Ans. The Indian Navy is fully prepared to safeguard the maritime interests of the nation. The country's maritime interests encompass maintenance of the territorial integrity of India against seaward challenges and threats as well as protection of our maritime trade and the merchantmen that embody it. Our coastline today faces significant security challenges from malevolent 'non-state', as well as 'state-sponsored' elements. To safeguard the maritime interests of the nation, the Navy performs four types of roles viz. military, diplomatic, constabulary and benign. For these roles, we have adequate capability and we are also continuously evolving to meet the new challenges posed by non-state actors and the modern day pirates.