The Indian Navy has denied reports of an urgent security review meeting of its commanders taking place in Visakhapatnam. Naval sources told StratPost, “This is a routine annual commanders meeting. It happens every year, and there’s nothing urgent about it.”
Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that ‘India has called for an urgent meeting of its Navy’s core commanders in the southern Indian port city of Visakhapatnam Monday to review the coastal security’.
The report went on to say, ‘The Naval commanders have been asked to meet at Visakhapatnam in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to review the security apparatus put in place in its seas. The objective is to see whether the coastal security is in place to prevent any terror attacks from the seas like last November’s Mumbai massacre, which killed over 170 people.’
However, naval sources clarified to StratPost, “It’s a routine, predominantly administrative review exercise. Naturally, in the current environment, the commanders will also be discussing security issues. But it’s completely wrong to say this meeting has been called ‘urgently’ to review security.”