Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Defence Minister Visits Forward Areas of Spear Corps Zone

Defence Minister Visits Forward Areas of Spear Corps Zone

Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, who arrived at Dimapur, Nagaland on 29 May 2018, continued her visit to Spear Corps Zone today. The Raksha Mantri undertook a visit of forward posts of the Assam Rifles along the Indo-Myanmar Border and was accompanied by General Officer Commanding Spear Corps Lt Gen Gopal R.

At the forward posts, the Raksha Mantri witnessed first-hand the prevalent conditions and ongoing operations of units deployed for border guarding operations in the area. Here she was briefed by commanders operating on the ground. Having made a comprehensive assessment of the situation, Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman expressed immense satisfaction on the high standards of professionalism and dedication displayed by units and formations of Spear Corps responsible for operations along the Indo-Myanmar Border.

During her visit to the forward areas, the Raksha Mantri also interacted with local State Government functionaries and representatives of other security agencies. She also met local community leaders of the area and appreciated their cooperation in maintaining security in the area.

Notwithstanding weather disruptions, the Raksha Mantri having accomplished objectives of the visit, departed for Delhi later in the day.

Opening ceremony India - Nepal joint  battalion Level Exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIII

The 13th edition of bilateral annual military Exercise SURYA KIRAN, between India and Nepal Army commenced today at Pithoragarh. The aim of exercise is joint training of troops in counter insurgency/ counter terrorism operations in both jungle & mountainous terrain and disaster management. Exercise SURYA KIRAN can be termed as the facade of long standing strategic ties between India and Nepal.
As part of the exercise important lectures, demonstrations and drills related to counter insurgency, counter terrorism operations and disaster management will be conducted. Both the Armies will also share their valuable experiences in countering such situations as also refined drills and procedures for joint operation wherever the need so arises.

The culmination of exercise will be done with a 72 hours joint exercise which will show the joint skills of soldiers while conducting any counter terrorist operation.

 IAF effort to contain fire at Malviya Nagar

Around midnight a request was received at HQ Western Air Command for containing a fire at Malviya Nagar in Delhi. A MLH class helicopter airborne from Sarsawadid a recce and landed at Palam. Thereafter heptr got airborne with Bambi Bucket to contain the fire.

The heptr filled water from Yamuna reservoir and dropped over the site. This had to be repeated thrice to contain the fire. This was the first time the Bambi ops was done in an urban situation wherein the nitty gritties of drop are very precise owing to high rises around and chances of collateral damage. The operations started this morning wherein helicopter flown by Wing Commander Pradeep Bhola of the Mighty Armourswas successful in dousing the fire.
A total of approx 8000 lts of water was dropped in this incident.

President of India reviews passing out parade of 134th course of National Defence Academy; says armed forces represent India’s pluralism and India’s ethos.

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, reviewed the passing out parade of the 134th course of the National Defence Academy, this morning (May 30, 2018) in Khadakwasla, near Pune.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he was delighted to review the passing out parade at the NDA. As the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, this was a moment of immense satisfaction for him. The Armed Forces are a symbol of excellence and dedication for the entire country. This parade comprises cadets from all parts of India and from a variety of communities. Its harmony speaks for our essential unity as much as for our pluralism as a society.

The President said that a soldier or an officer in uniform, irrespective of whether he or she is from the Army, the Navy or the Air Force, evokes admiration and trust everywhere in the country. If a fellow citizen sees a member of the Armed Forces at a railway station or a market or at any other place, there is an immediate emotion of pride and reassurance. This is due to the unparalleled and unquestioning service to the nation in times of war and peace, on the border or within the country during a natural calamity. The Armed Forces represent the best of the Indian ethos.

The President said that the NDA is more than just a training facility. It is the crucible of valour and bravery. It has inculcated a resolve and a spirit of national service in generations of cadets and generations of officers. It is because of this heritage that in December 1978 President Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy conferred the President’s Colours on the NDA.

Addressing the cadets, the President said that the Armed Forces are not merely about doing a job – they are about answering a calling. And this is a calling for a rare breed of human beings. Today, the cadets have become role models for our young people, guarantors of our peace and prosperity, and guardians of our nation. He expressed confidence that the graduating cadets would prove worthy successors to the unflinching and fearless officers who have preceded them.

Camp Hamlawar Conducted by INS Hamla, Mumbai

Camp Hamlawar was conducted from 21 to 25 May 2018 by INS Hamla at Dodhani village, Panvel. 488 personnel including three staff officers, 12 under trainee officers of Sub Lieutenant Logistics course, 38 staff sailors and 406 under trainee sailors participated in the camp, which included various activities like trekking, treasure hunt and josh run. The camp was aimed to inculcate team spirit, leadership qualities, esprit-de-corps and camaraderie amongst personnel. In addition, a medical camp was organised at Dodhani village and community work was undertaken at Jila Parishad Prathmik school and community hall. The camp culminated with campfire and presentation of the trophies to the winner and runners-up syndicates.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

DGMO Level Talks on Hotline for Ceasefire Implementation

DGMO Level Talks on Hotline for Ceasefire Implementation

The existing Hotline mechanism was initiated by Pakistan’s DGMO at 1800 hours (IST). Both the DGsMO reviewed the prevailing situation along the Line of Control and International Border in J&K. Indian Army DGMO agreed with the proposal to undertake sincere measures to improve the existing situation to ensure peace and avoidance of hardships to the civilians along the borders.

Both the DGsMO agreed to fully implement the Ceasefire Understanding of 2003 in letter and spirit forthwith and to ensure that henceforth, the Ceasefire will not be violated by both sides. It was also mutually agreed that in case of any issue, restraint will be exercised and the matter will be resolved through utilisation of existing mechanisms of Hotline Contacts and Border Flag Meetings at Local Commanders’ Level.

134th NDA Convocation Ceremony Held

The Convocation Ceremony of 134th National Defence Academy (NDA) course was held in Pune today. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Lt Gen Satish Dua.

336 cadets were conferred the degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University which included 81 cadets in Science stream, 191 cadets in Computer science stream and 64 cadets in Arts stream. Eight cadets from friendly foreign countries were also awarded degrees during the programme.

The Chief Guest was received by Commandant, National Defence Academy Air Marshal IP Vipin. After the Commandant's address, the academic report of Spring Term - 2018 was presented by the Principal, NDA. Lt Gen Satish Dua in his convocation address congratulated the cadets of the passing out course for undergoing the training with dedication and hard work. He emphasized about the role and importance of Armed Forces in shaping India and also motivated the future military leaders to carry forward the professionalism, ethos imbibed at the academy towards the service of the nation.

Academy Cadet Adjutant GK Reddy won the Chief of the Army Staff Trophy presented by General K Sundarji for standing first in Science stream. CSM SS Bisht got the Admiral's Trophy presented by Admiral Sureesh Mehta for standing first in BSc. (Computer Science). Cadet PM Kiran bagged the Chief of the Air Staff trophy presented by Air Chief Marshal NC Suri for standing first in Social Science stream.

Royal Australian Navy Delegation Visits Naval Base, Kochi

A delegation from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), headed by Commodore Fiona Therese Freeman, Director General of Hydrography, Meteorology and Oceanography and accompanied by Captain Simon John Bateman, Resident Defence Attaché of Australia, are on a visit to naval base, Kochi on 28 and 29 May 18. The visit is aimed at understanding Indian Naval Meteorology and Oceanography (IN METOC) operational/ training facilities and discussing avenues for mutual cooperation in the field of METOC.

The delegation visited Indian Naval Meteorological and Analysis Centre School of Naval Oceanology and Meteorology and INS Garuda, the Naval Air Station. Commodore MK Singh, Principal Director, Directorate of Naval Oceanology and Meteorology at Naval Headquarters, New Delhi, was present to interact with the delegation on professional matters. Apart from METOC facilities, the delegation also visited other training facilities such as the Navigation and Direction School and Anti-Submarine Warfare School.

The RAN delegation called on Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, VSM, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command on 28 May 18 and held discussions on Hydrography, Oceanography and areas of cooperation. Naval crests were exchanged during the interaction. The delegation also visited INS Sutlej, a hydrographic survey ship of the Indian Navy.

India and Australia have close relations, as members of the Commonwealth. There has been significant progress in Indo-Australian relations with improving economic and cultural ties. Exchange of high level military delegation visits and interaction between the navies is expected to further boost the defence cooperation.

 Induction of Floating Dock Navy-2

The indigenously designed and constructed FDN-2 (Floating Dock Navy) was inducted into the Indian Navy on 25 May 2018 at Port Blair by Hon'ble Lieutenant Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VSM, NM (Retd). The induction ceremony was conducted as per naval traditions and was witnessed by senior officers from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard. The FDN-2 is equipped with state of art automated systems with all modern facilities to ensure quality and swift repairs of warships. The dock has the capability to lift ships up to 8000 tonnes including frigates and destroyers of the Indian Navy. The floating dock is designed for berthing alongside a jetty, or moored in calm waters enabling planned and emergency docking operations for ships. Induction of FDN-2 will substantially enhance the repair and refit facility for the naval warships based in the Andaman and Nicobar Island.

Passing Out Parade Held at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala

At an spectacular Passing out Parade (POP) held at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala on Saturday, 26 May 2018, 311 Midshipmen and cadets of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard including four International cadets from Maldives, Myanmar and Vietnam passed out of the hallowed portals of INA on successful completion of their training.

The passing out Midshipmen and cadets belonged to four different courses of Spring Term 2018, viz., 94 Indian Naval Academy Course (BTech), 94 Indian Naval Academy Course (MSc), 25 Naval Orientation Course (Extended) and 26 Naval Orientation Course (Regular).  The parade also saw ten female cadets marching shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts to join the ranks of the Indian Navy.

The Passing out Parade was also witnessed by the proud parents and guardians of all successful Midshipmen and cadets, as well as by a large number of local and outstation dignitaries. The ‘President’s Gold Medal’ for the Indian Naval Academy BTech course was awarded to Midshipman Pavan Ponnanna Uthappa Kodimaniyanda. The ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal’ for the Naval Orientation (Extended) Course was awarded to Cadet Arun Singh. The ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal’ for the Naval Orientation (Regular) Course and the ‘Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (South) Medal’ for the best women cadet was awarded to Cadet Kiran Bhatt.

The glittering ceremony culminated with the successful Midshipmen and cadets forming up in two columns and marching with their gleaming swords and rifles held in salute, past the Academy’s Saluting Dias, the Quarterdeck, in Slow March, to the traditional notes of ‘Auld Lang Syne’, the poignant farewell tune played by Armed Forces around the world when bidding adieu to colleagues and comrades. Passing out courses were bid farewell by cadets of junior terms who manned the mast and a batch of three Naval Dornier Aircraft carried out a low fly past over the quarterdeck welcoming the new officers to the Navy.

On completion of the parade, the proud parents and guardians of the Passing Out courses shipped the Naval, and Coast Guard, epaulettes, known as ‘Stripes’ on the shoulders of their wards, thus symbolising their transformation from ‘cadets’ into full-fledged Navy and Coast Guard Officers.  The Reviewing Officer, and other dignitaries, shipped the stripes of the medal winners and congratulated all the trainees for their successful completion of the rigorous training.  On completion of the training at the Indian Naval Academy, these officers will proceed to various Naval and Coast Guard ships / establishments, to further consolidate their training in specialised fields.

 CNS  Reviews Operational Plans at Eastern Naval Command

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff accompanied by Mrs Reena Lanba, President Navy Wives Welfare Association arrived Visakhapatnam on a three-day visit to the ENC. The CNS was received by Vice Adm Karambir Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command at INS Dega. The Chief of Naval Staff held intensive discussions and reviewed operational readiness and plans of the Indian Navy in a review meeting attended by Vice Adm Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, Vice Adm Bimal Kumar Verma, Commander-in-Chief Andaman & Nicobar Command, Vice Adm Karambir Singh FOC-in-C, ENC, Vice Adm G Ashok Kumar, Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff and Vice Adm Satish Ghormade, Director General Naval Operations held at HQENC on 28 May 18.

The CNS is scheduled to preside over the Annual General Body Meeting of the Naval Group Insurance Scheme and Indian Naval Benevolent Association on Tuesday prior to his departure from Visakhapatnam. The meeting attended by delegates from Integrated Headquarters Ministry of Defence (Navy), other Commands of Navy and Indian Coast Guard, will review various welfare measures to the Naval and Coast Guard community.

Mrs. Reena Lanba, President, NWWA interacted with the NWWA (Eastern Region) members and held discussions with Executive Committee besides visiting NWWA facilities. She is scheduled to visit Family Wards of INHS Kalyani and participate in Tree Plantation Drive at INHS Kalyani on Tuesday morning.

 Mount Deotibba Expedition-2018

All women high altitude expedition to Mount Deotibba (6001 Mtrs) which is located in Himachal Pradesh, has been organised by the Indian Navy from 28 May to 15 Jun 2018. The expedition will be flagged off by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, AVSM, NM, VSM, Chief of Personnel on 28 May 2018 from New Delhi. Lieutenant Commander Kokila Sajwan will be leading the team which comprises of 15 members including two base camp support staff.

Indian Navy had summitted Mt Everest in May 2017. The Service had previously launched the first successful expedition to Everest in 1965 and has been to the South & North poles in 2006 and 2008 respectively. Now, with culmination of Sagar-Parikarma, the circumnavigation around the globe by All Women Navy Team, Indian Navy seeks to achieve a similar feat on land by organising an ‘All Women Expedition to Mt Deotibba as a launch pad for scaling higher peaks including Everest in near future.

 INS Tarangini Departs Valetta, Malta

INS Tarangini visited Valletta, Malta as a part of a seven-month long voyage with the theme ‘Sailing through Different Oceans and Uniting Nations’. The ship was accorded a warm welcome at Malta by the staff of the High Commission of India. The High Commissioner, Mr Rajesh Vaishnav, as well as the former Indian Honorary Consul, Mr Johann Cusheri both visited the ship. The ship was open to visitors during the stay and over 150 people visited the ship. The ship departed Valletta for Lisbon, Portugal for the fourth leg of Lokayan18 and is scheduled to enter Lisbon on 04 June 2018.

AGM of NGIF and INBA Held at Visakhapatnam

The Annual General Meeting of Naval Group Insurance Fund and Indian Naval Benevolent Association was held at Samudrika Auditorium, Visakhapatnam under the chairmanship of Admiral Sunil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff on Tuesday, 29 May 2018. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command, Vice Admiral Sunil Anand, Controller of Logistics, IHQ MoD(N), Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, Controller Personnel Services, IHQ MoD(N) and delegates from IHQ MoD(N) and other Commands of Navy and Indian Coast Guard attended the annual event and discussed various welfare schemes related to Naval community.

NGIF was introduced to provide meaningful social security to serving Naval Coast Guard personnel, their family members and retired personnel by way of providing Life Insurance cover, in keeping with the socio economic conditions prevailing in society. INBA is a charitable organisation rendering financial assistance to relieve hardship, distress of serving as well as released/ retired Naval personnel and their families and provides loans for education, marriage, house repair and merit scholarships.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Defence Acquisition Council Approves Procurement Of Equipment For Defence Forces

DAC approves procurement of equipment for Defence Forces

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, met here today and accorded approval for the procurement of equipment for the Defence Forces valued at over Rs. 6900 crore.

In a major boost to indigenisation and in realisation of India’s growing technological prowess, the DAC approved procurement of Thermal Imaging (TI) Night Sights for the Rocket Launcher (RL) used by the Army and the Air Force under ‘BUY(Indian) IDDM’ category through established Indian Vendors. The TI sight for 84mm RL will be used by troops in operations to facilitate accurate and continuous engagement of moving and static enemy targets and destruction of field fortifications (bunkers) during hours of complete darkness. The sight will enable own troops to detect and recognize enemy tanks and soldiers’ movement during night and engage them with greater efficiency. Furthermore, the effect of camouflage and concealment will be drastically reduced as RL detachments will be able to ascertain location of enemy taking cover behind foliage and thin walled constructions with greater ease. 

The DAC also accorded approval for undertaking Design and Development of the Long Range Dual Band Infrared Imaging Search and Track System (IRST) for SU-30 MKI aircraft under ‘Make II’ sub category and subsequently, for procurement of at least 100 IRSTs under ‘Buy (Indian–IDDM) category.  The system will be able to operate in day and night conditions and will substantially enhance the capabilities of the aircraft.

With the above approvals, in the last eight months alone, the DAC has pursued modernisation of the Armed Forces with greater vigour and has accorded major thrust on indigenisation. Approvals for procurement of equipment valued at approx Rs 43,844 crore, have been accorded, of which, Rs 32,253 crore would be Made-in-India, through the indigenous route.

Closure of Roads in Cantonments

The Cantonments came up during the British era and were exclusive areas where service personnel and their families resided.  Over the years, cities have expanded and a large number of civilians now reside in close proximity of the Cantonments.  Some of these civilians provide essential services to military personnel and their families, while others find the environs of military areas conducive to settle down.  Whilst the passage through Cantonments to civilians who give support to military personnel is provided for mutual benefit, the others who are denied the passage feel aggrieved.  The latter have often raised the issue of closure of roads through Cantonments which facilitates access to their residential areas. 

Some good public schools and Army Public School also exist in Cantonments.  Children from civilian background are studying in these schools and cannot be denied access. Hence, a large number of roads have remained open to civilian traffic, even before the orders for opening other roads were promulgated. Therefore, access to additional areas within Cantonments has now been allowed.

Some roads were unilaterally kept closed for very long periods and a review was essential.  A number of iterations were carried out with all stake holders where views expressed by all concerned were deliberated upon.  After giving due thought to the likely implications on the opening of roads, a considered decision was taken to open roads in military areas for one month and thereafter review the nature of traffic passing through these areas.  Decision on opening or closure of roads will be taken after a feedback from Local Military Authorities (LMA) on whether roads can be opened for civil traffic, completely, selectively or as in the past.

There seems to be some apprehension in the minds of military personnel and their families that the opening of roads may lead to a security situation or traffic congestion.  It is clarified that this is a deliberate, calibrated and monitored exercise.  The aim of opening roads in Cantonments is to streamline the process of closure where required after carrying out assessment of the nature of traffic moving through Cantonments by following due procedure.  A freehand has been given to the LMA to close and control access to the Cantonments when there is actionable intelligence input or in case of emergencies.  A simplified procedure will shortly be issued to jointly address the needs of the local public and the military establishment.
Joint indo-Bangladesh Army Trekking Expedition to Nanda Devi east base camp flagged off

A Joint Indo-Bangladesh Army Trekking Expedition to Nanda Devi East Base Camp (4300m) was flagged off by Director General of Military Training on 28 May 18 at New Delhi. It consists of 16-member team of Indian Army and 10-member team from Bangladesh Army.

Mt Nanda Devi East Base Camp is located at an altitude of 4300M and is one of the challenging trekking routes of Himalayas. The Expedition will negotiate treacherous, rocky and glaciated terrain, slippery meadows and streams enroute. It will test the soldiers for technical skills, mental & physical courage.

The Joint expedition also aims to further strengthen the military to military relations between India and Bangladesh.

 Mount Deotibba Expedition-2018

All women high altitude expedition to Mount Deotibba (6001 Mtrs) which is located in Himachal Pradesh, has been organised by the Indian Navy from 28 May to 15 Jun 2018. The expedition was flagged off by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, AVSM, NM, VSM, Chief of Personnel on 28 May 2018 from New Delhi. Lieutenant Commander Kokila Sajwan will be leading the team which comprises of 15 members including two base camp support staff.

Indian Navy had summitted Mt Everest in May 2017. The Service had previously launched the first successful expedition to Everest in 1965 and has been to the South & North poles in 2006 and 2008 respectively. Now, with culmination of Sagar-Parikarma, the circumnavigation around the globe by All Women Navy Team, Indian Navy seeks to achieve a similar feat on land by organising an ‘All Women Expedition to Mt Deotibba as a launch pad for scaling higher peaks including Everest in near future.

 General Bipin Rawat Visits Central Command

General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, visited Headquarters Central Command at Lucknow on 26 May 2018 and was briefed on operational readiness of forces by Lieutenant General BS Negi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command.

General Bipin Rawat was also briefed by Air Marshal SBP Sinha, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Air Command and formation commanders on various other operational aspects. The Chief of the Army Staff expressed satisfaction on the efforts being made to ensure capability enhancement and operational effectiveness of the forces and development of infrastructure in the central sector. He conveyed his appreciation to the Surya Command for achieving a high degree of coordination in operations with the IAF through jointness.

Later, the COAS interacted with the officers of Central Command and exhorted them to be fully prepared to meet all contemporary and emerging challenges.


Friday, May 25, 2018

Commissioning of Fourth Ship of Landing Craft Utility MK-IV ‘IN LCU L54’

Commissioning of Fourth Ship of Landing Craft Utility MK-IV ‘IN LCU L54’ (GRSE Yard 2095) at Port Blair- 25 May 2018 

Vice Admiral GS Pabby, AVSM, VSM, Chief of Materiel commissioned IN LCU L54 into the Indian Navy today at Port Blair. IN LCU L54 is the fourth Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class to be inducted into the Indian Navy. The ship has been indigenously designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata. The Commissioning of L-54 is yet another manifestation of the country’s indigenous design and ship building capability.

LCU MK-IV ship is an amphibious ship with its primary role being transportation and deployment of Main Battle Tanks, Armoured Vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore. These ships based at the Andaman and Nicobar Command, can be deployed for multirole activities like beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.

The ship, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Munish Sethi, has a complement of 05 officers, 41 sailors and is capable of carrying 160 troops in addition. The ship, displacing 830 Tons, is capable of transporting various kinds of combat equipment such as the Main Battle Tank, T72 and other vehicles. The ship is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced systems like Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS).

The remaining four ships of the same class are in advanced stages of construction at M/S GRSE, Kolkata and are scheduled to be inducted over the next year and a half. The induction of these ships will contribute to the nation’s maritime security needs and is in consonance with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s drive for ‘Make in India’. 

INSV Tarini Crew Calls on the VCNS

INSV Tarini crew comprising the skipper Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and B Aishwarya and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, and Payal Gupta called on Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff on 25 May 2018. The VCNS congratulated the crew on successful completion of their maiden voyage of circumnavigating the globe and wished them well for future endeavors.
Coastal Security Awareness Campaign Conducted at Alappuzha

As part of the monthly initiative to enhance security consciousness amongst the fishermen, a Coastal Security Awareness Campaign was conducted at various Fish Landing Centres in Alappuzha District on 22 and 24 May 18.

The Campaign was formally inaugurated at 10:00 am on 22 May 18 at Anthakaran Azhi. The campaign was also held at 1430 hrs at Pollathai, the same day. On 24 May 18, the campaign was conducted at Punnapra and Fishing Harbour, Thottapally at 10:00 am and 1430 hrs respectively. Representatives from District Administration, Alappuzha, Department of Fisheries and Coastal Police participated in the Campaign.

The following coastal security issues were discussed and highlighted to the fishing communities: -
(a)    Importance of Bio-metric cards and carrying of valid papers by fishing boats, including personnel being hired from outside the state.

(b)    Role of fishermen and local populace as ‘Eyes and Ears’ of security agencies in reporting suspicious activities.

(c)    Implementation of color coding scheme for fishing boats.
(d)    Reporting methodology of suspicious activities including use of Toll Free numbers.
(e)    Use of Coast Guard toll free number 1054 for Search and Rescue.
(f)     Use of Coastal Police toll free number 1093 for reporting Coastal Security matters.
(g)    Communication discipline on MMB channels.

Convocation Ceremony Held at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala.

The morning of 25 May 2018 was a historic day for the cadets of 94 Indian Naval Academy Course. On this day 137 Midshipmen were awarded BTech degree by the Chief Guest, Professor Surendra Prasad, Chairman, National Board of Accreditation, New Delhi, at the Convocation Ceremony held at INA in presence of their proud parents and guardians. Vice Admiral RB Pandit, AVSM, Commandant, Rear Admiral Amit Vikram, Principal and Rear Admiral Puneet Chadha, VSM, Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor graced the occasion.

The ceremony marked the culmination of a strenuous four year training regimen, wherein the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) accredited BTech degree program is run simultaneously with a demanding curriculum of Navy specific subjects and a rigorous outdoor and physical training curriculum. The graduating Midshipmen acquired their BTech degree in one of the three streams viz., Applied Electronics and Communication Engineering (AEC), Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) or Mechanical Engineering (ME), under the aegis of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.