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.

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