Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Indo-US Joint Army Training Exercise- 'Yudh Abhyas', To Conclude Today

The exercise brought together troops of a Mountain Brigade of Indian Army and Company and Brigade Headquarter of the US Army.  It is the  tenth exercise in the Yudh Abhyas series, which started in 2004 under US Army Pacific partnership program.  The exercise strengthens and broadens interoperability and cooperation between both the Armies and complements a number of other exchanges between the two forces.  Over the years, the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of the combined training. Exercise YUDH ABHYAS 2014 has witnessed a Brigade Headquarter based ‘Command Post Exercise’, an Infantry company carrying out ‘Field Training Exercise’, discussions on strategic issues of mutual concern by experts of both countries and combined training between detachments of Special Forces.  The exercise provided an ideal platform for the personnel of the two countries to share their experiences on Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorist Operations, under  UN mandated operations.
Commanders and Staff Officers of both sides were exercised to work in close coordination to receive and collate intelligence and to issue suitable operational orders to the combined field training components, who executed these orders on ground.  The exercise curriculum was planned progressively where the participants were initially made to get familiar with each other’s organizational structure, weapons, equipment, and tactical drills.  Subsequently, the training advanced to Joint Tactical Exercises wherein the battle drills of both the armies were practiced.
A consolidation and validation exercise witnessed by senior officers and observers of both Armies, in which troops of both nations carried out a daring Search and Destroy Mission in the general area of Ghingharikhal near Ranikhet town.  The final exercise was reviewed by Major General Lawrence Haskins of US Army and Major General Ashwani Kumar of Indian Army. 

Ministry of Defence Participates In 'Swachh Bharat' Campaign

In the series of activities being organised by Ministry of Defence under ‘Swachh Bharat” mission, today a talk and interactive session was organised on the issue of importance of cleanliness and initiatives to be taken to achieve the goal of clean India.

On this occasion, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak founder of Sulabh International made a visual presentation and shared his views and experience with others in the field of hygiene and sanitation. Dr. Pathak, through his detailed presentation narrated that the nation can achieve the target with the collective effort and presented a holistic picture of better sanitation.

The session was chaired by Additional Secretary Shri Anuj Kumar Bishnoi and was attended among others by Joint Secretary (Establishment) and Joint Secretary (ESW). While paying thanks to Dr. Pathak, Shri Bishnoi also briefed all participants and urged them to make Swachh Bharat Mission a great success.  

Golden Jubilee Celebration of Indian Naval Design & Construction

An international seminar “Future trends and Opportunities in Warship Design and Construction” was held at DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Indigenous Warship Design and Construction. Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff was the chief guest for the seminar. The event was honoured by the presence of the Defence Secretary Sh RK Mathur, Flag Officers, officers from the Ministry of Defence, Chairmen and Managing Directors of Shipyards, dignitaries from PSUs, classification societies and luminaries from the Ship Building Industry.

During his address, the Chief of the Naval Staff said that in recognition of the need for development of indigenous capabilities, the Corps of Naval Constructors had been formed in 1954, followed by setting up of a Central Design Office (CDO) in 1964. In 1970, this Central Design Office emerged as the Directorate of Naval Design (DND) and it formed the bedrock of all warship design activities in the country. In the last five decades, India’s growing maritime self-reliance has facilitated the greater recognition of the role that India plays in providing stability in the Indian Ocean Region.
He also said that the DND has been a cornerstone for the construction of 119 warships and submarines of various types and sizes in our shipyards as of date. During the address the Admiral said that this journey of 50 years is a milestone in the self-reliance programme of the Navy and stressed that indigenisation of platforms, weapons, sensors and equipment, through participation of public and private sectors will continue to remain a focus area. The recently commissioned warships INS Kolkata, INS Kamorta (in Aug 2014) and INS Sumitra in early Sep 2014 aptly demonstrate the immense potential of the country in indigenous warship design and building capability. He emphasized that “Road map for the Navy’s expansion and growth would continue to remain firmly anchored on Self-reliance and indigenization”.

With 41 ships and submarines under construction at various public and private shipyards within the country, the Admiral said ‘We need to leverage the shipbuilding capacities and capabilities available in our private and public sectors in a holistic manner to ensure that we provide our indigenisation vision the right impetus’. He further urged the ship designers to work in synergy with all shipyards and domain experts and absorb the best practices available the world-over to ensure that our future warships meet best global standards in build quality, timelines and cost.

The chief of the Naval Staff, in conclusion, congratulated Rear Admiral AK Saxena, Director General Naval Design and all personnel of the Directorate of Naval design for their professionalism and relentless indigenization efforts to cater to the maritime security challenges faced by the Nation.

XXXIII Coast Guard Commanders' Conference 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

IAF Celebrates Commemoration Of 50 yrs Of Indo-Pak War

As part of Commemoration of 50 years of 1965 Indo-Pak war, the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) & Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha paid homage in remembrance of martyrs of 1965 war who laid down their lives for the country by laying a wreath at the Air Force War Memorial at Air Force Station Palam.  The function was attended by former Chiefs of the Air Staff and Air Veterans in service at that time.

Following the wreath laying ceremony, the CAS inaugurated the 1965 War Section at the Air Force Museum, where painting, photographs, Squadron war diaries and the artifacts were systematically organized and displayed.   Four paintings specific to the 1965 war capturing significant Air Combat Situations were commissioned by the CAS to commemorate the historic occasion.  The 1965 war corner included a display of all the aircraft that participated during the war, display of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives during the war and the various award winners.  The Commanding Officers of the Squadrons who received Battle Honors during the war were also present during the ceremony displaying their memorabilia of the war. 
                                                                                                                                                                    The Indo-Pak conflict of 1965 is a corner stone in the annals of Military History of the Indian sub continent.  During the war, the IAF was awarded three Maha Vir Chakras and 43 Vir Chakras for their exemplary acts of courage  Air Veterans of yesteryears reminisced about their glory days recalling tales of Valour, and signed the signature wall of the veterans of the war which would be displayed in the Museum for posterity marking the historic occasion.

This ceremony was part of the yearlong celebration marking the 50 years of 1965 India-Pakistan war which would culminate on 22 September 2015.     

GRSE Launches L-52,2nd Landing Craft-Utility For Indian Navy At Kolkata

The second in the series of eight 'Landing Craft - Utility' (LCU) Mark-IV ships being built for the Indian Navy by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), was launched today at Kolkata. The keel of the LCU - Yard 2093 - was earlier laid on April 2013.

Following maritime traditions, the ship was launched by Ms. Sharmistha Chatterjee, wife of Vice Admiral PK Chatterjee, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) who was the chief guest on the occasion. Rear Admiral AK Verma (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, GRSE and officials from Ministry of Defence and State Administration were also present on the occasion.

GRSE had signed the contract for design and building of eight LCU ships from Indian Navy on September 2011. The remarkable feature of these LCU Mark-IV ships are that these have been developed in-house by GRSE as per requirements specified by Indian Navy.

The ships are designed for multipurpose amphibious operations that are jointly carried out by Indian Navy and Indian Army for ensuring maritime security of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal, and Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea.

The ships are designed to transport by sea and beach at far away islands, to deploy army tanks and troops. The ship is 63 metres long, 11 metres wide and displaces around 830 Tons.

With a maximum speed of 15 knots and an endurance of more than 1500 nautical miles, the ship is driven by twin-propeller fixed-pitch propulsion system powered by two marine diesel engines each developing 1840 KWs.

The ship can accommodate 216 personnel including 160 army troops. The bow ramp on the ship enables loading and unloading of combat equipment and vehicles on beaching. Ballast arrangement further ensures desired trim for smooth beaching operations.

Two 30mm CRN-91 mounted guns will provide artillery fire support during landing operations.  

The launching marks completion of main hull of the ship, which will now be fitted out with essential equipment and systems before sea-trials and commissioning, which is expected by the year end.

Monday, September 22, 2014

J&K Governor Briefed On Flood Relief Ops

The Hon”ble Governor of Jammu and Kashmir arrived in BB cantonment today on a visit to review the ongoing relief and restoration operation in the Valley.

Shri NN Vohra, the Governor of J&K was briefed by Lt Gen Subrata Saha, GOC,15 Corps on the relief and restoration operations launched by the Army under Mission Sahayata. He visited the flood affected areas inside the Badami Bagh Cantonment and was given a detailed overview of the damages suffered by various establishments within the Badami Bagh Cantonment and other Army camps in Kashmir.
Shri NN Vohra, commended all ranks of Chinar Corps for their relentless effort made during the floods in Kashmir towards rescue, relief and restoration operations, despite enormous challenges faced by the Army due to its own areas and personnel being badly affected due to the floods. The Governor assured all the support to enable the Army to overcome the losses suffered during the floods at the earliest possible time.


A Medical cum Veterinary Camp was organised by the Army under Operation Sadhbhavana at Kalhum village in Bandipora district for the locals of flood affected area to ensure that the after effects of flood in terms of epidemic or other diseases  be checked at initial stage. The locals were educated on hygiene and sanitation.

A joint team of doctors from the Army, NGOs  and civil administration including lady doctors, veterinary doctor, nursing assistant and paramedics extended medical assistance to people of far flung flood affected areas of Kalhum.

In the camp elderly patients were screened for cataract and hypertension and adequate lifestyle changes and medication were advised.  The veterinary doctors provided medical relief to the multitude of animals grazing in the higher reaches.

With attendance of around 444 people and around 466 animals, the medical cum veterinary camp by Army was an effort to reach the people of remote areas.


An infiltration bid was foiled by the Army and four militants were killed in an intelligence-based operation in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district near LoC .Four AK 47 rifles,assorted ammunition and warlike stores were recovered from the scene of the gunbattle that began in the wee hours today. 

4 terrorists trying to infiltrate were killed in an operation from 2:30 to 8:00 today morning in tangdhar bowl...bodies seen below, not yet recovered, further search is on

10 terrorists have been killed since operation megh rahat started....

Friday, September 19, 2014

Op Megh Rahat Rescue Ops Completed, Relief & Medical Assistance To Continue

The Army rescue operations under ongoing Operation Megh Rahat in J&K for the past two weeks has been called off, while the relief and medical assistance will continue.  Restoration of road network has also been largely achieved  and efforts are continuing to improve the trafficability on damaged roads. Operation Sadbhavna activities will continue and the troops of Northern Command remain committed to provide support in close synergy with the civil administration and the police.

IAF Hands Over A Dakota Aircraft To Bangladesh Airforce

On a formal request from the  Bangladesh Air Force and reviewing the historic ties, the IAF today handed over one Dakota aircraft from the IAF museum to the Bangladesh Air Force. The aircraft was gifted by Air Marshal SS Soman, Air Officer Commanding in Chief Western Air Command to Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari, Chief of Bangladesh Air Force in a befitting ceremony at Air Force Station Palam.

The Dakota aircraft has played a sterling role in the history of the Indian Air Force.  Much nostalgia can be associated with the aircraft as it was  one of the pioneers of the transport fleet of the Indian Air Force. The aircraft played a crucial role in the 1947-48 war and a pivotal role in liberation of Bangladesh and formation of Bangladesh Air Force. It was the first transport aircraft that landed at heights of 11500 ft in Leh by then Wg Cdr Mehar Singh. The aircraft was used for transporting troops in Srinagar during 1947-48 war and also for the famous Tangail drop, (the biggest and most ambitious air drop operation since World War II).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chinese Presence At Demchok, Ladakh

Indian Navy Chetak Makes Hard Landing, No Damage, No Casualties, Inquiry Ordered

A Chetak helicopter of the Indian Navy, whilst on a routine training sortie off Mumbai, made a hard landing at Uran, across the harbour, at about 1015 h on 18 Sep 14. Two pilots and two aircrew who were on board have minor injuries and are safe. Prima facie, the helicopter appears to have developed a technical snag.  There has been no damage to civil property.An inquiry will be ordered into the incident.

Indo-US Joint Army Exercise - Yudh Abhyas, Commences

The combined Indo-US Military Training, Exercise YUDH ABHYAS 2014 commenced at Chaubattia, Uttarakhand with an opening ceremony on 17 Sep 14.

The US Contingent was represented by Company and Brigade Headquarters from an Infantry Division of US Army while Indian side was represented by an equivalent strength from a Mountain Brigade of GARUD DIVISION.  Maj Gen Ashwani Kumar of Headquarters Central Command welcomed the US soldiers and urged both contingents to achieve optimum cohesion and interoperability to achieve military objectives of the exercise.  He stressed upon importance of free exchange of ideas and concepts between the troops and the necessity to learn from each others’ experiences.

The focus of the ongoing exercise is to carryout Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorist Operations in mountainous terrain under United Nations (UN) Charter.  The two week long event will see the contingents hone their tactical and technical skills in countering insurgency and terrorism in UN Peace Keeping scenario involving a Brigade Headquarters, an Infantry Company and a detachment of Special Forces.  State of the art equipment for surveillance and tracking, specialist weapons for close quarter battle with terrorists, explosives and IED detectors, as well as the latest communication equipment are being fielded by both sides.  Both sides will train, plan and execute a series of well developed combined tactical drills for neutralization of likely threats that may be encountered in UN peace keeping operations.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bangladesh Airforce Chief Meets IAF & Indian Army Chiefs

Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari, Chief of Air Staff, Bangladesh Air Force on a Goodwill visit to India,  calling on Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) & Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha at Air Headquarters,  and Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh in New Delhi today.

Restoration Of Connectivity

After successfully opening the national highway between Jammu and Srinagar, Army Engineers and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) restored  connectivity between Rajouri and Budhal by constructing a 180 feet bailey bridge over Ans river at Kot Ranka on 16 Sep.

Nearly 10,000 personnel of Army Engineers and BRO, equipped with  over 400 dozers, excavators and JCBs, besides 300 tippers and dumpers, have restored road links at over 1000 places damaged by landslides or flash floods, besides reconstruction of various bridges across the state during the last few days.

Bangladesh Airforce Chief Meets Defence Minister

Chief of Air Staff, Bangladesh Air Force Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari called on Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Wednesday Sept 17, 2014. Jaitley presented a memento to the visiting Chief 

Indian Army Engineers Restore Connectivity Between Rajouri & Budhal By Launching Largest Bridge in J&K - Kotranka

In continuation of the mammoth task of restoring the connectivity across the length and breadth of the state of J&K after the recent floods in the state,Army Engineers, after successfully opening the national highway between Jammu and Srinagar, restored the connectivity between Rajouri and Budhal yesterday by constructing a 180 feet Bailey bridge over Ans River at Kot Ranka. With the completion of this bridge, Army has ensured that relief and rehabilitation support  can reach the remotest part of the state. The Army Soldiers were working day and night as they are constructing a double storey bridge which shall be the largest bridge to be made by the Indian Army in the Srinagar and Jammu Divisions till date and that too in shortest possible time.

An  approx  10,000 personnel of Army Engineers and Border Roads Organisation (BRO), equipped with an over 400 dozers, excavators and JCBs, besides 300 tippers and dumpers, have restored road links at an over 1000 places damaged by landslides or flash floods, besides reconstruction of various bridges across the state during the last few days.
One such critical road link is being restored at Kotranka, on river Ans in Rajouri District by Army Engineers. The existing RCC bridge could not stand the water pressure and one of its abutment was swept away by the floodwaters, resulting in a wide gap of 180 feet approx.  This bridge is the only road link between the two important districts viz. Rajouri and Reasi. Moreover it is situated at the heart of the Kotranka Tehsil, with a population of over 70,000 distributed on either side of this Bridge, which makes it a vital life line for the people of this region. The soldiers of 10 Engineer Regiment of the Indian Army launched the Bailey Bridge as part of restoration and relief operations.