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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 20-23

An overview of habitability onboard naval platforms

1 Graded Specialist (Community Medicine), Institute of Naval Medicine, INHS Asvini, Mumbai, India
2 DMS (Health) & Sr Advisor (CM) IHQ/M0D(N), Mumbai, India
3 Director, Institute of Naval Medicine, INHS Asvini, Mumbai, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0975-3605.203223

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As Indian Navy is sentient of its responsibilities as the primary guarantor of security of Indian National interests wherever they may lie and as such has progressively advanced its blue water capability and also enhanced brown water operations to ensure coastal security. In this evolution habitability has emerged as an important gearwheel in operational readiness of naval platforms. Policy makers have progressively fine-tuned operational needs with habitability needs as each new class of ship is inducted and old ones refitted. The need of the hour is to sustain the bench marks set by successive standardizing agencies in Navy Orders and Books of Reference covering these issues. Given the long service life of Naval Platforms and the unique man-machine interface issues likely to manifest on them, focus is on real-time evaluation and a persistent, pro-active approach to Habitability. This article is an effort towards sensitization of personnel on various aspects and issues concerning habitability.

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