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2018-05-14

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At the biannual Naval Commanders’ Conference which ended here on Friday, the Navy has finalised plans to incorporate Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence into its operational functioning.

According to an official statement: “In keeping with the Navy’s ethos of harnessing niche technologies, concrete plans to incorporate Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence into the Navy’s operational functioning have also been formulated.”

Digital library

The conference also saw the inauguration of a new digital library available across the Navy for “knowledge management and retrieval including archiving of critical data and information.” Besides, senior Admirals also discussed the issues of “security and hardening of naval data networks in keeping with contemporary cybersecurity practices.”

According to a spokesperson, the first biannual Naval Commanders’ Conference of 2018 concluded on Friday after four days of intense deliberations on a wide range of issues.

The conference was inaugurated by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who said the Indian Navy was a “force to reckon with in the Indo-Pacific region.” She also assured the naval leadership that efforts to bridge critical capability gaps in ship-borne helicopters, fleet support ships and submarines would be progressed by the government.

The spokesperson said the need for approval of the second indigenous aircraft carrier for the Navy was discussed at the conference.

This project, along with the other shipbuilding projects already under way or in the pipeline including mine counter measure vessels, landing platform dock, anti-submarine shallow water craft, diving support vessels and survey vessels, are expected to provide a major thrust to the ‘Make-in-India’ initiative of the government, the Navy said.

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