Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lt Gen Bipin Rawat Takes Over As Vice Chief of Indian Army

 Lt Gen MMS Rai retired today, relinquishing the appointment of the Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) of the Indian Army. The General Officer hung his uniform after an illustrious military career spanning four decades. Lt Gen MMS Rai was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers on 15 December 1976. Apart from the regimental service, the General Officer had tenanted various key staff, instructional and command appointments including that of GOC-in-C, Eastern Command.

Lt Gen Bipin Rawat will take over as the VCOAS of the Indian Army on 01 September 2016. He was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978, from IMA, Dehradun, where he was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’.  The General Officer has vast experience in high altitude warfare and counter insurgency operations.  He commanded an Infantry battalion, along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Sector; a Rashtriya Rifles Sector and an Infantry Division in the Kashmir Valley. He has tenanted instructional appointments at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and at Army War College, Mhow. Lt Gen Bipin Rawat has held important staff appointments at Directorate General of Military Operations and Military Secretary’s Branch at Army HQ.  He has also been Major General General Staff at HQ Eastern Command.  The officer commanded a Multinational Brigade, in a Chapter VII mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC). 

An alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the Higher Command & National Defence College Courses, the General Officer,  during the span of over 35 years service in uniform, has been awarded for gallantry and distinguished service with the UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, COAS Commendation on two occasions and the Army Commander’s Commendation.  Whilst serving with the United Nations, he was twice awarded the Force Commander’s Commendation.

Prior to taking over as the VCOAS, Lt Gen Bipin Rawat tenanted the appointment of the GOC-in-C, Southern Command.

Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Ex By Services-2016

Acting upon the directive of the Prime Minister to conduct Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercises, the Armed Forces in collaboration with Central Armed Police Forces and civil administration have started conducting Joint HADR exercises in different places of the country. While the first Joint Exercise ‘JALRAHAT’ on flooding in Urban Areas was conducted by the Army at Narangi Cantt, Guwahati, Assam from 28th to 30th June with other stakeholders like NCC, Civil Administration, municipal corporations and communities, the second exercise ‘PRAKAMPANA’ by Indian Navy is now under progress. 

The exercise ‘PRAKAMPANA’ which started yesterday at Eastern Naval Command Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh is primarily based on super cyclone in the coastal region and will conclude tomorrow. During this exercise different stakeholders actively conducted mock drills and demonstrations on rescue and relief which pointed out the nuances and important lessions of HADR operations. 

The third such HADR exercise ‘SAHAYATA’ will be conducted by Indian Air Force from 14 to 16 September 2016 at Air Force Station Bhuj, Gujrat. This exercise is primarily aimed at preparing the Forces to undertake rescue and relief operations during major earthquakes of Western region. 

Swedish firms urged to cash in on ‘early bird’ gains from India’s liberalised Defence Business Environment

NEW DELHI, 31 August 2016: In a bid to deepen Indo-Swedish defence and aerospace cooperation, the Government of India has urged Swedish companies to forge large scale partnerships with Indian manufacturers and reap the ‘early bird’ advantages from the amended defence procurement rules. The policy gives priority to indigenously designed, developed and manufactured defence equipment.

To take the process forward, FICCI in collaboration with SOFF and Swedish embassy, organized the India-Sweden Defence & Aerospace Industry seminarhere on Wednesday which will be followed by B2Bs and B2G on Thursday.

While addressing the seminar, Mr. Sanjay Garg, Joint Secretary (DIP), Ministry of Defence, Government of India, the policy focus was not just on pure manufacturing. He said that the Government of India, on its part, in the last two years has approved 85% of the capital acquisition proposals under the new category called Buy Indian - Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured (IDDM) and Buy and Make (I).

He said that the time was ripe for Swedish companies to find the right partner from the Indian defence manufacturing industry. 

Ms. Josa Karre, Charge’ d’Affaires, Embassy of Sweden, in her remarks, pointed out that both Sweden and India have a strong industry base and India had now become an attractive place for investors, adding that “We have the expertise and know-how in the defence and aerospace sector to support your success.”

Ambassador Anders Bengtcen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden, said that there was tremendous scope for collaboration between Swedish and Indian companies in aviation, maritime security and  combat training and simulation for army personnel. “Swedish companies are here for a long haul and this was possible because of the trust and reliability that they enjoy,” he added.

Mr. Jayant D Patil, Chairman, FICCI Defence & Aerospace Committee and Senior Vice President and Member of the Board, L&T Heavy Engineering & L&T Shipbuilding; Mr. Sudhakar Gande, Vice Chairman, AXISCADES Aerospace & Technologies Ltd and Chairman, FICCI Taskforce on Aerospace and Dr. A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, shared their perspectives on Indo-Swedish cooperation in defence and aerospace sectors, stating that the policy framework had been streamlined and was extremely supportive of building strong partnerships between Swedish and Indian companies.

Army Chief Inaugurates Army design Bureau

General Dalbir Singh.  PVSM.  UYSM,  AVSM,  VSM,  ADC,  the COAS formally  announced   establishment    of the  Army  Design   Bureau  today during   an  Army  Seminar  on Make Projects organized in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)  in New   Delhi.  The    Secretary  Defence  Production      Mr   A  K  Gupta, Secretary Defence Production was the Guest of Honour  at the event   which   was  attended by  a  large   number of  dignitaries    and  senior representatives     of   Indian     Industry,    Academia    and   leading     research agencies.     The  COAS also  launched  the 'Make  in India Army  Website' which   was hosted live  during  the inaugural  session of the Seminar.

In his opening address Mr Rajiinder Singh Bhatia, Chairman, CII Land Systems Sub-Committee applauded the Army’s initiatives to reach out to industry for Make projects.  He also highlighted that while several programmes with large value where Acceptance of Necessity had been accorded, actual contracts are still far away.  Mr Bhatia echoed industry’s sentiments to see early conversion of these AONs into contracts during the next 3 to 6 months, so that results could be seen in the next two to three years. 

He also emphasized that the Ministry of Defence can make successful use of MAKE projects in import substitution which needs to be accelerated as private industry has time and again proved that they have the requisite technologies, technical competence and capabilities to deliver the solutions. He opined that these are the low hanging fruits which the Ministry of Defence can start work on immediately. With increasing levels of import substitution, India will be closer to its goal of self-reliance.

Mr Singh also highlighted the need for Government to handhold the industry, especially MSMEs, and facilitate them to actively participate in the defence procurement programmes.

Mr A K Gupta, Secretary Defence Production spoke about the initiatives taken by MoD during the last two years to facilitate larger participation of the Indian defence industry in meeting the requirements of the Indian Armed Forces.  He also expressed satisfaction that the Army Design Bureau has finally been setup to be a repository of all technological information of Army’s war fighting assets and also act as a catalyst and facilitator for participation of industry, academia, R&D organisations to fulfill “dream of self-reliance”.

During annual   press  brief on the occasion of Army Day 2016,   the COAS  had  announced    that  the Indian Army was soon going   to have its own   Design    Bureau.     Rapid   changes   in  technology    and  consequent changes    in  war  fighting    techniques,    requires  the  user  ie   Army  to  be constantly     involved    at   every   stage   from   conceptualization,      design, development,    trials,   and  production   to sustenance.   To facilitate  the same, the Army  Design   Bureau   shall   be the interface  of the Army with  DRDO, Academia,    DPSUs,   OFBs and  private industry   paving the way for  high quality  research and development of defence products.

In the  run  up to  the  establishment   of  Army  Design  Bureau,    the Indian   Army undertook   series of  Army -  Industry -  Academia   interactions since   January  this  year.     Lt Gen   Subrata  Saha,   UYSM,   YSM,   VSM**, DCOAS  (P&S),    and  his team  of senior   officers  have  been  carrying   out extensive   interactions    with   a  view   to  promoting   awareness  on  Army's modernization     needs,    discovering    capabilities    of   the   Industry   and encouraging   long  term  research  in   the  academia   at  various   regional industrial   hubs  across  the  country.     20 such  interactive  sessions    have been  carried  out till date.    Industry captains  of major defence  industries, MSMEs,   Start  ups  have  participated  in these  sessions.   In addition,   the team  has carried  out interactions  with a number  of leading  Institutes  like llTs  at  Delhi,    Bombay,   Madras  and  Gandhinagar   and  PSG  Institute   of Technology,   Coimbatore.   These  events  provide  an exclusive  opportunity to industry  and academia  representatives  to understand  the requirements and interact with  the army to seek clarifications  directly  from the user.  The Indian Army  is soon publishing  a comprehensive   compendium  giving   out specific    problem    definitrons.    which  shall  help  the  R&D  fraternity  in developing  indigenous solutions   for the Army's  modernization  needs

In   order to streamline  the procurement process further,  the Army has also initiated a number of other steps to include structural changes in the procurement organisations and issue of compendium of revised SOPs in  line with the OPP 2016

Following  the formal  announcement of establishment of the Army Design  Bureau and launch of the Website, a detailed deliberation on the Army's   Make  Projects was  carried out  in the  second session   of the Seminar.     The Army has identified ten projects under 'Make'  category for manufacturing  by  domestic   defence  industry.   These  projects  were uploaded on  MoD websites  about two months back for information of industry and the research agencies working in the field.  These projects include   125   mm  Smooth  Bore  Barrel  with  Gun  Article,   improved ammunition for T-72 and T-90 tanks,  1000 HP engines for T-72,  Individual Under  Water     Breathing   Apparatus,   Environment  Control  Unit  and Auxiliary Power Units for T-90 tanks Advanced Pilotless Target Aircrafts, Maneuverable Expendable Aerial Targets,  Trtacked Light Dozers,  Assault Track Way and Modern Aircraft Refueling Pump. Sources have revealed that the Indian Army is considering more projects to be taken up in Make category, for which the preliminary process is already on.

While  appreciating the recent initiatives of the Army, the Industry and  Academia  have  pledged their  whole  hearted  support to  facilitate 'Make in India'  vision of the Government and promote Indian Army's quest for Modernisation through lndigenisation.

Indian Naval Warship - Satpura , Visits Singapore

In a demonstration of India’s ‘Act East’ policy and Indian Navy’s increasing footprint and operational reach, Indian Naval Ship Satpura has arrived today at Singapore on a four day visit, as part of deployment of the Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea and Western Pacific. The ship is enroute to India after participation in Exercise Malabar 16 and Exercise RIMPAC-16. 

During the visit, the Indian Naval ship will have professional interaction with the Republic of Singapore Navy towards further enhancing co-operation between the two forces. Calls on senior Government and military authorities, sporting and cultural interactions, aimed at strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two Navies, are also planned. The visiting Indian Naval ship is also likely to conduct exercises at sea with the Republic of Singapore Navy, aimed at enhancing interoperability in communication as well as Search and Rescue procedures, upon departure from Singapore. At the helm of the ship is the Commanding Officer, Captain A N Pramod who is assisted by a team of professional and highly motivated men of the Indian Navy.

Bilateral relations between India and Singapore are characterised by strong bonds of friendship based on cultural, religious and economic ties over two millennia. Today, economic, cultural and defence relations are the mainstay of India-Singapore relationship. Singapore is India’s 10th largest trade partner globally and 2nd largest in ASEAN (2014) accounting for nearly 26% of India’s overall trade with ASEAN.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Maiden Annual Joint Disaster Relief Exercise ‘Prakampana’ Inaugurated

The maiden Joint Disaster Management Exercise named Prakampana (‘Cyclone’ in Sanskrit) aimed at synchronising resources and efforts of all agencies involved in disaster management has been inaugurated at Visakhapatnam today, 30th August 16. The three-day long exercise is being conducted by the Eastern Naval Command in liaison with concerned Centre and State authorities. Vice Admiral HCS Bisht Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, ENC delivered the opening address while Shri Satya Prakash Tucker, Chief Secretary to Govt. of Andhra Pradesh delivered the opening address during the inaugural ceremony of Ex Prakampana held at Samudrika Naval Auditorium. Shri Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Hon’ble HRD Minister, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh also addressed the gathering and later visited the disaster management camp set up to give an insight into the nuances of disaster relief operations. 

Several dignitaries from various Central and State Government agencies, representatives from PSUs located in Visakhapatnam, Professors, University reps and experts in the field of disaster management are participating in the exercise in addition to armed forces viz. Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. The inaugural session had presentations by all concerned agencies were aimed at highlighting their existing capabilities in dealing with such natural disasters and was followed by a Table Top Exercise (TTX) at Maritime Warfare Centre, inside Naval Dockyard on a simulated scenario of a super cyclone hitting an urban city akin Hudhud. All stake holders officials who were tasked to formulate a comprehensive Disaster Management Plan to cater for the pre-event action and post disaster action plan. The TTX enabled better understanding of each other’s peculiarities so as to bring all agencies to a common understanding of Disaster Management for better synergy and co-ordination in planning relief operations. 

Day two is going to be full of Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) capability demonstration beginning with display of air assets of IN and IAF at Naval Air Station followed by demonstration of HADR IN Ships at Naval Dockyard, and a Static Demonstration of HADR assets of all participating stake holders at HADR Campsite near Samudrika grounds. 

Global Design Competition for National War Memorial and Museum

The Ministry of Defence, Government of India has sanctioned the construction of a National War Memorial and National War Museum in New Delhi.

The National War Memorial will honour the memory of all soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation.  It would combine architectural aesthetics and public sentiment, and serve as a place for people to show their respect for soldiers, for their extraordinary efforts to protect the nation.  The selected site is located in the heart of New Delhi, within the C-Hexagon that lies in the close vicinity of India Gate and Chattri.

The National War Museum will be an institution to collect, preserve, interpret and display military artefacts, portray significant events of our nation’s wars and conflicts and related objects of historical importance for education and promoting patriotism.  The selected site for this museum is Princess Park near India Gate. 

The International Design Competition for the Memorial and Global Architectural Competition for the Museum has been launched on 15 August 2016 on portal.

Both these global competitions are being conducted in two stages. In Stage 1, the competitors are required to submit their online entries for the National War Memorial by 02 October 2016 and for the National War Museum by 15 October 2016.  The top nine entries shortlisted from Stage 1 submissions will be eligible for prize of US$ 2,000 each for the Memorial and US$ 3,000 each for the Museum.  These top nine entries thereafter will be eligible to participate in the Stage 2 of the contest, for which they will have to submit detailed designs, including 3D models and present their design plan before an eminent Panel of Jury. 

1st prize for the National War Memorial competition is US$ 30,000 and for the National War Museum competition is US$ 75,000.

2nd prize for the National War Memorial competition is US$ 25,000 and for the National War Museum competition is US$ 50,000.

3rd prize for the National War Memorial competition is US$ 20,000 and for the National War Museum competition is US$ 25,000.

Competitors are advised to carefully study the design brief and the associated documents provided at the links and and register themselves at the links.

The queries regarding the competition will be answered by professional consultants, details of whom are available in the competition dossier.

Defence Minister's Statement In Washington

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s Opening Statement at the Joint Press Conference with US Secretary of Defence Dr. Ashton Carter at Washington 

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar is on a three-day visit to the United States of America from 29 August 2016. Shri Parrikar met the US Secretary of Defence Dr. Ashton Carter amongst other senior officials on 29 August 2016. Shri Parrikar’s opening statement at the Joint Press Conference with Dr. Ashton Carter is as follows: 

“I was deeply moved by my visit to the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial. We in India feel your anguish and pain at being the target of terrorism. I thank Secretary Carter for joining me on my visit to the Memorial. 

I am pleased to be at the Pentagon again to meet Secretary Carter. I thank him for the warmth of his welcome. We have had excellent discussions, and both of us are satisfied at the progress we are making in our defence ties. 

As was noted, this is our sixth meeting in about a year. This reflects our shared intent to take the India-US defence partnership forward. 

Indeed, defence cooperation between India and the United States has never been stronger than it is today. 

For this, I wish to thank Dr Carter. It is his vision, his deep, personal commitment and untiring work that have helped elevate our partnership to this level. 

I fully share his ambition and resolve to make the India-US partnership one of the defining partnerships of the Twenty First Century. 

We appreciate the decision of the US government to designate India a Major Defence Partner. In our discussions today, we looked at how this could provide further energy and momentum to our partnership on defence technology and manufacturing. We agreed to continue efforts to establish a fast and efficient framework to encourage tie-ups between our defence companies. 

The United States is today one of India’s primary sources of defence equipment. The US has shared some of its cutting-edge platforms with India. We would like to take this forward through greater collaborative projects spanning even higher levels of technology and through cooperation in manufacturing ventures. 

The DTTI, of which Secretary Carter is both founder and architect, met last month in Delhi. We decided to significantly expand the scope of its activities and the quality of exchanges in DTTI. I am confident that we will be able to develop workable models of engagement covering newer areas, even as we take forward ongoing collaboration in the DTTI framework. 

The partnership between our Armed Forces has grown from strength to strength. The Indian Armed Forces deeply appreciate the strong capabilities of the US military and value their engagement with their US colleagues. 

Today, India has more cooperative activities with the US military than with any other country. Over the past few months, our Air Forces have jointly exercised in Red Flag as have our Navies in RIMPAC and Malabar. The Army Exercise Yudh Abhyas is to be held shortly. Our decision to sign the LEMOA today would make it easier for our Armed Forces to carry out joint activities, such as training and exercises, as well as HADR missions. 

Our engagement on maritime security is developing well. India and the United States have a shared interest in freedom of navigation and overflight and unimpeded commerce as part of a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific. Our officials met in May 2016 for the inaugural Maritime Security Dialogue. We have tasked them to meet more regularly as we implement the Joint Strategic Vision. The signing of the White Shipping agreement and the Information Exchange Arrangement on Aircraft Carriers recently underlines our desire to work closely together in the maritime domain. Today we decided to further enhance our engagement on Maritime Domain Awareness. 

We also resolved to continue our cooperation on counter-terrorism. India and the United States are fellow democracies. Our open and diverse societies are committed to peace. However, as the United States has shown, there can be no compromise when we are faced with terrorism. The forces that seek to undermine our progress and our way of life require a comprehensive and robust response. We appreciate the support from the United States in our efforts to eliminate terrorism in India’s neighbourhood. Secretary Carter and I agreed that countering terrorism is an important shared objective. 

The partnership between India and the United States is driven by our shared values and congruent interests. This was underlined by the warmth and enthusiasm with which the US Congress received Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June this year. Even as we meet in Washington today, the US Secretary of State and the US Commerce Secretary are in Delhi jointly meeting their Indian counterparts to take forward our strategic and commercial partnership. 

India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Recently, we have further liberalised our policies on foreign investment, including in the defence sector, where upto 100 percent FDI is now permitted. We have also given a major reforms push to the tax system with the progress on GST. Combined with the many flagship initiatives of the Prime Minister, including on ease of doing business, this makes India one of the most attractive global business destinations. I wish to invite US industry, including the defence industry, to be part of this new journey of hope and transformation in India. 

I am delighted to have had another opportunity to work together with Secretary Carter in taking our bilateral defence partnership to even greater heights. I look forward to continuing my discussions with him in the coming days to advance our shared objectives of peace, prosperity and progress. 

Thank you!” 

India, US Sign the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA)

India and the United States Sign the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) 

India and the United States have signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum Of Agreement (LEMOA) in Washington DC, USA on 29 August 2016. 

LEMOA is a facilitating agreement that establishes basic terms, conditions, and procedures for reciprocal provision of Logistic Support, Supplies, and Services between the armed forces of India and the United States. 

Logistic Support, Supplies, and Services include food, water, billeting, transportation, petroleum, oils, lubricants, clothing, communication services, medical services, storage services, training services, spare parts and components, repair and maintenance services, calibration services, and port services. 

Reciprocal logistic support would be used exclusively during authorized port visits, joint exercises, joint training, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. 

Logistics support for any other cooperative efforts shall only be provided on a case-by-case basis through prior mutual consent of the Parties, consistent with their respective laws, regulations and policies. 

Provision of Logistic Support, Supplies, and Services from one Party to the other would be in return for either cash payment or the reciprocal provision of Logistic Support, Supplies, and Services. 

The Agreement does not create any obligations on either Party to carry out any joint activity. It does not provide for the establishment of any bases or basing arrangements. 

The Agreement will significantly enhance the operational capacity of the Indian Armed Forces, including in their response to humanitarian crises or disaster relief. 

India – US Joint Statement on the visit of Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar to the United States – August 29 – 31, 2016 

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar is on a three-day visit to the United States of America from 29 August 2016. Shri Parrikar met the US Secretary of Defence Dr. Ashton Carter amongst other senior officials on 29 August 2016. An India-US Joint Statement was issued on the visit of the Defence Minister which is as follows:- 

“At the invitation of U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Minister of Defence of India Manohar Parrikar made his second official visit to the United States from August 29-31, 2016. In addition to his official meetings at the Pentagon and joint visit to the 9/11 Memorial with Secretary Carter, Minister Parrikar also met with the leadership of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) and visited U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM). He will also visit the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Joint Base Langley-Eustis for a tour of the Air Combat Command (ACC) and the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Wing. In addition, he will interact with representatives of U.S. defense industry during the visit. 

The defense relationship between India and the United States is based on the two countries' shared values and interests, and their abiding commitment to global peace and security. During their meeting, Minister Parrikar and Secretary Carter discussed the wealth of progress in bilateral cooperation and the deepening strategic partnership between the United States and India. The visit – their sixth interaction to date – demonstrates the importance both sides place on strengthening defense ties across many areas: from increased strategic and regional cooperation, to deepened military-to-military exchanges, to expanded collaboration on defense technology and innovation. 

Minister Parrikar and Secretary Carter discussed India’s “Major Defense Partner” designation, announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington in June 2016. They agreed on the importance this framework will provide to facilitate innovative and advanced opportunities in defense technology and trade cooperation. To this end, the United States has agreed to elevate defense trade and technology sharing with India to a level commensurate with its closest allies and partners. 

Secretary Carter welcomed India’s membership in the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and reaffirmed U.S. support for India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). 

Minister Parrikar and Secretary Carter welcomed continued progress under the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI). They welcomed the decision at the DTTI meeting in Delhi in July 2016 to broaden its agenda by setting up five new Joint Working Groups on: Naval Systems; Air Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance; Chemical and Biological Protection; and Other Systems. They also noted the signing of an Information Exchange Annex under the framework of the Aircraft Carrier Joint Working Group. Minister Parrikar and Secretary Carter also agreed to continue to their close consultation on “Make in India” proposals. 

Minister Parrikar and Secretary Carter praised the discussions at the inaugural Maritime Security Dialogue held in May 2016. They welcomed the conclusion of the bilateral ‘White Shipping’ technical arrangement for data sharing on commercial shipping traffic. They also discussed cooperation on capabilities to augment India’s capacity for Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). Acknowledging India’s positive contributions to regional security and stability, including in matters beyond the maritime space, Minister Parrikar and Secretary Carter announced their agreement to further consultations in this area, including through the next Maritime Security Dialogue, which will be held later this year. They noted recent high level official exchanges including the visit to New Delhi of General John Nicholson for consultations on Afghanistan, as well as by the Secretary of the U.S. Navy and the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force earlier this month. 

Minister Parrikar and Secretary Carter welcomed the continued efforts by both countries’ militaries to deepen bilateral cooperation and expand opportunities for greater collaboration. They commended the recent completion of the naval exercise MALABAR with Japan and India’s participation in the Rim-of-the-Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise in Hawaii, as well as the Red Flag Air Force Exercise in Alaska. They were encouraged by the increased complexity in the YUDH ABHYAS Army exercise, which is scheduled for September in India. They agreed to facilitate greater and regular interactions to deepen mutual understanding between military services and promote practical cooperation in areas of mutual interest, such as counter-terrorism, maritime security, special operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. They also welcomed the signing of the bilateral Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), which will facilitate additional opportunities for practical engagement and exchange. 

Secretary Carter reiterated his appreciation for the support provided by Minister Parrikar and the Government of India that facilitated the recovery and repatriation of U.S. World War II remains in April 2016. Minister Parrikar reinforced his commitment to this important mission and he and Secretary Carter were pleased that the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) would return to India November 1-December 14, 2016 to survey additional aircraft crash locations.” 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Rear Admiral R S Laswai, Commander, Tanzanian Navy Visits India

Rear Admiral R S Laswai, Commander, Tanzanian Navy is on an official visit to India from 29 Aug to 01 Sep 16. His visit is intended to consolidate bilateral naval relations between India and Tanzania and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation. The Admiral has assumed Command of the Tanzanian Navy on 23 Nov 2015. 

Commander Tanzanian Navy will hold bilateral discussions with Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff and other senior officials of the Indian Navy on 29 Aug 16 and is also scheduled to call on Defence Secretary and Vice Chief of Air Staff. 

The Indian and the Tanzanian Navies cooperate with each other in training, Hydrography as well as interact at multilateral forums like IONS and MILAN. Indian Naval ships visit Tanzanian port of Dar Es Salaam regularly to build ‘bridges of friendship’. IN ship Trikand is scheduled to visit Dar Es Salaam in early Sep 16. 

Hydrographic cooperation between the two maritime nations has increased post signing of a MoU on Hydrography in Jun 15. High level exchanges are regularly undertaken between both navies. The maritime relations between the two countries received particular emphasis during the visit of Hon’ble Prime Mininster Shri Narendra Modi to Tanzania in July 2016 and the visit of Rear Admiral R S Laswai, Commander Tanzanian Navy to India therefore assumes significance. 

The Admiral will visit Goa Shipyard Ltd and Naval Institute of Hydrography at Goa besides Headquarters, Southern Naval Command at Kochi, where Tanzanian Navy personnel undergo training. The dignitary would also visit various training facilities at Kochi including visit to Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

President Of India To Review Passing Out Ceremony At Officers Training cademy

Officers Training Academy, Chennai is located on next to the Chennai Airport. Presently the Academy is gearing up  for another take off on September 10, 2016 when the supreme commander  Mr Pranab Mukherjee, President will Review  the Passing Out Parade and 279 Gentlemen Cadets and 37 Lady Cadets are likely to get Coveted Ranks.
The journey of revitalization did not start in a day. The man behind the  rejuevenation  and  revitalastion of the Infrstructure, procedures and the trig  methodology and most importantly the mindset of the establishment and the potential officers towards training has been none other than Gen Bobby Mathews who with his tremendous experience of two Academies and his previous stint in OTA has brought about this radical turn around.
The OTA ball is an age old tradition and held for each Passing Out Course.The young warriors whose physical and mental limits are repeatedly stretched during the training,eagerly await this special evening which is replete with unabashed fun,music and dance and of course the prestigious Mr and Miss OTA title.
This year the airport road opened for the glitterati of Chennai for a night on the 27th of August (Yesterday).  Lt.General Bobby Mathews, Commandant OTA and Mrs.Lina Mathews set the ball rolling to formally signify the commandant of the event for the evening.The title of Mr and Miss OTA is something which is coveted and desired by the trainees.It was a fascinating competition infused with ample humour and wit,and in the end there could only be one winner. Ankush was declared Mr.OTA while the Miss.OTA crown was bagged by Dipali and attractive prizes were presented to them for their achievements by  Lt.General Bobby Mathews.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Air Marshal HS Arora Takes Over as Director General Air (Operations)

 Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora AVSM was commissioned in the IAF as a figher pilot in Dec 1981. He has over 2600 hours of operational flying on MiG 21, MiG 29 and other variants of aircraft in IAF inventory, including helicopters. He has served as Directing Staff at 'Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment' (TACDE) and as a Flying Inspector in the 'Directorate of Air Staff Inspection' (DASI). He was deputed as Defence Attache in the Embassy of India, Bankok, Thiland from 2006 to 2009.

He commanded 45 Squadron – 'The Flying Dagger' – as a Wing Commander and as a Group Captain he was ADDC Cdr and Station Commander at 33 SU – 'The Scanners'. As an Air Commodore he commanded Air Force Station Adampur in Punjab and as and Air Vice Marshal he was Air Defence Commander at Headquarters of Western Air Command as well as Easter Air Command.

He is a meritorious graduate of Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment, Defence Services Staff College and the National Defence College, He is also Master of Philosophy in Defence and Strategic Studies.

In recognition of his meritorious service he was commended by the AOC-in-C, in 1997 and was awarded Ati Vishist Seva Medal on 26 Jan 2011 by the President of India.

Air Mshl HS Arora AVSM has been appointed as Director General Air (Operations) on 22 Aug 16.

He is married to Mrs Baljeet Arora and have two sons. His interests include reading, music and travelling.

Indian Warships Visit Port Victoria

In a demonstration of India’s commitment to its ties with Seychelles and maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, Indian Naval Ships Kolkata, Trikand and Aditya under the Command of the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh,NM have arrived at Port Victoria on a two day visit. INS Kolkata is commanded by Captain Rahul Vilas Gokhale, INS Trikand is commanded by Captain Arjun Dev Nair and INS Aditya is commanded by Captain Vidyanshu Srivastava. The ships are part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet based at Mumbai under the Western Naval Command and are on a two month long deployment in the Western Indian Ocean. 

During the visit, the IN ships would engage with the Seychelles People Defence Force on professional issues. In addition, calls on senior Government and military authorities, training and technical cooperation measures with Seychelles Coast Guard, sporting and cultural interactions, aimed at strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two forces, are also planned. 

The deployment adds another chapter to the strong defence and maritime cooperation between India and Seychelles. The Indian Navy regularly undertakes surveillance missions in the Seychelles EEZ, by deploying IN ships and aircraft, based on request by the Government of Seychelles. The last such deployment was by Indian Naval Ship Trikand in July 2016. 

India has a strong and longstanding relationship with Seychelles. Defence cooperation including training and cooperation in hydrography as well as Maritime Domain Awareness is a significant component of the bilateral relationship. The current visit seeks to strengthen the strong bonds of friendship between India and Seychelles and contribute to security and stability in the Indian Ocean Region. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Scorpene Submarines – Update on Documents Leak

The Government of India is seized of the reported leak of documents related to the ongoing Indian Scorpene submarine programme as reported in sections of the media. The documents that have been posted on the website by an Australian news agency have been examined and do not pose any security compromise as the vital parameters have been blacked out. 

The Indian Navy has taken up the matter with Director General of Armament of the French Government expressing concern over this incident and has requested the French Government to investigate this incident with urgency and share their findings with the Indian side. An internal audit of procedures to rule out any security compromise is also being undertaken. The matter is being taken up with concerned foreign governments through diplomatic channels to verify the authenticity of the reports. 

The Government of India, as a matter of abundant precaution, is also examining the impact if the information contained in the documents claimed to be available with the Australian sources is compromised. The detailed assessment of potential impact is being undertaken by a high level committee constituted by the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Navy is taking all necessary steps to mitigate any probable security compromise. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Govt Statement On The Scorpene Submarine Leak

Scorpene Submarines 

A case of suspected leak of documents related to Scorpene submarines has been reported by a foreign media house. 

The available information is being examined at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy) and an analysis is being carried out by the concerned specialists. 

It appears that the source of leak is from overseas and not in India. 

Additional CGDA Visits Controller Of Defence Accounts Offices

Shri Savitur Prasad, IDAS, Additional Controller General Defence Accounts (Addl CGDA) visited the offices of Controller Defence Accounts (CDA), Secunderabad and CDA (R&D), Hyderabad as part of his two-day visit to twin cities. The Addl CGDA reviewed the functioning of the office of the CDA, Secunderabad and interacted with the senior officers. He expressed satisfaction over the achievements of CDA, Secunderabad. While addressing the officers, he asked the officers to be pro-active and help the services in discharging their duties efficiently. He also emphasised that one should be accountable for the charter of duties entrusted to them. Shri AV Rao, CDA, Secunderabad welcomed the Addl CGDA on his arrival at CDA, Secunderabad, yesterday. The Addl CGDA delivered a lecture on “Enhancing Efficiency of Revenue Expenditure in Defence Forces” to Higher Defence Management Course-12 (HDMC-12) participants at College of Defence Management, here today.  

Shri Prasad, the 1983 batch Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) officer has worked earlier as Director, Defence Accounts Department (DAD) Cell IPKF Colombo, Additional Development Commissioner for Handloom Delhi, Financial Adviser & Chief Accounts Officer to Delhi Transport Corporation, Director for Department of Urban Development Delhi, Joint Secretary for National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised sector and as Managing Director Shajahanabad Re-development Corporation Delhi. Prior to present appointment he was worked as Principal Integrated Financial Adviser (Army) and Principal CDA (Navy) at Mumbai.

Shri Savitur Prasad, IDAS, Additional Controller General Defence Accounts (Addl CGDA) interacting with Shri AV Rao, CDA during his visit to Controller Defence Accounts (CDA) office in Secunderabad on 23 Aug’2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Australian Warship HMAS Success Visits Chennai

As part of a goodwill visit, the Australian Naval Ship HMAS Success, an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship arrived at Chennai Port on Monday,         22 August 2016 for four days. Defence Attaché Australian High Commission, Captain Sheldon Williams and Captain Justin Jones, Commanding Officer of HMAS Success met Rear Admiral Alok Bhatnagar, Flag Officer Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval Area and discussed issues of mutual interest. The visit is expected to bolster Navy-to-Navy cooperation and is an indicator of the importance given by Australia to India.

The visit of HMAS Success will encompass professional exchanges and interaction between personnel of both the Navies in various cultural, social and sports events. The ship will depart Chennai on Thursday, 25 August 2016.

Delhi To Get New Air Force Aerospace Museum

Delhi will soon have a sprawling new Aerospace Museum close to the international airport focused mainly on Nation’s rich aviation history. New Aerospace Museum is not only meant to preserve the glorious tradition of the IAF but also to create awareness in general public about India’s rich Aerospace heritage. 
The IAF believes that the Museum would be a popular tourist attraction and a landmark in India’s capital city. A proposal for new Air Force Aerospace Museum was cleared by Ministry of Defence and final financial sanction on the Detailed Project Report is awaited. After the approval, the new museum would be ready for the tourists within 3-5 years.

 Spread over 43 acres, the new Aerospace Museum would have extensive indoor and outdoor displays including huge aircraft parked and hanging in flying attitude with mural depicting the golden era. A dedicated children’s area would be part of the museum where children could enter cockpits of displayed aircraft and get the feel of flying controls. A video arcade would also be created. As per the plan, the internal displays would have a history section in which all IAF Squadrons’ history would be displayed along with aviation legends, major campaigns and wars fought by the IAF. Along with this history, major Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations undertaken by the IAF would also be highlighted.

The IAF presently has a museum near the technical area of Air Force Station Palam, which was established in 1967. The museum has an average footfall of 500 tourists daily and exhibits details about combat operations undertaken by the IAF depicting IAF’s rich history since its formation in 1932 to present date, along with the display of various aircraft and equipment on the IAF’s inventory, since its inception.

Indian Army Forges Ahead in it's Skilling Initiative

Mrs Namita Suhag, President Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) inaugurated the first of its kind Army Skill Training Centre (ASTC) at Delhi Cantonment today in the presence of Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy the Hon'ble minister Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Gen Dalbir Singh, the Chief of Army Staff and other officials. This event coincides with the Golden Jubilee AWWA celebration. 

With the inauguration of the ASTC, the Indian Army now embarks on a new mission by bringing the army spouses and wards into the folds of the skilling landscape. The pilot project to skill the Indian Army spouses and wards with linkages to NSDC will make all those undergoing training eligible for being sponsored under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna scheme. 

In the initial phase, courses in Information Technology - IT Enabled Services, Beauty & Wellness, Apparel and Handicraft sectors will be conducted by an NSDC affiliated Training Partner. Trainees on successful completion of their respective course will get NSDC certification and the training partner will make due endeavours to ensure that they are suitably placed in various organisations for employment or assisted towards self employment. This institution will set the foundation for such centres to be opened across the country under the regional commands by way of up-gradation of select existing Vocational Training Centres. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

IAF Sukhois Land At Pasighat Advanced Landing Ground As It Gets Operational

Pics : Gr Capt T K Singha

The upgraded Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh was inaugurated by Hon'ble ShKirenRijijuMoS for Home Affairs in the presence of Air Marshal C Hari Kumar AVSM VM VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-chief (AOC-in-C), Eastern Air Command on Friday. The event was attended by a large number of civil and military dignitaries including the Chief Secretary and Secretary Civil Aviation Arunachal Pradesh and Air Vice Marshal Manavendra Singh Vr C VSM, Senior Officer-in-Charge Administration, Eastern Air Command Shillong. 

A flypast by a formation of three Sukhoi-30 MKI Air Dominance Fighter aircraft, that took off from one of the forward EAC airbases was a highlight of the event. This was followed by a Su-30MKI also landing at the ALG. The touchdown by a frontline fighter jet of the IAF at the ALG is a 'historic first' in the predominantly hilly state of Arunachal Pradesh, which has several ALGs at varying altitudes. 

Earlier, the AOC-in-C and other senior officials who arrived at the ALG by an An-32 aircraft from Shillong and were received by the Chief Construction Engineer (North East Project). Also, the Hon'ble Union Minister had arrived in a BSF helicopter. Thus it was a rare sight to see many different types of aircraft at this forward airfield. 

The new runway surface and other infrastructure built are similar to the other upgraded ALGs that have been inaugurated in the recent months. Replete with facilities such as aprons for ground manouevering, Air Traffic Control Tower, perimeter road and a security wall, the ALG will facilitate operations of fixed wing aircraft as well as helicopters of both civil and military operators. 

The ALG at Pasighat will facilitate air connectivity with rest of the country and give a huge fillip to tourism in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The pristine and picturesque landscape of Pasighat, on the banks of river Siang, will become accessible to rest of the world. The unspoilt natural beauty of the area is sure to attract many a tourist, which in turn will usher in a new round of prosperity and happiness for the local population . AAI is in the process of setting up a civil terminal, the construction of which has yet to commence. Now the need of the hour is for all agencies to get together and make it happen. 

The ALG at Pasighat was taken over by the IAF in February2010. Previously, it was small strip that was partly paved, partly grassy, and reinforced with perforated steel plates. It was utilized in the past for air maintenance sorties and casualty evacuation by the IAF. Commercial helicopter operations were also being undertaken from the helipads that existed earlier. 

It may be recalled that following a MoU between Government of Arunachal Pradesh and Ministry of Defence in June 2009, the IAF had embarked on an ambitious reconstruction plan to upgrade eight ALGs, including infrastructure development at an overall outlay of nearly Rs. 1,000 Crore. 

The ALGs a Walong, Ziro, Along, Mechuka and Pasighat have since been upgraded and are operational now. Two ALGs at Tuting and Tawang are expected to be ready by the year end, while the ALG at Vijaynagar would undertake for reconstruction as soon as the road connectivity between Miao and Vijaynagar is restored. 

Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Shri Kiren Rijiju & legendary singer Ms. Asha Bhosle visit Aurnachal Pradesh to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with troops in border areas 

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Commerce & Industry, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju visited Tawang, a border area of Arunachal Pradesh on August 17-18, 2016 as a part of the campaign launched to celebrate the 70th year of Independence. Smt. Sitharaman tied rakhis to Jawans of Forces deployed at the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Border Out Post (BOP) at Lumla, one of one of the remotest BOPs on India-China Border, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan yesterday. 

Raksha Bandhan was celebrated in a function at the picturesque location of Dolma Lakhang where Smt. Sitharaman tied Rakhis to the Army and Paramilitary Jawans. Addressing the function, she emphasized the importance of Tawang as one of the most important places from both strategic and religious point of view and assured of all cooperation from her Ministry for development of the region. She termed her experience of Tawang as an enriching one and expressed her gratefulness to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his unique initiative to honour the soldiers who face all type of difficulties to secure our borders and protect us. In her morale boosting address for men in uniform she spoke of her visit to Tawang War Memorial, terming it as an emotional one and thanked the forces for their umpteen sacrifices for the cause of nation. Further, assuring of her cooperation in all the matters related to the development of the area she said that interest of Arunachal Pradesh is a priority and that the Central government is fully committed for the development of the region. 

Shri Rijiju apprised the gathering about the plans chalked out by the government to mark the 70th year of Independence and said that the same is being done to pay tribute to the martyrs of Indian Freedom Struggle and also to boost the morale of the forces and contact the masses residing in the border areas. He reiterated the steps being taken by the Union government for development of the region. He also assured restoration of damaged roads and improving connectivity wherever required apart from taking up the issue of the restoration of damages caused in the landslides. 

Later Shri Rijiju, along with the legendary singer Ms. Asha Bhosle, visited Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh yesterday and celebrated the Raksha Bandhan festival with the jawans of the Indian paramilitary forces and the Army, which is a part of the 70th year of Independence celebrations. 

Ms. Asha Bhosle expressed her happiness on visiting this beautiful town in western part of Arunachal Pradesh and thanked Shri Rijiju for providing this opportunity to her for interacting with the members of the Forces in the border area. Shri Rijiju appreciated the tremendous sacrifices made by the members of the Indian Armed Forces towards the safety and security of the nation. He also thanked Ms. Asha Bhosle for coming all the way to motivate the jawans. 

The Government of India is commemorating the 70th year of Independence in a big way and a special 15-day celebratory campaign called “Azadi-70 celebrations” has been launched from 9th to 23rd August, 2016 throughout the country. As a part of this initiative, a musical programme was organized last evening at Buddha Stadium at Bomdila. The personnel from SSB, ITBP, BRO and Army, apart from the general public, attended in huge numbers. The main aim of this programme was to acknowledge the great contribution that our Forces Personnel are making in securing our borders, raise their morale and also provide some entertainment to them. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

BRO Launches Ambitious Tree Plantation Drive

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), under Ministry of Defence, which is one of the premier road construction agencies of the country launched a massive tree plantation drive in the Northern & Eastern states of India yesterday. The plantation drive was organised simultaneously in the Headquarters in Delhi and all its 18 Project across the country, wherein the employees along with the local populace took part in large numbers. 

In the BRO headquarters Lt Gen Suresh Sharma, Director General Border Roads (DGBR) leading the drive said that almost two lakh saplings will be planted across the country under this programme. He said “This is one of the biggest ever tree plantation drive undertaken by the BRO, organised with the aim to protect the ecology and increase the green cover along the border areas of the Country.” He further added that apart from planting of the saplings, the most important thing is to ensure their maintenance and care. 

The General Officer also informed the media about the plan of BRO to include 1 percent of cost of project in the estimates for greening of areas along the roads. “It is our solemn duty to conserve the flora for future generations,” the DGBR said. This effort is also aimed at saving the precious life and land from soil erosion and consequent flash floods caused by the incessant rains and also to make the people aware about the importance of tree plantation. 

BRO also plans to conduct numerous activities to create awareness amongst the people, by way of organizing community participation, competitions for children and by organizing a mini-marathon with the theme ‘Run for the Roads’ in the near future. 

It was very heartening to see the active participation by the BRO officials and employees in the drive as they aim to plant 10 lakh saplings in the next two years. 

INS Satpura Visits Pohnpei, Micronesia

In a demonstration of India’s commitment to peace and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region and Indian Navy’s increasing footprint and operational reach, Indian Naval Ship INS Satpura today entered Pohnpei Micronesia on a two day visit, for an operational turn around, as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific. 

Bilateral relations between India and Federated States of Micronesia have developed in the spirit of South-South cooperation and also through Small Island Developing States (SIDS) forum of the UN. Further, India is also engaged in capacity building and human resource development of the Island nation through the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme. India also conducts regular dialogues with Pacific Islands Forum, of which Federated States of Micronesia is a member. The current visit, the first ever by an Indian Ship, seeks to further build on the growing bilateral interaction, and underscore the close ties between India and the Federated States of Micronesia. 

During the visit, the Indian Naval personnel will have professional interaction with the Division of Maritime Surveillance towards further enhancing co-operation between the two countries. Calls on senior Government and military authorities, sporting and cultural interactions, aimed at strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two countries, are also planned. At the helm of the ship is the Commanding Officer, Captain A N Pramod who is assisted by a team of professional and highly motivated men of the Indian Navy. 

The ship is enroute to India after participation in Exercise RIMPAC-16, which is the largest multilateral naval exercise in the world, conducted biennially by the US Navy off the Hawaiian Coast. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Regional Maritime Security Course (RMSC) Commences at Naval War College, Goa

In continuation of Indian Navy’s foreign cooperation initiatives, a Regional Maritime Security Course (RMSC) for officers of the rank of Colonel/ equivalent of Maritime Security Agencies from Friendly
Foreign Countries (FFCs) at Naval War College, Goa commenced 16 Aug 16 for a duration of eight weeks. The module includes International Relations Theory, International Maritime Law, UNCLOS, Energy and Natural Resources Security, Maritime Domain Awareness, Indian Ocean Studies as well as a table top Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief/ Out of Area Contingency exercise.

The course would provide a concrete forum for developing common understanding of regional maritime security issues, disseminate the IN perspective on the subject, as well as provide an opportunity for IN officers undergoing the Naval Higher Command Course to interact with the foreign participants, and understand the perspectives of regional navies, on issues of common concern.

The Indian Navy (IN), in consonance with the government’s policy of engaging friendly nations, has been at the forefront of building ‘Bridges of Friendship’ with navies from Friendly Foreign Countries
(FFCs). Training is one of the most important facets of this engagement. The Indian Navy has been providing training to naval personnel from FFCs over the last five decades, during which the IN has trained more than 13,000 foreign personnel from 42 countries. The training interactions would complement in fulfilling our national objectives of ‘strengthening cooperation and friendship with other countries to promote regional and global stability’.

To start with invitations were extended to participants from six FFCs, giving due importance and priority to immediate maritime neighbours and IN’s engagement with these FFCs. Accordingly, officers from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Maldives, Oman and Sri Lanka have arrived to attend the inaugural Regional Maritime Security Course at Naval War College, Goa. The participant from Indonesia is also likely to join by end of this week. cooperation and friendship with other countries to
promote regional and global stability’.

The conduct of the maiden RMSC is considered to be a ‘shot in the arm’ for naval cooperation initiatives, and would enable better understanding between regional navies at the operational level.
cooperation and friendship with other countries to promote regional and global stability’.

To start with invitations were extended to participants from six FFCs, giving due importance and priority to immediate maritime neighbours and IN’s engagement with these FFCs. Accordingly, officers from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Maldives, Oman and Sri Lanka have arrived to attend the inaugural Regional Maritime Security Course at Naval War College, Goa. The participant from Indonesia is also likely to join by end of this week.

The conduct of the maiden RMSC is considered to be a ‘shot in the arm’ for naval cooperation initiatives, and would enable better understanding between regional navies at the operational level.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Independence Day Photos : Band Display By Indian Army

Brass and Pipe band of a Battalion of Madras Regiment performing Band display on the occasion of 70th Independence day at Veerula Sainik Smarak (War Memorial) in Secunderabad on 15 Aug'2016.

Elbit Systems Introduces SkylarkTM C: A New Mini UAS For Tactical Naval and Maritime Applications

The system features a waterproof and floating air vehicle that provides even small vessels a unique organic offboard surveillance capability that can be deployed and retrieved in less than 15 minutes

Irkut Corporation Delivers MC-21 Fuselage to TsAGI For Static Tests

The MC-21 fuselage was delivered to Zhukovsky from Irkutsk by An-124 freighter.

In the near future other parts of the airframe will arrive to TsAGI. In particular, Irkutsk Aviation Plant, a branch of Irkut Corporation where MC-21 fuselage was assembled, will hand over auxiliary power unit compartment.

Irkut Corporation’s specialists, together with the employees of TsAGI and cooperation companies, will perform airframe assembly.

India Celebrates 70th Independence Day

Martyrs Remembered

On the occasion of the 70th Independence Day, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Telangana, Shri K Chandrasekhar Rao laid a wreath and paid homage to the valiant martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the nation at Veerula Sainik Smarak (War Memorial) here today. Prior to this, a number of senior Armed Forces officers including Major General S Pachory, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Telangana and Andhra Sub Area, Major General Sanjeev Khanna, Officiating Commandant MCEME, Air Vice Marshal Upkarjit Singh, Commandant of College of Air Warfare, Rear Admiral K Srinivas, Station Commander (Navy), Brigadier Ajai Singh Negi, Station Commander (Army) and some veterans also laid the wreaths at War Memorial. The ceremony was graced by a large number of serving, retired personnel and their families.

Brief Highlights of Prime Minister’s Address on Independence Day:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi on the occasion of 70th Independence Day today. Following are the brief highlights of the speech:

1. Today on this special day, I convey my greetings to 125 crore Indians & the Indian community living overseas. May this energy guide the nation to scale newer heights of progress in the years to come

2. We remember Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Pandit Nehru, countless people who sacrificed their lives so that we attained Swarajya.

3. It is true that India faces a lot of problems, but we have the capacity to find solutions.

4. Today, more than Karya, I want to talk about Karya Sanskriti of the Government

5. There was a time when past governments used to be surrounded by accusations, not so anymore. They are now surrounded by aspirations."

6. It is our responsibility to convert our Swaraj into Suraaj, which can not be done without sacrifice, discipline and staunch resolution 7. Today I will be speaking not just of policy but vision. Not just the speed of work, but actual experience of progress

8. Suraaj means the progress of the common man, a govt that is sensitive to the requirements and aspirations of the common man. Responsibility and accountability are to be the roots of such a Suraaj."

9. We want to change the situation where people are scared of income tax authorities, particularly among middle class families

10. Two crore people apply for passports in the country. Even poor people get passport in one or two weeks

11. In the past any businessman who wanted to invest in this country had to spend more than six months just registering his business. However, with this government we have simplified the procedure to an extent that in last July itself, 900 such registrations have taken place.

12. Interviews for more than 9,000 posts in Group C and D jobs have been abolished.

13. In the the last 70 years people's expectations have changed. Announcement of policies and budget doesn't convince them. We have to show what has been achieved on the ground

14. Earlier, 70-75 km of rural roads used to be laid per day. Now we lay upto 100 km of rural roads a day

15. One nation, one grid and one price- we have worked on this.

16. Renewable energy is a focus area for us.

17. In the field of solar power we have seen a growth of 116 per cent. It is unprecedented.

18. 30,000-35,000 km of transmission lines used to be laid in a year in the past. Now at least 50,000 km per day are being laid.

19. Cooking gas was available to 14 crore people in the last 60 years. In the last sixty weeks alone, four crore people got these connections

20. We must break through our predilection towards pessimism. If we do that, it gives us energy. To get 21 crore people into the network of institutional credit is one such thing that people thought was impossible. But it happened.

21. Out of 18,000 villages, more than 10,000 villages have been electrified and I have been told they are with us, watching this celebration of Independence Day.

22. Just at 3 hour distance from Delhi is a village in Hathras, that took 70 years to get electricity.

23. Govt has made LED bulbs available at Rs. 50 per bulb, says the Prime Minister.

24. When things like the coming together of Iran, Afghanistan and India come together for Chabahar port, then one can see the impossible becoming possible.

25. We haven't allowed inflation to go beyond 6 per cent. There were two years of successive drought in the country. Production of pulses became a concerns, but despite all that we tried our best to control the situation and compared to previous governments, I and my government did not allow the cost of a poor man's thaali (plate) to be unaffordable.

26. As we celebrate the 350th anniversary of Guru Gobind Singhji I remember what he said: "He who hasn't served others, how can his hands be considered holy?" I say our farmers do such work and have sown 1.5 times the pulses that were sown earlier, despite the discouragement of successive droughts.

27. Our scientists have created 131 types of high yielding variety seeds, so that we maximise output. I congratulate them. The shortage of fertiliser is like something out of a bad dream of the past. That shortage is history.

28. To empty government coffers has been a tradition of past governments, I have tried to keep away from such a temptation. For me more than what the world thinks of the government, what the image of the country is, is important. Substance over symbolism. Empowerment over entitlement. The nation is more important than the party.

29. Government is continuity and if there are good points in the works done by them, we, with bowed heads will continue that work. I take meetings over PRAGATI systems, where we oversee 118 such programmes launched by previous governments but had run aground. 270 projects worth Rs. 10 lakh crore had been stuck. This was criminal negligence and we have tried to move them forward.

30. When there is clarity in policy, clarity in intent, decisions are unhesitating. Every year, when it came to Uttar Pradesh, a common story was the arrears due to sugarcane farmers. Today, I can say 95 per cent of payments have been done. Under Ujjwala Yojana, we have 50 lakh households of smoke-free kitchens.

31. We will remain relevant and be able to lead the global economy only if we come up to global standards. In the last few days you must have seen how rating agencies have appreciated our moves on ease of doing business.

32. Ramanujacharya used to say that we must look at everyone with the same gaze, never humiliate anyone. This was said by Ambedkar, Gandhi too. If society practices this discrimination it will break society. If discrimination is entrenched, our determination to fight it and our sensitivity to fighting it should be that much higher. Just economic progress is not enough, social equity is more important. We have to fight social evils together.

33. GST will give strength to our economy and all parties are to be thanked for its passage.

34. This govt does not believe in postponing things. We have fulfilled our promise of one rank one pension. We have released all files relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. That was another promise we had made.

35. Unity in diversity is our greatest strength. Our cultural tradition of respect for others, and assimilation is the reason why our civilisation has persisted.

36. Violence has no place in our country. This country will not tolerate terrorism and Maoism.

37. I tell those who believe in human values, to weigh in the scale of humanity, when innocent children were massacred in a school in Peshawar. In India, every school was weeping, there were tears in the eyes of every parliamentarian. That was a reflection of our human value, but look at the other side which glorifies terrorists

38. I say to our neighbours, Let's fight poverty, by fighting our own people we will destroy ourselves, only by fighting poverty together will we prosper

39. In the last few days the way the people of Balochistan, Gilgit, from Pak occupied Kashmir have thanked me, it is the honour of 1.25 billion people of India. I thank those people from Balochistan, Gilgit and Pak occupied Kashmir.

40. We have decided to raise pensions for freedom fighters by 20 per cent.

41. The Government will bear the health-care expenditure upto Rs 1 lakh per annum for the BPL families.

42. When we speak of freedom fighters, a few are mentioned far more than others. Our Adivasi brothers fought valiantly largely unsung, many have heard of Birsa Munda but few others. In the next few days, it is our intention to record the history of such Adivasi freedom fighters in the areas of their origin on a museum.

43. One society, one mission, one goal

44. 'Bharat Mata ki jai', 'Vande Mataram' and 'Jai Hind.'

Independence Day Parade held at ENC

On the occasion of 70th Independence Day, a Ceremonial Parade was held at the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) at Naval Base parade ground on 15 Aug 16. Vice Admiral HCS Bisht AVSM ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command took the salute. Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Chief of Staff, ENC, was the Conducting Officer of the Parade. The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief was given a ceremonial salute on arrival by the Parade Commander, Commander Dinesh Kumar Singh, Executive Officer, INS Rana. The C-in-C later inspected a 50 men Armed Guard and reviewed the platoons of Naval personnel drawn from various ships and establishments,  Defence Security Corps and Sea Cadet Corps. The parade concluded with singing of the National Anthem by all present.

The Parade was attended by all Flag Officers, Commanding Officers of various ships and establishments at Visakhapatnam and a number of service and civilian personnel and their families. The Commander-in-Chief conveyed good wishes and greetings to all personnel on parade and to their families on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day. He complemented the men on Parade for their immaculate turn-out and smart drill. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral Bisht reiterated the need to maintain 24X7 vigil on physical security of naval assets and also on cyber security as World is witnessing increased incidents of terrorist attacks. He further emphasized that the primary responsibility of everyone in ENC in ensuring that the ships, submarines and aircraft remain combat ready at all times. The C-in-C underscored the need to maintain the Command Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) Response Team every-ready to be deployed in rescue and relief operations during natural disasters.

In a parallel event at the “Victory at Sea” War Memorial on the Beach Road this morning, Vice Admiral Dinesh Mukund Deshpande, Director General Naval Projects (Visakhapatnam) placed a floral wreath and paid tributes to Martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in defence of the Nation. A two minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the Martyrs.

Southern Naval Command celebrates 70th Independence Day

Southern Naval Command celebrated the 70th Independence Day of the Nation with a Ceremonial Parade reviewed by Vice Admiral A R Karve, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command.

While addressing the parade he reminded all present, that the fruits of independence that we were enjoying today, are the result of great sacrifices made by our freedom fighters, which ensured that India was freed of centuries of subjugation. He also reiterated the fact that preservation of the hard earned freedom for the last seventy years was no mean task particularly in the unstable security environment and was primarily due to the martyrs who laid their lives both uniformed as well as civilian. The Flag officer also highlighted the role of the armed forces in protecting the independence of the country saying that the country’s armed forces were greatly respected the world over.

16 Platoons including 4 Armed Platoons attended the Parade. The President’s Colours which was presented to the Southern Naval Command by the then President Late Shri Giani Zail Singh was also paraded accompanied by a 50 men Guard of Honour. The Parade was commanded by Commander SN Samle. Rear Admiral S K Grewal, Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), conducted the Parade. Southern Naval Command band was in attendance. All the Naval ships based at Kochi were dressed overall to mark the festive occasion.