Sunday, June 19, 2011

IAF Passing Out Parade

Indian Air Force (IAF) got a new batch of officers with 142 newly commissioned Flying Officers graduating from the Air Force Academy (AFA), at Dundigal near Hyderabad, today.

Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) reviewed the Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) and awarded President’s Commission to the graduating cadets that included 22 women Flight Cadets.

Among the senior IAF officials present at the CGP included Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, Air Marshal D Kukreja and AFA Commandant, Air Marshal PR Sharma. Civil dignitaries, retired and serving defence officers, parents and relatives of the newly commissioned officers were among others who witnessed the parade.

Addressing the newly commissioned IAF officers, the Marshal of the IAF impressed upon building intrinsic qualities of leadership by placing the highest value on honour, integrity and selflessness before one’s own, always and every time.

Stating Aerospace Power has revolutionised all other forms of warfare and expecting more dramatic changes in Weapon Technology in this decade, the Marshal of the IAF exhorted the young officers to acquire full understanding and knowledge of application of new technologies to exploit the true potential of Aerospace Power.

The Marshal of the IAF also welcomed the new officers to the Indian armed forces fraternity and advised them to meet any challenge with determination and bring glory to the service and to the motherland.

Flying Officer Tejas Subhas Kawale, who commanded the parade, was awarded the President’s Plaque and the Chief of the Air Staff ‘Sword of Honour’ for standing first in overall order of merit in Pilot Course.

President’s Plaque for standing first in the overall order of merit in the Ground duties branch was awarded to Flying Officer CS Pandey, and for Navigation branch to Flying Officer Rahul Singh Rajawat.

The parade marked the successful culmination of training of the Flight Cadets at various IAF Training Establishments including AFA, Air Force Administrative College, Coimbatore, Air Force Stations - Hakimpet, Yelahanka and Begumpet.

Of the 142 commissioned, 78 are pilots and 13 navigators. The remaining 51 are from the ground duties branches of administration, logistics, accounts, education and meteorology.

The newly commissioned officers received their first salute from their immediate juniors as they slow-marched out of the parade to the tune of ‘auld lang syne’.

The IAF Air Warrior Drill Team later displayed thrilling synchronized movements with their rifles with bayonets at the parade square.

Fly past by Chetak helicopters, Kiran Mk-II trainer aircraft, AN-32, Dornier and Hawk aircraft heralded the occasion. There was also a scintillating aerial ballad by Sarang – IAF’s helicopter display team and a spectrum formation by Avro and Dornier aircraft.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Italian Air Force Eurofighters In Iceland For The Northern Viking Exercise


Coast Guard Interceptor Boat ICGS C-152 To Be Commissioned On Jun18, 2011

Dr Vijayalakshmy K Gupta, Secretary (Defence Finance) will commission the Indian Coast Guard Ship C-152 at Okha on the Gujarat coast tomorrow. DIG BS Yadav, the Commander Coast Guard region (North-West), will be present at the ceremony.

The 30 metre Boat, built by M/s ABG Shipyard, Surat, displaces 90 tons and has an endurance of 500 NM at an economical speed of 25 knots. It can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots for responding to urgent calls at sea. The ship, specially designed for close coast and shallow water operations, will immensely help to augment the surveillance capability of the Coast Guard on the Gujarat coast. The boat commanded by Comdt R Vijay, has a 12 member crew.

Post 26/11, the Indian Coast Guard is on the pursuit of augmenting its surveillance capabilities, so as to meet its enhanced tasks and responsibilities effectively. The present force level and manpower are planned to be doubled by graduated procurement, with proportionate infrastructure development and augmentation of trained manpower. Nine more Coast Guard stations are planned to be established by 2012, wherein each station will have two boats to undertake search and rescue, close coast patrol and respond to fast developing situations at sea. More assets will be based in these stations depending upon infrastructure and availability of operational logistic support facilities.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

MV Suez

Indian Navy has actively coordinated with all Coalition Force Navies and other Navies for providing cover to MV Suez. Navies with ships which were closest to Suez have responded to the request for assistance.

Commencing AM 16 Jun 11, MV Suez has started her transit through the Gulf of Aden. The transit of MV Suez is being monitored by all warships deployed in the Gulf of Aden.

On 15 Jun 11, the INS Godavari was escorting two other merchant vessels with 21 Indians in the Gulf of Aden, and was also tasked to close MV Suez in the morning of 16 Jun 11.

On reaching MV Suez, INS Godavari made every effort through all available means and channels to communicate with Suez. However the Master of MV Suez, did not respond.

After confirming that MV Suez was safe and was being escorted by other warships of Coalition forces deployed in the Gulf of Aden, the IN Ship continued with its task of escorting the two other merchant vessels in the Gulf of Aden, whilst at the same time monitoring the transit of MV Suez, in coordination with other navies.

The Indian Navy is continuously assessing the situation and monitoring all developments.


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DRDO Hands Over Integrated Thermally Regulated Shelters To Army

The integrated thermally regulated shelters to provide protection to the soldiers against extreme climatic condition of the Himalayan regions, were dedicated by Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, SA to RM, Secy Defence R&D and DG, DRDO to the HQ 14 Corps in Leh, Ladakh on 15th June 2011. Dr. Saraswat handed over these shelters to Lt Gen Ravi Dastane, VSM, GOC, HQ 14 Corps in the presence of Dr. W Selvamurthy, Distinguished Scientist & Chief Controller R&D (Life Sciences & International Cooperation) and other senior officers from Army and DRDO HQrs. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Saraswat thanked the GOC 14 Corps for his whole-hearted support to DRDO, particularly DIHAR. He also assured DRDO’s continued support and cooperation to the armed forces present in the region. Dr. Saraswat also thanked the local authorities and farmers in the region for their support to DIHAR.

He emphasized on the large scale utilization of solar and other non conventional energy resources to meet the energy requirements at high altitude regions. He also appreciated the dedicated efforts made by the personnel of Dte. of Civil Works & Estates (DCW&E), DRDO HQ, in restoring the infrastructure and facilities after the devastation caused by flash floods last year. The Dte. which has made outstanding contribution in highly specialized nature of civil works required to be carried out at DRDO facilities, many of them located in difficult and hazardous areas, has been instrumental in design and development of these shelters. These shelters designed and developed by DRDO, are equipped with integrated temperature regulators, biodigestors and air monitoring systems. The shelter design is modular and all the services like HVAC, electrical, plumbing and water supply, sewage disposal, kerosene gensets and solar power are well integrated within the shelter. The shelter have been designed to withstand seismic activities upto a level of zone 5, wind velocities upto 55 m/sec and sub zero temperature upto - 35 degree Celsius. The carbon dioxide level inside the shelter is closely monitored and maintained within the safe limits.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

BEL Showcases Capabilities At Naval Seminar

Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) organised a seminar-cum-exhibition, showcasing its wide range of systems and solutions for the Indian Navy, at the Eastern Naval Command, Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam, on June 9, 2011.

The seminar-cum-exhibition was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Staff, HQ Eastern Naval Command. Rear Admiral K R Nair, Admiral Superintendent, Dockyard; Rear Admiral Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet; Rear Admiral S K Mittal, CSO (Tech), HQ Eastern Naval Command; and more than 300 Naval and civilian officers, including Ship Commanders, attended the event.

The seminar included presentations on the entire gamut of Naval solutions designed and developed by BEL including Radars, Sonars, Fire Control Systems, Defence Communication, C41 systems, Electro Optics, Combat Management System and other turnkey system solutions.

Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, the chief guest, stressed on indigenization and improvements towards product support. Mr H N Ramakrishna, Director (Marketing), BEL, said BEL was committed to providing state-of-the-art products and services to the Indian Navy. The feedback received at the seminar would be looked into and improvements implemented in a time-bound manner, he added.

The seminar helped Naval commanding officers and sailors get an insight into BEL’s capabilities in the field of Naval systems.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Tat Suraksha Concludes

The three days long Joint Coastal Security Exercise conducted in the Andaman Sea concluded on 01 Jun 11. The central and state maritime stakeholders ie A&N Administration, Marine Police, State Police, Fisheries department, Forest department, Port Management Board (PMB), Directorate of Shipping Services (DSS), Light House authorities, Customs alongwith Navy and Coast Guard Components of Andaman and Nicobar Command participated in the exercise.

The exercise was controlled and coordinated from Joint Operations Centre (Coastal Security) - JOC (CS) at HQANC and conducted from Regional Coastal Security Operation Centre (A&N) – RCSOC (A&N) at Port Blair.

This exercise was conducted in two phases. In the first phase officials from all agencies participated in simulated drills - ‘Table Top Exercises’ in board room to fine tune their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Coastal Security.

The second phase was ‘Tactical Phase’ conducted from 30 May to 01 Jun 11. During this phase live situations were simulated in which stakeholders reactions were assessed for future improvement. The exercise was also utilized to create awareness about the usage of toll free telephone number 1093 dedicated for reporting coastal security issues. The highlight of the exercise was cross deployment of PMF, Navy, and Coast Guard personnel in order to understand the working environment of each service.

A detailed de-brief of the exercise was held in Secretariat Conference Hall on 03 Jun 11 with Chief Secretary in charge Smt Archana Arora in chair and all senior officials from participating agencies were in attendance. The interactive de-brief session witnessed a host of constructive feedbacks and suggestions from the participants.

It may be noted that this was the third such Exercise conducted in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Such exercises greatly help in formalizing and fine tuning the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Coastal Security involving many agencies and synergizing the efforts thereby upholding the credo – ‘UNITED WE RESPOND’.


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Sunday, June 12, 2011

German Air Force: 50th Anniversary Of The Jagdgeschwader 74

The Luftwaffe Jagdgeschwader 74 celebrated on the 9th of June its jubilee with a great variety of attractions. An impressive total of 11 Eurofighter from three Luftwaffe Wings and from the Austrian Air Force put on a display during a dedicated airshow at Neuburg AB.

The base also hosted visiting aircraft and helicopters from the Czech Rep. Air Force, France, Switzerland, Belgium and Austria. A Eurofighter full scale replica offered the crowd the possibilities to sit in the Typhoons cockpit, and the visitors were not deterred by the long queues and longer waiting periods, for their chance to see the Typhoon up close.

The main attraction was undoubtedly the flight displays. During the first display, an air force exercise with four Eurofighter Typhoons, two Phantoms, a Transall, two helicopters, several Tornadoes from Luftwaffe and even an E-3A AWACS demonstrated a complex scenario involving a combat search and rescue of a friendly pilot. Along the second display, an Austrian pilot from Zeltweg showed the impressive strength and agility of the Typhoon. And finally a special colour JG 74 Eurofighter, accompanied by three other aircraft of the Wing, made a formation display over the base.

Not missing an aviation historical exhibition to mark the anniversary a F-86K, Phantom F-4F, a fresh restored F-104 Starfighter and the famous, flying Messerschmitt Me 109 and Me 262 of EADS were also part of the show.


Indian Navy : Passing Out Parades


An impressive passing out parade was held today to mark the graduation of the 76th Helicopter Conversion Course at Naval Air Station Rajali, Arrakkonam wherein 09 Navy Pilots and 06 Coast Guard Pilots were awarded “Wings” by Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, AVSM, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Eastern Naval Command. The Pilots underwent rigorous training for 21 weeks in flying and aviation subjects at the Helicopter Training School INAS 561 (HTS). The School has passed out over 500 pilots for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard till date and is commanded by Commander Divesh Khorana. The school was based at Kochi till 1992 and thereafter shifted to INS Rajali at Arakkonam which is the largest operational air base of the Navy. The base is commanded by Captain Raghunath K Nair.

The Governor of Kerala Rolling Trophy for the best all round trainee pilot was awarded to Lt Vaibhav Gupta. The flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Rolling Trophy for the trainee pilot standing first in order of merit in flying was awarded to Lt Vaibhav Gupta. A book prize for standing first in ground subjects was awarded to Lt A Kulkarni.


95 Officer Cadets of the 81st Integrated Course of the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard successfully completed their afloat training onboard the First Training Squadron today, at Naval Base, Kochi. The Passing Out Parade was reviewed by Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Chief of Personnel of the Indian Navy. The 24 weeks ship phase of the Officer training saw the future Officers of the Navy and Coast Guard being exposed to various facets of sea faring and life onboard a warship. In addition to port calls at various Indian ports on either coast, the ships of the Training Squadron also visited the Ports of Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Al Jubail as part of the their training curriculum. During these visits to the Ports of friendly foreign countries, the cadets interacted with their counterparts in these countries and also visited their training facilities. The First Training Squadron comprising of Indian Naval Ships, Tir, Krishna, Tarangini and Indian Coast Guard Ship Veera is commanded by Captain Sanjiv Issar.

Vice Admiral Muralidharan, who incidentally is the first Commandant of Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, began his address to the Parade by complimenting the cadets for choosing the Profession of Arms, considered a noble calling since times immemorial. He also dwelt upon the rigours of sea training pointing out that such baptism by fire is imperative as; the sea is an unforgiving task master.

Cadet Tapesh Singh was awarded the Chief of Naval Staff Trophy and Binoculars for standing first in overall order of merit. Cadet Sandeep Kumar Khuntia received the Telescope for the Best All Round Cadet. Assistant Commandant Rahul Lodhi was awarded the trophy for standing first in the order of merit from Indian Coast Guard. The cadets would now join the frontline ships of the Western and Easter Fleet and Coast Guard Ships for the next stage of training. The Passing Out Parade was witnessed by a large number of senior officers including Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikhande and proud parents of the successful cadets.


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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Prithvi-II Launches Successfully

The surface to surface Prithvi (P-II) Missile was successfully flight tested this morning at 9 am from Launch Complex-III at the Interim Test Range (ITR), Chandipur in Balasore District of Orissa. The Launch was carried out as part of the regular training exercise of the Armed Forces.

Prithvi-II, the first indigenous surface to surface strategic Missile, capable of attacking targets at ranges of 350 kms, reached the predefined target in the Bay of Bengal with a very high accuracy of better than 10 meters. All the Radars, Electro-optical systems located along the coast have tracked and monitored the Missile throughout the flight path. An Indian Naval ship located near the target witnessed the final event.

The entire launch operations of the Missile were carried out by the Armed Forces, monitored by the Scientists of DRDO. The flight test of the Prithvi-II met all the Mission objectives and was like a text book launch. Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri and Secretary Defence R & D, witnessed the launch operations and congratulated the Armed Forces and Scientists for the successful flight test. Shri VLN Rao, Programme Director AD, Shri SK Ray, Director RCI, top officials of Strategic Force Command and DRDO were present during the Mission.

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has congratulated the Armed Forces and Scientists for the successful flight test.


Upgraded An-32 Inducted

Four of the first batch of five AN-32 tactical transport aircraft that recently underwent ‘total technical life extension’ (TTLE), overhaul and re-equipment at Ukraine were inducted into the IAF, albeit with a new nomenclature -- AN-32 RE.

Stating IAF has been imbibing and exploiting technological advances and adapting to revolution in military affairs, Air Marshal Joseph Neri, Air Officer-in-charge Maintenance said re-equipped AN-32 RE aircraft will fulfill tactical transport requirements of the IAF up to and beyond 2025.

Air Mshl Neri inducted the first batch of AN-32 RE aircraft at a brief induction and handing over ceremony held at Palam airbase. DG (Aircraft), Air Mshl RK Vashisht, senior MOD and IAF officials, representatives of M/S Spets Techno Export (STE) from Ukraine and aircrew that flew in the aircraft from Kiev was among those present at the ceremony.

AN-32 aircraft, the backbone of transport fleet of IAF, operational since 1984, has flown more than eight lakh hours on various missions. To overcome maintenance challenges due to ageing and obsolescence while still left with airframe hours and number of landings led IAF to conceive mid-life upgrade in 2005, and contract finalized in June 2009.

The project envisages TTLE from existing 25 to 40 years, overhaul and re-equipment of 40 aircraft at designer certified plants in Ukraine of 10 aircraft annually and supply of material and ‘transfer of technology’ (ToT) for upgrade of 64 remaining aircraft at IAF’s No. 1 Base Repair Depot (BRD) at Kanpur. The upgrade at Kiev is expected to be completed by March 2014 and upgrade at 1 BRD by March 2017.

The special features of AN-32 RE include modification in cockpit layout, upgraded avionics equipment, noise and vibration reduction enhancing crew comfort, reliability and maintainability of the aircraft.

Sharing the experience of the aircrew flying the upgraded aircraft fitted from Kiev to India via Ankara, Cairo, Jeddah, Doha and UAE, Gp Capt RC Mohile, one of the Captains of the AN-32 RE and the team leader described that the new navigational equipment proved extremely useful and made the complex navigation process involved on the international route easy to negotiate.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

First Female RO For Any PoP, Breaks Another Ground---Prez To Review IMA PoP On Saturday-June 11, 2011


New CO R & R

Surgeon Rear Admiral Kunwar Karni Singh has taken over as the Commanding Officer of the prestigious Army Research & Referral Hospital, Delhi Cantt. A doctorate in Neurology from the All India Institute of Sciences (AIIMS), Surgeon Rear Admiral Kunwar Karni Singh has done pioneering work in Botulinum Toxin Therapy. He is the first Indian doctor to have introduced in the country the Botulinum Toxin Therapy in Movement Disorders Treatment

His research work includes two international studies, two ICMR Projects, five Armed Forces Medical Research Projects. Surgeon Rear Admiral Kunwar Karni Singh has also published more than 54 national and international scientific papers. He is a visiting Neurology Examiner at the Christian Medical College, Vellore and Madras Medical College, Chennai.


INS Kabra Joins The Navy

India’s latest warship, INS Kabra was commissioned today at Naval Base Kochi by Vice Admiral KN Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command. The ship is named after an island of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. The commissioning ceremony involved announcement of the commissioning warrant signed by the Chief of the Naval Staff, hoisting the Naval Ensign and National Flag on board to the tune of the National Anthem and breaking of the commissioning pendant atop the ship.

Vice Admiral Sushil in his address to the assembled gathering underscored the importance of relatively smaller ships like Fast Attack Crafts for a blue water Navy stating that these are essential inventory in peacetime, for Low Intensity Conflicts and anti piracy operations. Rear Admiral KC Shekar (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, said that INS Kabra is a cost effective and fuel efficient platform. Admiral Shekar also informed the audience that certain modifications from the original design have been carried out on the ship based on inputs from the Navy.

INS Kabra, like INS Kalpeni which joined Southern Naval Command in October last year, is an indigenously designed water jet propelled Fast Attack Craft and is eighth of a series built at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata. With a top speed of over 35 knots, and excellent manoeuvrability offered by her water-jet propulsion, the ship is ideally suited for high-speed interdiction of fast-moving targets. Her speed, agility and quick response will also be especially useful in search and rescue operations. The low draught of the ship allows her to operate in shallow waters close to the coast as well. INS Kabra complies with the latest regulations of the International Maritime Organisation on sea pollution control. The main armament of the ship is a 30 mm CRN 91 Gun. In addition, the ship has been fitted with Machine guns of various types and shoulder launched Surface to Air Missiles. The ship has been placed under the operational and administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command at Kochi. INS Kabra has a crew of 03 officers and 39 sailors, and is commanded by Commander Bandhul Mishra, a specialist in Surface & Missile Weapons and Radar Systems.