Friday, May 26, 2017

Photos : IAF's Missing Sukhoi-30MKI Aircraft Wreckage

Pilots of Crashed Iaf Su-30 Aircraft Fatally Injured

Sqn Ldr D Pankaj and Flt Lt S Achudev, the pilots of the Su-30 aircraft sustained fatal injuries when the aircraft crashed approximately 60 Km from Tezpur Airbase on 23 May 17. Analysis of the Flight Data Recorder of the aircraft and certain other articles recovered from the crash site revealed that the pilots could not initiate ejection before the crash. The wreckage of the aircraft was earlier located on 26 May 17 after continuous search operation in the area.

The Su-30 aircraft took off around 1030 h on 23 May 17 and had gone off the radar and lost radio contact around 1110 h when aircraft was around 60 Kms from Tezpur. The aircraft was on a routine training mission as part of a two aircraft formation.

The aircraft was declared overdue and Search and Rescue operations were launched to locate the aircraft and the pilots. Help from civil administration and military authorities was also sought to locate the aircraft. Aerial search was commenced based on the last known position of the Su-30 MKI. Incessant rain, dense clouds and difficult terrain hampered the search operations in air and on the ground.

A court of Inquiry has already been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident.

Indian Naval Academy Gets Ready For Passing Out Parade

Convocation Ceremony held at Indain Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala

The morning of 26 th May 2017 was a historic day for the cadets of 92nd Indian Naval Academy Course. On this day 127 cadets were awarded B.Tech degree by the Chief Guest Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, at the Convocation Ceremony held at INA in presence of their proud parents and guardians. Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, AVSM, YSM, NM, Commandant, INA and Rear Admiral Amit Vikram, Principal, INA also graced the occasion.

The ceremony marked the culmination of an arduous four year training regimen, wherein the AICTE accredited B.Tech degree which is run simultaneously with a demanding curriculum of Navy specific subjects and an intensive outdoor training curriculum. The graduating cadets acquired their B.Tech degree in one of the three streams viz., Applied Electronics and Communication Engineering (AEC), Electronics andCommunication Engineering (ECE)  or Mechanical Engineering (ME), under the aegis of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi in his convocation speech congratulated the graduating cadets, their parents as well as their Instructors at INA. He advices the graduating cadets to strive continuously to vanquish all impossibilities and achieve success. The Chief Guest awarded trophies to meritorious cadets. The ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Rolling Trophy’ for the cadet adjudged best in AEC stream was awarded to Midshipman J Bharat Shankar. The ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Rolling Trophy’, for the cadet adjudged best in ECE stream was awarded to Midshipman Akshay Sarveswaran. The ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Rolling Trophy’, for the cadet adjudged best in ME stream was awarded to Midshipman V Manoj.

Azimuth held at Indian Naval Academy

‘Azimuth’ a variety entertainment program by the cadets of INA was organised at Indian Naval Academy today, on 25 May 2017. The Guest of Honour for the event was Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi. The cadets of INA, whilst fulfilling the strenuous academic requirements of B.Tech Curriculum and rigorous physical standards enthralled the audience with a string of highly entertaining programmes involving music, dance and skit.

Valedictory Lunch held at Indian Naval Academy

A valedictory lunch in honour of the cadets of 23rd Naval Orientation Course (Extended) and 24th Naval Orientation Cadets (Regular) passing out courses and their proud parents, was organised at Katari Cadets’ Mess, Indian Naval Academy (INA), on 25 May 2017.

Indo-Thailand Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Table Top Joint Airforce Exercise 2017

Indo-Thailand Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Table Top Exercise 2017 is in progress at Chiang Mai, Thailand from 22 May to 26 May 17 between the Indian Air Force and Royal Thailand Air Force (RTAF). The eleven member IAF contingent is led by Group Captain Sucharu Rai VM. This is second such exercise to be conducted between the two Air Forces.

The aim of the bilateral exercise is to evolve SOPs for planning and executing relief missions during unforeseen natural calamities like Tsunami, earthquakes, cyclones, floods etc. The objective is to enhance interoperability between both the Air Forces, while conducting combined air operations triggered by a crisis. The exercise would assist in laying down procedures and establish decision support system at various stages of relief operations.

Eastern Fleet Ships on Overseas Deployment to Indonesia

In pursuance of India’s ‘Act East Policy’, Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shivalik, Jyoti and Kamorta under the command of Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, YSM, VSM, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet are on an overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean. Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri and Kamorta are on a port visit to Jakarta from May 26 to May 30, 2017 and to Surabaya from June 01 to June 05.

The visit of the Indian Naval Ships seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen existing bonds between India and Indonesia. The two countries share a rich history with deep civilisational links between the two countries. A number of bilateral agreements exist between the two countries in a various spheres. The Indonesian President Joko Widodo had visited Indian in December 2016 and called on his counterpart, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble Indian President and Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India. During the visit, the leaders had directed their respective ministers to convene the Defence Ministers’ Dialogue and the Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) Meetings to review and upgrade the ‘Agreement on Cooperative Activities in the Fields of Defence’ to a substantive bilateral Defence Cooperation Agreement. The ‘Statement on Maritime Cooperation’ issued during the visit was one of the highlights.

Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region. In addition, as part of the Indian Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities. The current deployment will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas.

Over the past few decades, India has made substantial advances in terms of designing and building warships indigenously and the visiting ships bear testimony to these capabilities. INS Sahyadri, and INS Shivalik both multi-role stealth frigates rare commanded by Captain Anil Jaggi and Captain R Vinod Kumar respectively while INS Kamorta, an Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette is commanded by Commander Vipin Gupta. INS Jyoti, the fleet replenishment tanker is commanded by Captain S Shyam Sundar.

During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls, formal reception on board ships, ships open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel and professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations have been planned.

Indian Air Force Su-30 Aircraft Wreckage Found

The wreckage of IAF Su-30 MKI jet that went missing with two pilots onboard has been found in the thick forest around 60 Kms from Tezpur, Assam where it lost radar contact with the base. The wreckage was located today and ground parties are standing by to be airlifted to the crash site as the area is totally inaccessible. Search for flight data recorder and missing crew will be perused by the ground parties after they reach the crash site. Search parties of Army are also attempting to reach the crash site by trekking cross country, however their progress is hampered due to inclement weather, thick vegetation and steep gradient of the terrain.

The Su-30 aircraft took off around 1030 h on 23 May 17 and had gone off the radar and lost radio contact around 1110 h when aircraft was around 60 Kms from Tezpur. The aircraft was on a routine training mission as part of a two aircraft formation.

The aircraft was declared overdue and Search and Rescue operations were launched to locate the aircraft and the pilots. Help from civil administration and military authorities was also sought to locate the aircraft. Aerial search was commenced based on the last known position of the Su-30 MKI. Incessant rain and dense clouds hampered the search operations in air and on the ground. Search parties of IAF and Army set out to the area where the aircraft was declared missing. A court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Indian Air Force SU-30 MKI Aircraft Goes Missing

A two seater Su-30 MKI aircraft of IAF, which got airborne from Tezpur Airbase today morning on a routine training mission as part of a two aircraft formation, lost Radar and Radio contact with controlling station at around 1110h. The last reported position was 60 Km North-West of Tezpur. The aircraft was declared overdue and Search and Rescue operations have been activated to locate the aircraft and the pilots. Help from civil administration and military authorities has also been sought for the search and rescue effort.

For Peace, Indian Army Destroys Pak Army Posts In Naushera Sector

IAF & CII Seminar On Make In India

Government Working towards Developing Indigenous Defence Manufacturing Capability

The Government is working towards progressively reducing dependency on foreign manufacturers and developing the defence capabilities indigenously. This was informed by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre while addressing a seminar, jointly organised by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), here today.

Dr Bhamre further said, “We have included a new procurement category called the Buy Indian – IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured) category in the DPP [Defence Procurement Procedure]. This would be the most preferred category for procurement and it is expected to promote indigenously designed products and bring significant investment in defence R&D.”

Speaking of partnership with defence industry, Dr Bhamre informed that “The Government of India has been working on formulating a ‘Strategic Partnership’ model for creating capacity in the private industry on a long term basis.” The Government had constituted a task force with experts from various fields to recommend criteria and prescribe methodology for selection of Strategic Partners. The report submitted by the task force has been examined at length and Government shall be issuing the policy for selection of strategic partners shortly.

Alleviating concerns of the industry, the Minister said, the exchange rate variation protection has been made applicable for the Indian private sector at par with public sector undertakings for all categories of capital acquisitions. The preferential treatment given to DPSUs in excise duty/custom duty has been discontinued, as per the revised policy; all Indian industries (public and private) are subject to the same kind of exercise and custom duty levies. This would ensure a level playing field between the private and public sector. Another step that the Government has taken is to remove the custom duty exemption on import of defence equipment to encourage ‘Make in India’.

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, while giving keynote address, said, “The modernisation plan of the IAF is being pursued with an aim to give impetus to ‘Make in India’ and to beef up the defence manufacturing base. We in IAF are keen to see that ‘Make in India’ initiative gets converted to a reality.”

Speaking about self-reliance the Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said, a high degree of indigenisation has been achieved in the field of radars and all the radars planned for induction in future are from Indian firms. The IAF is completely self-reliant in the field of software applications and a number of projects are functioning successfully on software developed by Indian firms.

The CII National Defence Committee member, Shri Pratyush Kumar also addressed the gathering. Senior officials of Ministry of Defence and the IAF were present at the seminar.

Focus Needed on Indigenisation in Air Force: Dr Subhash Bhamre

Indigenous design and manufacturing has been promoted for self-reliance in the defence sector through the Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufacturing (IDDM) program, said Dr Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence while inaugurating the seminar on ‘Make in India in Indian Air Force’ organized by the Indian Air Force and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

DrBhamreoutlined the initiatives taken by the Government as part of the Make in India initiative under the Defence Procurement Program (DPP) 2016 including IDDM and ‘Make’ category. These would also bring significant investments in the Defence R&D by the private sector.  He also outlined the other major initiatives such as Strategic Partnership, Technology Development Fund and mandatory outsourcing by DPSUs / OFBs, which are aimed at facilitating Indian private industry investments indefencemanufacturing. 

DrBhamre also informed that the Ministry of Defence is reviewing the Defence Procurement Manual 2009 which deals with procurement  through revenue budget to make it user friendly and effective. The seminar was organized to enhance engagement of Indian Air Force with private industry for local manufacturing.

The Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC, stressed that Indian industry has taken long strides by manufacturing indigenously designed helicopters and fighter planes. 

Air Marshal Sanjay Sharma, AVSM, Air Officer In-charge Maintenance, Indian Air Force, stressed that the operational capability of any Air Force depends largely upon reliable and timely maintenance support for its combat assets.  He also mentioned that procurement of new equipment, its maintenance and the need to sustain existing assets offer huge scope and opportunity for indigenization. Base Repair Depots (BRDs) with active support from DRDO and CEMILAC, have indigenized more than 47,000 lines of spares for maintenance and sustenance of our aircraft fleets and systems.

MrPratyush Kumar, Member, CII Defence Committee and President, Boeing India focused on four pillars in taking the Make in India initiative to be more effective i.e. create a roadmap for future, developspecial skills to achieveZero Defect in aerospace manufacturing, define scope of manufacturing regarding limiting to ‘Build to Print’ or move towards IDDM and, finally,to develop know-how by creating tier III vendors for sourcing and provide hand holding to MSMEs.

Mr Satish Kaura, Chairman, CII Northern Region Defence Committee and Chairman, Samtel Group, requested that the Strategic Partnership modelpolicy must be implemented soon. Mr Kaura also highlighted CII’s efforts to facilitate private investments in the defence and aerospace sector through training as well as ‘hand holding’ guidance in theDefence Acquisition Management Course (DAMC). CII has also set up aDefence& Aerospace Consultancy Service and recently launched Aero Cluster Development Program.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Farewell To The Martyrs

Srinagar, BB Cantt, 22 May 2017.  The Army today paid homage to three of its gallant soldiers who embraced martyrdom in a major counter infiltration operation launched over two days on 20-21 May 2017 along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector in North Kashmir during which four heavily armed terrorists were eliminated.

Joined by top officials from Civil Administration and other Security Forces operating in the Valley, the Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen JS Sandhu paid rich tributes to Havaldar Giris Gurung, Havaldar Damar Bahadur Pun and Rifleman Rabin Sharma in a solemn ceremony in BB Cantt, Srinagar.

Hailing from Nepal, the three intrepid Gorkha soldiers were part of the team that had intercepted a group of terrorists along LoC in the morning of 20 May thus preventing them from infiltrating into own territory. In a relentless operation by the Army, which continued for two days, four terrorists were killed with four weapons and other war like stores recovered from them.

Havaldar Giris Gurung, 38, who hailed from village Nagidhar in Kaski Nepal, had a distinguished service spanning 19 years and had been a part of many counter terrorist operations earlier. The martyr is survived by his wife Smt Panch Maya Gurung and two young children.

Hav Damar Bahadur Pun, 40 who hails from village Karaing Tun in Gulmi, Nepal was an experienced soldier with 21 years of selfless service. The martyr is survived by his wife Smt Kalpana Pun  and two young children.

 Young brave heart   Rifleman Rabin Sharma, 23, had joined the Army in 2013. Hailing from Nepal’s Chuwa village in Parbat district, the martyr is survived by his wife Smt Sabita Sharma.

The mortal remains of the martyrs will be taken by Service aircraft to Subathu in Himachal Pradesh for their last rites with full military honours.    The Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families and remains committed to their honour and wellbeing.

3rd Defence – ITTA Joint Seminar and Exhibition: 2017

The 3rd Defence – ITTA (Indian Technical Textile Association) Joint Seminar cum Exhibition was inaugurated by Smt Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Govt of India, on 22 May at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi. Gen Bipin Rawat, the Army Chief and senior officials from the Defence Services, MoD, MHA and Industry were present at the function.

The seminar is being conducted over 22 & 23 May and will include topics related to developments in personal and protective clothing as also building, medical and geo textiles. Items like Special Snow Socks, HAPO Chambers, Snow Goggles, Thermal Insoles and Ruck Sacks being used in Siachen Glacier and other super high altitude areas which were being imported till recently will now be manufactured in India of matching quality and at a much cheaper price.

The Hon’ble Minister of Textiles highlighted the need for exploiting the advanced R&D facilities for improving the existing inventory of the Army. While assuring all assistance from her Ministry, she reiterated the need for the industry to explore various business models and joint ventures. She said that there is a distinction between ‘supplying’ and ‘serving’ and the industry should strive to ‘serve our defence forces’. She also highlighted the scope of NTC (National Technical Cooperation) supplying their vast product range to the Army.

Gen Bipin Rawat reiterated that joint initiatives between the Textile Ministry, MoD and industry assume great significance given the fact that many of the principal items of Ordnance Equipment Factory (OEF) are going to be offered to the Trade on a permanent basis over the next 3 to 5 years. He highlighted that the Government is supporting the industry and the onus is on the Defence forces to take the advantage of the same.

Lt Gen RR Nimbhorkar, Master General of Ordnance (MGO) apprised the delegates of specific areas where improvements were needed. He urged the industry for early indigenisation of the three layered Special Suits, Sleeping Bags, Boot Mufti-Purpose and Modular Gloves that are being used in the super high altitude areas besides products improvement for Extreme Cold Clothing (ECC), Mattress Kapok, Face Mask, etc. The MGO reiterated that the industry has a lot of scope for participating in the Rs 3000 crore General Stores and Clothing requirements.

From the Industry side, Mr Pramod Khosla, Chairman ITTA and         Dr KS Sundararajan, Vice Chairman, ITTA assured the Army officials of constant support. Exhibitions stalls from various Business Houses dealing with technical textiles and Army’s present clothing and general stores inventory were laid for the delegates to see.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Defence Acquisition Council Clears Strategic Partnership In DPP

Defence Acquisition Council Finalises Broad Contours of Policy to Engage Indian Private Sector in Manufacture of High-Tech Defence Equipment in India
Defence Acquisition Council Finalises Broad Contours of Policy to Engage Indian Private Sector in Manufacture of High-Tech Defence Equipment in India

Breaking new ground, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Defence, Shri Arun Jaitley, today finalised the broad contours of a policy aimed at engaging the Indian private sector in the manufacture of high-tech defence equipment in India.  The policy is aimed at developing the defence industrial eco-system in the country through the involvement of both the major Indian corporates as well as the MSME sector.

The policy, which was developed through extensive stakeholder consultations with Indian industry, envisages the establishment of long-term strategic partnerships with qualified Indian industry majors through a transparent and competitive process wherein the Indian industry partners would tie up with global OEMs to seek technology transfers and manufacturing know-how to set up domestic manufacturing infrastructure and supply chains.  The policy will give a boost to the ‘Make in India’ policy in the Defence sector and set Indian industry on the path to acquiring cutting-edge capabilities which will contribute to the building of self-reliance in the vital sector of national security requirements.

The policy is expected to be implemented in a few selected segments to begin with, namely, fighter aircraft, submarines and armoured vehicles.  In future, additional segments may be added.  Appropriate institutional mechanisms will be set in place to implement the policy.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Valedictory Function For IAF's 142nd Qualified Flying Instructors Course (QFIC)

142  Qualified Flying Instructors Course Valedictory Function:

The Flying Instructors’ School (FIS), which is based at Air Force Station, Tambaram, is a unique institution that has established a niche for itself in the field of aviation training. It has rich experience of more than 60 years as an established unit of the Indian Air Force. At the international level, several professional pilots from friendly foreign countries have graduated from this School.
The Valedictory Function for the 142nd Qualified Flying Instructors Course (QFIC) was held on 18 May 17. The Chief Guest for the function was Air Marshal RK Dhir  Param, Air Officer Commanding in Chief, South Western Air Command.  Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Tambaram, Air Commodore S Shrinivas , was the Chief Host.
Group Captain Vivek Gupta, Commanding Officer of the Flying Instructors’ School, under whose supervision all the training is done, summed up the achievements of the course. The Chief Guest stressed on the invaluable role played by FIS in training Qualified Flying Instructors (QFIs) who are instrumental in producing pilots who meet the desired standards for their organization. These QFIs would thereafter carry the responsibility of guiding newly inducted trainee pilots in consonance with the long term vision of the Indian Air Force.
The QFIC is a gruelling 25-weeks package. It encompasses nine phases of flying training and over 190 hours of ground training. The training of 142nd QFIC commenced on 28 Nov 2016. A total of 26 officers graduated on 18 May 2017. These included 17 officers of the Indian Air Force, 02 from Indian Army, 04 from Indian Navy, 01 from Indian Coast Guard, 01 foreign officer from Bangladesh and 01 foreign officer from Myanmar. The Valedictory Function marked the culmination of the efforts of the trainees and staff of FIS. Graduates of the Course were awarded the coveted symbol of ‘Qualified Flying Instructor’ which they can now wear proudly on their uniforms. The pilots who achieved distinction in flying and ground subjects were awarded trophies:-

         (a)     The prestigious Majithia Trophy for the officer standing first in Overall
         Order of Merit was awarded to : Sqn Ldr Sumit Kumar.
         (b)    The Chief of Air Staff’s Trophy for Best in Fixed Wing Flying was
         awarded to : Lt Cdr Karan Batura
         (c)   The Chief of Air Staff’s Trophy for Best in Rotary Wing Flying was
          awarded to : Lt Cdr Prashant Chaudhari

Indian Navy's Western Naval Commander Reviews Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief Ex at Naval Base Karwar

Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command reviewed the Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise at Naval Base Karwar. The exercise which has been conducted by the Western Naval Command of India Navy required large scale mobilization of resources and coordination with various agencies.

The exercise on a Tsunami scenario is being used to validate the resources available with various organizations and bring out common standard operating procedures. Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, witnessed an operational demonstration and inspected the Camp site at RT Beach, Karwar and Static Display. He will also review the results of the exercise tomorrow, 20 May 2017.

The series of actions undertaken in the operational display were structured around how relief activities are organised. In a calamity like a Tsunami, the available infrastructure is expected to be disrupted. Therefore the operational demonstration started with the aerial reconnaissance mission over land and sea conducted by a Naval Dornier Aircraft. The Aircraft also demonstrated the capability of deploying life-rafts to save people who have been washed into the sea due to a tsunami. With the information available from the Dornier mission, rescue of survivors were exercised by Chetak helicopters and boats.

Harbours play an important role in providing relief to areas affected by disaster as road and rail networks are invariably disrupted. Moreover ships provide the highest cargo lift capability over other modes of transportation. The demonstration thus focused on how a harbor is restored. The process involves underwater survey by survey boats, clearing of underwater debris by divers and firefighting and pollution control capability by coast guard ships. Once the harbor was cleared, two ships simulated relief material being landed ashore.

The static display focused on type of relief material provided ashore by various organizations. Stalls by Army, Navy, Air Force, Armed Forces Medical Corps, National Disaster Relief Force, State and district administration, BSNL and Red Cross provided a glimpse of what to expect from other organizations to the participants of the exercise.

Vice Admiral Girish Luthra thereafter inspected the sample relief camp site. The relief camp site which was open to pubic over the last two days displayed all the facilities which will be required to provide succor and relief to the people and distribute the relief material provided from the ship. The camp was also used to validate the multi agency coordination and support work.

An annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise is being conducted by the Indian Navy at Karwar from 18-20 May 2017, under the aegis of the Western Naval Command.

IAF's Air Marshal PN Pradhan Is New Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations), HQ IDS

Air Marshal PN Pradhan AVSM Took Over as DCIDS (OPS), HQ IDS on 12 May 17

Air Marshal PN Pradhan AVSM took over as Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations), HQ IDS. He was commissioned as a pilot in the Transport stream of the Indian Air Force in 1981. Whilst posted at transport squadrons, he qualified on all operational roles, especially in forward areas and ALGs in the North-East and J&K. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has been a pilot examiner on the Boeing and AN-32 aircraft. He was closely associated with the induction and operationalisation of Embraer-135, BBJ and C-130 fleets in the IAF. 

He has had four command tenures including command of two operational bases & an Air Force Selection Board. He has held several important appointments at Command and Air Headquarters which include Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Transport and Helicopters) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personal Airmen & Civilians) at Air Headquarters and served as the Senior Air Staff Officer of Southern Air Command.

For his distinguished service of an exceptionally high order he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal on 26 Jan 2014.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Visit Of Australian Border Force Cutter 'Ocean Shield'

Australian Border Force (ABF) Cutter ‘Ocean Shield’ has arrived at Chennai Port today (18 May 2017) as part of International Co-operation.  The ship will be at Chennai till AM 20 May 2017.  During the visit at Chennai, various events are planned by the Indian Coast Guard for mutual interaction to develop Inter-Operability between the two maritime forces.

The ship was constructed as an Offshore Support Vessel by STK OSV, Tulcea, Romania and was later inducted as ABFC ‘Ocean Shield’, an Offshore Patrol Vessel on   30 Jun 2012. The ship has 110.9 mtr LOA with 22.05 mtr beam width. The ship achieves maximum speed of 16 kts with a displacement of 8,500 tons and draws 6.6 mtr draught. A medium size helipad is available atop the bow of the ship. The ship also has 1,000 Sq mtrs deck area for cargo and equipment. Following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, ‘Ocean Shield’ was one of the several Australian Vessels that took part in the extensive search of the ill-fated MH 370.

The Australian Cutter is commanded by ABF Superintendent Alan Champkin. The ship has a complement of 16 Officers and 36 sailors. Indian Coast Guard organized a warm welcome ceremony to ABFC ‘Ocean Shield’ in the traditional way on her arrival at Chennai port AM 18 May 17. During the welcome ceremony, ABF Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg interacted with the Indian media personnel.

As part of the official programme, ICG headed by ADG VSR Murthy and ABF headed by Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg held deliberations for mutual cooperation on various issues concerning co-operation on SAR, mutual sharing of information on maritime challenges and joint efforts.
During the period of stay, the Commanding officer of the ship called on the Coast Guard Regional Commander, Inspector General Rajan Bargotra and other important dignitaries in Chennai.  As part of cross training and exposure, Australian team will be briefed about the functions of Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre and Remote Operation Station at Chennai which will be reciprocated by visit of ICG crew onboard ABFC Ocean Shield.  A friendly volleyball match between Indian Coast Guard and Australian Border Force will also be organized on 19 May 2017.

Australian Ship while departing Chennai port will carry out coordinated exercise with ICG Ship AM 20 May 2017 prior being seen off.

Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg visits Mumbai

After the successful visit of the Canadian Defence Minister, the Honourable Harjit Singh Sajjan in April 2017, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg is visiting Mumbai from 13 to 17 May 2017

HMCS Winnipeg is commanded by Commander Jeff Hutchinson and has a complement of 260 personnel (30 officers and 230 sailors). During the visit, Commander Jeff Hutchinson, interacted with Rear Admiral S Mahindru, Flag Officer Maharashtra Naval Area and other senior officers of the Western Naval Command. The crew of HMCS Winnipeg also visited Indian Naval Ship (INS) Teg. HCMS Winnipeg will also carry out joint exercises at sea with INS Teg. Professional sports and social events/ interactions are also being organised for the crew of HMCS Winnipeg during the ship’s visit to Mumbai.

India and Canada have come a long way towards nurturing a strategic relationship. Defence relationship between the two countries is gradually maturing into one of mutual trust and confidence.