Thursday, August 31, 2017

Officer's Training Academy, Chennai

A Day At The Officer's Training Academy (OTA)

The OTS  (Officers Training School) at Madras was raised on 01 Jan 1963 at St Thomas Mount, with Brig Ram Singh as the first Commandant.  The inauguration of the OTS was done on 15 Jan 1963 which has since been observed as the Raising Day of the Academy.
12 Emergency Commission Courses, EC-1 to EC-12 were trained from 1963 to 1965.  From Mar 1966, grant of Short Service Commission (SSC) to the Officer Cadets commenced.  On completion of 25 yrs of its raising, in Jan 1988, OTS was redesignated as Officers Training Academy (OTA).
The Motto of the Academy is ‘Serve with Honour’.In 1993, Govt Sanction was accorded to grant a permanent status to OTA. The present Commandant of OTA, Chennai is Lt Gen Rajan Ravindran.

Women Officers Journey in the Army. OTA Chennai is the only training institution of Indian Army which trains Women offrs.  Women Special Entry Scheme (WSES) commenced in OTA is Sep 1992, thus initiating commissioning of women offrs into the Indian Army.  The WSES was replaced with the initiation of the Short Service Commission (Women) Course or SSC (W) in Mar 2008, wherein the duration of training for Lady Cadets (LCs) was increased from six months to one year bringing it at par with training of the Gentlemen Cadets.

In 2004, history was created when AUO Rashmi Narayan became the First LC to command the POP.
Smt Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, the then President of India, reviewed the Passing Out Parade (POP) in Mar 2009 when the first SSC (W) Course passed out.  A LC was also awarded the Silver Medal during the parade.
Sep 2010 was another landmark in the history of the Academy when the First Lady Cadet, AUO Divya Ajith Kumar (presently posted as DS) was awarded the prestigious Sword of Honour and the President’s Gold Medal, a feat repeated only once later by AUO M Anjana in Mar 2015.

On 26 Jan 2015, LCs and women alumni offrs of OTA, Chennai added another feather in their caps by forming the first ever all women marching contingent to participate in the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi.
Commissioning.   24,704 GCs and 2,276 LCs have been commissioned from OTA, Chennai till date.

Passing Out Parade 09 Sep 2019. The Academy is under subscribed with the strength of 322 cadets for the passing out course as given under : -
Total- SSC-104  & SSC (W)-18
Oct 2016 onwards-266, 31, 25, 322
Lt Gen PM Hariz, Army Commander, Southern Command will be the Reviewing Officer for the Passing Out Parade on 09 Sep 2017.
Gallantry Awards.   Gallantry is a tradition amongst the alumni of OTA, Chennai.   A No of alumni of the Academy have done the Nation proud by displaying the highest standards of gallantry, many of them making the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.  The Academy has the honour of having produced 1 PVC, 8 ACs, 10 MVCs, 20 KCs, 60 VrCs, 110 SCs, 22 YSMs and 491 SMs.
Clubs/Hobbies. Co-curricular activities are given their due importance in the Academy with the aim of ensuring all around personality and introducing Officer Cadets to the advantages and joys of inculcating hobbies.   Officer Cadets are encouraged to select their own clubs based on their interests.   The many diverse clubs in operation at OTA, Chennai are classified as indoor and outdoor clubs.

Government Retires 13 Group ‘A’ Officers of Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Iofs)

The ordnance factories under the administrative control of the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence are managed by the officers of Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS), which is an organized Group 'A' Central Service. The Service is responsible to ensure that the ordnance factories are always geared to cater to the varied logistical needs of the Armed Forces. Indian Ordnance Factories Service provides requisite leadership to the 39 Ordnance Factories employing about 1 lakh employees.

The Government is taking various steps to improve the performance of Ordnance Factories by making its officers accountable to ensure delivery of quality products to Armed Forces of the nation in prescribed timelines.

One of the steps taken in this direction was to initiate rigorous screening of overall performance of its officers based on their entire service records in pursuance of instructions contained in the Fundamental Rule 56(j) and Rule 48(1)(b) of Central Civil Service(Pension) Rules, 1972 and prematurely retire the officers whose overall performance is not found upto the mark.

The Government, after having assessed the overall performance of officers of Indian Ordnance Factories Service, following the prescribed procedure, has decided to retire its 13 Group 'A' officers from Government service in public interest due to their overall unsatisfactory performance.

Remembering a Retired Warhorse

01 September 2017 marks the 60 years of induction of the English Electric Canberra in the Indian Air Force. It was the first generation Jet Bomber manufactured in large number through the 1950s. The prototype of Canberra, first flew in May 1949 and in January 1957 the aircraft was selected by the Indian Air Force to equip its bomber and strategic reconnaissance fleet. The Canberra Jet bomber was first inducted in the IAF in No. 5 Squadron (Tuskers) at Agra on 01 September 1957.

When political turmoil broke out in Belgian Congo in 1961, UNO requested India for strike aircraft. Within five years of serving the IAF, on 09 October 1961, under the command of Wing Commander AIK Suares Vir Chakra, six Canberra aircraft of No 5 Squadron took off from Agra for Leopoldville, over 6000 km away to join the United Nations’ Multinational Force in the Congo. This was the first ever-Indian fighter-bomber contingent to take part in UN operations. The offensive operation in Congo earned the Squadron two Vir Chakras, one Vayu Sena Medal and five Vishisht Seva Medals.

The Canberras took part in all major operations including the liberation of Goa in 1961, the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars, 1987 Op Pawan in Sri Lanka, 1988 Op Cactus in Maldives and 1999 Kargil war. On 18 December 1961, Canberras of No 16 and 35 Sqn bombed the Dabolim airport forcing Portuguese forces to surrender. The Canberra last saw action in the Kargil war in 1999 where it flew recce missions, during one of the missions one aircraft’s engine was hit by a missile. The sturdy Canberra could survive the enemy’s missile attack and landed safely with all vital information. During its service, Canberra provided invaluable photo reconnaissance inputs of enemy territory during wars and peace time operations, resulting in accurate and effective operations. After 50 years of glorious service to the Nation on 11 May 2007 at Air Force Station Agra, the IAF bid adieu to its legendry old war horse.

Mahindra Defence Systems, Lockheed Martin Commemorate C-130J Training Center for IAF

Mahindra Defence Systems, Lockheed Martin Commemorate C-130J Training Center for Indian Air Force at Hindon, NCR

Mahindra Defence Systems dedicated its state-of-the-art C-130J Super Hercules simulator training center in service to the nation at a commemorative event at the Air Force base at Hindon. With a full motion simulator, the C-130J training facility offers complete training solution of training aircrews who operate the C-130J special operations aircraft acquired from Lockheed Martin  in 2011.

“We are delighted to partner with Lockheed Martin in this venture in service to the Nation,” said S. P. Shukla, Group President, Aerospace & Defence Sector, and Chairman, Mahindra Defence Systems. “We believe this will help deliver the objectives of the Government of India and the Indian Air Force of building indigenous military capabilities.  Mahindra Defence Systems, in its endeavor to support the Make in India initiative of the Government of India, is consistently building the ecosystem through similar programs towards a mission ready IAF,” he added.

 The center will deliver qualitative and quantitative training to hone the tactical and operational skills of the C-130Jpilots, combat system operators and loadmasters to conduct special operations across National and International boundaries. Towards this end, the state-of-the-artfull motion simulator offers realistic and holistic learning environment through day and night training scenarios.

“The commencement of formal training on the C-130J Weapons Systems Trainer demonstrates our commitment to meet the defence needs of the Indian Government,” saidPhil Shaw, chief executive, Lockheed Martin India. “In partnership with Mahindra Defence Systems, Lockheed Martin is meeting the increasing global demand for C-130J military flight training with a new training center in India.  Lockheed Martin’s Rotary & Mission Systems division will provide lifecycle support to C-130J Super Hercules pilots and aircrew”

Air Marshal C Hari Kumar AOC-IN-C, WAC IAF reviews simulator training at Air Force Station Hindan

A Commemoration Ceremony was held at Air Force Station Hindan to mark the successful operationalisation of the C-130 J full motion level D Weapons System Trainer (Simulator). The simulator was rededicated to the nation and the Indian Air Force by Air Marshal C Hari Kumar AVSM VM VSM ADC, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command. The event coincided with the completion of yet another aircrew training programme wherein eight pilots graduated towards the next phase of operational deployment. Expressing his satisfaction over the progress of trainees, the Air Marshal said “….. training is the bedrock of achieving operational excellence. Successful completion of the training here lays foundation for the new platforms that IAF is inducting, including C-17 Globemaster, Apache and Chinook.”

The C-130 J simulator is the first full motion simulator for the IAF, operationalised, managed and maintained by Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd in association with Lockheed Martin Corporation, USA. The technology and configuration and configuration of the simulator enable trainee aircrew to perform precision low-level flying, airdrops, disaster relief, HADR Operations and landing in blackout conditions status with zero Flight Time.

Complementing Mahindra Defence Systems, the Air Marshal, added that the IAF has tremendously benefitted from this industry led training model and he hoped that this association would bring rich dividends to the Air Force.

Training Conference & Training Meet Held at Naval Base, Kochi

The Annual Training Conference (ATC) and Annual Training Meeting (ATM) of Indian Navy were held on 29 August 2017 at Naval Base, Kochi. Both the events were chaired by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command (SNC), Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM. During the event all agencies involved in the training of officers and men in the Navy reviewed the ever-changing complexities of the maritime environment in India's neighborhood in the recent past, and whether any realignment was needed in "training" to meet the operational challenges posed by it.

On this occasion, the SNC ‘Gyan Praveen’ Trophy for the Best Training Package was also awarded to INS Valsura, the technical training unit of the Navy at Jamnagar, Gujarat, for its audio-visual training package on Hydraulic Engineering which was followed by release of the second edition of the Southern Naval Command five yearly archival publication “TIMELINE” by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, covering activities of all units under SNC for the period 2011 – 2015. The two events were graced by the physical presence of senior officers of SNC as well as the heads of all training units under it besides the video presence of other senior officers such as Vice Admiral Anil Chawla, the Chief of Personnel from Naval Headquarters, New Delhi.

SNC as the Training Command of the Indian Navy is responsible for the organisation, conduct and oversight of all basic, professional and specialist training in the Navy. To enable this, the Command continuously evolves policies, formulates syllabi and reviews and restructures the scope of training in various schools and establishments. The Command also coordinates, monitors and controls the day-to-day training activities of the schools and establishments and conducts numerous watermanship, adventure and sports activities. ATC and ATM are held once in a year to take stock of the Indian Navy’s training efforts and initiatives and make course corrections, if required.

Talk Show On Diet & Nutrition For Women At 1 EME Centre

A Talk Show on ‘Diet and Nutrition for Women’ was conducted for the families of 1 EME Centre, Secunderabad as part of Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) education program on 26 August 2017. The talk was given by Ms Priyanka Varma, M.Sc, Consultant Dietician and Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator. Approximately 150 families attended the program. The event was coordinated and organised by Mrs Kiran Uniyal with active support of Brigadier Ajay Malik, Commandant and Mrs Anita Malik, Chairperson, AWWA, 1 EME Centre.

The Dietician gave very useful information for women on the balanced diet, sources for getting iron, calcium and other nutrients, following healthy lifestyle, calculation of Body Mass Index (BMI), daily water intake required, necessity of fats, toxins in body, diet in diabetes etc.

An interactive question and answer session was also held in between the talk show and gifts were given to the active participants. The above session was quite successful, as almost all the families went very satisfied & contended with the educative and knowledgeable talk show.

Indian Navy Extends Support During Mumbai Rains

The Indian Navy has put up food counters at Churchgate, Byculla, Parel, CST, Worli, Tardeo, Mumbai Central, Dadar, Mankhurd, Chembur, Malad and Ghatkopar on 30 August 2017 to provide support to Mumbaikars stranded away from their homes due to incessant rains and water logging in the city.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, Chief of Naval Staff of the Bangladesh Navy Visits Eastern Naval Command

Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, OSP, BCGM, NDC, PSC, Chief of Naval Staff of the Bangladesh Navy accompanied by his wife Mrs Nazmun Nizam and a six member high level delegation arrived Visakhapatnam on a two day visit to Eastern Naval Command (ENC) on 29 August 2017. The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral Naval relations between India and Bangladesh and to explore new avenues for Naval cooperation.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy interacted with Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, ENC and held discussions. The delegation was briefed on activities of ENC and later visited various Naval establishments, including INS Kalinga, INS Karna and INS Satavahana. Mrs Nazmun Nizam interacted with the Committee Members and ladies of the Navy Wives Welfare Association(NWWA) (Eastern Region) and visited the NWWA facilities during her stay at Visakhapatnam.

Naval cooperation between India and Bangladesh has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide span which includes operational interactions through Training, Port Calls, Passage Exercises along with Capability Building and Capacity Augmentation initiatives. Bangladesh Navy is also the present Chair of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), which is a Multilateral Maritime Cooperation platform launched by the Indian Navy. Bangladesh Navy is also scheduled to conduct an International Multilateral Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise titled IMMSAREX in November 2017, which is being held under the IONS construct.

Panorama Workshop Conducted at Indian Naval Meteorology Analysis Centre, Kochi

A pre-induction training workshop for meteorology specialist officers of the Indian Navy on the functioning of ‘Marine Forecast and Visualisation System – Panorama’ was conducted at Indian Naval Meteorology Analysis Centre, Kochi by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Pune. The Panorama software is indigenously designed and aims to provide Indian Navy ships with high resolution weather forecasts for optimal voyage planning.

Ministry of Defence approves first phase of reforms in the Armed Forces

In a first ever exercise after Independence, the Ministry of Defence in consultation with the Indian Army has decided to reform the Indian Army in a planned manner. These decisions were approved by the Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley after an extensive consultation with all stakeholders.

The first phase of the reforms involves redeployment and restructuring of approximately 57,000 posts of officers/JCOs/ORs and civilians. Major reforms concerning the following have been approved:-

·         Optimisation of Signals Establishments to include Radio Monitoring Companies, Corps Air Support Signal Regiments, Air Formation Signal Regiments, Composite Signal Regiments and merger of Corps Operating and Engineering Signal Regiments.

·         Restructuring of repair echelons in the Army to include Base Workshops, Advance Base Workshops and Static/Station Workshops in the field Army.

·         Redeployment of Ordnance echelons to include Vehicle Depots, Ordnance Depots and Central Ordnance Depots apart from streamlining inventory control mechanisms.

·         Better utilization of Supply and Transport echelons and Animal Transport units.
·         Closure of Military Farms and Army postal establishments in peace locations.
·         Enhancement in standards for recruitment of clerical staff and drivers in the Army.
·         Improving the efficiency of the National Cadet Corps.

Implementation has begun with the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Security to close 39 military farms in a time bound manner.

The Ministry of Defence had constituted a Committee of Experts under the Chairmanship of Lt Gen (Retd) (Dr.) DB Shekatkar with a mandate to recommend measures for enhancing of Combat Capability & Rebalancing Defence Expenditure of the Armed Forces with an aim to increase "teeth to tail  ratio".

The Committee of experts had submitted its report to the Ministry in December, 2016, which was considered by the Ministry of Defence and 99 recommendations were sent to the Armed Forces for making an implementation plan. The Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley has approved 65 of these recommendations pertaining to the Indian Army for implementation.

These reforms will be completed in all respects by 31 December 2019. Restructuring by the Indian Army is aimed at enhancing Combat Capability in a manner that the officers/JCOs/ORs will be used for improving operational preparedness and civilians will be redeployed in different wings of the Armed Forces for improving efficiency.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

USS Pearl Harbor Visits Goa

United States Navy amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor visited Goa from 24 to 27 August 2017. As part of the harbour visit, professional and sporting activities, which included a visit by US naval personnel to INS Hansa and a friendly Basketball match, were conducted for the crew of the visiting ship.

In addition, Indian Navy, Air Force and Army personnel visited USS Pearl Harbor and interacted with the crew. On departure, USS Pearl Harbor participated in a Passage Exercise with INS Trikand and carried out underway replenishment, cross deck landing by a Chetak helicopter onboard the US Ship, and close manoeuvres.

The Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba addressing the Seminar on “Social Media & The Armed Forces”, in New Delhi on August 29, 2017.

Long Range Surface To Air Missile Handed Over To Indian Navy

The Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM) was handed over to the Indian Navy by Hon’ble Minister for Defence, Finance and Corporate Affairs Shri Arun Jaitley, at Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Kanchanbagh in Hyderabad today. LRSAM is an advanced combat suit for missile defense against air targets, missiles and full capabilities of air & surface surveillance, threat alert, fire control. LRSAM is a DRDO-IAI (Defence Research & Development Organization - Israeli Aircraft Industries) Joint Development Contract with defined work-share. BDL is the Missile Production Agency to deliver and support the Indian Armed Forces in country's Defence preparedness.  The missile is same for Tri Services viz., Navy, Air Force and Army.

On arrival, the Minister was welcomed by CMD, BDL, Shri V. Udaya Bhaskar. The Minister was accompanied by Secretary (Defence Production), Govt. of India, Shri AK Gupta, IAS.

State-of-the-art and first of its kind for a Defence production unit, the Rocket Motor Static Test Facility was dedicated to the Nation by Shri Arun Jaitley, at BDL's Ibrahimpatnam Complex, located near Hyderabad. An amount of 48 Crores spent on this facility.

The 50 Ton Rocket Motor Test facility for Surface to Air Missile (SAM) class of missiles will support the design and vendor development activities needed for production of missiles. These efforts were hither to shouldered by DRDO as the development agency.  BDL is now equipped to take the responsibility on its own which has been actively guided for realisation and establishment by DRDO. The test bed is capable of withstanding a load of 50000 Kg (50T) and explosive limit of 1000kg with H.D 1.1 category. All kinds of SAM motors can be tested.

BDL has acquired 632 acres of land from State Government to establish manufacturing, testing and storage facilities for advanced Weapon Systems of MRSAM (Medium Range Surface- to- Air Missiles) and QRSAM (Quick Reaction Surface- to- Air Missiles).  Plan is afoot to create exclusive complex for manufacture, assemble the missiles and integrate the weapon system in a world class environment.  The need of the hour is to create all these facilities at this new complex which will herald a new era with Make in India as core concept and absorbing and establishing required facilities by active collaboration with DRDO and foreign OEMs.  BDL envisions the Ibrahimpatnam Complex as its future Weapon Realisation and Delivery Unit. BDL spent 522 Crores on this facility.

The facilities are designed under the guidance of DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organization) confirming to CFEES (Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety) norms.

The facilities will meet the future needs of Missile testing and in line with DRDO labs and can be offered to other vendors of propellant and other sub-systems for development and production as a National Asset.

At BDL, Bhanur Unit, Shri Arun Jaitley, inaugurated the ASTRA Manufacturing Facility. Astra weapon system is an indigenously developed Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile developed by DRDO.  It comprises of Astra Launcher and Astra Missile.  It is designed as a BVR missile with a range of 110 Km in head-on mode and 20 Km in tail-chase mode. BVR missiles are the latest in air to air combat.  BDL has been designated as the Lead Integrator by DRDO.

The Minister inaugurated the 5 MW Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) Power Project at BDL, Bhanur Unit, Telangana State. As part of Govt of India’s Jawarharlal Nehru National Solar Mission(JNNSM), BDL plans to develop 5 MW of SPV plant at Bhanur. Implementation of Grid Connected Solar Power Project is being done under Phase II/III of JNNSM. Feasibility study was done by Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd, a Govt. of India Enterprise. An amount of 29 crores spent on this project. The payback period is 4.3 years on total capital. This Project will chip into the National Power Grid and will generate 8.545 million units of power per year. Solar power evacuation will be through 33/11 KV DISCOM station located at Nandigama Village which is around 6 Km from the site.

Defence Minister Inaugurates BEL Academy for Excellence, Advanced Testing Facilities at BEL

The Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, inaugurated today an Academy for Excellence and two state-of-the-art testing facilities — EMC Test facility and Near Field Antenna Test Range at the Bengaluru Unit of Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). Secretary (Defence Production) Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta Chairman & Managing Director, BEL Shri Gowtama MV and other senior officers of BEL were present.

The BEL Academy for Excellence with sprawling complex spread over six acres is built at a cost of Rs. 47 crore. This Academy of Excellence is envisaged to address the training needs of not only BEL employees, but also its customers and vendors/partners, especially MSMEs/SMEs. This institution, which will be affiliated to national/international universities, will also cater to the skill development initiatives of the Central Government. The training programmes have been structured around three core areas: Quality, Technology, and Leadership, with various programs designed with the help of experts from major institutes like IITs, IIMs, IISC, IETE, ISI, ASQ etc.

The NABL accredited EMC test facility is set up at BEL-Bengaluru at a cost of Rs. 60 crore. This EMC facility is the first of its kind in India having Anechoic Chamber of size 11m x 21m x 30m and can conduct testing of Systems/Platforms weighing up to 70 Tonnes. It can be used to conduct system level Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) tests for strategic Defence systems like Battle Tanks, Communication vehicles, Radar systems and Airborne systems including Nuclear Electro Magnetic Pulse (NEMP) and High Altitude Electro Magnetic Pulse (HEMP) testing. It can be used to carry out system level EMC testing for many projects of national importance like AKASH, IACCS, LRSAM, Weapon Locating Radar and Battlefield Management System. The facility will also be open for use to other Indian Defence companies, including MSMEs.

Near Field Antenna Test Range (NFTR) is a critical infrastructure for calibration and testing of Radars and communication antennas. The NFTR facility at Bengaluru is the third such in BEL and the only one in the Defence industry in India. This facility, set up at a cost of Rs. 30 crore will help to calibrate and test next generation Radars with AESA (Active Electronically Steerable Array) based Antenna arrays as well as Antennas for major projects such as QRSAM, MRSAM and LRSAM.

NCC Revives Flying Training Of Air Wing Cadets At Warangal After Five Years

The “Zen Air CH-701” two seater Microlite aircraft landed at Mamnoor airfield, Warangal after being flown in from Nadirgul Airfield, Hyderabad today morning. After a gap of five years, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Group Headquarter has revived the flying training activity for the air wing cadets of Warangal.

Group Commander, Warangal Group, along with Commanding Officer 4(T) Air Squadron (Sqn) NCC and his team played a major role in bringing the aircraft to Mamnoor airfield and reviving the flying training. Warangal Group NCC has 4(T) Air Sqn NCC unit which imparts theory and practical training to the air wing cadets. The unit has 700 Air Wing cadets, a majority of whom are from Junior Division while the remaining 200 are from Senior Division.     

Speaking on the occasion, the Group Commander said, “We are in a process of planning flying schedule for the next few weeks. Since the aircraft is fully serviceable and in flying condition, maximum training would be imparted to the cadets. A cadet would be subjected to intense ground training opportunity consisting of subjects like engine, avionics, airframe, checks and procedures and once they are found to be worthy of flying then they would accompany the IAF pilot and they would get to know the basic facets of cockpit and flying in the cockpit of the aircraft”. Group Commander further added “The flying activity will provide an impetus to the cadets as they will get real time flying experience. The Govt. has entered into a deal with Pipistrel, a Slovenian Light Aircraft manufacturer in 2015. The aircraft has modern avionics system with adequate space in the cockpit. The aircraft is likely to be allotted to Warangal Air Unit by 2018”.

As per the flying training curriculum, Telengana & Andhra Pradesh Intergroup Air Wing Competition is scheduled w.e.f 12 Sep to 21 Sep 17 at Warangal. The cadets will be participating in various competitions such as drill, skeet shooting, .22 (Point 22) rifle shooting, line and tent area, aero modeling, health & hygiene and flying.

Air Commodore P Maheshwar, Deputy Director General of AP& Telengana Directorate had been making a conscious effort towards commencement of air training at Warangal and expanding the NCC not only in the urban but in rural areas as well. To further the cause of conducting intensive training to cadets, 10 acres of land is being acquired near Mamnoor Airfield, Warangal to establish a fully functional Training Centre for the NCC Cadets of Warangal Group.

First Synergy Conference on Defence Pension Organised by Defence Accounts Department

The Defence Accounts Department (DAD) organized its first Synergy Conference on Defence Pensions here, today. The conference was attended by all Defence Pensioners Associations and was open to all Defence Pensioners. Welcoming the panel and participants Additional Controller General of Defence Accounts (Addl. CGDA) Shri Prashant Sukul, emphasized the importance of stakeholder consultations by way of Synergy Conferences initiated by DAD.

The objective of the conference was to obtain feedback from the pensioners that would help the department to serve them better with constantly improving systems and procedures. Digitization of pension data and implementation of a pensionsapp were also discussed in detail.
Joint CGDA (Pension) Shri Kanwaldeep Singh, gave a brief presentation on current status on important issues pertaining to pension. Many issues and suggestions were highlighted by the participants.

The Department was enriched by the deliberations and this initiative would be institutionalized and occur on a regular basis.

The panel formed to interact with the pensioners was headed by Addl. CGDA Shri UpendraSah. It had on the panel Joint Secretary (Ex-Servicemen Welfare) Shri Ravi Kant representing the Ministry of Defence, Principal CDA (Pensions) Shri Praveen Kumar. Services representatives ACOP (CP) Rear Admiral KK Pandey and DDG (PS) Brig. JK Rao were also among the panelists.

Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed Chief of Naval Staff Bangladesh Navy Visits India

Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, Chief of Naval Staff of the Bangladesh Navy is on an official visit to India from 28 to 30 August 2017. The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations between India and Bangladesh and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy will hold bilateral discussions with Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff and other senior officials of the Indian Navy on 28 August 2017. The Admiral is also scheduled to meet Chief of the Air Staff, and will also call on the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, NSA and Defence Secretary as part of his official meetings in New Delhi. In addition to New Delhi, the Admiral is also scheduled to proceed to Visakhapatnam where he will be visiting various naval establishments, including INS Kalinga, INS Karna and INS Satavahana.

Naval cooperation between India and Bangladesh has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide span which includes operational interactions through Training, Port Calls, Passage Exercises along with Capability Building and Capacity Augmentation initiatives. Bangladesh Navy is also the present Chair of the Indian Ocean Symposium (IONS), which is a Multilateral Maritime Cooperation platform launched by the Indian Navy. Bangladesh Navy is also scheduled to conduct an International Multilateral Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise titled IMMSAREX in November 2017, which is being held under the IONS construct.

Inauguration of Vendor Support Facility by FOC-in-C(West)

Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, inaugurated a vendor support facility at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai on 28 August 2017. The complex, which houses offices and workshops of fourteen vendors will serve to decongest the yard and is also expected to enhance efficiency of offloaded work being undertaken by the vendors.