On Saturday, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the Indian Navy’s information fusion centre (IFC) aiming to collaborate with multinational agencies and partner countries for sharing information on vessels and developing maritime awareness. 

Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba told at the inauguration that India aims at working closely with many information fusion centres and multinational constructs through this new centre. Navy chief also told that the IFC-Indian ocean region would additionally work towards coordination of disaster relief and incident response, capability building in the region and also the sharing of submarine safety information in time.

Admiral Lanba also told that maritime information sharing workshop is also planned next year in Delhi as a part of the collaborative and capability development endeavours of the IFC-IOR.

Initially, the IFC-IOR is being launched as a virtual construct wherein the exchange of information will take place through the Internet electronically. Navy chief also told that, for helping accrue immense value from the combined expertise, international liaison officers from participating countries would also be hosted by the centre on a permanent basis.

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