Sunday, November 27, 2016

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff Visits Sri Lanka

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM,AVSM,ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, is visiting Sri Lanka on a bilateral visit from 27 November to 01 December 2016. The visit is intended to consolidate and enhance the bilateral maritime relations between India and Sri Lanka. During his visit, the CNS will hold bilateral discussions with His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe, Hon'ble Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and various senior dignitaries including the Chief of Defence Staff and the three Service Chiefs. The Admiral will also attend the 'Galle Dialogue' which is being held at Colombo. The Galle Dialogue is an annual conference hosted by Sri Lanka on the issues of Maritime Security and Cooperation between international navies. Representatives from 39 countries and 13 international organisations are likely to participate in the event. The CNS would be delivering Key-Note address on 'India's perspective on the benefits of Strategic Maritime Partnerships', during the event.

There exists a robust Naval cooperation between India and Sri Lanka encompassing a wide span which includes operational interactions through bilateral exercises, coordinated patrolling along the common maritime border, Training, Port Calls, Capacity Building and Capacity Augmentation initiatives.

The Admiral will also lay a wreath at the IPKF memorial, which has been built by Sri Lanka to honour Indian Martyrs, during his visit.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Joint Indo-China Military Exercise Hand-In-Hand 2016 Culminates

The Sixth India China Joint Training Exercise, Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2016 culminated today with a closing ceremony which was held at Aundh Military Camp, Pune. Thirteen days of Joint Training included understanding of each others operational methodology, developing interoperability and conduct of a joint tactical operations controlled by a Joint Command Post. The exercise concluded with a validation exercise by Indian Army & the Peoples’ Liberation Army of China.

Major General S K Prashar, Indian Army and Major General Wang Haijiang, Deputy Commander of People’s Liberation Army jointly reviewed the parade commanded by Colonel Dayanand Sharma, the Indian contingent commander.

Major General S K Prashar, General Officer Commanding of the Indian Army after addressing the parade declared the joint training exercise closed. Observers of both the nations appreciated the professionally conducted training which has resulted in instilling confidence in each other’s capability. The exercise also demonstrated the determination of the two Armies in working closely with each other to eradicate the menace of terrorism in all its forms.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Landing Craft Utility LCU 57 (Yard 2098) Launched at GRSE, Kolkata

The seventh ship of LCU MK IV project is launched Today 24 November 2016 at an impressive ceremony at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd, Kolkata.

The chief guest, Dr Subhash Ramarao Bhamre , Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri alongwith Vice Admiral DM Deshpande AVSM, VSM, Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition(CWP&A), Chairman & Managing Director GRSE and various other dignitaries were present for the launch ceremony.

Rear Admiral AK Verma (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE Ltd, commenced the proceedings with a formal welcome, which was followed by an address by the Chief Guest.
In accordance with traditions, invocations from Atharva Veda were recited and Smt Bina Bhamre, wife of Hon’ble RRM, applied ‘Kumkum’ on the ship’s stem. She, thereafter, named the ship ‘LCU-L57’, wished the ship good luck and launched the vessel.

LCU-L57 is the seventh vessel in the series of eight Landing Craft Utility Ships being designed and built by M/s GRSE for the Indian Navy. The ship can be deployed for multirole activities like beaching operations, humanitarian and disaster relief operations and evacuation from distant islands.

Aftermath of Indian Army’s Punitive Fire Assaults: Pak DGMO Requests for Unscheduled Talks on Hotline

In an unscheduled Hot Line interaction requested for by Pakistan, Indian Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh spoke to his counterpart this evening. Pak DGMO informed of civilian casualties on Pak side by Indian firing along the Line of Control. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh expressed grief at Pak civilian casualties but emphatically stated that retaliatory firing by Indian troops has only been carried out targeting locations from where Pakistan has initiated cease fire violations on Indian Posts. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh expressed his concerns to Pak DGMO on casualties caused to Indian civilians and soldiers due to unprovoked Pak firing.

Indian DGMO further raised the issue of infiltration attempts by terrorists from Pak side into J&K and the un-ethical act of mutilation of the body of Indian soldiers close to the Line of Control by terrorists infiltrating from Pakistan. Pak DGMO was exhorted to exercise strict control on their troops to refrain from any nefarious activities. This would lead to return of normalcy along Line of Control. However, he was categorically informed that if any cease fire violations were initiated by Pak troops or any infiltration attempts were made by terrorists from Pak Occupied Kashmir or territory under its control, it would invite an appropriate response by Indian Army.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Indian Warship Shardul Visits Port Victoria

In a demonstration of India’s commitment to its ties with Seychelles and to promote maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, Indian Naval Ship Shardul has arrived at Port Victoria on a three day visit. INS Shardul, an amphibious ship of the Indian Navy, is currently on a month long deployment in the Southern Indian Ocean in keeping with the vision of SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the Region. Accordingly, the Indian Navy will be progressing maritime security cooperation with Seychelles Coast Guard towards ensuring a secure and stable regional maritime environment for unhindered economic development in the region.

INS Shardul’s visit is part of its mission to carry out surveillance in the Seychelles EEZ with SCG personnel embarked onboard. During the deployment, INS Shardul would also assist local authorities in providing logistics and medical support to the outer islands of Seychelles. Calls on senior Government and military authorities, training and technical cooperation measures with SCG, sporting and cultural interactions, aimed at strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two forces, are also planned. At the helm of the ship is the Commanding Officer, Commander Abhishek Kumar who is assisted by a team of professional and highly motivated men of the Indian Navy.

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 current year has seen two such deployments, the first by the state-of-the-art, P8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft in March 2016 and the second by Indian Naval Ship Trikand in July 2016. In addition, ships of the Western Fleet had visited Port Victoria in August 2016, during their deployment to the Western Indian Ocean. The current visit seeks to strengthen the strong bonds of friendship between India and Seychelles and contribute to peace and maritime security in the region.

Macchhil Martyrs

Indian Army's Rifleman Shashank Kumar Singh, Rifleman Prabhu Singh - who was beheaded and Gunner Manoj Kumar Kushwaha , killed in action by Pakistani forces , along Line of Control (LoC) in Macchil Sector, north Kashmir. All three are from Rajputana Rifles serving in 57  Rashtriya Rifles. 

Fast Interceptor Crafts Deployed at Androth

The Indian Navy has deployed Fast Interception Crafts (FICs) at Androth island to complement the existing surveillance assets at Lakshadweep and Minicoy (L&M) group of islands. Capable of doing speeds of about 45 knots, these FICs will undertake patrolling around the Northern group of L&M islands, monitor shipping traffic and provide quick response to any developing security situation.

An induction ceremony was held at Androth island on 22 November 2016 wherein many dignitaries from the civil administration as well as the Indian Navy and Coast Guard besides local populace were present to receive the FIC which arrived there in the evening. The civilian dignitaries included Sub Divisional Officer, PC Hameed, Assistant Engineer PWD, MD Khaleel while military dignitaries included Capt JCS Reddy, Naval Officer in Charge (L&M), Lt Cdr AB Singh, Officer in Charge Naval Detachment,  (NAVDET) Androth.

In accordance with the Government of India directives on coastal security, the Indian Navy had inaugurated a NAVDET at Androth in April this year, with a view to extend naval presence at L&M, in order to provide communication network connectivity with mainland, enable Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOC) monitoring and function as an Observance and reporting organisation, besides radar surveillance. The infrastructure at this island was upgraded to base these potent crafts and provide security to L&M islands in close coordination with all stakeholders.

These FICs will function under the administrative and operational control of Naval Officer-in-Charge (L&M).

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

India To Embark On Self-reliance in Submarine Design, Construction: P75 I Soon To Be Announced: Manohar Parrikar

New Delhi, Nov 22, 2016. Shri Manohar Parrikar, Raksha Mantri, speaking at an International Seminar on Current and Future Challenges in Design and Construction of Underwater Vehicles, organized by FICCI with active participation of Indian Navy at Federation House, New Delhi, emphasized the commitment of government towards modernization of armed forces. He mentioned that the current government has cleared more than 2 lakh crore worth defence acquisition since it came to power and is resolved to order 3 lakh crore (cumulative basis) by the end of this financial year.

Mr Parrikkar commended Indian Navy for commendable track record in indigenously designing and constructing the advanced Front line Warships such as Destroyers, Frigates, Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes, Landing Crafts and is in the midst of constructing an Aircraft carrier. He further stated that in keeping with “Make-in-India” the indigenous content of the latest Naval Platforms is today a staggering 85-90 %.

During the deliberations he mentioned that the 24 submarines which are to be acquired as part of the 30 year submarine building plan of India, out of which 6 submarines have been ordered on MDL and the same are being built with the help of ToT from DCNS. Comparing submarine  Construction programs in other countries Parrikar further said that India should rethink its submarine building program and expand its fleet beyond the planned 24. He brought out while the underwater platforms built under the aegis of ATVP achieved indigenisation content >70% P75 program has not achieved quantitative indigenisation and is limited to 30%.

While emphasising the importance the importance of strategic programs, he mentioned that RFP for the much awaited P75(I) program, under which 6 more submarines are to be built with the help of private sector will be under the Strategic Partnership (SP) Model. He quickly added that the chapter on SP is being drafted and would be finalised soon and thereafter cleared by DAC and then referred to cabinet for approval. With the approval of SP, the program P75(I) program will be fast tracked, having lost some time in finalising the model.

He further directed the Navy and FICCI to submit specific recommendations as an outcome of the day long seminar which he would like to take note of for future acquisition plans.

Admiral Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy while addressing the audience mentioned that the Aim of Indian Navy is to indigenously design and construct the submarines with the help of industry, academia and R&D. He brought out that Naval Platforms operate for nearly 25 – 30 years and thus depend on the partnership with the industry. He was quick to add that the Naval Capability Building cannot be accomplished by Navy alone and it has to be a collective effort of the government agencies, R&D and industry. He emphasised on the fact that the above aim needs firm support of robust budgets and sound infrastructure. He shared Navy’s belief that self  respect comes from self reliance. He rued that while Indian Navy achieved large scale indigenisation in Warship building the same cannot be said for Submarine design and construction. He was appreciative of the courage of the private industry having invested huge sums in this niche sector and has been resilient in withstanding the long gestation periods. He acknowledged that such efforts are to be supported by long term partnerships and commitments. He committed that Navy and industry would continue to grow on indigenisation. He talked of the Strategic Partnership model and said that it was a step in the right direction for building the much needed submarines at the required pace. He said Navy would continue to promote higher R&D in industry and partner with those who posses domain capacity and capability. He reiterated that life cycle support of the submarines is also to be given equal importance and emphasised that time lines for delivery of submarines is an important factor since delays would lead to obsolescence of technology on board. He highlighted the need for creativity, adaptability and flexibility to compress program cycle times. He directed that the dialogue initiated in the seminar would continue beyond to build long term partnerships.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia, President, FICCI expressed happiness over the highly collaborative work between Indian Navy’s Submarine Design directorate, MoD and Industry and stated that it is visible in industry’s  highly productive and frank interactions with MoD staff to achieve vital national objective of Indigenous design and construction of underwater platforms. He further quipped that Indian industry believes that P75I program is on track and is looking forward to participate productively in this program as well as the subsequent ones. Mr. Neotia stated that industry sees Make in India (Defence) as an opportunity towards not only achieving self-reliance but also creating the eco system that would promote high technology manufacture and high skill jobs in the country.

Rear Admiral CS Rao  NM mentioned of low visibility of DND (SDG) matching the underwater platforms and traced the history of the Submarine Design organisation of Indian Navy and reiterated the need to nurture the skills required for design and construction of these man made stealthy sea- monsters and brought out that these aspects would be addressed in two sessions; namely, synergy between key players and the emerging submarine technologies.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Guided Missile Destroyer INS Chennai Joins The Indian Navy

INS Chennai, a P 15A Guided Missile Destroyer, was commissioned into the Indian Navy by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar at an impressive ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai today. The event marks the formal induction into the Navy of the third and the last of the three ‘Kolkata’ class destroyers, indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design and constructed by Mazagon Dock Limited, Mumbai. On his arrival, the Raksha Mantri was received by Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of the Naval Staff and was presented a Guard of Honour by the ship’s crew. The ceremony was witnessed by a large gathering which included several dignitaries and senior officials from the government and all three services.

Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Sh Manohar Parrikar, whilst addressing the gathering, termed the commissioning of INS Chennai, last of the Project 15 A class Destroyers, as a historic day for the Indian Navy as it adds another milestone in our relentless journey towards achieving self reliance in battle readiness. The ship represents a significant ‘coming of age’ of our warship building capability and defence preparedness, said the Defence minister. He further stated that the Indian Navy, in addition to providing overall maritime security to our country, also plays a crucial role as the ‘net security provider’ in our adjoining seas. In this regard, Shri Manohar Parrikar also stressed that the Navy’s growth and development must keep pace with the nation’s growth and maritime security needs.

Lauding the role played by the naval designers (DGND) and the ship builders i.e. M/s MDL Mumbai, the Raksha Mantri said “with the induction of INS Chennai, a new benchmark has been achieved for our warship design and construction endeavours, with the sophistication of systems and equipment, and utilisation of advanced ship building techniques”.

During his address, Admiral Sunil Lanba the Navy Chief said that commissioning of INS Chennai marks another milestone in the Navy’s quest for self-reliance as it signifies completion of the challenging Project P-15A and heralds a new era of advanced warships built indigenously by Indian shipyards. The Admiral also stated that indigenisation of platforms, weapons, sensors and equipment with participation of public as well as private sectors, will continue to remain a focus area of the Indian Navy, in line with the ‘Make in India’ policy enunciated by the Prime Minister. He emphasized that the ‘Roadmap for the Navy’s expansion and growth would continue to remain firmly anchored on Self-reliance and Indigenisation’.

The Commanding Officer, Captain CR Praveen Nair, read out the Commissioning Warrant, which was followed by the hoisting of ‘Colours’ (ceremony of hoisting the National Flag and Naval Ensign) which marked the commencement of the ship’s service as a warship of the Navy. The Commissioning event was characterised by closely coordinated sequence of drills and events leading to formal unveiling of the ship’s name plaque by the Chief Guest. On completion of the Commissioning Ceremony, the Honourable Raksha Mantri also unveiled a special cover to commemorate the Commissioning of INS Chennai and completion of the prestigious Project 15A class of stealth destroyers.
Following her formal induction, INS Chennai will be placed under the operational and administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command. In due course, the ship will be assigned to the Western Fleet and would be base-ported at Mumbai.
The ship measures 163m in length, 17.4m in breadth with a displacement of 7500 tonnes and can rightfully be regarded as one of the most potent warships to have been constructed in India. The ship is propelled by four powerful Gas Turbines, in a Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) configuration, capable of achieving speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship has enhanced stealth features resulting in a reduced Radar Cross Section (RCS) achieved through efficient shaping of hull, full beam superstructure design, plated masts and use of radar transparent materials on exposed decks.
INS Chennai is packed with contemporary and sophisticated ‘state of the art’ weapons and sensors such as Surface to Surface Missile and Surface to Air Missiles. The ship is fitted with a modern Surveillance Radar which provides target data to the gunnery weapon systems of the ship. The ship’s Anti Submarine Warfare capabilities are provided by the indigenously developed Rocket Launchers and Torpedo Launchers. The ship is equipped to fight under Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions.
A unique feature of this ship is the high level of indigenisation incorporated in the production, accentuating our national objective of ‘Make in India’. Some of the major indigenised equipment / system onboard INS Chennai include Combat Management System, Rocket Launcher, Torpedo Tube Launcher, Automated Power Management System, Foldable Hangar Doors, Helo Traversing system, Auxiliary Control System and the Bow mounted SONAR.
Named after the iconic port city of Chennai, the ship has a complement of about 45 officers and 395 personnel. Enhancement of crew comfort has been a significant feature of INS Chennai, which has been ensured through ergonomically designed accommodation based on ‘modular’ concepts. The ship will be under the command of Captain CR Praveen Nair, a Communication & Electronic Warfare specialist.
With the changing power dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region, INS Chennai will augment the Indian Navy’s mobility, reach and flexibility whilst proudly flying the Indian flag.

Army Hospital (R&R) Conducts CNE on ‘Refining Nursing Skills on BLS/ACLS’

The Army Hospital (Research and Referral) has organized a week long Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) on "Refining Nursing Skills on BLS/ACLS" here today. The CNE was inaugurated by Additional Director General, Military Nursing Services Maj Gen Sushila Shahi, where delegates from various civil institutions in and around Delhi attended. A total of 31 delegates are attending the CNE.

Basic Life Support (BLS)/Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac care, acute dysarrhythmias and acute coronary syndrome. It is mandatory for medical professionals to recognize and initiate early management of arrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest. This CNE programme will help the participants to gain in-depth knowledge and enhance skills in the recognition and management of cardiopulmonary arrest and activation of emergency medical services.

During the ongoing sessions, resource persons will impart knowledge on various topics like BLS/ACLS, Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS) / Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), high-quality CPR, Airway management, dysarrhythmias AED and defibrillators which will update the knowledge and bridge the gap between knowledge and skills of the prime life-saving procedure.

Chief of Army Staff On Visit To China

Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff is leading a high level military delegation comprising four senior Army Officers, holding key appointments in the Indian Army, to China on a four day visit from 21-24 Nov 2016.  On 21 November 2016, General Dalbir Singh was welcomed by General Li Zuocheng, Commander PLA Army with a Guard of Honour at the Bayi Building. Later, both held official talks in which a wide range of issues of mutual interest were discussed. General Dalbir Singh extended an invitation to General Li to visit India. General Li accepted the invitation and said he hoped to visit India soon. General Singh and General Li also noted with appreciation the 6th India-China Joint Training Exercise 'Hand-in-Hand' 2016 which is currently going on in India and agreed to further expand defense exchanges between the two armies. Thereafter, General Dalbir Singh called on General Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman, CMC. During the call-on both of them reiterated their desire to keep up the momentum of defence exchanges and the need to keep the borders tranquil and peaceful. General Singh extended an invitation to General Xu to visit India, which was accepted.

During the four day visit the General along with delegation will be visiting important military installations, like Xian and Nanjing, where he will visit key military installations, as well as interact with General Liu Yuejun, Commander of the Eastern Theatre Command, and is scheduled to meet a number of high ranking dignitaries of PLA and CMC. This visit is an opportunity to re-engage PLA in field of defence cooperation and build upon existing mutual cooperation and trust between the two nations. The delegation will also be visiting military installations including Infantry Division and Army Air Defence Brigades.

The visit aims at engaging China on subjects of mutual concern and shared interest, which include terrorism, humanitarian assistance and Peace keeping training. This visit comes amidst growing stronger economic and military ties between the emerging Asian giants and follows high level diplomatic and military exchanges between the two neighbours. The visit also coincides with a joint military exercise (Exercise Hand in Hand), between two armies which is underway in Pune and will be followed by visit of General Zhao Zongqi, Commander, Western Theatre Command of PLA in second week of December 2016.

Cadets of Indian Naval Academy Visit French Naval Academy

Three cadets of Indian Naval Academy (INA) visited Ecole Naval (French Naval Academy) at Brest, France as part of cadet exchange program from 14 November 2016 for a duration of one week.

The cadets accompanied by their divisional officer were exposed to various training methodologies and facilities at Ecole Naval. The cadets were given hands on experience on Naval advanced ship handling simulator and on state of the art fire fighting and damage control facilities at the academy.

During the course of their association with Ecole Naval, the cadets embarked the French training Ship Églantine, and were exposed to various Ship manoeuvring and handling exercises at sea along with French Naval cadets

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Wreath Laying at Teen Murti Memorial to Honour Indian Cavalry

A wreath laying ceremony was organised today at the Teen Murti Memorial by the Cavalry Officer’s Association (COA) to honour the sacrifice and splendid contribution of the Indian Cavalry since World War I. The wreaths were placed by serving and retired officers of the Cavalry fraternity of the Indian Army including Gen V N Sharma (Retired), former Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, GOC-in-C, Eastern Army Command and Lt Gen A B Shivane, DGMF.

Teen Murti memorial was instituted in memory of the Cavalry officers, Non Commissioned Officers and men of the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade composed of Cavalry Regiments from the Indian States of Hyderabad, Mysore and Jodhpur and with detachments from Bhavnagar, Kashmir and Kathiawar who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-1919 in the Sinai, Palestine and Syria. The Armoured Corps has witnessed the journey of time since independence with raising of modernised Arjun and T-90 Regiments. The year 2016 also marks 100 years of the tank.

Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen Aditya Singh, (Retd), President COA pointed out the great contribution of the Indian Armoured Corps in protecting the Nation’s sovereignty. This is aptly reflected by the gallantry awards earned by the Corps since independence which includes Two Param Vir Chakras, 16 Mahavir Chakras, Three Kirti Chakras, 57 Vir Chakras and 26 Shaurya Chakras.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Skilled Manpower Vital for ‘Make In India’ Initiative ,says Defence Minister

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar handed over four Naval Systems developed by DRDO to the Indian Navy at a special ceremony here today. The four indigenously developed naval systems viz. ABHAY, HUMSA UG, NACS and AIDSS which will boost underwater surveillance capability of the Indian Navy, were formally handed over to the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba by the Minister.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Parrikar complimented the DRDO and the Navy for their successful joint venture in developing several naval systems, which will provide a fillip to the quest for self-reliance in this critical area of technology. “I expect much more synergy between the Armed Forces and DRDO in the days to come”, he said. He expressed his appreciation to DRDO for its achievements in the last two years particularly in the induction of LCA Tejas, Varunastra Torpedo, Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher, Rustom – II UAV and several missile programmes.

The Defence Minister said, “Skill development is one of the most important aspects of nation building because unless we have certified skilled manpower, projects like ‘Make in India’ would not succeed.” He expressed happiness that the Indian Navy has taken the lead by imparting training to a large contingent of retiring naval personnel and giving them certificates. He said that the only way to make the nation’s large pool of youth and manpower suitable for the emerging industry and business opportunities is by skilling them to take up specialized jobs.

Addressing the gathering, the Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy said skill initiative programme is the brainchild of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He said the credit of pulling along the skill ecosystem in the Indian Armed Forces should go to the Defence Minister. Shri Rudy said the Defence Minister is not only involved in the skilling process technically but also socially as he has created a new pathway about the programme in the Armed Forces.

The four naval systems, ABHAY – Compact Hull Mounted SONAR for Shallow Water Crafts, HUMSA UG – Upgrade for the HUMSA SONAR System, NACS – Near-field Acoustic Characterisation System, and AIDSS – Advanced Indigenous Distress SONAR System for submarines have been designed and developed by National Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), a Kochi based laboratory of DRDO. ABHAY is an advanced Active-cum-Passive integrated SONAR system designed and developed for the smaller platforms such as shallow water crafts and coastal surveillance/patrol vessels. HUMSA-UG has been designed for upgrading the existing HUMSA SONAR system of the Indian Naval platforms. NACS determines the in-situ performance of the SONAR systems which are used to find the frequency-dependent 3-D transmission and reception characteristics of the SONAR. It is also used to measure the magnitude and phase characteristics of the SONAR transmission and reception electronics and the transducers. AIDSS, a distress SONAR is an Emergency Sound Signalling Device which is used to indicate that a submarine is in distress and enable quick rescue and salvage.

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and Secretary Department of Defence (R&D) & Chairman, DRDO Dr. S Christopher also addressed the function. Earlier, Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar and Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy jointly distributed Skill Certificates and Placement Letters to retiring Navy personnel. Amongst others, the function was attended by Scientific Advisor to RM Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rajesh Aggarwal and Director, NPOL Shri S Kedarnath Shenoy.

Defence Minister Awards Skill Certificates to Retiring Naval Sailors

It was indeed a proud moment for the retiring naval sailors as they were awarded with “Skill Certificates” and handed over the “Placement Letters” by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar and the Hon’ble Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy in the presence of Admiral Sunil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC the Chief of the Naval Staff at a valedictory function held at DRDO Bhawan today (18 Nov 2016).

In pursuance of the ‘Skill India’ mission launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 15 June 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) on 13 July 2015 to enhance the skill sets of retiring defence personnel and to enable them to be gainfully employed in nation-building.

The Navy thereafter carried out a detailed exercise in which it compared the curriculum of the courses run in service with the National Occupation Standard (NOS) and the job profiles promulgated by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). A total of 159 courses were mapped to 258 job roles and the skill gaps identified.

The Indian Navy has achieved a major milestone with the successful completion of Pilot Batch of training of retiring sailors towards Skill Development. A total of 70 retiring naval personnel have been trained in collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation in their core domain by leveraging ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’. In addition, due to the professional competence and the extensive work experience of these sailors they have also been trained for instructing and assessing.

For the pilot batch, six job profiles in retail, healthcare and electronics were selected at three training schools of the Navy namely INS Hamla and School of Medical Assistants at Mumbai and INS Valsura at Jamnagar.The training was carried out by Naval Instructors who had prior instructional experience and had undergone training with the respective Sector Skill Councils. Training of the Pilot Batch was conducted in two phases during August and September 2016 during which a total of 70 sailors were trained.

NSDC, along with its Training Partners has facilitated placement for 58 retiring sailors who participated in both phases of Pilot Batch of skill certification.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Former J&K Governor Lt Gen SK Sinha Passes Away

His Excellency Lt Gen S K Sinha, PVSM (Retired), 90, passed away on 17 November 2016 in Delhi.
Born in 1926, Lt Gen SK Sinha graduated with Honours from Patna University in 1942 at the young age of seventeen. He joined the Army soon thereafter passing out as the Best Cadet from the Officers Training School, Belgaum. He saw combat during the Second World War in Burma and Indonesia and after Independence in Kashmir.

The General commanded battalion of 5 GORKHA RIFILES in Ladakh, a brigade in Manipur, a Mountain Division in Assam, Infantry Division in Jammu,  a Corps and a field Army in the Western Theatre. He also had the distinction of serving as Adjutant General and Vice Chief of Army Staff.

During his varied career, Lt Gen Sinha, in 1949 was appointed Secretary of the Indian delegation for delineation of the Cease Fire Line in Kashmir. In 1972 he led the Indian delegation to Italy for a conference on application of human rights to warfare. In recognition of his service he was awarded Param Vishist Sewa Medal in 1973.
As a Statesman, Lt Gen Sinha was appointed India's Ambassador to Nepal in 1990. Appreciative of his work the then Prime Minister of Nepal had said, "General Sinha was as much India's Ambassador to Nepal as Nepal's Ambassador to India". He also had been Governor of two insurgency prone States of Assam and J&K.

A prolific writer, he authored five books including one on Jammu and Kashmir Operation of 1947-48 and his autobiography, "A Soldier Recalls".
Gen Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff, serving and retired army personnel will pay homage to the ‘Soldier Statesman’ on 18 November 2016 at Brar Square, New Delhi.

Red Arrows Enthrall Audience At Airforce Academy

The skies of Dundigal, a small town in the outskirts of Hyderabad, roared with thunder of Hawk aircraft of world-renowned aerobatic display team Red Arrows of Royal Air Force of United Kingdom today. True to its name, the Red Arrows painted the blue skies in colourful patterns and leaving the spectators spellbound with their breath-taking maneuvers and perfectly synchronised aerobatic display. Close to three thousand people comprising hundreds of school students, Air Force personnel and their families and civilian population witnessed this magnificent event.
The Red Arrows aerobatic display team is led by Squadron Leader David Montenegro, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team. The Red Arrows fly the British-built Hawk aircraft, which is a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft. They have performed over 4,800 displays in 57 countries since 1965. The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, is on a visit to India as part of a major 60- day tour of the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. The team’s itinerary includes more than 20 displays and a series of fly pasts across the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. The team has earlier performed in honour of Indian Air Force during Air Force Day parade on 08 October this year at Hindon Air Base in New Delhi.
On this occasion, a low level aerobatic display was also performed by the IAF pilots on Pilatus aircraft used at the Academy to train the cadets of flying stream.

Induction of DRDO developed Naval Systems into Indian Navy – A Curtain Raiser

Four Naval Systems developed by DRDO will be handed over to the Indian Navy by the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar at a function, here tomorrow. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba will formally take over the systems from the Defence Minister which include ABHAY – Compact Hull Mounted SONAR for Shallow Water Crafts, HUMSA UG – Upgrade for the HUMSA SONAR System, NACS – Near-field Acoustic Characterisation System, and AIDSS – Advanced Indigenous Distress SONAR System for submarines. Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr S Christopher will be present on the occasion.

The systems have been designed and developed by NPOL, a Kochi based premier laboratory of DRDO which has outstanding contributions and achievements in the design of SONAR systems for the Indian Navy to its credit. ABHAY is an advanced Active-cum-Passive integrated SONAR system designed and developed for the smaller platforms such as shallow water crafts and coastal surveillance/patrol vessels. Designed using the latest technology in hardware architecture and advanced signal processing algorithms, the SONAR is capable of detecting, localizing, classifying and tracking sub-surface and surface targets in both its active and passive modes of operation.

The prototype of this compact SONAR ABHAY installed onboard a nominated Naval platform has successfully completed all user evaluation trials to demonstrate the features as per the Naval Staff Qualification Requirements. Indian Navy has proposed to induct this SONAR on three of the ABHAY class ships. Intensifying the command over the high seas is the HUMSA-UG that is designed for upgrading the existing HUMSA SONAR system of the Indian Naval platforms. The hardware architecture is based on the state-of-the-art open architecture processor technologies that will enable smooth upgrade of the system capabilities. This system is proposed to be installed on seven ships of three different classes of ships.

NACS determines the in-situ performance of the SONAR systems which are used to find the frequency-dependent 3-D transmission and reception characteristics of the SONAR. It is also used to measure the magnitude and phase characteristics of the SONAR transmission and reception electronics and the transducers. The NACS has been integrated with the HUMSA-NG SONAR array and proved onboard Naval platforms and this will be fitted on all frontline ships.

NPOL has also developed AIDSS, a distress SONAR that is an Emergency Sound Signaling Device which is used to indicate that a submarine is in distress and enable quick rescue and salvage. It is a life-saving alarm system designed to transmit SONAR signals of a pre-designated frequency and pulse shape in an emergency situation from a submarine for long period, so as to attract the attention of Passive SONARS of Ships or Submarines in the vicinity and all types of standard rescue vessels in operation. It is also provided with a transponder capability. With the induction of these four systems, the underwater surveillance capability of the Indian Navy will get a boost, besides providing a fillip to the quest for self-reliance in this critical area of technology.

Naval Aviation In The Run-Up To Navy Week Celebrations

Naval Aviation Rolling Trophies Awarded

The Naval Flight Safety Seminar-2016 was held at Samudrika Auditorium, Visakhapatnam on 17 November 2016. The Seminar was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, AVSM, VSM Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command. The Annual event, held at the three Naval Commands on a rotational basis, was conducted by INS Dega under the aegis of HQENC.

Several papers on topics having a direct bearing on Flight Safety were presented by Officers from the Navy and by representatives from the sister Services. The event also provided a platform for discussing a number of strategies, concepts and procedures to enhance Flight Safety. A comprehensive analysis of aviation accidents/incidents of the preceding years was also undertaken during the course of the Seminar.

In the sidelines of the Seminar, Aviation Rolling Trophies for year 2015-16 were also awarded. INAS 310, Dornier Squadron, Goa was adjudged the Best Naval Air Squadron and INAS 551, Hawk AJT Squadron based at Vizag was the Runner-up. Vice Admiral Jain gave away the trophies to the Commanding Officers, INAS 310 and INAS 551. The Chief of the Naval Staff Trophies for Flight Safety were won by INAS 300, the erstwhile Sea Harrier Squadron based at Goa for the Best Frontline Squadron, INAS 561, Helicopter Training Squadron, Rajali for the Best Training Squadron and Sandhayak Flight based at Vizag for the Best Ship-borne Flight. The Seminar was attended by a number of Senior Officers including Rear Admiral Puneet Kumar Bahl, Flag Officer Naval Aviation, Rear Admiral Philipose George Pynumootil, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air), Rear Admiral Srinivas Kanugo, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air Material), Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy).

The Seminar was preceded by a Naval Flight Safety Meeting that was held at Swarna Jyoti Auditorium on 16 November 2016. The meeting was chaired by Rear Admiral Puneet Kumar Bahl, Flag Officer Naval Aviation and attended by all stakeholders of Naval Aviation including representatives from IHQ MoD (Navy), all Commands and Commanding Officers and Flight Safety Officers of all Air Stations of the Indian Navy. A number of issues ranging from the analysis of aviation incidents/ accidents, precautions to prevent recurrence and other relevant matters were discussed during the meeting.

Air Display for Differently Abled and School Children

As a part of ‘Navy Day 2016’ celebrations, Air Display for differently abled children and school children was organized from 15-17 November 2016 at Naval Air Station, INS Shikra. On 16 and 17 November School Children were invited to witness the air display. A large number of children witnessed a thrilling display which included helicopter operations at hover, low level manoeuvres, take off and landings. A static display of Chetak, Seaking 42B and Kamov 31 helicopters was also utilised by the pilots or maintainers, to explain role and capability of each helicopter to the children.

Successful Maiden Flight of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV - Rustom – II

Heralding a new era in the indigenous development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), DRDO today successfully carried out the maiden flight of TAPAS 201 (RUSTOM – II), a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV. The test flight took place from Aeronautical Test Range (ATR), Chitradurga, 250 km from Bangalore which is a newly developed flight test range for the testing of UAVs and manned aircraft.

The flight accomplished the main objectives of proving the flying platform, such as take-off, bank, level flight and landing etc.

TAPAS 201, the MALE UAV has been designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), the Bangalore-based premier lab of DRDO with HAL-BEL as the production partners. The UAV weighing two tonnes was put into air by a dedicated team of young scientists of DRDO. It was piloted (external and internal) by the pilots from the Armed Forces. It is also the first R&D prototype UAV which has undergone certification and qualification for the first flight from the Center for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC) and Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA).

TAPAS 201, a multi-mission UAV is being developed to carry out the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) roles for the three Armed Forces with an endurance of 24 hours. It is capable to carry different combinations of payloads like Medium Range Electro Optic (MREO), Long Range Electro Optic (LREO), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Electronic Intelligence (ELINT), Communication Intelligence (COMINT) and Situational Awareness Payloads (SAP) to perform missions during day and night.

It is noteworthy that the development of UAV immensely contributes towards the Make-in-India initiative as many critical systems such as airframe, landing gear, flight control and avionics sub-systems are being developed in India with the collaboration of private industries. Defence Electronics Application Laboratory (DEAL) of DRDO has developed the data link for the UAV. Rustom- II will undergo further trials for validating the design parameters, before going for User Validation Trials.