Terming unverified armed guards traveling on merchant vessels as the ‘floating armoury’, the chief of naval staff Admiral DK Joshi said it has “serious security implications” which could lead to incidents like 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
Floating armoury is a matter of very serious concern. This is entirely unregulated... This has very serious security implications for us including the infiltration of terrorists. If there are unregulated arms and ammunition on a vessel, the existence of weapons is not known as also where guards are transferring them and this could lead to such a situation on anybody’s soil,” Joshi said when asked if unregulated floating armouries can lead to 26/11-type attack.
He said there were close to 140 private security companies operating in north Indian Ocean which hire Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel. “We want all such vessels and the men on board to be certified by the International Maritime Organisation,”Admiral Joshi added.