At the annual press conference of Indian Navy ahead of the Navy Day, Admiral Lanba said: "Indigenous Aircraft Carrier is progressing well and the ship will join the Navy by end of 2020".
The Navy Chief said, Indian Naval Ships deployed on anti-piracy patrols have been actively involved in foiling piracy attempts in the Gulf of Aden. "I will not comment further", Admiral Lanba said, replying to a question on the project.
In an interview to The Indian Express, Lanba said, "The Indian Navy is one of the most formidable maritime military forces in the world today and remains well prepared for countering any threat to national security, within the IOR and beyond".
He said the Navy will play its role in the Indo-Pacific region when the much talked about quadrilateral coalition among India, Australia, Japan and the USA takes shape, reflecting the Navy's readiness to play a much assertive role in the critical sea lanes.
"We are all aware of the prevailing security scenario in our maritime domain".
Additional deployment of Chinese warships and submarines were reported during the over two-month-long standoff between Indian and Chinese armies in Dokalam.
The Indian Navy ships are monitoring the seas 24/7.
"We are negotiating similar pacts with a number of other countries", he said adding the Navy has activated the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) with the USA by taking fuel at sea from the United States three months ago.
"We have 34 ships under construction at various shipyards in the country".
Future naval ships are being constructed with "suitable facilities" to include women sailors and sooner or later, women officers will also be onboard them, Indian Navy chief Sunil Lanba said on Friday. Surveillance aircraft are flown once every 24 or 48 hours for this.