Monday, February 27, 2017

INS Satpura Maiden Visit to Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala

The frontline warship of Eastern fleet INS Satpura anchored off Ettikulam bay on 26 February 2017 on her maiden visit to Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala. The Commanding officer, INS Satpura and her crew was received by Commanding Officer INS Zamorin at Ezhimala. The Officers were taken on a guided tour of Seamanship facilities, Warship Simulator, Laboratories, Sports Complexes, Sailing Training Center and Equestrian Training Center during their visit at INA.

The Commanding Officer and Officers of INS Satpura interacted with officers of INA and exchanged valuable viewpoints pertaining to operational expectations and training attainments. An insight into the various training paradigm shift at INA over the years was also disseminated to the crew of INS Satpura.

The trainee Midshipmen who are in their terminal stages of training got an opportunity to interact with the Crew of INS Satpura over lunch during the course of their visit. The crew of the warship post their interaction with trainees weighed anchor off Ettikulam bay and proceeded with their impending operational tasks.

Indian Navy Concludes Theatre Level Exercise Tropex 2017

The Indian Navy’s Annual Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX 17) was conducted on the Western Seaboard from     24 Jan 17 till 23 Feb 17. The month long exercise saw participation of over 45 ships from both the Western and Eastern Naval Commands of the Indian Navy, including the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, 05 submarines including the nuclear powered Chakra, 50 Naval aircraft, 11 ships from the Coast Guard, troops from the Army and 20 aircraft from the Air Force including Su 30s, Jaguars and AWACS.

The exercise, in complete coordination with the Army and Air Force, was conducted in phases to test the various facets of war-fighting and joint combat capabilities of the armed forces to respond to given threat situations.  The Joint Work Up Phase witnessed various weapon firings by ships, submarines and aircraft from both the Indian Navy and Air Force. The 2017 edition of TROPEX included the conduct of large scale ‘Out of Area Contingency’ in island territory, which saw participation of all three services and their special forces.

TROPEX 2017 culminated with Tactical Phase conducted over 10 days, and saw intense action by both the opposing forces. The interaction of the forces helped validate operational war fighting concepts and provided valuable lessons to sharpen combat skills.

TROPEX 2017 assumes great significance in the backdrop of current security scenario. The exercise provided an apt-opportunity to test the combat capability of the Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Coast Guard, and strengthened inter-operability and joint operations in complex conflict situation.  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Naval Chief On Official Visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy is visiting United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman on a bilateral visit from 26 February to 02 March 2017. The visit aims to consolidate bilateral naval relations with UAE and Oman, as also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.

The CNS will be commencing his bilateral visit from UAE on 26 February 2017, where he will hold bilateral discussions with the His Excellency Mohammed bin Ahmad Al Bowardi, Hon’ble Minister of State for Defence of UAE, Lieutenant General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff, UAE Armed Forces and Rear Admiral Ibrahim Salim Mohammed Al Musharrakh, Commander of UAE Naval Forces. The Admiral will be visiting the Ghantoot Naval Base, where he will briefed on the latest Baynunah Class Corvette. He will also visit the National Defence College of UAE, where he will interact with the Student Officers, and also tour the training facilities at the Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Naval College of UAE. The Admiral will also lay a wreath at the Wahat Al Karama Memorial. 

On completion of his visit to UAE, the CNS will be visiting Oman from 01 March 2017, where he will hold bilateral discussions with His Excellency Bader Bin Saud Bin Harib Al Busaidi, Hon’ble Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs of Oman, as also the three Service Chiefs. The Admiral will visit the Sultan Qaboos Naval Academy, the Said Bin Naval Base, where he will also visit the Fleet Maintenance Facility and the latest Khareef Class corvette, RNOV Al Shamikh.

The Indian Navy cooperates with both the navies of UAE and Oman on many fronts, which include Training, Operational interactions and exchange of ‘White Shipping Information’, through the medium of Navy-to-Navy Staff Talks with both countries, as also through Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) with UAE and Joint Military Cooperation Committee (JMCC) with Oman. In addition, the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy of Oman have been conducting the bilateral Maritime Exercise ‘Naseem Al Bahr’ since 1993. Ten editions have been held so far, the last being held off Goa in January 16.      

Defence Security Corps Celebrates 70th Raising Day

Defence Security Corps (DSC), which was raised on 25 February 1947 as ‘Defence Department Constabulary’, celebrated its 70th Raising Day on 25 February 2017. DSC troops have been providing security to various sensitive defence and civil installations across the length and breadth of the Country since 1947.

On the occasion of the 70th Raising Day, Lieutenant General JS Cheema, Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Information System & Training) and Colonel Commandant of DSC, congratulated all ranks and complimented them for their relentless efforts in guarding sensitive Defence and civil establishments. On this solemn occasion, he also remembered the supreme sacrifices made by the martyrs of the Corps, exhorted all ranks to seek inspiration from their valour and felicitated eight Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks for their distinguished service. So far, DSC has been awarded three Vir Chakras, one Kirti Chakra, four Shaurya Chakras, ten Sena Medals, two Vishisht Seva Medals and fifteen Chief of Army, Air and Naval Staff Commendation Cards.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Shopian Martyrs

Details of Shopian ambush martyrs soldiers
Shopian February 23 :2017
Lance Naik Gh Mohi ud Din Rather
Next of Kin - Smt Shahzada Akhter ( Wife)
Son - Aahil Mohi ud Din  ( Son)
Village - Punchpora
P.O.- Marhama
Tehsil - Bijbehara
District- Anantnag, Jammu & Kashmir

Sapper Sreejith MJ
Next of Kin - Smt Usha Kumari (Mother)
Village - Paruthipully
P.O. and Tehsil - Paruthipully
District - Palakkad

Sepoy Vikas Singh Gurjar
Next of Kin  - Smt Ram Raji (Wife)
Village - Andhyakhara
P.O.- Andhyakhara
Tehsil - Nodoti
District  - Karouli

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

INS Betwa on Even Keel,At A Cost Of 20 Cr, To Be Fully Operational By Apr 2018

Indian Navy's 3850-ton guided missile frigate INS Betwa  (F-39), which got tilted and fell on the side on December 5, 2016, at Mumbai Dockyard, while undocking, killing 2 sailors was resurrected today upright and afloat on even keel. It has been done at an approximate cost of Rs 20 crore. She will become operational in April this year.

Indian Navy Statement:

INS Betwa on Even Keel: to be Fully Operational by Apr 2018

INS Betwa, a P-16A Class frigate has been made upright by the unstinted efforts put in by the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai and the salvage firm M/s Resolve Marine, specially contracted for the operation. It may be recalled that, the ship which was undergoing major repairs, had keeled on to her side during her undocking on 05 Dec 2016.

The salvage operations were progressed on a war footing and the initial stabilisation of the ship was achieved by 29 Dec 2016. The complete salvage operation involving complex hydrodynamic calculations and rigging up of intricate measuring and monitoring systems was completed in less than two months.

As the ship was undergoing major refit and mid-life up-gradation since Apr 2016, majority of the equipment/ machinery had already been removed for routine servicing/ replacement with upgraded equipment.

Indian Navy is confident that with in-house expertise and sustained efforts, the ship will be made fully operational by her scheduled date of refit completion i.e by Apr 2018.

PLA Delegation Visits India

A 15 member delegation from Western Theatre Command of People’s Liberation Army, China is on a five day visit to India from 21 to 26 February 2017. The delegation is being led by Major General Zhao Jin Song, Vice Chief of Staff of Headquarter Western Theatre Command, Chengdu, China.

With New Delhi, Agra and Kolkata on the itinerary, the Chinese delegation called on senior Indian Army officers dealing with border issues at Army Headquarters on 21 February. The two sides exchanged views on wide ranging issues and agreed that peace and tranquility on the border is an important guarantor for development and continued growth of bilateral relations. The leaders of two delegations discussed the importance of having regular bilateral exchanges and additional Border Personnel Meeting points. This visit is continuation of the enhanced engagements between the two Armies which also saw Western Theatre Commander General Zhao Zongqi visit India in Dec 2016.

Ministry of Defence & NOVA Integrated Systems Limited Sign Surface Surveillance Radar (SSR) for Indian Navy

Ministry of Defence and NOVA Integrated Systems Limited signs a contract for Surface Surveillance Radar (SSR) for Indian Navy

Delhi, India (22nd February, 2017) – Ministry of Defence (MoD), Government of India today signed a contract with NOVA Integrated Systems Limited (NISL), a subsidiary of Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) to execute Indian Navy’s Surface Surveillance Radar (SSR) project. The SSR programme is the first procurement by MoD under the ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ category of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). The project involves delivery, installation and commissioning of the Radar Systems on Indian Navy vessels, as well as delivery of simulators, establishing depot level facilities, and integrated logistics support with deliveries spread over 10 years. The proposed radar is based on the latest solid state technology and also suited for coastal surveillance applications.

NOVA Integrated Systems Limited (NISL) is a strategic initiative of the Tata group in the aerospace and defence sector equipped to offer customised technical solutions to Indian defence, paramilitary forces, civilian requirements, international OEMs and system integrators.

The Ministry of Defence, Government of India has said, “Procurement of SSR is part of Indian Navy’s plan for modernisation of its fleets. It would also be installed on the ships under construction and is in line with the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.”

Mr. Sukaran Singh, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Tata Advanced Systems Limited said, “We are proud to be the first private sector Indian Company to bag the coveted contract of the SSR project. Undertaking the responsibility of complete manufacture and assembly of a radar for the Indian Navy gives us an excellent opportunity to showcase our prowess of development and assembly projects in high technology areas. We look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the Indian Ministry of Defence’s first procurement under the ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ category of the DPP.”

NISL has partnered with Terma A/S of Denmark on this project to undertake the manufacturing, integration and testing of the Radar system under transfer of technology in India.

Mr. Jens Maaløe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Terma A/S said, “We see this contract between MoD, Government of India and NOVA Integrated Systems Limited as a very important milestone for Terma as we strongly support the ‘Make in India’ initiative. We are happy to participate in this initiative that will further strengthen our well-established collaboration between the two companies.”

Facilities at TASL’s Combat Management Systems (CMS) development center will be utilised for the SSR project which involves integration of the radar with a variety of weapon and sensor systems on different class of vessels of the Indian Navy’s Battle Assets.

About Tata Advanced Systems Limited

Tata Advanced Systems Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, focused on providing integrated solutions for Aerospace, Defence and Homeland Security. In a short span of five years, Tata Advanced Systems Limited has become a significant player in the global aerospace market, becoming the premier manufacturing partner for global OEMs, including Boeing, Airbus Group, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, Cobham Mission Equipment, RUAG Aviation, as well as the Government of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation. It has capabilities throughout the entire aerospace value chain from design to full aircraft assembly, and is well positioned in other areas that include missiles, radars, unmanned aerial systems, command and control systems, optronics and homeland security. With facilities in Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore and has a total staff of approximate 1700 employees across the country.

About Terma A/S

Terma A/S, headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark develops products and systems for defence, non-defence, and security applications, including command and control systems, radar systems, self-protection systems for ships and aircraft, space technology, and advanced aerostructures for the international aircraft industry. The company has a total staff of 1250 people worldwide.

About the Tata group:

Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising over 100 independent operating companies. The group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents, with a mission 'To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation based on Leadership with Trust'. Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies. Sixty-six percent of the equity share capital of Tata Sons is held by philanthropic trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation and art and culture. In 2015-16, the revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $103 billion. These companies collectively employ over 660,000 people. Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently under the guidance and supervision of its own board of directors and shareholders. There are 29 publicly-listed Tata enterprises with a combined market capitalisation of about $116 billion (as on March 31, 2016). Tata companies with significant scale include Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Chemicals, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Teleservices, Titan, Tata Communications and Indian Hotels.

While IAF Tejas Takes Off, LCA Navy Struggles For Relevance, Vows To Come Back More Powerful

Efforts to Salvage India's Indigenous Naval Carrier Fighter Jet Program, Remain Unsuccessful

After Indian Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba stated in December 2016 that the home-made carrier fighter jet the single-engine Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas was unsuitable for the Indian Navy's requirements, owing to its weight, the program has received a set-back.

Adding salt to the wounds further, during Aero India-2017 (the biennial air show held in Bengaluru), Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) had sought request for information (RFI) from Sweden's SAAB for Sea Gripen E and Boeing for its F/A-18 Superhornet. It may be noted that Gripen E has not been acquired by any country of the world. The RFI mentions a reqirement for the Indian Navy of 57 twin-engine fighters, so going by this clause, it is only F/A-18 Superhornet, that ,would qualify, as out of the three- LCA Tejas, Gripen E and the F/A-18 Superhornet, only the Super Hornet is a twin-engined fighter.

The assurance that the LCA Navy program would not close down and would continue to be funded, both by the Naval Chief and the Defence Minister, have done little to boost the home-grown fighter's morale.

The agency developing the LCA Navy-Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) along with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL), is being headed by former Naval officer Commodore C.D.Balaji , who has been the Project Director of LCA Navy, right from its inception, and now as ADA Chief, he is responsible for the IAF's LCA Tejas as well as the LCA naval variant.

Admiral Sunil Lanba stated last December,"We will continue to support Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) but the naval LCA in its present form unfortunately does not meet our qualitative requirements for carrier capability.In addition to MiG-29Ks, we now need an alternative aircraft to operate from these two carriers. If you look around the world, there are not too many options available and we need this carrier-capable aircraft sooner than later. So, I am looking at next five to six years."
The Navy has called the Tejas 'too heavy' which does not meet the "thrust-to-weight requirement to take off with a full fuel and arms load" from an aircraft carrier's deck. Currently the Navy has inducted over 30 of the 45 MiG-29K fighters acquired from Russia for $2 billion.

The navy's statement has not gone down well with former DRDO bosses like Dr V.K. Saraswat, who hit back at the Chief saying that the Admiral's decision defied logic, “When they projected Gripen as an alternative for LCA Navy, I was surprised. LCA MK2 (which is under development) and Gripen, as platforms, have no difference. The GE F-414 is powering both aircraft, so where is the question of low thrust? All that people, who are at the helm of the affairs, have done is badmouth institutions which have done a wonderful job. Is this the approach to make ourselves self-reliant? Any number of Aero India(s) can take place, but unless you have conviction and faith in your own capabilities, you can't achieve self-reliance."

The Indian navy is looking to induct a new twin-engine fighter onboard its present carrier- the 44,400-tonne carrier INS Vikramaditya, and the under-construction 40,000-tonne INS Vikrant, which will be ready by 2019-2020. The already in service MiG-29Ks too would fly from these carriers as was the naval Tejas supposed to.

While the Indian Air Force (IAF) went a step ahead and finally got its first two LCA Tejas fighters on July 1, 2016, under the LCA project which was cleared way back in 1983, while the Navy was supposed to get around 50 of the indigenous fighters. IAF commissioned the first two Tejas fighters in the 45 "Flying Daggers" Squadron , which will be fully constituted with 20 jets only by 2018. IAF is supposed to get 120 fighters.

IAF had earlier ordered 40 Tejas jets, with the defence ministry ,giving the initial approval for procurement of another 83 Tejas Mark-1A fighters from HAL for Rs 50,025 crore. The Mark-1A version, which is the one IAF really wants, will be ready only by 2020 or so. It will have an AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar and advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite, as also be capable of mid-air refuelling and firing advanced BVR (beyond visual range) missiles.

The LCA Navy Mk-II

The ADA and Commodore Balaji have offered the Navy the Mk-II version of the LCA, in what can be called a sweet-heart deal, in a bid to salvage the program and this new version would a more powerful engine and would be structured as per the user's requirements. Also the ADA LCA Navy team has offered a timeline to the Indian Navy, which is completing the design by 2019 and carrying out the first flight LCA Navy Mk-II by late 2020 or early 2021, for which basic material is already under order like two GE F414 engines — one for the naval variant and the other for IAF prototype.Eight engines have been ordered from GE for the Mk-II programme. The idea is to come up with a more powerful LCA Navy fighter jet.

Other structural changes being planned are moving the jet's wings outward by about 350mm, increasing the space between the fuselage and the wings. This would immediately optimise load transfer and make space in the central fuselage for fuel, for upto 700 kg additional fuel, providing about 22 minutes of additional time for flight.

A new test rig to test horizontal and vertical loads during a deck recovery, including 7.1 m/s sink rate and the 45 ton load on an arrester wire are also being planned.A full scale model of the LCA Navy Mk-II is expected to be ready by early next year. There are plans to switch from a mechanical radar on the LCA to an AESA radar on Mk-II, but since the LCA doesn’t have an integrated liquid cooling system necessary for an AESA radar, the ADA has suggested that a small auxiliary compartment that becomes redundant after the mechanical-to-AESA switch could be utilised to house a liquid cooling system.

The Challenges LCA Navy  has faced:

The LCA Navy programme started in 2003 ans was supposed to make its debut flight at the end of 2010, but was delayed as it was not given certification owing to structural issues.The US Navy and the European consortium, EADS, were the two agencies whose help was sought in terms of consultancy. The LCA navy was tasked with the primary role of air defence and anti-shipping strike and interception. Fuel dump is an additional feature in the LCA navy to enable safe landing by reducing weight. The first aircraft rolled out in July 2010 and was supposed to take-off at the end of 2010. It may be noted that the the carrier-borne fighter's first prototype had its first Engine Ground Run (EGR) only on September 26,  2011.

The single engine naval LCA was denied the certification from the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), after a couple of its observations have demanded rectifications in the structure of the aircraft. The two most important features which required rectifications, before certification were the landing gear and special controls. The landing gear of the naval aircraft was heavy and needed reduction in weight and the movement of the Levcon (leading edge vortex control) needed reduction too. A Levcon is a small wing ahead of the main wing of the aircraft, at the edge, and is required to have controlled movement. These features are the additions which distinguish the naval version from the IAF one.

Former Defence Minister A K Antony had stated in Indian Parliament that, "Deficiencies have been detected in the airframe and other associated equipment of the LCA Navy. DRDO is working out modalities with various organisations for rectifying these deficiencies by suitable modifications to the engine/airframe design."

All naval LCAs will be tested at the Goa-based shore-based test facility (SBTF), which will have a simulated arresting gear and landing aids as in an aircraft carrier.

The naval (LCA Mk-I) had two main engine runs of the first prototype.The first engine ground run of the LCA Navy had the primary objective of checking aircraft to engine integration and activation of the various systems like flight control, hydraulics, fuel, electrical and avionics.

The first version of the aircraft called Mark-1 (Mk-1) version of the naval Tejas was to have the GE404 engine, while a more advanced LCA Tejas Mk-2 was supposed to make its first flight in 2015.
The first four Mk-1 LCAs will be single-seat fighters and the four after that will be in twin-seater trainers.

The LCA(Navy) project team comprises, members of Indian Navy, IAF, HAL, DRDO, CEMILAC, DGAQA, CSIR Labs, Educational Institutions, other public and private sector partners.

Former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Nirmal Verma, was quoted in 2012, that the parent agency ADA concentrated mainly on the IAF version of the aircraft, more than the naval version, which caused the delay. The Chief largely blamed the ADA for not delivering.

Former IAF Chief S.Krishnaswamy has said in the past that the naval aircraft would probably need a new engine apart from lots of testing and modifications, adding that the primary version is the IAF one and with that one too hitting technological roadblocks, it's bad news for the programme all-round.

LCA Tejas will have weapons' suites from Saab, Raytheon and Israel’s Rafael .

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

INS Sunayna at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for IDEX 2017 and NAVDEX 2017

The Indian Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel INS Sunayna, a state-of-the-art front line platform of the Indian Navy is on an Overseas Deployment to Abu Dhabi to participate in the International Defence Expo 2017 (IDEX 17) and Naval Defence and Maritime Security Exhibition 2017 (NAVDEX 17) in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). The ship entered Mina Zayad port, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 18th Feburary 2017. INS Sunayna will be participating in various events as part of IDEX 17 and will also utilise this opportunity to foster stronger relations with other friendly navies participating in IDEX 17 / NAVDEX 17. Built is Goa Shipyard Limited, INS Sunayna, is a fine example of India’s warship building capability and the promotes ‘Make in India’ concepts in the international exhibitions.

The ship was given a warm welcome and was greeted with a ceremonial reception by Brig Salem Al Maherzi, UAE Navy Fleet Commander and UAE Military delegation. Later in the day, Commander Vikas Guleria, the Commanding Officer of the ship, attended International Defence Conference at National Archives’ building hosted by IDEX /NAVDEX Chairman HE Mohammed bin Ahmad Al Bawardi, the Minister of Defence of UAE. The conference had many luminaries from the academic and defence world who spoke on aspects of disruptive emerging technology and innovation, Cyber warfare and defence and security control to mitigate multiple disruptions.

Commissioing Of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ICGS Shaunak

Indian Coast Guard Ship “Shaunak” the fourth ship in the series of six Off Shore Patrol Vessels(OPV) was commissioned at Goa by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways on 21 Feb 17 in the presence of Director General Rajendra Singh, PTM, TM, Director General Indian Coast Guard, CMD Goa Shipyard Limited and other senior dignitaries of the Central and State Government.‘Shaunak’ meaning ‘Wise’ is a projection of Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment “To serve and protect” the maritime interest of the nation.

This 105 meters OPV has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd and is fitted with state-of- the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries. The features include 30 mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery
Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting
System. The ship is designed to carry one twin engine Light Helicopter and five high speed boats
including two Quick Reaction Inflatable Boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law
enforcement and maritime patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment
to contain oil spill at sea.

The ship draws 2500 tons(GRT) propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 26 Knots and has an endurance of 6500 NM at economical speed. The sustenance and reach coupled with the latest and modern equipment and systems, provides her the capability to perform the role of a command platform and accomplish all Coast Guard charter of duties.

The ship on joining Coast Guard Fleet will be based at Visakhapatnam and deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance and other duties as enshrined in Coast Guard Charter, to safeguard the maritime interests of India. Presently, Indian Coast Guard has a Fleet of 127 Ships/boats, 85Ships/boats are at various stages of construction at different shipyards. With the commissioning of this vessel and other assets, the Indian Coast Guard will emerge as a stronger and potent force to address the emerging security challenges in maritime zone of India.

ICGS Shaunak will be commanded by Deputy Inspector General T Sashi Kumar and manned by 14 Officers & 98 men. The ship will be under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).

The commissioning of ICGS Shaunak will enhance the Indian Coast Guard’s operational capability to discharge the multifarious maritime tasks. The induction of a sophisticated and state-of-
the-art Offshore Patrol Vessel will give a fillip to the maritime protection of our vast coastline of
Eastern Seaboard in general and the Maritime States of Eastern Region viz Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in particular.

Madras Sappers Wins Best Marching Contingent Trophy

Defence Minister Presents best Marching Contingent Trophies

The Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar today presented the Best Marching Contingent Trophies to the Madras Sappers and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) who participated at the Republic Day Parade 2017 at the historic Rajpath, New Delhi. Commandant Madras Engineer Group Brigadier RK Sachdeva received the Trophy on behalf of the Madras Sappers while Director General CISF Shri OP Singh received the trophy on behalf of CISF.

The function was attended by the Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Defence Secretary Shri G Mohan Kumar and other senior officers from the Ministry of Defence, the three Services and Ministry of Home Affairs. 

True to their motto of ‘SARVATRA’, the Madras Engineer Group has always distinguished themselves in full spectrum of professional activities ranging from operations to ceremonial events throughout the glorious history of 236 years, be it supporting fighting troops during operations or claiming the Best Marching Contingent every time they participated.

Keeping their rich traditions alive, Madras Sappers once again claimed the ‘Best Marching Contingent Trophy’ both in Army Day and Republic Day Parades 2017.

COAS felicitates best Marching Contingent 2017

General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Army Staff, felicitated MADRAS Engineer Group (MEG) Contingent on 21 Feb 2017 at South Block, New Delhi. MADRAS Sappers was once again adjudged best marching contingent among all the Service contingents during this year's Republic Day Parade.

The Contingent, with every soldier of the height 193 cm and above, had toiled hard over many months to earn the coveted honour.

Monday, February 20, 2017

INSV Tarini Inducted - All Woman Crew Scheduled to Sail her around The Globe Commencing August 2017

INSV Tarini Inducted – All Woman Crew Scheduled to Sail her around the Globe Commencing August 2017

The Indian Navy’s second ocean going sailboat Tarini was inducted, in presence of host of dignitaries at a glittering ceremony at INS Mandovi Boat Pool. Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff along with other senior Naval Officers was also present on this historic occasion to wish the boat and her crew success in their endeavors.  INSV Tarini is a sloop built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd at Divar, Goa. The sail boat Tarini is being inducted into the Navy and is slated to be the platform for First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe expedition of the Indian Navy.

During the ceremony, Admiral Sunil Lanba announced that the extremely challenging expedition by her All Women Crew is slated to commence in August 2017. Talking about the women crew, he said that the team has logged over 10,000 Nautical Miles on INSV Mhadei, including a voyage from India to Mauritius and back and Goa to Cape Town braving through rough monsoon seas and heavy wind.

The dignitaries had a visit to the boat and were briefed on its advanced features, including improvements, based on experience of operating INSV Mhadei, which have been incorporated.   On completion of the ceremony, the crew sailed the boat out of harbour displaying its agile handling capabilities.

The keel of the vessel was laid on 27 March 2016 at the Aquarius Shipyard. The construction was diligently overseen by the Warship Overseeing Team, Goa and the vessel is being delivered before the scheduled date of delivery by the boat builder. Extensive trials of the newly built INSV Tarini were successfully completed on 30 January 17.  The boat is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and crew members include Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenant Aishwarya Boddapati, Lieutenant Patarapalli Swathi, Lieutenant Sh Vijaya Devi and Lieutenant Payal Gupta.

Indian Navy will is operating four sailing vessels capable of open ocean deployments, that is, Tarangini, Sudarshini, Mhadei and Tarini, all four of which have been built in shipyards at Goa. Indian Navy is attempting to revitalise open ocean sailing and will also be inducting four 40 feet, state of the art open ocean racing sail boats. 

Admiral Sunil Lanba pays Homage to Martyrs at Noida Shaheed Smarak, Noida

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff paid homage and laid wreath at the ‘Shaheed Smarak’ this morning at a solemn function organized by the Noida Sanstha. While speaking on the occasion, the Chief of the Naval Staff stated that it was indeed an honour for him to pay tributes to these soldiers, airmen and sailors. He also took the opportunity to assure the families of these brave souls that the Armed Forces shall continue to steer firmly on the path shown by them in ensuring security of our seaward and landward frontiers.
The function was attended by a large number of civil and military dignitaries, IAS and IPS officers, ex-servicemen, school children and common citizens who came together to pay homage to our immortal martyrs.

The greatness of any nation is reflected by the tribute its citizens pay to the Valiant Armed Forces Personnel who had made the supreme sacrifice for the safety and security of our Motherland. The ‘Noida Shaheed Smarak’ is one such unique Tri- service memorial raised by the Noida township which is keeping the memories and spirit of our martyrs alive.

The idea of setting up such a War Memorial to honour Martyrs was conceived in 1998.The existing Memorial is an eloquent tribute and homage to all those armed forces personnel whose ultimate sacrifice led to several decisive victories since independence. Today Noida Shaheed Smarak (NSS) is an iconic landmark, which not only keeps the memories of these brave hearts alive and serves as a source of inspiration for coming generation but is also for expressing of our eternal gratitude to those who made the supreme sacrifice so that we may see a better a tomorrow. Every year NSS Sanstha organizes Annual Wreath Laying ceremony in the month of February to pay homage to our Martyrs.
The apt tribute to the war Heroes truly instilled great sense of pride in the hearts of all those present on the occasion.

Aero India 2017 Draws to a Close

Aero India 2017 draws to a close

Aerobatic display teams mark the conclusion of Aero India 2017

To mark the successful conclusion of the Aero India 2017 and to serve as a token of remembrance of fruitful association over the last few days during the airshow, the aerobatic display teams got together today. Posing in front of the Grumman G-164 A of the Scandinavian team and the Yak-50 of the Yakovlev team, stunt pilots of the Surya Kiran Aerobatic team (SKAT), the Yakovlevs and the Scandinavian along with their three ‘skycats’ provided for a visual treat. The SKAT pilots, led by Wg Cdr Ajit Kulkarni, looked resplendent in their red flying overalls. The Scandinvan leader Jacob Hollander’s flying suit matched the colour of his flying machine while the skycats placed themselves atop the yellow and blue airplane for photographs. The Yakovlev pilots, led by Jez, in their black flying suits gave a very professional look. After the ‘photo session’ the SKAT daredevils met up with the spectators to shake hands and distribute memorabilia.

Curtains came down on the Aero India – 2017 at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru today. Having evolved over the years, the 11th edition of the event went through smoothly without a glitch drawing unprecedented crowds that bear testimony to the premier Air Show of Asia having come of age. 

The highlights of this year’s show have been:

(a)        Participation from 270 Indian Companies and 279 foreign companies. That is a total of 549 companies.
(b)        The gross area grew from 2,50,000 Sq Mtrs last time to 2,60,000 Sq Mtrs in this edition.
(c)        A total of 72 aircraft participated in the show.
(d)      Several seminars were conducted by State Governments.

The first three days at the show, earmarked exclusively for business visitors saw a foot fall of approximately 1.5 lakh. The air show saw a lot of activity from business point of view and witnessed several round table meets. The show was a success.  

The push that the show gives to the ‘Make in India’ campaign of the Government of India by virtue of its sheer magnitude and presence of stake holders from across the globe cannot be over emphasized.  

The awe-inspiring manoeuvres by various types of aircraft and formations enthralled the audience – young and old alike, every single day.  The flying displays went smoothly with immaculate precision painting a colourful aerial symphony in the clear Bengaluru skies twice every day. 

The last two days at the event saw an unprecedented foot fall of approximately four lakh people swarming in to the venue   to catch a glimpse of their heroes in their magnificent flying machines. 

The Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence, empowered by their recent forays into the social media, with their consistent efforts ensured timely updates and wide outreach to enthusiasts around the globe. 

The Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal S.B. Deo and the Air Vice Marshal A.P. Singh after a sortie of the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas), during the Aero India 2017, at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, in Bengaluru on February 18, 2017.