 4 for his vision and warfare strategy, he noted the 17th century Maratha king knew the importance of naval power.
The PM was speaking at a Navy Day event held at Malvan in coastal Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, around 500km from Mumbai.
Earlier in the day, Modi extended greetings on Navy Day, saying the commitment of navy personnel in safeguarding India’s seas is a testament to their unwavering dedication to duty and love for the nation.
“We are emphasising on increasing the number of women in the armed forces,” he said at the event in Malvan held in the backdrop of the iconic Sindhudurg Fort built in the 17th century by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.