NEW DELHI- The Indian Navy is well equipped to face any threat, though the threat perceptions are challenging for a maritime nation like India, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan said.

"The Indian ocean region is emerging as the world's centre of gravity as far as the maritime domain is concerned," he said in an interaction with the media at the Indian Naval Academy (INA) in Ezhimala here after reviewing the passing out parade of the cadets.

"The threat perceptions existing in the maritime domain are indeed challenging ranging from piracy to asymmetric warfare. But the Indian Navy is a multidimensional combat force and it is ready to take on any challenge in the Indian Ocean region."

Since India is essentially a maritime nation, the Indian Navy has huge maritime interests, he said. Taking into account the development needs it will develop its infrastructure further but that will be a green development taking into account the environmental conservation, he said.

Admiral Dhowan also said the future of Indian navy is firmly anchored on self reliance and indigenisation, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make inIndia' campaign.