Monday, October 31, 2016

Republic Of Singapore Naval Ship Formidable At Visakhapatnam

As a part of ‘SIMBEX-16’, the ongoing Bilateral Naval Exercise between Navies of the Republic of Singapore and India, RSS Formidable, of Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) arrived Visakhapatnam on a five-day visit to the Eastern Naval Command today, 30 October 16. Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Khoo Aik Leong Albert, RSS Formidable is the first of the six multi-role stealth frigates which forms part of the 185 Squadron based at Changi. A senior Singapore Navy delegation headed by Colonel Aaron Beng, Commanding Officer, 185 Squadron, RSN is also visiting ENC during the period.

The visit will encompass interaction between personnel of both the Navies in various professional, cultural, social and sports events. Colonel Aaron Beng, Commanding Officer, 185 Squadron, RSN and Lieutenant Colonel Khoo Aik Leong Albert, Commanding Officer RSS Formidable will call-on Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief ENC and Rear Admiral  B Dasgupta, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.

SIMBEX is an acronym for ‘Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises’. Bilateral cooperation between Singapore and India was first formalized when RSN ships began training with the Indian Navy in 1994. This year’s edition of SIMBEX-16 being held in the Bay of Bengal region would be the 23rd in the series and is aimed to increase interoperability amongst the RSN and IN as well as develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. The scope this exercise includes wide-ranging professional interactions during the Harbour Phase scheduled from 31 October to 02 November and a diverse range of operational activities at sea during the Sea Phase to be held from 03 to 05 November. The thrust of exercises at sea this year would be on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Integrated operations with Surface, Air and Sub-surface forces, Air Defence and Surface Encounter Exercises.

During SIMBEX-16, the Singapore Navy is represented by RSS Formidable and Maritime Patrol Aircraft Fokker 50 operating from Port Blair.  Indian Navy will be represented by INS Ranvijay a guided missile destroyer, INS Kamorta, an indigenous ASW stealth Corvette, one Sindhugosh class submarine, in addition to Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I, Maritime Patrol Aircraft Dornier, Advanced Jet Trainer Hawk and integral rotary wing helicopters are also scheduled to participate in the exercise.

The two navies share a long standing relationship with regular professional interactions that include exchange programs, staff talks and training courses. Singapore Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Lai Chung Han had earlier visited ENC and participated in IFR-16 held in February this year in the City of Destiny.  RSS Formidable is scheduled to depart Visakhapatnam on Thursday, 03 November.

Disability Pension

The Government Order for implementation of decision of the Government on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) for revision of pension of pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioners has been issued on 29.10.2016. As per the order, for the pre 1.1.2016 pensioners, the revised pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016 shall be determined by multiplying the basic pension/basic family pension as had been drawn as on 31.12.2015 by 2.57 to arrive at revised pension under 7th CPC.

The implementation of 7th CPC recommendation relating to methodology for calculation of disability element has been referred to the Anomaly Committee. The disability element which was being paid to pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioners as on 31.12.2015 will continue to be paid pending decision on the recommendations of the Anomaly Committee.

The Chief Of Army Staff Reviews Security Along India- China border

The Chief of the Army Staff, Gen Dalbir Singh reviewed the operational preparedness along the Indo-China border in areas of Puh & Sumdo in Himachal Pradesh on 28 October 2016. He also interacted with troops on ground & expressed satisfaction at the high operational standards achieved. He was accompanied by GOC-in-C Western Command Lt Gen Surinder Singh during this visit

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Army Pays Homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti On Infantry Day

The 'Infantry Day' was celebrated on 27 Oct 2016 with a solemn Wreath Laying Ceremony organised at `Amar Jawan Jyoti' wherein Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Gen JJ Singh, (Retd) former Chief of Army Staff, Director General Infantry and Colonels of Infantry Regiments laid wreaths and paid homage to the braves of the Infantry. Gen JJ Singh (Retired), former COAS, represented the veterans at the Wreath Laying Ceremony.
The Infantry celebrates 27 October each year as the Infantry Day to commemorate the first Infantry action post independence. On this historical day sixty nine years ago, in response to the threat posed to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our nation, the leading elements of the Indian Army from the 1st Battalion of the SIKH Regiment, air landed at Srinagar. This bold action by Indian Army and resolute fighting by the Infantrymen reversed the tide of events and thwarted the nefarious designs of Pakistani Raiders aided by Pakistan Army. This action ensured that Kashmir remained an integral part of India.
The Infantry has been at the forefront of all operations that Indian Army has undertaken. One of the most battle hardened and combat rich force in the world, the Infantry has an enviable combat record, having won 17 out of 21 Param Vir Chakras and 45 out of 65 Ashok Chakras which have been awarded so far.

Since the advent of warfare, the Infantry soldier has remained the basic force for enabling realisation of decisive victory and imposition of National will. This crucial role makes Infantry the most predominant, indispensable and ultimate combat arm for achieving victory in war.

Infantry Day Celebrations At OTA Chennai

Indian Army’s premier pre-commission training institution in Chennai the Officers Training Academy observed the Infantry Day on 27th of October, a solemn and proud occasion with Wreath Laying and a high tea with all Infantrymen, serving and retired.   Lieutenant General V R Raghavan (Retd), the senior most Infantry Veteran laid the wreath on behalf of the retired soldiers and Lieutenant General Bobby Mathews, Commandant OTA, the senior most serving Infantry Officer in Chennai laid the wreath on behalf of the serving Infantrymen in Chennai Military Station. Lieutenant General V R Raghavan also spoke to all present at the ceremony on the importance and significance of this occasion.
Pics : Sat Basani Kumar

The Chief Of Army Staff Felicitates The Indian Army Cambrian Patrol Team 2016

Gen Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff, felicitated the Indian Army team which has achieved the Gold standards in Cambrian Patrol, at South Block, New Delhi, today. The team of two officers and nine soldiers of 2nd Battalion 8th Gorkha Rifle led by Capt Nikhil Nikam had participated in the Exercise conducted in Wales, UK. The COAS complimented the team for the professionalism displayed by each member and awarded the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card to the team member.

Cambrian Patrol is a grueling exercise which involves negotiating difficult terrain carrying a personal load of 30kgs over 50-60 km in 48 hour. During the exercise they are made to negotiate minefields, carry out river crossings and other such combat drills.  As part of the simulations, the patrol also deals with hostage situation.        

Cambrian Patrol Exercise 2016, which was conducted from 13 to 24 Oct 2016, saw participation from 18 foreign teams.  The Indian Army team was nominated to participate after a tough trial.  Displaying outstanding professionalism, grit and determination, the team achieved Gold Standard and was one of the four foreign teams to achieve these standards. 

Clarification Regarding Reports on Downgrading of Status of Military Officers

There have been reports in the media that the Govt has issued a new order lowering the status of Military officers with respect to their civilian counterparts in the Armed Forces Headquarters. These reports, quoting a letter dated 18 Oct 2016 issued by the Ministry of Defence, are erroneously stating that the equivalence has been disturbed and status of Service officers has been downgraded.

It is clarified that there has been no down-gradation or any change in the existing equivalence of the Service ranks whatsoever. The existing functional equivalence as clarified in 1991 and further reiterated in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2005 has only been re-affirmed.

It is further clarified that the present reiteration of rank equivalence, is only for matters of assigning duties and functional responsibilities as is already existing in different offices of the respective Service HQrs of the Army, Navy and Air Force having component of Service personnel as well as Civilian officers. It has no bearing on civilian employees outside these offices of the Service HQrs. It is reiterated that there is no change in the rank structure or the status of the Armed Forces personnel.

Naval Commanders’ Conference Concludes

The second edition of this year’s bi-annual Naval Commanders’ Conference concluded today after three days of fruitful deliberations. The Hon’ble Raksha Mantri had addressed the Naval Commanders on the inaugural day (25 Oct 16) and complimented all personnel of the Indian Navy for ensuring maritime security of the country. Taking note of the wide expanse of naval activities spread across the oceans, he appreciated the high tempo of operations sustained in the last six months and efforts put-in for maritime security and coastal security. The Hon’ble Raksha Mantri also reviewed the pace of modernisation of Indian Navy, progress of various acquisition and infrastructure related cases.

Chairing the conference, Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, addressed the Naval Commanders on various important issues pertaining to operational readiness, capability enhancement, infrastructure development and human resource management. Coming in the close aftermath of recent events, the Conference provided an invaluable opportunity for the top-level leadership of the Indian Navy to review the operational environment and readiness of the maritime forces to deal with the entire range of prevailing as well as emerging threats.

The Conference, held over three days deliberated the ever increasing dynamism in the maritime sphere, especially in India’s neighbourhood, and the enhanced range of taskings and expectations of the Indian Navy as a result of it. The deliberations included a comprehensive review of operational preparedness, training and resource-availability. Commanders also took stock of the progress achieved in integrating newly inducted naval platforms into the overall operational design and their deployment as force multipliers in any future scenario.The CNS also reviewed the progress of various infrastructure projects that are in the pipeline and shall contribute towards capacity building.

Coastal Security construct was deliberated and reviewed during the conference. The Admiral 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 light of the increasing variety of asymmetric threats.

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 2016 being observed as the ‘Year of the Civilian Personnel’ in the Indian Navy, progress of various policy initiatives taken with regard to enhancing transparency in personnel policies and improving the ‘ease of doing business’ in the service were also reviewed.

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. The discussions also focused on the future roadmap for employment of women in Navy.
The Conference also provided the Naval Commanders an opportunity to interact with Ministry of Defence officials and Defence Research & Development Organisation wherein a range of issues were discussed.

In his closing address the CNS complimented all personnel of the Indian Navy for their professionalism and patriotism and exhorted them to prepare themselves and the Navy to meet all future maritime security challenges before the country. Combat readiness should remain our collective focus at any given time and operational effectiveness should be the touchstone of all our efforts,he said. The Navy’s role is not only vital for national security, but also for national prosperity and development, he concluded.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

INS Sumitra Visits Suva, Fiji

Indian Naval Ship Sumitra, an offshore patrol vessel, has arrived at Suva, Fiji today on a three day visit from 26 to 29 Oct 16, as part of her operational deployment to Southern Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific, in pursuit of India’s ‘Act East’ policy and outreach to friendly countries.

The visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing maritime security cooperation between the two countries. Sumitra, is the fourth of the Saryu class ships, based on an indigenous design, constructed by M/s Goa Shipyard Ltd, India. Since commissioning in 2014, the ship has been deployed for multiple operational tasks, the most notable being ‘Operation Rahat’, which entailed the evacuation of personnel of various nationalities from war-torn Yemen in 2015. The ship has a range of 6,500 nautical miles and is capable of embarking one Dhruv/ Chetak helicopter. The ship is commanded by Cdr KP Shreeshan.

During the stay in harbour, various activities are planned towards enhancing cooperation and mutual understanding between the Indian Navy and the Fiji Navy. Official calls and interaction with dignitaries of the Fiji government and the Fiji Navy, onboard visits by local populace, visits for Indian Navy personnel and professional interaction between personnel of both navies are also planned. The ship’s crew would also participate in community service, sports events and social fixtures. The ship is also carrying five tons of seeds as part of the relief material provided by the Govt of India to Fiji. On departure, the ship is also likely to undertake a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with the Fiji Naval ships.

India and Fiji have historical cultural linkages dating back to the 19th Century. The bilateral relationship has grown significantly, with high level exchanges in the recent past. The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi visited Fiji in November 2014. The visit of INS Sumitra to Suva will further strengthen this bilateral relationship and contribute to maritime security and peace in the South Western Pacific Ocean.

Sri Lankan Naval Ships Visit Kochi

Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLN) Sayura and Suranimila are on a visit to Kochi from 24-27 Oct 16. During the visit, various professional and social interactions have been planned at Southern Naval Command. On 24 Oct 16, the Commanding Officers of Sri Lanka Naval Ships called on the Chief of Staff,  R J Nadkarni,VSM, Southern Naval Command. Other planned interactions during the stay of the Sri Lankan ships include exchange of visits by specialist officers and personnel from both the navies as well as sports interactions between the two navies.

SLNS Sayura is an Offshore Petrol Vessel while Suranimila is a Fast attack vessel (Missile) commanded by Captain Prasanna Amardasa and Captain P Vithana USP respectively. On completion of visit to Kochi, the Sri Lanka Naval ships are planned to return to Colombo. The SLN ships will depart Kochi PM 27 Oct 16 and undertake exercises with Indian Naval Ships off Kochi before setting course to Sri-Lanka.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Naval Commanders Conference-2016 Commences

Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise Mitra Shakti-2016 Begins In Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

The fourth edition of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise ‘MITRA SHAKTI 2016’ is being conducted at Sinha Regimental Centre in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka from 24 October to 06 November 2016. The main focus of this edition of the joint exercise is to enhance inter-operability while carrying out Counter Insurgency (CI)/Counter Terrorism (CT) operations under the United Nations Mandate. A comprehensive training programme spanning fourteen days has been drawn up for the purpose.

The Indian Army contingent had reached Sri Lanka on 23 Oct 2016. The Indian Contingent is represented by a platoon from the RAJPUTANA RIFLES Regiment and the Sri Lankan Army will be represented by a platoon from the Sinha Regiment.

The Opening Ceremony was held on 24 October 2016 during which the troops of both contingents participated in a ceremonial Parade. Brig B L Ratnayake, Commandant of Sri Lankan Sinha Regimental Centre from the Sri Lankan Army also addressed the troops.

In the initial two stages, both armies would get familiar with the respective methodology of such operations, each other’s arms and equipment and the command and control systems.  It will then graduate towards tactical understanding to enhance inter operability while carrying out Counter Insurgency (CI)/Counter Terrorism (CT) operations.

The previous exercise with the Sri Lankan Army was successfully conducted in the month of September 2015 at Pune in India.  “Mitra Shakti” series of bilateral exercises is one of the major bilateral defence cooperation initiatives between India and Sri Lanka since 2013. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Defence Minister Inaugurates HAL-Safran JV for Helicopter Engines, In His Home State-Goa

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar inaugurated Helicopter Engines Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Pvt. Limited (HE-MRO), a Joint Venture of HAL and Safran Helicopter Engines (SafranHE), France at Sattari District, North Goa, yesterday. The JV will provide MRO services for Safran TM333 2B2 and HAL Shakti engines installed on HAL-built helicopters operated by the Defence Services.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Parrikar said this is a step towards creating employment opportunities with corresponding boost to the economic activities in Goa. “This is the right place for MRO activities related to helicopter engines. We have a local talent to meet the skill requirement for the project”, he added.

Elaborating on the project, Chairman and Managing Director, HAL Shri T Suvarna Raju said the JV reflects the longstanding relationship between HAL and Safran Helicopter Engines. “Goa is a natural choice for this. With demand for helicopters engines on the rise, sky is the only limit in this business”, he said and thanked the state Government for providing all the support in making this JV a reality. The JVC brings about synergy of the expertise from HAL and SafranHE in the field of ROH of Safran family of engines. He further added that this partnership will improve customer satisfaction through improved serviceability, reduced cycle time for ROH, availability of spares, troubleshooting, field support and modifications to overcome design deficiencies. The MRO Centre plans to progressively support engines of International Operators and other engines as mutually agreed between the partners. In addition to carrying out overhaul activities at Goa, the JV will also provide support through Certified Maintenance Centers located centrally at customer bases, he remarked.

CEO, Safran Helicopter Engines Mr. Bruno Even said “HE-MRO marks a new step in the long-lasting and fruitful partnership between Safran and HAL. We are extremely proud of the continued confidence placed in us by HAL. Together we are committed to delivering world-class support to our customers, both in India and throughout the region”.

With a fleet of over 1,000 engines, including 250 TM333 and 250 Shakti, India’s armed forces are one of the largest operators of Safran-designed helicopter engines. Shakti is the Indian designation for the Safran Ardiden 1H1, co-developed with HAL and produced under license.

Shakti is fitted to HAL’s ALH/Dhruv and has been selected to power the HAL-designed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). The Ardiden 1U variant powers the new Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), a three-ton single-engine aircraft that made its maiden flight in September 2016.

The function was attended by Chief Minister of Goa Shri Laxmikant Parsekar and senior officials of HAL and the State Government of Goa.

IAF Chief Visits Russia

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha Chief of the Air Staff is on an official visit to the Russian Federation from 24 to 29 October 2016. The Chief of the Air Staff is visiting Russia on the invitation of the Commander of Russian Federation Aerospace Forces.

The visit is intended to take the existing defence cooperation between the Air Forces of the two countries to the next level. The areas of cooperation presently include military and technical cooperation, exchange visits and air exercises. During his visit to Russia, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha is scheduled to hold talks with senior military leaders and discuss a wide range of bilateral issues on the ongoing defence cooperation. He will also visit various Air Force and defence establishments.

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha’s visit to Russia would provide further impetus towards increasing defence cooperation and deepening the bonds of friendship between the two Air Forces.

Rear Admiral Vennam Srinivas Takes Over as Flag Officer Submarines Of The Indian Navy

Rear Admiral Vennam Srinivas, NM has assumed the duties of Flag Officer Submarines from Rear Admiral Sanjay Mahindru, NM today, 24 October 16. Rear Adm Srinivas was commissioned on 01 July 87, and has served 25 years in the Submarine Arm. He has commanded two conventional submarines, a destroyer prior assuming command of the nuclear submarine INS Chakra. Whilst serving ashore, the officer commanded the Navy’s submarine training establishment and has been the Principal Director at Naval Headquarters. He is an alumnus of prestigious College of Naval Warfare and has also completed the Staff Course in Defence Services Staff College at Wellington.

Naval Commanders Conference To Commence From Tomorrow

A three day Naval Commanders’ Conference is scheduled to be held at New Delhi from 25-27 Oct 16. The Conference is an opportunity for the top-level leadership of the Navy to review the prevailing as well as emerging operational and functional issues.

The Conference assumes greater significance in the backdrop of recent events that have brought issues related to the country’s defence under sharper focus. Indian Navy, like the other two Armed Forces, is required to maintain a high degree of operational preparedness to deter or neutralise any threat aimed at the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. On a broader canvas, the overall security situation in the Indo-Pacific region requires the Indian Navy to promote and protect national interests across India’s extended maritime neighbourhood. The Commanders’ Conference would be utilised by the Operational Commanders to examine and analyse different paradigms related to operations, training and resource-availability for meeting the wide range of taskings and expectations.
The Hon’ble Minister of Defence is scheduled to address and interact with the Naval Commanders on the opening day of the Conference. The Conference will also be used as a platform for institutionalised interaction between the naval top-brass and other government officials.

As part of Navy’s future force-level planning, the Conference will examine a series of measures under the ‘Make in India’ scheme and recommend ways to further indigenise defence procurements, in order to overcome the major challenges being faced. The Commanders would also delve on the Navy’s roadmap for the future, including key technology enablers, improved logistics and digitisation.

The progress of activities in 2016, which was earmarked as the ‘Year of the Civilian Personnel’, will be further reviewed during the Conference.

Friday, October 21, 2016

BSF Kills Seven Pakistan Rangers In J&K

In a befitting reply to a sniper attack of Pak Rangers at 0935 Hrs in Hira Nagar Sector of Jammu Frontier, BSF launched an aggressive offensive. During intermittent firing of small arms and area weapon one militant and seven Rangers were shot dead. Source input received claim that Pak Post is running a news item claiming five Pak Rangers death.

In the intervening night of 19/20 Oct 2016, BSF troops foiled an audacious infiltration bid in the area of village Bobiyan of Hira Nagar Sector in Jammu. The BSF retaliation of this fire has claimed one militant life.

Today on 21st Oct 2016, in the same area Pak Rangers targeted the BSF domination along International Boundary and one BSF trooper Constable Gurnam Singh has received bullet injury. He was evacuated with the cover fire to GMC Jammu. His condition is critical.

This firing from Pakistan was effectively retaliated and that has claimed the casualties of Pak Forces.

Border Security Force is on high alert all along International Boundary and ready to foil any infiltration attempt.

Air Warriors Passing Out Parade At Airforce Station Tambaram

578 Air Warriors were inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) at a Combined Passing-Out Parade today at Air Force Station, Tambaram. The Air Warriors went through rigorous and intensive training at the two premier institutes of the base, namely Mechanical Training Institute and Workshop Training Institute, before passing out. Apart from that 24 defence personnel from armed forces of friendly neighbouring countries also completed the training successfully.
Air Commodore Kirti Khajuria, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station, Bidar reviewed the parade. He was received by Air Commodore S Shrinivas, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Tambaram, Group Captain  A Arunachaleswaran, Commanding Officer, Mechanical Training Institute and Group Captain K Narayanan, Commanding Officer, Workshop Training Institute. The parade was followed by presentation of awards and trophies to the meritorious trainees. The passing out trainees were administered Oath/Affirmation on this auspicious day of their joining the Air Force fraternity.
Addressing the newly inducted 'Air Warriors', the Reviewing Officer complimented them on their immaculate turn-out and impressive drill movements. He further added that Air Warriors must strive for professional excellence. He also brought out that with the induction of the state-of-the-art aircraft, equipment and weapon system, the IAF is witnessing major changes in operational philosophy and the IAF today is on the path of transforming itself into a strategic force of great caliber. He urged the Air Warriors to make sustained efforts towards continuous enhancement of their technical knowledge and skills by keeping themselves abreast with the latest changes. He also advised the trainees to maintain exemplary conduct at all times, in keeping with the ethos of the service. The parade culminated with an impressive display of Continuity Drill by the passing out Air Warriors.
The 'Best All-Rounder Trophy' was awarded to Leading Aircraftsman (LAC) Raju Yadav Propulsion Fitter of Mechanical Training Institute and Leading Aircraftsman (LAC) Vipin Yadav Mechanical System Fitter of Workshop Training Institute.

ICGS Aryaman & Atulya Commissioned Into Indian Coast Guard

The Indian Coast Guard Ships ‘Aryaman’ and ‘Atulya’, the eighteenth and nineteenth in the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, were commissioned today at Kochi by Financial Advisor to Defence Services Shri Sunil Kumar Kohli. Additional Director General K Natarajan Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard) was present on the occasion. The ceremony was also attended by Inspector General VS Pathania Commander Coast Guard Region (West) and flag/senior officers of Indian Navy and dignitaries from Armed Forces, Central and State Govt.

The 50m long indigenous FPVs displace 317 tonnes of water and can achieve a maximum speed of 33 knots with range of 1500 nautical miles at an economical speed of 13 knots. Equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry, advanced communication and navigational equipment, the ships are ideal platform for undertaking multifarious close-coast missions such as surveillance, search and rescue and interdiction. The special features of the ships include an Integrated Bridge Management System (IBMS) and Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS).
The ships have been christened ICGS ‘Aryaman’ and ‘Atulya’. Aryaman literally meaning ‘Possessor of Greatness’ will be based at Kochi under the administrative control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (West) and Atulya meaning ‘Unrivalled’ will be based at Visakhapatnam under the administrative control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).

ICGS ‘Aryaman’ is commanded by Commandant Neeraj Singh and ICGS Atulya by Commandant (JG) Shivprasad. The ships have a complement of 05 officers and 33 enrolled personnel each.

Aviation Innovation Exposition at Kochi

A first of its kind Aviation Innovation Exposition is being organised by Naval Aircraft Yard from 20-21 Oct 16 at Kochi in line with the nation’s drive for ‘Self Defence through Make in India’ campaign. The two day exposition was inaugurated by Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval command on 20 Oct 16 at Naval Base Kochi. The unveiling of the AS9100C certification, the highest accreditation for any aviation maintenance repair organisation which has been recently bestowed upon NAY (K) was also carried out by the chief guest on the occasion

Twenty exhibitors from across the country are showcasing their technological capabilities in areas where Naval Aviation requires handholding on account of diminishing product support from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). Senior military airworthiness certification officials are also attending the exposition for the ease of understanding of aviation product standards by the industry.
The objective of the exposition is to bring leading private players to the Aircraft Yard to fight the bane of obsolescence of vintage systems through technological substitution and innovative repairs.

Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, Takes Over As Director General of Naval Operations

Vice Admiral SN Ghormade assumed the charge of Director General Naval Operations today 21 Oct 16 at the IHQ MoD (N). The Flag Officer was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 1984. He is a graduate of National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune, United States Naval Staff College at Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island and the Naval War College, Mumbai. In addition to a specialisation in Navigation and Direction within the Navy, the Admiral holds a M Phil in Defence and Strategic Studies from University of Mumbai, MSc Defence and Strategic Studies from University of Madras and Master Degree in Personnel Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (University of Pune).

During his career spanning over 32 years, he has been through a myriad of operational and staff appointments. His operational appointments include commands of the Guided Missile Frigate INS Brahmaputra, Submarine Rescue Vessel INS Nireekshak and Minesweeper INS Allepey and second in command of Guided Missile Frigate INS Ganga. His important staff appointments ashore include Principal Director of Personnel, Director Naval Plans and Joint Director Naval Plans at Naval Headquarters (as separate assignments), Director (Military Affairs) at the Ministry of External Affairs, Local Work Up Team (West), Instructor at Navigation Direction School and National Defence Academy. Upon promotion to the Flag Rank in 2012, the Flag officer has held the appointments of Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resources Development) and Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area. Prior taking over as DGNO he was the Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra 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.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Vice Admiral SV Bhokare Assumes Office As Commandant Of Indian Naval Academy

Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM took over charge as the Commandant of Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, today 20 October 2016. An impressive ceremonial guard of honour was presented on the occasion.

Earlier in the day Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM paid homage at INA war memorial ‘Prerna Sthal’ by placing a wreath prior to assuming command.

Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM, is a specialist in Navigation and Direction and a Graduate of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Tamil Nadu. He attended the Higher Command Course at Army War College, Mhow and holds a Master Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Australian Defence College, Canberra.

The officer belongs to the elite submarine arm of the Indian Navy. In his illustrious career spanning 32 years, he commanded three frontline Submarines, INS Sindhughosh, Sindhudhvaj and Sindhushastra, as well as Guided Missile Frigate INS Beas and Submarine base INS Vajrabahu. He has also held various prestigious staff and operational appointments including Command of Submarine Squadron as Commodore Commanding Submarines (West) and Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at Eastern Naval Command. On being promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral, the officer was appointed as Flag Officer Submarines (FOSM) from Sep 2012 for three years and Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF) from 2015 onwards.

The officer was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral on 20 October 2016 and took over as the seventh Commandant of Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala. The officer is a recipient of Yudh Seva Medal (YSM) and was awarded Nao Sena Medal (NM) for his distinguished service to the nation. He is the first officer from the Submarine arm to take over the reins as Commandant of Indian Naval Academy

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Commissioning Of 4th Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) ICGS Rani Gaidinliu

The Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS Rani Gaidinliu, of the Indian Coast Guard was commissioned at Visakhapatnam by Director General Rajendra Singh, PTM, TM, Director General Indian Coast Guard in the presence of Inspector General Rajan Bargotra, TM Commander Coast Guard Region (East ) and other senior dignitaries of the Central and State Govt. The ship has been named after famous freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu from Manipur.

The 51 mtr Fast Patrol Vessel, ICGS Rani Gaidinliu, the fourth of its class has been designed and built indigenously by M/s Hindustan Shipyard Limited. The vessel is equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated navigational and communication sensors and equipment. The ship is
propelled by three MTU 4000 series Diesel engines of 2720 KW capacity at 2100 rpm each coupled with three 71S2 Rolls Royce Kamewa Jets and can achieve a maximum speed of 34 Knots. This is the 4 th Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) among the five vessels being constructed by Hindustan Shipyard Ltd. Speaking during the commissioning of the vessel, Director General Indian Coast Guard lauded the efforts of the Coast Guard in guarding the coastal security.

Explaining the role of ICGS Rani Gaidinliu, the Director General Indian Coast Guard said that the FPV will primarily focus on surveillance at the sea, coastal patrol, anti smuggling operations, protection of fishermen apart from the routine search and rescue operations. He emphasised it as yet another defining moment in the annals of Indian ship building industry and is testimonial to our indigenous ship building capability which further bolsters the nation’s ‘Make in India’ campaign. The Indian Coast Guard are well on its way to self reliance by committing themselves to the path of indigenisation, said the Director General Indian Coast Guard on the occasion. He also added that, the changed security scenario in the maritime domain dictates the need for coastal security 24x7 basis wherein, the Coast Guard have to maintain a constant vigil.

ICGS “Rani Gaidinliu” has a complement of 05 officers and 34 men and is commanded by Commandant(JG) Ramesh V Talke. The ship will be based at Krishnapatnam under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).

ICGS Rani Gaidinliu on joining will enhance Coast Guard’s capability in furthering its mandate of maritime safety, security of the eastern sea board.

INS Tihayu Joins The Indian Navy

The Indian Navy commissioned the highly manoeuvrable fast attack craft INS Tihayu at the Eastern Naval Command today 19 October 16. The ship was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral HCS Bisht AVSM, ADC Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Eastern Naval Command at a formal ceremony held at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. INS Tihayu would be based in Visakhapatnam under the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh) and would be deployed for coastal patrol and surveillance operations along the Eastern Coast.

INS Tihayu is the second ship of the four follow-on Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (FO-WJFAC), being built by M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE). The ship is an improved version of WJFAC, earlier constructed by GRSE. Conceived, designed and built indigenously, the commissioning of this ship completes the addition of another chapter to the nation’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and indigenisation efforts in the field of warship design and construction

Named after Tihayu island (presently known as Katchal island) in the Nicobar group, the 320-tonne INS Tihayu, measuring 49 meters can achieve speeds in excess of 35 knots. The ship is manned by a team comprising four officers and 41 sailors with Commander Ajay Kashov appointed as her commissioning Commanding Officer. The ship is capable of operating in shallow waters at high speeds and is equipped with enhanced fire power. Built for extended coastal and offshore surveillance and patrol the warship is fitted with advanced MTU engines, water jet propulsion and the latest communication equipment.

The ship’s armament consists of a 30 mm CRN 91 gun manufactured by Ordnance Factory Medak. An electronic day-night fire control system namely Stabilised Optronic Pedestal (SOP) manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) controls the gun. The ship is also equipped with two 12.7 mm heavy machine guns (HMG) and multiple medium machine guns, besides shoulder-launched Igla surface-to-air missiles to combat aerial threats.

Second Joint Tactical Exercise Held By Indian & Chinese Army In Ladakh

As part of the ongoing initiative to enhance interaction and cooperation between India and China, under the provisions of Border Defense Cooperation Agreement, 2013, the Indian and Chinese armies held Second Joint Exercise “Sino India Cooperation 2016” today, as a sequel to the first Joint Exercise held on 06 Feb 2016 in the area of Border Personnel Meeting Hut at Chushul Garrison of Eastern Ladakh, along with Chinese troops of Moldo Garrison.

During the day long exercise on Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) a fictitious situation of earthquake striking an Indian Border village was painted. Thereafter joint teams carried out rescue operations, evacuation and rendering of medical assistance.

The Indian Team for the exercise was led by Brigadier RS Raman and that of the Chinese was led by Sr Col Fan Jun. The exercise was a great success and has not only refined the drills to provide succor to the border population in case of natural calamity but has also increased the level of trust and cooperation between the two border guarding forces along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh.
The joint exercise, compliments the Hand in Hand series of the India -China joint exercises and the effort of both the nations to enhance cooperation and maintain peace and tranquility along the border areas of India and China.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Curtain Raiser : ‘Current and Future Challenges in Design and Construction Underwater Vehicles’

Indian Navy Urges Indian Industry to Forge Strategic Partnership For Design and Construction of Underwater Vehicles

NEW DELHI, 18 October 2016: Vice Admiral GS Pabby, AVSM, VSM, Controller of Warship Production & Acquisition, Indian Navy, said here today this is the right time for India to take a major step towards building submarines indigenously by forging a strategic partnership with the Indian industry. He urged the leading industry houses to grab the opportunity to strengthen Indian’s Navy and added that there is a plethora of design and development opportunities available to the private sector in manufacturing of Navy equipment for the future. He mentioned that the six submarines on offer to the private sector for under P75(I) program was yet another opportunity by MoD to integrate the private sector in strategic defence production.

Vice Admiral GS Pabby was speaking at a function organized by FICCI where he announced the holding of the International Seminar on ‘Current and Future Challenges in Design and Construction of Underwater Vehicles’ on November 22, 2016 at Federation House. The event will be organized by FICCI  with active participation of the Indian Navy. Leading design houses are invited and are expected to participate in this niche seminar.

Vice Adm GS Pabby said that though India entered the sphere of submarines late but it was able to quickly catch up with the complex technology. Today, Indian Navy is designing and developing many of its equipment indigenously. The Navy has also built need-based operational requirements but is now developing its capabilities and is setting up extensive infrastructure to develop submarines in India.  He mentioned that the Indian Navy took a visionary step in 1986 to establish in-house submarine design capability and the proposed seminar coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Directorate of Naval Design (Submarine Design Group).

Rear Admiral CS Rao, NM, DGND (SDG), Indian Navy, presented the scope of seminar which aims to deliberate on unique challenges and complexities of submarine design and construction; with the aim to achieve national competence in submarine design and construction through industrial partnership. He mentioned that the seminar will be divided in two technical sessions wherein session 1 will focus on self-reliance in design and construction of submarines while session 2 will deliberate on design challenges in platform integration of emerging submarine technologies. During the seminar, the officers of Indian Navy, will present perspectives on the above topics and deliberate on the future requirements to be met by the industry, academia and research and development agencies.

Dr. A. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, said that the objective of the international seminar is to emphasize the design capabilities of Indian Navy and other design agencies and to hand hold Indian industry to make the best of the capabilities and how to focus on the future requirements. He said FICCI is continuously focusing on futuristic technologies and added that in order to fulfil the national aspiration of establishment of strong defence industrial base in country, there is a need to do away with licensed production. India needs to encourage innovations in design to enhance its scientific capabilities which can later be transferred to industries for commercialisation of defence technologies.

The Seminar Brochure was jointly released by Vice Admiral GS Pabby, CWP&A, Indian Navy, Rear Admiral CS Rao, NM, DGND (SDG), Dr A. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, Mr. Jayant D Patil, Chairman, FICCI Defence and Aerospace Committee,  and Mr. Vivek Pandit, Senior Director, Defence and Aerospace, FICCI.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Deccan Devils Celebrate Golden Jubilee

Golden Jubilee celebrations of 25th Battalion of Madras Regiment (Deccan Devils) concluded somewhere in Southern sector, yesterday evening. Deccan Devils completed 50 years of glorious service to the Nation, Army and Regiment on 01 October 2016.  The celebrations included memorial service in remembrance of martyrs wherein the Veer Naris (War Widows) were also felicitated.  

A Special Sainik Sammelan was held, in which Lieutenant General SL Narasimhan (Retd) addressed the gathering and remembered the glorious achievements of the battalion and wished the Unit with success in all its endeavours.  A special day cover and postal stamp was released by Brigadier FR Campos (Retd), the second Commanding Officer of the battalion. The event witnessed attendance of more than thousand ex-servicemen, including Ex Commanding Officers and senior serving and retired officers.

The 25Madras was raised at Hyderabad in 1966 and participated in number of operations. The Battalion is a recipient of the Chief of Army Staff Citation, a GOC-in-C Northern Command Unit Appreciation and an UN Force Commander citation.