Thursday, April 29, 2010

Russian Guided Missile Cruiser, Moskva, To Call At Kochi

Russian Federation Naval Ship (RFNS) Moskva , a Guided Missile Cruiser would call at Kochi on 30th April. Captain 1st Rank Igor Vladimirovich Smolyak, Deputy Commander of the Naval Formation, Black Sea Fleet is embarked onboard. The Ship is commanded by Captain 1st Rank Sergey Ivanovich Tronev and has a complement of 51 Officers and 464 enlisted Men.

Before her entry to the Port, RFNS Moskva would execute traditional Naval ceremonials by firing 21 Gun Salutes. INS Dronacharya would return the Gun Salutes on behalf of the President of india. The Southern Naval Command Band would be in attendance during the formal reception of the visiting Russian Ship at the berth at Cochin Port Trust.

The Russian Consular General at Chennai, Russian Military Attache to India, Colonel KM Vasiliev and the Senior Officers of the visiting ship would Call On Vice Admiral KN Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Naval Command tomorrow. Over the next two days, there are a several professional and social activities lined up between the two Navies to further cement the traditional warm ties. The Ship would depart for Vladivostok on 2nd May.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Coast Guard Ship Comes To The Rescue Of Merchant Vessel

Coast Guard District Headquarters No 4 based at Kochi dispatched Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Lakshmibai from Kochi at about 1:20 AM today in response to a distress call received from MV Arosia, an Antigua and Barbuda’ Flagged Bulk Carrier. The vessel was on voyage from New Mangalore to Singapore and was carrying iron ore. The distressed vessel reported casualties as a result of a fire onboard in the three cabins on its main deck. The distress call from the vessel was received at about 11:55 PM on April 26 at Kochi whilst the vessel was about 72 nautical miles south of Kochi.

ICGS Lakshmibai arrived beside MV Arosia at about 6:30 AM today. A Dornier aircraft of the Coast Guard was also kept standby for any emergent requirements. Arrangements are being made by the ships agents, to disembark the bodies of the two crew members of the ship who died as a result of asphyxiation. Essential repairs to the communication equipments would also be carried out by the ship which is presently anchored off Kochi.

Courtesy:PRO Kochi

Monday, April 26, 2010

*Flash* : Vikramaditya To Get Commissioned On Dec 4, 2012, In Russia !!

New Delhi seems to have told Moscow, in no uncertain terms, that on Navy Day in 2012--Dec 4, 2012, Admiral Gorshkov would officially become INS Vikramaditya, senior naval sources told Chindits today. It would take a month approximately after that for the aircraft carrier to reach India.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Coming Up In 'Open' Tomorrow - Latest On MMRCA !!

Exclusive Pix : With Classy Interiors, Shivalik Gets Ready For D-Day !!!

Total Indigenous Efforts Account For 60% Of 'Chapati' Warship, Shivalik, Cost !!!

No offense here: Shivalik is the first warship to have a chapati-making machine onboard !!!

Shivalik, the first of the class of three stealth frigates designed by the Indian Navy's Directorate of Naval Design, built by Mazagaon Dock Ltd, Mumbai, is all set for commissioning on April 29, by the Defence Minister, in Mumbai.

The 143 meter long vessel with a displacement of about 6000 tons, has imported and indigenous weapons and sensors, with a total of 60% of the ship cost accounting the total indigenous efforts. Powered by combined diesel (or gas turbine) propulsion consisting of one each of LM 2500 GT and SEMT Pielstick Diesel Engine on each shaft driving a large diameter controllable pitch propeller, gives the ship an advantage of long endurance at sea.

Stealth features include RCS (radar cross section), reduced considerably through many design iterations of the hull and superstructure using extensive 3D modeling and RCS signature evaluation using a specialist software. Similarly infrared and underwater noise signatures have been reduced by infrared suppression devices for the hot engine exhausts and special mounting arrangements for the machinery, respectively.

The weapons suite of Shivalik comprises, area and point defence systems, sensors for air, surface and subsurface surveillance and tracking, medium range and close in gunnery, electronic support and counter measures and decoys for soft kill measures.

Combat management system (CMS) of the ship enables her to deal with multiple threats simultaneously. The indigenous shipwide data network supports the ship's internal and external communication and distribution of navigational and indigenous weapons and sensors data.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Rosoboron Comes Up With Naval Aviation Repair Centre in Goa

Earlier this month, Flag Officer Goa Area, Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai inaugurated a landmark Naval Aviation repair facility at Dabolim Goa. The facility erected by Rosoboronservice India Ltd (ROS(I) will initially repair Kamov Helicopters and Ilyushin aircraft and will later be equipped to also cater to the needs of MiG29K fighters. ROS(I) is a joint venture between Krasny Marine Services Pvt Ltd and Rosoboronexport, the Russian armament export channelizing agency, along with some of its OEM suppliers.
This is the first private sector facility in India to be erected with the sole purpose of servicing aviation assets of the Indian Navy. On the occasion, Vice Admiral Pillai stated that the new facility would greatly reduce the delays currently faced by the Indian Navy in getting equipment of Russian origin repaired. He welcomed the initiative taken by Cdr (retd) VG Jayaprakasan and ROS(I) and encouraged them to expand their repertoire of services. Cdr VG Jayaprakasan clarified that ROS(I) already has service centres for ships and submarines of Russian origin at Mumbai and Vizag.
The $25 million center is expected to drastically reduce the turnaround time for aircraft that so far had to head for Russia for repairs and caused the Indian Navy to often crimp operations.
Jayaprakasan said that in order to overcome bottlenecks in the procurement of spares, at the urging of Russia, the Indian government has given proprietary article certificates (PAC) to ROS(I) for the products of its founding members like the Baltitsky Zavod Yard, Kamov and Ilyushin.
Courtesy: Rosoboron

Photos: India's First ASW Corvette, 'Kamorta', Launches

Courtesy;DPR PRO Kolkata Wg Cdr Mahesh Upasani.

GRSE Launches India's First Indigenous ASW Corvette Today

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Commemoration:Indian National Army Hoisted The Indian Tri-colour For The First Time In Moirang, Manipur on April 14, 1944 !!

The Indian National Army along with the Japanese army hoisted the Indian tri-colour for the first time on Indian mainland on April 14,1944 after Moirang near Imphal was captured. Subhash Chandra Bose hoisted the Indian tri-colour for the first time in Andaman and Nicobar on December 29, 1943--this was not the mainland, therefore in Moirang it is commemorated every year since 1993 on April 14, as being the first on the mainland.