"We continuously monitor the threat perception, whether it is Pakistan or China," he told reporters, replying to a query on the growing China-Pakistan military co-operation.

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Admiral Dhowan's remarks came in the wake of the Chinese President's visit to Pakistan, beginning on Monday, during which the two countries are expected to sign a deal for buying of
eight diesel-electric submarines by Islamabad, which currently has a fleet of five French submarines.
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Admiral Dhowan, here for launch of stealth destroyer 'Visakhapatnam' at Mazagoan Docks Ltd (MDL), said "the Navy has emerged as a multi-dimensional combat force and we are ready to take on any challenge in the Indian Ocean region,”.

"When the P15-B destroyers ('Visakhapatnam' is first in series and likely to be inducted in 2018) are commissioned, we will have a potent platform," he cited.
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Noting that the Navy is committed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of "Make in India", he urged the destroyer launched on Monday is a "product of our own designs and made of Indian steel".

The Indian Navy has been progressively moving towards indigenisation of design and construction after the process started half a century back, he asserted.

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