Thursday, October 29, 2015

DG NCC Hosts German Armed Forces Delegation

A 32 member German Armed Forces delegation led by Lt Col Michael Karl Walter Schwab visited the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Headquarters and interacted with the officers of the organisation today at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt. The Deputy Defence Attaché from the German Embassy accompanied the delegation who are from the German Foundation for Political Studies and International Understanding’. 

The interactive meet was chaired by the Director General NCC Lt Gen Aniruddha Chakravarty, where senior officers of the organisation were also present. A presentation on the history, aims of NCC, organizational structure and facets of training was given to the visitors aimed at better understanding of the organisation. 

The visiting delegation members evinced keen interest in the NCC activities as it is the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world. The presence of boy and girl cadets enabled a first-hand interaction of the visiting German delegation with them. 

Scorpene Submarine 'Kalvari' Returns To MDL After Being Set Afloat Yesterday

Indian Air Force (IAF) to Commence Exercise-Livewire

The Indian Air Force is commencing its annual exercise, Exercise Livewire, on 31 October 2015. The exercise involves utilization of air assets of all types available with the IAF. The aim of the exercise is to validate the full spectrum of IAF capability in undertaking operations in response to likely future threats and operational contingencies, and also to exercise its latest acquisitions effectively in a network centric environment. The latest operational concepts and preparedness would be checked out. 

During such exercises, exposure is also given to the young generation of air warriors in honing their skills. Along with operational requirements, maintenance as well as administrative requirements would also be tested in as close to the likely real-time scenario as possible. Communications, net centric warfare operations and reconnaissance capabilities would be checked. Joint operations with Indian Army and Navy would be practised on realistic targets, so as to synergise the Op capability of all the three Services. Liaison with Airports Authority of India has been ensured for de-confliction with civil air traffic during the exercise. 

Indian Navy's First Scorpene Submarine - 'Kalvari' , Set Afloat

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders reached another milestone today as the first submarine 'Kalvari' being constructed at the shipyard was separated from the pontoon and set afloat at Naval Dockyard Mumbai. A puja ceremony was earlier undertaken at Mazagon Dock on October 27, 2015. The boat is now slated to undergo rigorous trials and tests which would certify each system to its fullest capacity.

Rear Admiral R K Shrawat, Chairman and Managing Director, MDL said on the occasion that setting afloat of the boat is a historic milestone, which has been achieved through the hard work and perseverance of all executives and operatives of the Submarine Yard of MDL. The accomplishment of this milestone would initiate commencement of sea trials which would eventually lead to commissioning of the boat into the Indian Navy in September 2016.

Mazagon Dock is constructing six Scorpene class submarines (Project 75) under transfer of technology from DCNS, France. Subsequent boats will be delivered at gaps of nine months
from each other. The project is expected to be completed by 2020.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Naval Commanders’ Conference Concludes

Navy’s Role is Not Only Vital for National Security, but also for National Prosperity and Development: Admiral RK Dhowan 

The second edition of this years’ bi-annual Naval Commanders' Conference was conducted at New Delhi from 26-28 Oct 15. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan chaired the conference and addressed the Navy’s top leadership on à host of 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 upon India’s geographic location and the prevailing security situation which demands continuous vigil and readiness to respond to any contingencies in our area of interest, the Admiral urged the Commanders’ to maintain highest combat readiness of our platforms and diligent monitoring of developments in the maritime domain. He complimented all ranks of the Navy in maintaining a high tempo of operations with our ships deployed at extended ranges from our coasts, spanning from the South China Sea and Sea of Japan in the East to the Persian Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean in the West and at the same time remaining focused on maritime and coastal security in close liaison with other national authorities and agencies. 

The Admiral lauded the efforts of the Navy for its focused action in deterring piracy attempts off the Gulf of Aden and closer to our islands in the Arabian Sea. Indian Navy’s presence and proactive operations in the area have instilled a sense of confidence in the shipping industry and has been a major contributory factor in the recent decision by CGPCS to shift the eastern limit of High Risk Area from 78 Degrees East to 65 Degrees East. He highlighted that not even one Indian owned ship has been hijacked since Oct 2008 due to the Indian Navy’s proactive anti-piracy stance. 

The Naval Commanders’ discussed the numerous initiatives taken by the Navy to usher in E- governance for providing greater impetus to the Indian Navy’s integration with the ‘Digital India’ initiative wherein measures to further strengthen cyber security in the Navy were also examined. 

The Naval Commanders’ deliberated on the key technological enablers for transformation of the Navy. The CNS complimented the Commanders for good pace of modernisation with focus on ‘Indigenisation’ and urged continued and sustained efforts with progressive substitution of imports by ‘Make in India’. These discussions should serve as a roadmap for the future Navy till 2030 as Indigenisation, in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, is the key driver for this roadmap. The Navy has been at the forefront of indigenisation with 47 ships currently under construction at Indian shipyards. 

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, various aspects related to service conditions of sailors and their quality of life (including post retirement placements, accommodation and hospital facilities etc. for them and their next of kin) were deliberated extensively. The CNS stated that men and women behind the machine are the Navy’s greatest strength and are our greatest asset and their morale and well-being should always remain our primary concern. 

During the course of the conference, the CNS 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 upon 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. 

In order to have a better understanding of the navies of the world and share best operational practices; the arrangements for the forthcoming mega event i.e. International Fleet Review (IFR) scheduled at Visakhapatnam in Feb 16 were also reviewed. 

The Conference also provided an opportunity to the Commanders to interact with the MoD officials wherein various pending issues were discussed. The Admiral also released the revised ‘Strategic Guidance to Transformation: A Passage Plan for the 21st Century’, a document which identifies the key enablers and taskings for transforming the Indian Navy to meet its growing role and operational responsibilities over the coming decades. 

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. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Infantry Day Celebrations On 27 Oct 2015

Infantry celebrates 27 Oct each year as the Infantry Day. On this day (27 Oct 1947), 68 years ago the leading elements of the Indian Army from 1st Battalion of the Sikh Regiment landed in Srinagar as part force to evict the Pakistani intruders from Jammu and Kashmir which became part of the Indian Union following the signing of Instrument of Accession by Maharaja Hari Singh. Their resolute defence of the city saved it from falling into the enemy hands. The gallant action of these Infantry Soldiers reversed the tide of the battle and contributed immensely towards integrating Kashmir as part of independent India. 

Infantry Day 2015 was celebrated with traditional fervor on 27 Oct 15 with Wreath Laying Ceremony organised at ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’. Gen Dalbir Singh, the COAS, Senior Veterans, Colonels of Infantry Regiments and serving officers attended the Ceremony. Lt Gen GS Rawat (Retd) represented the veterans in the Wreath Laying Ceremony. 

Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw Memorial Lecture was also organised at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt as part of Infantry Day celebrations. Proceedings began with welcome address by Lt Gen Sanjay Kulkarni, Director General of Infantry. Lt Gen VR Raghavan, (Retd) delivered lecture on “Old and New Wars: Structural Challenges”, highlighting changes in character and scope of wars. Distinguished Soldier Diplomat, Lt Gen SK Sinha, (Retd) spoke of his association with Field Marshal Manekshaw, with whom he had the privilege to serve. The lecture culminated with closing remarks by the COAS, and a vote of thanks by the Director General Infantry. 

Indian Naval Ships At Trincomalee For Joint Exercise With Sri Lankan Navy - SLINEX-2015

Reinforcing the strong neighbourly ties underscored by extensive maritime interaction, the Indian and Sri Lankan Navies would undertake the 4th edition of Sri Lanka-India Exercise (SLINEX) off Trincomalee, Sri Lanka from 27 Oct to 01 Nov 15. SLINEX series of bilateral maritime exercises were initiated in 2005 and since then three successful engagements have been conducted. 

Indian Naval ships Kora, Kirpan and Savitri along with ship-borne integral helicopters entered Trincomalee today to participate in the exercise. Kora and Kirpan, the missile corvettes, are commanded by Commander Ashok Rao and Commander Abraham Samuel, respectively, and the Offshore Patrol Vessel Savitri is commanded by Commander Prashant Negi. In addition, an Indian Naval maritime reconnaissance aircraft will also participate in the exercise. The Sri Lankan Navy will be represented by Sayura, Samudra, Sagara, six Fast Attack Crafts, two Fast Gun Boats and one Fast Missile Vessel. 

The exercise will commence with a Harbour Phase, during which, the participants will engage in professional, cultural and social interactions. The Harbour Phase will be followed by the Sea Phase, which will commence on 30 Oct. The Sea Phase will include complex operations including anti-piracy exercises, gun firings, cross-deck helicopter operations and anti-surface exercises. 

The benefits of operational interactions under the aegis of SLINEX are clearly visible as both the Navies today have an improved and steadfast understanding. SLINEX 15 will further enhance the capability of the two navies to work together at sea and contribute towards maritime security in the region. 

SLINEX aims to promote mutual understanding and provide exposure to both the Navies to each others’ operating procedures, communication procedures and best practices. This allows the two navies to develop greater confidence to operate together, if required, during complex maritime missions. Periodic conduct of this exercise has helped to build on past experiences and further advance professional as well as operational engagements between the two navies. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Indigenous Component in Fight Category of Ship Building Needs to be Increased Substantially: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

The biannual Naval Commanders’ Conference of 2015 commenced in New Delhi today. This conference is held to discuss issues of operational relevance, identify capability gaps and to review the future plans of the Navy. 

The Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the conference and congratulated the men and women of the Indian Navy for discharging their duties with utmost diligence and professionalism. He met Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan, Commanders’-in-Chiefs of various commands of the Navy and other top commanders and held discussions with them. 

Addressing the Commanders’, Shri Parrikar emphasised on the need for continuous vigil and readiness to respond to any contingencies in our area of interest which required maintaining highest combat readiness of platforms and diligent monitoring of developments in the maritime domain. He assured the Commanders’ that the Ministry of Defence is committed to provide the requisite support to Indian Navy’s quest for planned modernisation activities. 

Taking note of the extensive deployments at extended ranges from our coasts, spanning from the South China Sea and Sea of Japan in the East to the Persian Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean in the West, the minister expressed satisfaction at the very high operational tempo maintained by the Indian Navy. 

Shri Parrikar complimented the Indian Navy’s continuous presence and pro-active focussed operations in deterring piracy attempts off the Gulf of Aden which resulted in the recent decision by CGPCS to shift the eastern limit of High Risk Area from 78 Degrees East to 65 Degrees East. Incidentally there has been no hijacking of Indian owned ship since 2008, the minister stated. 

Stressing that ‘Make in India’ is an important aspect, he expressed his pleasure with the impetus being imparted towards indigenous development of naval capabilities and pace of modernisation programme of the Indian Navy. He was appreciative of the strides made by the Naval Designers, and has urged that the indigenous component in fight category needs to be increased esp. in submarine construction. He also highlighted the issues of capability shortfalls of ship borne helicopters, MCMVs and submarines and assured full support of the Government in addressing them. 

Addressing the challenges pertaining to human resource development in the Navy, which are unique due to high levels of technical skills required to operate complex, state-of-the-art ships, submarines and deck launched fighter aircraft, Shri Parrikar extended his unstinted support towards improving the quality of life and welfare of our sailors and their next of kin. He congratulated the Navy for designating the current year as the ‘Year of the Sailor’. 

Shri Parrikar expressed confidence that the Senior Commanders of the Navy will take a closer look at all the important issues and take decisions to address the shortcomings and chart a futuristic, visionary roadmap for the Navy. 

Shri Parrikar also released the follow-on edition of the Navy’s strategic guidance document titled ‘Ensuring Secure Seas: Indian Maritime Military Strategy’. The need to revise the existing strategic guidance document (published in 2007) arose in view of the prevalent geo-economic and geo-strategic scenarios which in turn have increased the navy’s role and responsibilities significantly in the last decade. This edition highlights the incontrovertible link between the seas and India’s resurgence in the 21st century. 

The Naval Commanders are discussing matters related to combat readiness of the fleet and other operational formations, building capabilities for the future and addressing human resource challenges amongst others. 

BRO Annual Chief Engineers’ Conference

Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will organise its Annual Chief Engineers’ Conference – 2015 at Headquarter Directorate General Border Roads (DGBR) here tomorrow. 

The Director General Border Roads and its 18 Chief Engineers of various Projects will attend this 3-day long Conference to take stock of various ongoing works and to charter future roadmap for the organisation. Various issues of organisational interest especially welfare of employees and officers will be discussed in the forum. 

Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh who is also the Chairman Border Roads Development Board (BRDB) will address the conference on 28 October 2015. The conference will also be addressed by the Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh and DGBR Lt Gen RM Mittal. 

BRO is playing a yeoman role in meeting the strategic and operational infrastructural requirements of the Army. It also makes a significant contribution to socio-economic development especially of the border areas. BRO is presently undertaking construction of 23958 km of roads and 4124.77 m of bridges, besides maintaining a network of 19498 km of roads 31685 m bridges. It has also made foray into the field of tunnelling to meet the strategic requirements of the armed forces. Construction of the 8.8 km Rohtang Tunnel in the State of Himachal Pradesh is under progress, wherein 4.95 km of the tunnel has already been completed. A 592 m long cable-stayed bridge is under construction on River Ravi at Basohli. This bridge will be the first of its kind in northern India which will enhance connectivity between Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Golden Jubilee Celebrations Of Indo-Pak War 1965

The Indo-Pakistan 1965 war was triggered by Pakistan’s Operation Gibraltar aimed to precipitate turmoil in northern parts of India followed by military action to annex Jammu and Kashmir.  During this war India had captured the strategically important Hajipir Pass which links Uri and Poonch.

To pay homage to the soldiers of all three services who made the supreme sacrifice for our Nation during 1965 War a solemn ceremony is being conducted at various War Memorials across the country where the sacrifices made by the three services are remembered and the brave soldiers honoured.

In Chennai, a Wreath Laying Ceremony was held at the Victory War Memorial located on Flag Staff House Road.  Senior serving and retired officers of the three services, Junior Commissioned Officers and Jawans laid wreaths and paid floral tributes at the War Memorial.  A well turned out and a smart guard saluted with arms and the last post was sounded followed by observing a two minute silence.  Lieutenant General Jagbir Singh, General Officer Commanding Dakshin Bharat Area was the senior most military dignitary present, on this solemn occasion.
After the wreath laying ceremony a felicitation function was held at Golden Palm Sainik Institute.  The Veterans   and Veer Naris of 1965 Operations were participated.  Veterans of 1965 Indo-Pak War Lieutenant General (Retd) VR Raghavan, Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Amith Sahul and Colonel (Retd) Krishnaswamy shared their experience during the 1965 war.

Lieutenant General Jagbir Singh, General Officer Commanding Dakshin Bharat Area also addressed the gathering and presented the key of Modified Scooters to Disabled Soldiers. General Officer Commanding also felicitated the Veterans and Veer Naris of 1965 war.

IAF Chief Visits Brazil

Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Air Staff(CAS) Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha Visits Brazil 

Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, leaves on a four-day official visit to Brazil from 25 October 2015. As Chairman COSC, he would be visiting various establishments of the three Services of the Brazilian Armed Forces. His schedule includes visit to the Embraer Headquarters and the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology in Sao Paulo. At Manaus, he will visit the Centre for Jungle Warfare Training and the Amazon Military Command Headquarters where he would witness riverine operations by the Brazilian Navy and Marines in the Amazon river. A visit to the Integrated Air Defence and Air Traffic Control Center in Manaus is also on the cards. Towards the end of his tour, Air Chief Marshal Raha would be visiting the Superior War College at Rio De Janeiro which is the Brazilian equivalent of India’s National Defence College. 

The Air Chief would be meeting the Chiefs of Brazilian Army and Air Force during his stay at Brasilia. He would also interact with the Chief of Joint Staff of the Armed Forces and later the Defence Minister of Brazil, Mr Jose Aldo Rebelo Figueiredo. 

The visit is aimed at enhancing the bilateral cooperation between the two countries in defence related matters. Presently, the Indian Air Force operates the Embraer 135 in the communication role whilst the AEW&C platform for the indigenous AEW&C programme which is nearing completion uses the Embraer 145. Additionally, there are plans for the two countries to engage with each other on a wide array of issues under the aegis of the BRICS grouping. 

MoD Approves Induction of Women as Fighter Pilots

The Ministry of Defence has approved the induction of women into the Fighter (Combat) stream of the IAF. This progressive step is in keeping with the aspirations of Indian women and is in line with contemporary trends in Armed Forces of developed nations. Since their induction into the transport and Helicopter streams of the IAF, their performance has been praiseworthy and on a par with their male counterparts. Inducting women into the fighter stream would provide them with an equal opportunity to prove their mettle in combat roles as well. 

The first women pilots would be selected from the batch which is presently undergoing flying training at Air Force Academy. After successful completion of ab-initio training, they would be commissioned in the fighter stream in June 2016. 

Thereafter, they would undergo advanced training for one year and would enter a fighter cockpit by June 2017. 

Presently, the Indian Army is inducting women into the Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation (Air Traffic Control), Army Air Defence, Electronics & Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Army Ordinance Corps, Intelligence Corps, Army Education Corps and Judge Advocate Generals Branches/Cadres. The Indian Navy is inducting women in the Judge Advocate Generals, Logistics, Observer, Air Traffic Controller, Naval Constructor and Education branches/cadres. The IAF is presently inducting women in the Transport and Helicopter stream of the flying branch, Navigation, Aeronautical Engineering, Administration, Logistics, Accounts, Education and Meteorology branches. With this decision to open up induction of women in the fighter stream, women have become eligible for induction in all branches and streams of the IAF. 

The Ministry of Defence has also taken up a comprehensive review pertaining to induction of women in Armed Forces, both in short service commission and permanent commission (SSC & PC) and once finalised more and more branches would be opened up for induction of women to give them the space which they deserve in the Armed Forces of the country.

Women officers in the IAF are in non-combat branches like Logistics, Education, Administration, Fighter and Air Traffic Controller, Engineers and Helicopter and transport pilots.

A male fighter pilot says, "I feel lady officers are more mature and hard working and more disciplined officers. If a job is given to them, rest assured, it will be completed on time.In pregnancy they cant fly, but they more than make-up for it by being unit adjutant , which is as important.Their combat acumen has to be seen."

Friday, October 23, 2015

Visit of INS Sahyadri to Incheon, Republic of Korea

Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri, currently on operational deployment to North West Pacific region and South China Sea in pursuance of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, entered Incheon, ROK this morning. The ship is likely to remain at Incheon till 27 October 2015 for an extensive interaction with the ROK Navy. 

Historic cultural links between India and the Republic of Korea have laid the foundation of vibrant bilateral relations between the two countries. These include the growing economic engagements and military-to-military interactions. The first bilateral Defence Dialogue between the two countries was held in 2003 and the first Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue was held in 2005. Maritime interaction has since grown with port visits by warships to each other’s ports. Indian Naval ships last visited Busan in June 2012. The Indian Navy has extended an invitation to the ROK Navy to participate in the International Fleet Review 2016, scheduled to held in February 2016, off the East Coast of India. 

The visit of INS Sahyadri is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing inter-operability between navies of the two countries. INS Sahyadri is an indigenously built warship of the Shivalik Class. Inducted into the Indian Navy on 21 July 12, the multi-role stealth frigate, boasts of an impressive array of weaponry in her arsenal. Long range anti-ship missiles, medium and short range surface to air missiles augmented by powerful guns of different calibres provide a formidable shield against all types of surface and air threats. The capability to carry two integral multi-role helicopters significantly enhances the potency of this ship. INS Sahyadri, is presently being commanded by Captain Kunal Singh Rajkumar. 

During the stay in harbour, various activities aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two navies are planned. These include official calls on local naval and civilian dignitaries, reception on board INS Sahyadri, visits to the ship by local the populace, guided tours for Indian Naval personnel and professional interaction between personnel of both the navies. 

On departure, the ship is planned to exercise with ROK Navy ships for improving interoperability in communication as well as Search and Rescue procedures. 

Naval Commanders’ to Discuss Technological Enablers for Transformation of the Navy with Focus on Indigenisation/ Make in India

The Naval Commanders’ will be deliberating on the key technological enablers for the transformation of the Navy during the second edition of the biannual Commanders’ Conference, scheduled to be conducted from the 26th to 28th of Oct 15 at New Delhi. These deliberations shall serve as a roadmap for the future Navy till 2030. Indigenisation, in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, is the key driver for this roadmap. The Navy has been at the forefront of indigenisation with 47 ships currently under construction at Indian shipyards. 

The Chief of the Naval Staff reviews critical operational and administrative issues in the Navy biannually, during the Naval Commanders’ Conference. The forthcoming conference would focus on multitude issues such as operational readiness of the Commands, infrastructure development, human resource management, coastal security, cyber security in the Navy and foreign cooperation initiatives. The Hon’ble RM would also be addressing and interacting with the Naval Commanders on 26th Oct 15. 

The Commanders’ will also delve on the numerous initiatives taken by the Navy to usher in E- governance to provide greater impetus to the Indian Navy’s integration with the ‘Digital India’ initiative. While doing so, measures to further strengthen cyber security in the Navy would also be examined. With the aim to showcase the Indian Navy, foster a better understanding of the navies of the world and share best operational practices; the arrangements for the International Fleet review scheduled at Visakhapatnam in Feb 16 will be reviewed. 

To focus on the man behind the machine, the year 2015 is being observed as the ‘Year of the Sailor’. The numerous schemes to improve quality of life and service conditions within the Navy will be reviewed during the conference. 

In response to the prevalent geo-economic and geo-strategic scenarios the Navy’s role and responsibilities have expanded significantly in the last decade. These developments have necessitated a revision of the Navy’s strategic guidance document ‘Freedom to Use the Seas; India’s Maritime Military Strategy’ published in 2007. The conference would witness the unveiling of the follow-on edition titled ‘Ensuring Secure Seas: Indian Maritime Security Strategy’ by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri. This edition aims to highlight the incontrovertible link between the seas and India’s resurgence in the 21st century. 

It may be recalled that the first edition of the Commanders’ Conference for the current year was held from 25th to 28th May 15. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

India China Joint Exercise Hand-in-Hand : 2015 Concludes

The India China Combined Military Training Exercise Hand in Hand 2015 commenced on 12 Oct at Kunming Military Academy, Yunnan, China. The exercise concluded with a Joint Field Exercise followed by an impressive closing ceremony, today. 

Participating troops from both sides had trained together and learned from each other in mixed groups on Basic Individual Skills (combat boxing, basic mountaineering and shooting), Comprehensive Combat Skills (obstacle crossing, combat shooting, demolition, high intensity physical training) and unit/ sub unit tactics, especially in a counter terrorism scenario. A joint field exercise depicting counter terrorist operations on India China border areas was held from 21 to 22 Oct to validate the exercise objectives. A series of challenging tactical situations were presented to validate the reactions of the sub-

units and a very high level of professionalism and coordination was seen among troops of both the armies. The exercise was overlooked by the observer delegation of both countries today, who expressed satisfaction at level of assimilation achieved by the troops of both sides. 

This was followed by the Closing Ceremony which commenced with an impressive parade by both contingents wherein national flags of both countries were brought on parade, followed by playing national anthems. The heads of observer delegation of both countries reviewed the parade and thereafter awarded certificates and medals to outstanding members of each others contingents. 

Lt Gen AL Chavan, head of the Indian Observer Group addressed the gathering and congratulated both contingents for successful conduct of Joint Exercise.He stated that the intimate understanding and goodwill generated during the exercise will go a long way in further strengthening military bonds between both armies and has helped in understanding each others organization and conduct of counter terrorist operations. 

Maj Gen Zhang Bing, Deputy Chief of Staff of Chengdu Military Command and head of the Chinese Observer Group stated that this was the fifth joint counter terrorist exercise which shows the power of both countries to fight terrorism together and highlights the determination and vision of both countries to maintain regional security, stability and develop a conducive environment for development. He complemented all participants and said that the Chinese side was impressed by the professionalism and spirit 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Areas Divided into two Separate Headquarters

Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Areas Divided into two Separate Headquarters 

RADM S N Ghormade, Takes over as Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Area 

With a view to enhance operational and administrative organizational structure, the erstwhile Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area has been divided to make two separate headquarters under Flag Officer Maharashtra Area and Flag Officer Gujarat Naval Area. The division of the Naval Areas was marked by Rear Admiral Satish Namdeo Ghormade, assuming of charge of Flag Officer Maharashtra Area from Rear Admiral Murlidhar Sadashiv Pawar this morning. Rear Admiral Murlidhar Sadashiv Pawar will officiate as Flag Officer Gujarat Naval Area. 

Rear Admiral SN Ghormade was commissioned into theIndian Navy on 01 Jan 1984. He is a graduate of National Defence Acedamy (NDA),Khadakwasla, United States Naval Staff Collage at Naval War Collage, Newport,Rhode Island and the Naval War Collage, Mumbai. In addition to a specializationin Navigation and Direction within the Navy, the officer holds a Master Degreein Personnel Management from Symbosis Institute of Business Management(University of Pune), M Phil in Defence and Strategic Studies from Universityof Madras. 

During his career spanning over 31 years, he hasbeen through a myriad of operational and staff appointments. His operationalappointments include commands of the Guided Missile Frigate INS Brahmaputra,Submarine Rescue Vessel INS Nireekshak, and Minesweeper INS Allepey and secondin Command Guided Missile Frigate INS Ganga. His important staff appointmentsashore include Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resource Development),Principal Director of Personnel, Director Naval Plans and Joint Director NavalPlans at Naval Headquarters as separate assignments, Director (MilitaryAffairs) at the Ministry of External Affairs, Local Work Up Team (West),Instructor at Navigation Direction School and National Defence Academy. Uponpromotion to the Flag Rank in 2012, the officer assumed the appointment ofAssistant Chief of Personnel (HRD) and prior to this held the appointment ofFlag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area. 

The officer is the recipient of the Nau Sena Medal in 2007 by the President of India and Commendation by Chief of Naval Staff in 2000. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Pele's Rendezvous With Indian Air Force

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha presenting a memento to ‘Soccer King’ Mr. Pele, during the final match of 56th edition of Subroto Cup International Football Tournament, in New Delhi on October 16, 2015.

Flight Of Nirbhay Missile Aborted After 700 Seconds of Launch

Nirbhay Long Range Subsonic tactical cruise Missile was launched from Integrated Test Range. Chandipur at 11:38 hrs today.

All initial critical operations such as Booster ignition, Booster separation. Wing deployment and engine start were successfully executed and Nirbhay reached the desired Cruise Altitude.

During 700 seconds of flight all the subsystems of Nirbhay cruise Missile functioned satisfactorily and met all the desired functions.

The mission was aborted after 700 seconds of flight.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Missile Complex Renamed After Dr Kalam At Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad

Defence Minister Calls upon Scientific Community to Achieve Dr. Kalam’s Dream 

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar has called upon the scientific community to realise and fulfil former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s dream of developing India into a knowledge super power by 2020. Delivering his welcome speech at the 84th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Dr. Kalam, at DRDO Bhawan, here today, Shri Parrikar said “true tribute to the great leader is to fulfil his dream.” He expressed the hope that the scientific community will derive the inspiration from the life, achievements and dedication towards his dream for a self-reliant India. The Defence Minister said that Dr Kalam was a man of vision, full of ideas aimed at development of the Country. In his book ‘India 2020’, Dr Kalam highlighted action plans to develop India into knowledge super power by the year 2020. Shri Parrikar added that Dr. Kalam was a great writer and had ignited millions of young minds through his thought provoking and influential writings. Dr Kalam always enjoyed the company of young students and children and his writings increased the interest of young students in science and technology to make it a career and it was due to his initiative that there is increased interest in Basic Sciences today, he said. 

Describing Dr. Kalam as the Father of Missiles, Shri Parrikar said that his research and educational leadership prompted the Indian Government to initiate the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme which led to the simultaneous and successful development of wide range of missiles and brought great laurels and prestige to the nation. His sustained guidance has been the driving force behind India’s leap in the Defence Technology. Dr. Kalam during his tenure as a Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister played an organisational, pivotal and intensive technological role in conducting the Pokhran II Nuclear Test. He also had a successful stint as the Project Director of India’s First Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV). The journey from a newspaper boy to a scientist and then the President of India has inspired every Indian to dream big and work hard with dedication for that dream to come true. All these unique qualities added to Dr. Kalam’s vision and knowledge and fetched him several honours and awards across the globe, Shri Parrikar added. 

Earlier, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi who was the chief guest for the event, unveiled the bust of former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at DRDO Complex, in the presence of Defence Minster Shri Manohar Parrikar, Minister of Urban Development, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Communications and IT, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri YS Choudhary. He also released a commemorative postage stamp on Dr Kalam. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Urban Development, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, announced that the government has decided to include the town of Rameshwaram, birthplace of Dr Kalam, in the AMRUT mission to make it a smart city. 

The event was also attended by the three Service Chiefs and Senior Officers from various ministries. 

Indian Coast Guard Rescues Indian Fishing Boat Fired Upon By Pakistan

At about 1200 h on 15 Oct 15 Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajratan, patrolling along the notional International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), received a distress call from an Indian Fishing Boat (IFB) regarding a firing incident on another IFB while fishing across the  IMBL, by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA). The boat fired upon was identified as FV Suryakiran. The ICG ship immediately headed towards the IFB to provide assistance.

Upon interrogation, the crew of the IFB revealed that the PMSA personnel approached them on two water scooter like crafts and fired at them. In the incident, the tandel of FV Suryakiran sustained injury on his right hand. The crew further stated that 4-5 IFBs were also apprehended by the PMSA personnel. First aid has been provided to the injured crew by the ICG ship.

Further details are being ascertained.

Tri-Lateral Naval Exercise Malabar – 15

Initiated in 1992, as a bilateral exercise between the Indian and US Navies, the scope, complexity of operations and level of participation has increased steadily in successive editions of the India-US Malabar Naval Exercise. The 18th edition of the exercise was held in the Western Pacific in July 2014 in which Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) was invited to participate. 

MALABAR-15, the 19th edition of the exercise, will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 14 -19 October 2015. Alongwith the Indian Navy and the US Naval Forces, JMSDF will also participate in the exercise. The scope of MALABAR-15 includes wide-ranging professional interactions during the Harbour Phase and a diverse range of operational activities at sea during the Sea Phase. 

During MALABAR-15, the Indian Navy will be represented by INS Shivalik an indigenous frigate, INS Ranvijay a guided missile destroyer, INS Betwa an indigenous frigate and INS Shakti ¬¬¬¬a Fleet Support Ship. In addition, one Sindhugosh class submarine, INS Sindhudhvaj, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I and integral rotary wing helicopters are also scheduled to participate in the trilateral exercise. 

The US Navy will be represented by the ships from Carrier Task Force (CTF) 70 of the USN 7th Fleet, which is based at Yokosuka, Japan. The CTF will include the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Ticonderoga class Cruiser USS Normandy and Freedom Class Littoral Combat ship USS Forth Worth. In addition, one Los Angeles class nuclear powered submarine USS City of Corpus Christi, F18 Aircraft from US Carrier Air Wing and P8A Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft will also participate in the exercise. 

The JMSDF will be represented by JS Fuyuzuki, a missile destroyer with SH 60K integral helicopter. 

MALABAR – 15 is part of the process of enhancing naval cooperation among important navies of Indo-pacific regions which helps in enhancing mutual understanding. Sharing of best practices by the three navies will strengthen their respective capacities and help create better synergies for effective and speedy action to deal with challenges of disaster prevention and relief and maritime safety and security in the Indo-Pacific region, for the benefit of the global maritime community.