Sunday, May 31, 2015

Indian Naval Ships Enter Jakarta, Indonesia

In pursuit of India’s ‘Look East’ and ‘Act East’ policy, the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, is on an operational deployment to South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean. Warships of the Eastern Fleet participated in the bilateral naval exercise SIMBEX with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) from 20 – 26 May 15. As part of the deployment, two Indian warships, INS Ranvir (a Guided Missile Destroyer) commanded by Captain Jaswinder Singh and INS Shakti (a sophisticated Fleet Tanker and Support Ship) commanded by Captain Vikram Menon, have arrived at Jakarta today (31 May 2015) on a four day visit. 

The visit is aimed at further strengthening its already robust bilateral ties between the two countries and fostering inter-operability between the navies of these two friendly nations. Both navies conduct regular coordinated patrols on their IMBL and an annual bilateral exercise is scheduled to commence between both navies this year. During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls, professional interaction between personnel of both the navies, reception onboard and ship visits have been planned. On departure, the ships will exercise with Indonesian Navy for improving interoperability in Maritime Operations and Search and Rescue. These ships along with INS Satpura (an indigenously built Guided Missile Stealth Frigate) and INS Kamorta (an indigenously built Anti Submarine Corvette) are on a two-month long deployment. During this deployment, the ships have visited Singapore and would also visit Freemantle (Australia), Kuantan (Malaysia), Sattahip (Thailand) and Sihanoukville (Cambodia). 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Dredging Issues Delay India's First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant Launch for Sea Trials

Dredging issues have delayed the undocking of the first Indian-made aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, made by Cochin Shipyard ltd, which was supposed to undock for sea trials on May 28th, as she'll undergo extensive harbour acceptance trials before getting commissioned.

United Nations Peacekeeping Day Celebrated-29 May

Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK) celebrated the UN Peacekeeping Day on 29 May 2015 at the Manekshaw Centre in Delhi Cantt. Lt Gen Philip Campose, the Vice Chief of Army Staff was the Chief Guest at the function. The event is part of the worldwide celebrations undertaken on the day to commemorate all brave men and women who have contributed towards establishing peace and security in the war torn countries and ravaged societies across the world. 

The officials acknowledged the contribution of the Indian Armed Forces in about 50 peacekeeping missions across the world and remembered all those valiant soldiers who laid down their life in the line of duty at a place away from their homeland. The event was marked by a seminar on issues pertaining to peacekeeping and its Challenges in Today’s Dynamically Changing World. Various dignitaries including Lt Gen I S Singha, Lt Gen Satish Nambiar (Retd), Lt Gen RK Mehta (Retd), Ms Rebecca Tavares from UN Women and Mr Munu Mahawar , JS (UNP) Division were also present on the occasion. 

Speaking at the occasion, Lt Gen Philip Campose said that the entire peacekeepers’ fraternity had a singularity of purpose that was aimed at ensuring international peace and security. He further said that nature of conflicts was changing at a rapid pace and everyone had to evolve, adjust and modify to suit the requirements of such complexities of time and space. He also applauded the efforts of CUNPK in this direction and commended its efforts for training officers of Indian and foreign diasporas. 

Earlier, the Secretary General’s address was read out to the gathering by Mrs Kiran Mehra Kerpelman, Director, United Nations Information Center, New Delhi. The Address of Mrs Sushma Swaraj, Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs, Govt of India, was also read by Shri Munu Mahawar, JS (UNP) of MEA. 

India began its tryst with UN Peacekeeping by providing the Custodian Force in Korea, 1950. It is worth mentioning that the Indian Army is among the top three contributors to UN Missions. 

Virtual Memorial Wall honouring Indian peacekeepers who laid down their lives during UN Peacekeeping Operations, launched at United Nations on the commemoration of International Day of UN Peacekeepers

Virtual Memorial Wall honouring Indian peacekeepers who laid down their lives during UN Peacekeeping Operations launched at United Nations on the commemoration of International Day of UN Peacekeepers

To commemorate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on 29th May, 2015 the Permanent Mission of India to UN hosted a somber function for all the recipients of the 125 Dag Hammarskjold Medals awarded this year by the United Nations.

Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji, Permanent Representative of India to United Nations welcomed the awardees and read out Hon’ble External Affairs Minister of India’s message on the UN’s commemoration of International Day of Peacekeepers.

Full text of Hon'ble External Affairs Minister’s message on the commemoration of International Day of UN Peacekeepers is placed below at Annex-I.

During the commemorative function a unique initiative was undertaken by the Indian Mission to UN, whereby a Virtual Memorial Wall was launched and dedicated to those Indian troops who gave their lives while doing active service as UN peacekeepers.

The wall of honor includes details of 161 Indian peacekeepers who made the supreme sacrifice in 16 UN Peacekeeping Missions so far. The Virtual Wall, launched on the occasion of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on 29 May 2015, will be hosted on the website of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations (

This Indian initiative is a precursor to the eventual construction of a UN Peacekeepers Memorial Wall on the premises of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. India had proposed the construction of the UN Peacekeepers Memorial Wall as an appropriate way to commemorate all the troops from member states of the United Nations who had given their lives while on duty under the Blue Flag of the United Nations. The proposal for the establishment of the Memorial Wall at the United Nations Peacekeepers Memorial at Headquarters has been recommended by the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations in its report A/69/19 (Para 19). The recommendation is under consideration in the Special Political and Decolonization Committee as a part of draft proposals in the Fourth Committee document A/C.4/69/L.19.

Since attaining independence in 1947, India has steadfastly responded to calls from the United Nations Security Council to contribute troops as UN peacekeepers for maintaining international peace and security. India’s consistent and substantive response over the past seven decades of UN peacekeeping operations has resulted in more than 180,000 Indian troops having participated in 44 of the 69 UN peacekeeping operations mandated by the UN Security Council so far. India is proud of being the single largest contributor to UN peacekeeping.

The high degree of professionalism and courage displayed by Indian UN peacekeepers have extracted their costs in terms of human lives. 161 Indian UN peacekeepers have made the supreme sacrifice while on active duty with the United Nations.

In order to keep their memory alive, and to highlight the significant contribution these dedicated professional troops have made to the objectives and purposes of the United Nations Charter, the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations has been actively engaged in enhancing the commemoration of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on 29 May every year.

Two years ago, on 29 May 2013, to mark the 10th anniversary of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations had organized a photo exhibition showcasing the historical origins of India’s UN peacekeeping participation and scenes from the various areas of operation where Indian peacekeepers have been deployed over the past 60 years.

In 2014, at India’s initiative, the UN General Assembly agreed for the first time in its Resolution No. A/67/287 to request the Secretary General of the United Nations to place a wreath at the UN Peacekeepers Memorial, located on the UN Headquarters premises, on 29 May every year. That same day, for the first time, an inclusive commemorative reception was hosted by India at the United Nations Headquarters in memory of all the 106 UN peacekeepers from different member states of the United Nations, who had laid down their lives in service of the United Nations during 2013.

On 2 October 2014, Her Excellency Smt. Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister of India, became the first foreign minister from any member state of the United Nations to place a wreath at the UN Peacekeepers Memorial in New York.

Today’s function  to honour the memory of Indian peacekeepers was also attended by Mr. Atul Khare, Under Secretary General for Field Support along with Mr. Herve Ladsous, Under Secretary General for Department of Peace Keeping Operations, who both paid glowing tributes to the sacrifices made by Indian peacekeepers in UN peace keeping operations.

S Christopher Appointed New DG, DRDO And GS Reddy Appointed Scientific Advisor Defence Minister

The Government has appointed Dr GS Reddy, Distinguished Scientist & Director, Research Centre Imarat (RCI) & Programme Director, MRSAM, DRDO as Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri for a
period of two years from the date of taking over charge. The Government also appointed Dr S Christopher, Distinguished Scientist & Programme Director (AEW&C) and Director, Centre for Air-Borne Systems, DRDO as Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development-cum-Director General, DRDO for period of two years from the date of taking over charge. 
Dr S Christopher: A profile 

Dr Christopher obtained his BE (Hons) in Electronics & Communication Engineering from University of Madras and M.Tech. in Microwaves and Radar Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur. He joined IIT, Madras, as Project Associate and carried out research in Microwave Antenna Design and Near-field Measurement Techniques. He obtained PhD in Antennae and Measurement Techniques from IIT, Madras. 

Dr Christopher worked for M/s Bharat Electronics, Ghaziabad, as Senior Engineer and later joined LRDE as Scientist-‘D’ and rose to Scientist ‘G’. He led a team to create the Automated Planar near Field Measurement Facility at LRDE for the first time in the country. He was Project Director for LCA MMR and led the team for designing and developing slotted array technology, which was used for several airborne and missile projects including export to Poland. He was also Project Director for ASP project and also for development of the Maritime Patrol Airborne Radar, Super Vision 2000, for the Indian Navy. 

Dr Christopher joined the Centre for Air-Borne Systems (CABS) in 2004 and assumed charge as Programme Director for the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) programme. He was appointed Director, CABS, in addition to his responsibility as Programme Director (AEW&C). He was elevated to the rank of Distinguished Scientist in 2012. 

Dr Christopher is a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineers (FNAE), Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) and the Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers (IETE). He is a member of SEE, IEEE and is a recipient of many awards including scientist of the year award in 1998. 

Dr G Satheesh Reddy: A profile 

Dr G Satheesh Reddy is one of the renowned experts in Navigation and Avionics technologies. He joined DRDO in 1986 and led the Conceptualization, Design, Development and productionisation of Inertial Sensors, Navigation schemes, Algorithms & Systems, Calibration methodologies, Sensor Models, Simulation along with development of Satellite Navigation Receivers and Hybrid Navigation Systems. Under his leadership, advanced products and varieties of Avionics systems have been produced and successfully flight tested in strategic programmes of the country. As Project Director, Dr Reddy led the design and development of Ring Laser Gyro based INS System, MEMS based INS System, Sea-Guard Reference System and Ship Navigation system strengthening the country’s self-reliance in high accuracy and long range navigation and also successfully developed a 1000 kg class guided bomb. 

As Director RCI, he led the development of Avionics technologies in critical areas of Inertial Systems, Embedded Computers, Control, Real Time Software and Simulation, Power Supplies, RPF, Seekers, Antennae, Flight Instrumentation for various Defence programme - Agni A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, Prithvi, Dhanush, Astra, Akash, underwater missiles, BrahMos, Nirbhay, Helina, Nag, MRSAM, Programme AD - PDV interceptor, Two stage Ship Launched Target, AAD and other defence programmes. Dr Reddy spearheaded a number of Technology Development, Mission Mode, S&T projects delivering variety of Systems to multiple Projects in different capacities. He led the development and production of GPS+GLONASS+GAGAN on Module (G3OM) receiver and System on Chip (SoC) bringing in quantum jump in miniaturization of Onboard Avionics. He also led the development of IIR Seeker for anti tank and long range BMD applications and played a crucial role in development of high accuracy accelerometers for the long range precision Navigation. 

Dr Reddy graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering from JNTU, Anantapur and received his MS & Doctorate from JNTU, Hyderabad. He is a Fellow of various Academies and Institutes like the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Royal Institute of Navigation London, Royal Aeronautical Society London and a Senior Member of many other professional/scientific bodies in the country and abroad. He has been awarded Full Member Diploma and inducted as a Foreign Member of the Academy of Navigation & Motion Control, Russia and is an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, USA (AFAIAA). In recognition of his distinguished contributions, Computer Society of India conferred on him the Honorary Fellowship (HFCSI). He is also an Honorary Member of ACDOS and a national member of IFAC Austria. 

Dr Reddy is a recipient of several prestigious awards which includes the Indian Science Congress Association Homi J. Bhabha Memorial Award, DRDO Young Scientist Award, Agni Award for Excellence in Self Reliance, DRDO Scientist of the Year Award etc. He is a Member of the Governing Council/Academic Senate of reputed academic institutes. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Naval Commanders Conference Concludes

The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan addressing the top Naval Commanders at the concluding session of the Commanders’ Conference, in New Delhi on May 28, 2015.

Ex Chiefs with the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan and top Naval Commanders at the ‘Conclave of Chiefs-2015’, on the sidelines of the Naval Commanders’ Conference, in New Delhi on May 28, 2015

Naval Commanders’ Conference Concludes 

“ Men and Women Behind the Machine are Navy’s Greatest Asset and Deserve Highest Priority” - Admiral RK Dhowan

The first edition of this years’ bi-annual Naval Commanders' Conference was conducted at New Delhi from 25-28 May 15. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan chaired the conference and addressed the Navy’s top leadership on myriad issues including enhancing operational readiness of the Commands, infrastructure development, human resources management, coastal security, cyber security in the Indian Navy and foreign cooperation initiatives, amongst others.

Emphasising that combat readiness of the fleet and other operational formations is of prime importance and focussed efforts, as hitherto, are required at all levels to ensure sustained growth of the Navy into a formidable multi-dimensional force, the Admiral complimented all ranks of the Navy in maintaining a high tempo of operations during the last six months, including the response shown during the fresh water crisis in the Maldives and evacuation of people of various nationalities from Yemen.

One of the focus areas discussed during the conference was the induction of manpower, aspects pertaining to training and skill development, and welfare of personnel. Consequent to 2015 being observed as the ‘Year of the Sailor’ in the Indian Navy, service conditions of sailors and their quality of life (including post retirement placements, accommodation and hospital facilities etc.) were deliberated extensively. The CNS stated that our men and women are our greatest assets and their morale and well-being should always remain of primary concern. The men and women behind the machine are the Navy’s greatest strength. They need to be viewed and harnessed as such at all levels.

The indigenisation programme of the Navy was discussed and the CNS stressed that indigenisation of platforms, weapons, sensors and equipment, through DRDO, public and private sectors as also through in-house efforts, should remain an area of focus. He emphasized that the ‘Roadmap for the Navy’s expansion and growth would continue to remain anchored on Self-reliance and Indigenisation’. He also urged the naval designers and technical officers to work in close coordination with DRDO so as to develop niche technologies for the future Navy.

During the course of the conference, the CNS released the Maritime Infrastructure Perspective Plan (2015-27) and reviewed progress of various infrastructure projects that are in the pipeline and shall contribute towards capacity building. The need to adopt sustainable green technologies, re-cycling and waste management to reduce carbon footprint of our bases, in pursuance of the energy goals of our country as also to have ‘zero carbon footprint’ were also stressed by the CNS. An integrated roadmap and action plan to develop ecologically sustainable infrastructure was also released by the CNS. Plans for conduct of International Fleet Review and induction plan for Scorpene submarines were also reviewed by the CNS.

Consolidation and strengthening of the rapidly expanding aviation arm of the Navy was discussed. Deliberations were also held on infrastructure and manning requirements for new induction aircraft, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and enhancement of surveillance in our area of interest.

The CNS reviewed the 'coastal security construct' and was satisfied with the steady progress made in strengthening the coastal security apparatus viz. induction of FICs, ISVs and NC3 I project. He asserted the need to remain ever vigilant and focussed towards our coastal security responsibilities, through proactive coordination with other maritime agencies and coastal states. Deliberations were also held to strengthen ‘Cyber Security in the Indian Navy’.

Various proposals from the Indian Navy have been forwarded for consideration of the 7th CPC to ensure that the aspirations and expectations of Indian Navy personnel, along with the difficult conditions of service on board operational platforms are recognized. A comprehensive review of proposals forwarded to the 7th Central Pay Commission which included conditions of service and emoluments paid to the Armed Forces personnel was undertaken by the CNS during the course of deliberations.

One of the highlights of the conference was the opportunity naval commanders' had to interact with the MoD officials and the other service chiefs, wherein issues pertaining to joint operations and military synergy were discussed.

In his closing address the CNS complimented all personnel of the Indian Navy for their professionalism and patriotism, and exhorted them to prepare themselves and the Navy to meet all future maritime security challenges before the country. Operational consideration should remain our collective focus in the coming years, he said. The Navy’s role is not only vital for national security, but also for national prosperity and development, he concluded.

Conclave of Chiefs – 2015 

In a first of its kind, Admiral RK Dhowan, CNS, today inaugurated the ‘Conclave of Chiefs’ on the sidelines of the Naval Commanders’ Conference. The meeting, included for the first time as part of the naval calendar, provided an opportunity for the former Chiefs to interact with the Commanders and other Senior officers and be apprised with the latest developments in the Indian Navy and its future plans.

A key take away from the Conclave was the guidance and views that the erstwhile Chiefs had on a myriad of issues. It was intended to take advantage of their experience, knowledge and collective wisdom to chart the path ahead for the Indian Navy. It is on record that each former Chief played an important role in shaping the Navy and today’s Indian Navy is a result of the collective effort put in by this extended naval family. Besides being a reunion of sorts, a broad overview of the numerous progressive steps being taken on operational, material and personnel issues by the Navy; was also presented during the Conclave. The ex Chiefs were also provided a perspective on the achievements of the Service and the future plans anchored on the ‘Make’ in India’ initiative.

The spouses of the Chiefs were given an overview of the efforts of the Navy Wives Welfare Association and the efforts of the Indian Navy in the areas of community welfare and development, particularly with regard to the naval families.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

India & Germany Hold Defence talks

India and Germany held talks to expand the Defence Cooperation between the two countries, here yesterday. The talks were held between the delegation of the two countries led by their respective Defence Ministers. The Indian side was led by Shri Manohar Parrikar and the German side by Dr (Ms) Ursula von der Leyen. 

Cooperation between the Armed Forces of the two countries, partnering of Germany in the Make-in-India initiative in the defence sector and supply of state-of-the-art equipment/ technology were some of the prominent issues discussed by the two Defence Ministers. Both sides also exchanged their perceptions on the evolving geo-political events having impact on the security situation. 

The German Defence Minister’s visit to New Delhi is taking place close on the heels of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s recent highly successful visit to Germany. The visit would also pave the way for the German Chancellor, Ms Angela Merkel’s visit to India later this year. 

Dr (Ms) Ursula von der Leyen will be visiting the Western Naval Command in Mumbai tomorrow, before concluding her 3 days official visit to India. 

Army Chief Pays Homage To Martyrs

The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh paying homage to mortal remains of Sep Dharma Ram of 1 Rashtriya Rifles (martyred battling terrorists in Kashmir on 25 May 2015), at Base Hospital, in New Delhi on May 27, 2015.

Kargil Hero IAF's Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja Remembered

Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Ajay Ahuja of the Indian Air Force made the supreme sacrifice for the nation on 27 May 1999 during ‘OP Vijay’ while on a combat mission over Kashmir.  The officer’s aircraft was hit by an enemy shoulder fired Surface to Air Missile (SAM) while he was attempting to locate a downed pilot in spite of being aware of the danger to his life owing to the existence of SAMs in the area.

This extremely courageous act involving immense risk to this life epitomises the tenacity and indomitable spirit of the Indian Fighter Pilot.  Tragically, Ajay paid the price for his bravery.  His aircraft was hit and damaged severely.  Though the Officer ejected safely, he was killed by the enemy in captivity.  The Officer will always be remembered as a courageous and selfless soldier who laid down his life without a second thought for his country and for his brothers in uniform.

Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja hailed from Kota in Rajasthan. He was an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the IAF on 14 June 1985 as a fighter pilot.  Over a span of fourteen years in various squadrons of the IAF, he served as an operational pilot on MiG-21 variants and on the MiG-23 Fighter bomber.  He grew up in service to become top instructor with an experience of over 1000 hours spent in instructing ab-initio pilots. He was extremely popular among his pupils because of his patience and cheerful nature.  A thorough professional, the Officer was the Flight Commander of the Golden Arrows. We salute this brave officer for his gallantry and draw inspiration from his dedication and bravery.  His wife Mrs. Alka  Ahuja and son Ankush survive him.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

India and Vietnam Sign a Joint Vision Statement on Defence Cooperation

India and Vietnam signed a Joint Vision Statement on Defence Cooperation for the period 2015-2020 here last night. The Statement was signed by the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar and the Vietnamese Minister for National Defence General Phung Quang Thanh at the end of the delegation level talks in New Delhi. An MoU on cooperation between the Coast Guards of the two countries was also signed in the presence of the two Defence Ministers. The Vietnamese Defence Minister is on a 3-day official visit to the country at the invitation of Shri Parrikar. At the delegation level talks, the two sides discussed wide ranging issues concerning defence cooperation, including cooperation in the area of maritime security. 

Both sides reiterated their commitment to further enhancing the ongoing defence engagements between the two sides for mutual benefit. 

German Defence Minister Begins Her India Visit

The German Defence Minister, Dr. (Ms.) Ursula von der Leyen , on her India visit, laying wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti,and inspecting the guard of honour, in New Delhi on May 26, 2015.

Naval Commanders Conference Commences : Defence Minister Parrikar Asks Shipyards to Compress Delivery Schedules of Warships

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar has asked shipyards, both public and private, to compress delivery schedules of warships and other platforms for the Navy and Coast Guard. Addressing the Naval Commanders’ Conference here today, Shri Parrikar said in the last one year the modernisation plan of the Navy has gained significant momentum with induction of several new platforms. 

The Minister expressed satisfaction with the impetus being imparted towards indigenous development of naval capabilities. He said each commissioning of a ship or launch of a submarine built in India is a proud moment for everyone and the nation as a whole. Shri Parrikar said all 48 ships and submarines presently on order for the navy are being constructed in Indian shipyards, which is in keeping with the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ vision. 

The Defence Minister complimented the naval personnel for continuing to perform their duties tirelessly and selflessly to protect and promote the maritime interests of the nation. He expressed appreciation on the stellar role played by the navy in evacuating citizens of nearly 35 countries in the extremely dangerous and war like conditions during ‘Operation Rahat’ in strife –torn Yemen. He said the Navy’s evacuation efforts were appreciated and acknowledged both by the nation as well as the international community. Shri Parrikar also acknowledged the Navy’s prompt response during ‘Operation Neer’, where Indian Naval ships provided potable water to Maldives in December last year and demonstrated the nation’s commitment and engagement with its maritime neighbours. 

Speaking on the Human Resources issues, the Minister expressed his special concern for the men in uniform and said that improvements in service conditions, welfare and quality of life are his top priority. He complimented the Navy’s sustained efforts in enhancing manpower induction and improving the quality of life and service conditions of sailors and officers. 

The Minister highlighted the proactive engagement of Navy with the DRDO, DPSUs and other private and public sector partners which have resulted in a high degree of indigenisation and transfer-of-technology. He complimented the Navy for bringing out a comprehensive 20-year Science and Technology roadmap to guide and assist the DRDO in developing niche technologies for the future. 

The four day Naval Commanders’ Conference will conclude on May 28, 2015. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Defence Minister Inaugurates New Cardiothoracic & Vascular Sciences Centre at Army Hospital (R&R)

Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar inaugurated a State-of-the-Art Cardiothoracic and Vascular Sciences Centre (CVSC) at Army Hospital (R&R) in New Delhi today. The RM visited the medical facility which included the Operation Theatre Complex (with eight Operation Theatres of which four are cardiac OT’s), Cardio Catheterization Laboratory Complex (with three labs) and four ICU’s (with 12 beds each). The RM stated ¬¬¬that cases of heart ailment were on the rise and expressed confidence that the CVSC would go a long way in ensuring specialised treatment for the patients. Gen Dalbir Singh, the COAS also addressed the gathering on the occasion. 

The Cardiology Department is equipped with the latest Biplane Angiography Lab with facilities for 3D Electrophysiological Mapping and advanced treatment for various cardiac arrhythmias and heart blocks. The facilities would ensure that the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Cardiology would be taken to the next level, at par with international standards. The ultramodern OTs boasting of seamless modular structure and air conditioning with laminar air flow will ensure that patients get the best of both cardiothoracic and vascular surgical care. 

This centre with its state of the art facilities, well monitored ICU’s and dedicated staff shall go a long way to address the need felt by the clientele which includes serving personnel as well as Ex-Servicemen and their families. Army Hospital (R&R) continues to remain as one of the premium medical institutes of the Country which provides wide range of medical services to Service Personnel who are, in turn, dedicated to the service of the Nation. 

G Mohan Kumar Takes Over As New Defence Secretary

Shri G Mohan Kumar today took over as the new Defence Secretary, succeeding Shri RK Mathur, who laid down office yesterday. Belonging to the 1979 batch of IAS, Odisha cadre, Shri Mohan Kumar is a post-Graduate in Chemistry and an MBA from UK. He has worked in various ministries and departments including Steel, Water Resources, Rural Development, Fisheries, Export Development and VAT Administration. 

Shri Mohan Kumar was the Secretary, Defence Production since 01 September 2014 before taking over as the Defence Secretary. 

Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta taking over as the new Secretary, Defence Production, in New Delhi on May 25, 2015.

Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta (1981- batch Tamilnadu Cadre) who was special secretary in the Department of Defence Production today took over as the new Secretary, (Defence Production), succeeding Shri G Mohan Kumar. Shri Gupta is a Post-Graduate in Public Administration from Syracuse University (USA) and an M. Phill degree holder in Defence & Strategic studies from Madras University.

He has worked in various capacities in different Ministries and Departments including Health and Family Welfare, Defence, Industry and Commerce, Small Scale Industries, Urban Development, Personnel and Shipping. 

IAF MI-17 Carries Relatives of Deceased Nepalese Soldiers to Langtang Valley to Pay Homage

On 25 Apr 15, a massive earthquake struck Nepal. Close to the Langtang helipad was a post of the Nepalese Army consisting of 10 Army personnel. After the earthquake all the ten were untraceable. Although, a mission was carried on 06 May 2015 out to retrieve the bodies, they could not be identified due to injuries and decomposition. 

On 23 May 15, a special airlift by an IAF Mi17 V5 helicopter was arranged for Next of Kin(NOK) and Close relatives of the deceased persons to visit the remains of the post and pay homage. Fourteen relatives and two escorts were taken to Dhunche. From there, seven of them were flown to the place where the post was manned prior to the earthquake to pay homage. The helicopters remained with rotors on idle power and returned in 15 mins time with the people who had tears in the eyes. They also brought back small belongings of the deceased and soil. They boarded the helicopter and were brought to Dhunche. Similarly, another Seven Next of Kins were taken to the same place and back. This load limitation was due to the altitude of landing. Group Captain Basant B Pande was on board in the first trip and Major Sandesh Rokde was onboard the second trip.

Operation Maitri by Army 

(Update on 25 May)

The Indian Army continues to provide aid to affected population and areas in close coordination and cooperation with the Nepal Army.

Two Army Aviation Advanced Light Helicopters have de inducted while three helicopters continue to be employed towards disaster relief operations in Nepal and have conducted 12 sorties yesterday and transported 44 people apart from assisting in induction of Nepal Army Troops to affected areas.

The Indian Army Field Hospitals and the medical teams have de-inducted completely with the last elements having de-inducted yesterday after having provided essential care to 4690 people including over 300 surgeries and 216 admissions during their deployment in Nepal.

The ETFs demolished a damaged house and an RCC wall yesterday and have cleared approximately 95 meter of track and  another 290 cubic meters of debris in close cooperation with Nepal authorities. The Indian Army ETF at Barpak has been relocated to Kathmandu. This team was established at Barpak, close to the epicenter, post the earthquake of 25 Apr. The locals of Barpak gave a traditional farewell to the Lt Col Nikhil Sankaran and his team for providing yeoman service  during their deployment  in Barpak.      

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Indian Navy's INS Saryu Participating in Asean Regional Forum (ARF) Disaster Relief Exercise (Direx-15)

INS Saryu, an indigenously built NOPV based at the Andaman and Nicobar Command, shall be participating in a week long ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Disaster Relief Exercise (DiREx) 2015. 

The aim of ARF DiREx-15 is to exercise information sharing and networking among national agencies of this region towards providing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) during natural calamities like Earthquakes, Tsunami, etc as well as Search and Rescue (SAR) for ships and aircraft lost at sea. 

Disaster management continues to be a vital area for cooperation in the region. A consensus has thus emerged on the need to better mitigate, manage and respond to natural and man-made disasters due to the constant dialogue within ARF. 

This exercise, being conducted in Penang, Northern Malaysia from 24 to 28 May 2015 would have participation from China, Malaysia, Thailand and India. Co-hosted by Malaysia and China, DiREx-15 would include Field Training Exercises like Collapsed Structure, Mass Evacuation, Chemical Leakage (HAZMAT), Road Traffic Accident, After Action Review and Search & Rescue Operations. The marine component of the exercise would include Search and Rescue operations using a simulated maritime incident, and would include helicopter operations to locate survivors as well as diving operations to evacuate trapped personnel. This is the third edition of DiREx with the previous two held in Philippines (2009) and Indonesia (2011). 

INS Saryu, the naval offshore patrol vessel is commanded by Cdr Sreekumar Pillai.


Printer-friendly versionThe Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, is on an operational deployment to South Indian Ocean and South China Sea. As a part of this deployment, INS Satpura, indigenously built guided missile stealth frigate, commanded by Captain Hari Krishnan and INS Kamorta, the latest and indigenous Anti Submarine Warfare Corvette, commanded by Commander Manoj Kumar Jha had arrived at Singapore on 18 May 2015. These ships participated in IMDEX-15 and are now conducting bilateral naval exercise SIMBEX-15 with Singapore Navy from 23-26 May 2015.
Operational interaction between IN and RSN commenced with ASW training exercises in 1994, which has grown steadily over the past 20 years. The operational interaction was formalised as an annual bilateral exercise ‘SIMBEX’ in 1999. Since its inception, SIMBEX has grown in tactical and operational complexity. It has transcended the traditional emphasis on ASW to more complex maritime exercises, involving various facets of Naval operations such as Air Defence, Air and Surface Practice Firing, Maritime Security and Search and Rescue. SIMBEX-14 was conducted from 22-28 May 14 off Port Blair in which RSN ships Valour and Independence participated, while IN was represented by Guided Missile Corvettes Karmuk, Kuthar and Maritime Patrol Aircraft Dornier.  This year RSN ship Supreme and submarine Archer along with MPA and fighter aircraft are participating from Singaporean side, whilst Indian Navy is represented by INS Satpura with integral helicopter, INS Kamorta and Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Anti Submarine (LRMRASW) aircraft P 8I.

The port visit of IN Ships to Singapore also coincided with the commemoration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between India and Singapore. This visit was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing inter-operability between navies of the two friendly nations. During the stay in harbour, various activities were conducted viz.  official calls, reception on board, ship open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel and professional interaction between personnel of both the navies.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Defence Minister Visits Siachen Glacier

The Honorable Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar visited the Siachen Glacier today. He was accompanied by Gen Dalbir Singh, COAS and was received at the Siachen Glacier Base Camp by Army Commander Northern Command and General Officer Commanding Fire and Fury Corps.
The Raksha Mantri carried out an aerial survey of the Siachen Glacier and on reaching the Siachen Base Camp  laid a floral wreath paying  tribute to the martyrs at the Siachen War memorial . He  addressed the troops and applauded their efforts for the defence of the country’s frozen frontier and  placing the call of duty above all. 

The Raksha Mantri thereafter arrived at Leh and interacted with a soldiers at the Rinchen Auditorium. He was briefed on the prevailing military situation along the borders of Ladakh. The Raksha Mantri will also visit Chinar Corps today evening before proceeding to Jammu Sector tomorrow. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Indian Air Force(IAF) Mirage -2000 Does A Touch & Go At Yamuna Expressway In Trial Run

The IAF has been considering the use of national highways for emergency landing by fighter aircraft. 

This capability was demonstrated by IAF on May 21, 2015 by a Mirage-2000 aircraft which got airborne from one of the IAF bases in Central India. All facilities like make shift Air Traffic Control, safety services, rescue vehicles, bird clearance parties and other requirements were set up by IAF personnel from Air Force Station Agra. Thereafter, in coordination with the District Magistrate and SP of Agra and Mathura, necessary tie up was carried out for activation of the selected stretch. The aircraft made a practice approach on the highway, coming down to a height of 100 mtrs before landing off the next approach. The operations were conducted with active support from the government of Uttar Pradesh, Yamuna Expressway Authority, Toll authorities of JP Infratech and Civil Police. 

The IAF has plans to activate more such stretches on highways in the future. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Op Maitri By Army

The Indian Army continues to provide aid to affected population and areas in close coordination and cooperation with the Nepal Army.

The ALHs are being employed for rescue efforts in Pokhra and Kathmandu and have conducted 134 sorties since 15 May 15 and evacuated 09 person and moved 167 others apart from delivering 43.2 tons of relief material to inaccessible areas.

The Indian Army Field Hospitals and the medical teams treated 220 patients since 15 May 15 including 36 surgeries, out of which 21 patients were admitted to administer medical care. The medical team at Charikothas been moved to Singati as part of the Indian Army outreach programme to reach .

The ETFs are involved in clearance of collapsed buildings and have cleared over 2055 m of track while clearing 2380 cubic meters of debris apart from debris of 40 damaged houses.  The Engineers have helped in conducting controlled demolitions of six highly damaged RCC walls and six houses apart from constructing four houses, one roof top shelter, two tent shelters and two shelters, since 15 May.

Brig J Gamlin, Task Force Commander, Pokhara alongwith Brig Tara Bahadur Karki, Acting GOC of Western Division of Nepal Army undertook an aerial and ground recce of Laprak and Barpak region of Gorkha district of Nepal on 19 May. They interacted  with the villagers and ex-servicemen of Barpak village and also with Engineer Task Force of Army under the command of Lt Col Nikhil Sankaran who briefed on ongoing reconstruction of school building at Barpak.

The Army Everest Expedition team was evacuated from Namche Bazar in small groups by air and road and have reached New Delhi.