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Indian Navy provides assistance to stranded Merchant Vessel


INS Talwar deployed in the Gulf of Oman, received a broadcast call on the 11th of March 2021 from a stranded merchant cargo ship MV Nayan requesting for technical assistance. The cargo ship, on transit from Oman to Iraq, was drifting at sea since 9th March 2021 owing to failure of its propulsion, power generation machinery and navigational equipment.

Based on a preliminary aerial assessment regarding the distress of MV Nayan, the Indian Naval Ship dispatched its VBSS (Visit Board, Search and Seizure) team along with a technical team by boat to offer assistance to the vessel that had seven Indians as her crew. The naval teams worked continuously for seven hours onboard MV Nayan to operationalise her equipment viz. both Generators, Steering Pump, Sea Water Pump, Compressor and Main Engine thereby making the vessel seaworthy again.

The naval team also assisted in operationalising navigation equipment like GPS and navigation lights before MV Nayan could proceed for her next port.


A noble gesture to respect our protectors


Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV) and Mrs Veena Nayyar, wife of Late Vice Admiral KK Nayyar, former Vice Chief of Naval Staff inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pledge Rs Two Crores for welfare schemes run by the Army, Navy and Air Force for Next of Kins of service personnel who are martyred in the Line of Duty.

Mrs Veena Nayyar presented a Cheque of Rs 2 Crores to three Services which was received by Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff, Gen MM Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff and Air Marshall VPS Rana, Air Officer In Charge of Administration at Army Headquarters, New Delhi, a release issued today by the Ministry of Defence informed.

The main objective of the MoU is to facilitate various welfare schemes instituted for Next of Kins of servicemen who die in the Line of Duty. The welfare schemes include Education Scholarships and Computer Grant for the wards and widows of deceased service personnel, Grant for Higher Education of widows and Marriage grant for widows and daughters, the release informed.

The Chief of the Naval Staff and the Chief of the Army Staff conveyed their gratitude to Mrs Veena Nayyar for her benevolent contribution to the three Services and said that her noble gesture would support more than one lakh widows and wards in leading a respectful life. 

DIAV is one of the primary organisations of the Indian Army which looks after the Rehabilitation and Welfare of the families of Service personnel who have died in harness. DIAV has disbursed approximately Rs 86 Crores to about 76,000 beneficiaries over the past 20 years towards various welfare schemes, the release added.

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HAL Hands Over ALHs to the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard


HAL today handed over three Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH Mk III) to Indian Navy and two ALHs to Indian Coast Guard as part of its 16 ALHs contract at the ongoing Aero India 2021.

The helicopters were handed over by Mr R Madhavan, CMD, HAL to Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Naval Staff and Mr K Natarajan, DG, Coast Guard in the presence of Defence Minister, Mr Rajnath Singh.

"The remaining helicopters from the contract are under various stages of production,  flight tests and we plan to deliver all the helicopters within the contract delivery schedules despite production slowdown due to COVID restrictions," said, Mr Madhavan.

ALH has clogged close to 3,00,000 cumulative flight hours and has proven its mettle in versatile operations.  

The ALH Mk III is fitted with state-of-the-art Glass cockpit and powerful Shakti engine. The contract involves integration of 19 major systems with the existing ALH MK III.

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Joint Armed Forces Exercise in Andaman Sea


In a bid to enhance joint operational readiness, Indian Armed Forces conducted a large-scale conjoint military training exercise "KAVACH" along with "AMPHEX-21" in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.

The exercise was conducted under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC). It witnessed the participation of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) and Army Southern Command (SC) involving assets of Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The exercise involved participation and deployment of all forces of ANC, elements of Amphibious Brigade of Army's Southern Command along with corvettes, submarine and amphibious landing ships of Navy's Eastern Fleet and Marine Commandos. Jaguar Maritime Strike and transport aircraft from Indian Air Force and assets of Coast Guard also participated in the exercise.

The exercise started with maritime strikes by Jaguar aircraft, Para Commandos and Marine Commandos carrying out Combat Free Fall at Car Nicobar with an aim to validate air dominance and maritime strike capability within the area of interest in Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Prior to amphibious landing operations, troops of the Army, Navy and Air Force were mobilised and transported by sea and air in close coordination with all agencies.

As part of shaping the battlefield, MARCOS along with their combat loads and Air Droppable Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (ADR) were dropped over the Andaman Sea, enabling the Marine Commandos to reach the target with stealth and speed.  MI-17 V5 Armed Helicopters undertook precision targeting against designated enemy assets at sea and on land. The training exercise culminated with the beach landing operations by elements of Amphibious Brigade of Southern Command from INS Jalashwa, Airavat, Guldar and LCU MK-4 class of ships with 600 troops along with tanks, troop carrier vehicles and other heavy weapons. The logistic team demonstrated and validated the joint logistic system and its capabilities to respond to dynamic changes in operational situations and combat missions. The areas in which the exercise was conducted holds strategic significance for India.

The exercise also validated joint capabilities of intelligence gathering from space, air, land and sea-based assets, its synthesis, analysis and near real-time sharing to achieve battlefield transparency for quick decision making. The joint force executed multi-domain, high-intensity offensive and defensive manoeuvres in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. The tri-services exercise fine-tuned joint warfighting capabilities and Standard Operating Procedures towards enhancing operational synergy.

Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command visited the exercise area in the Southern Group of Islands to oversee the exercise and commended all Ranks for the high level of operational preparedness.   

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Mission Sagar III: INS Kiltan reaches Cambodia


Indian Naval Ship Kiltan reached Sihanoukville Port, Cambodia on 29 December 2020 (today) as part of ongoing Mission Sagar-III.

The ship will deliver 15 Tons of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Stores for the flood-affected people of Cambodia, which will be handed over to Cambodia's National Disaster Management Committee (NDMC). This assistance is reflective of the deep people-to-people connect between the two friendly countries.

Mission Sagar-III is part of India's HADR assistance to Friendly Foreign Countries during the ongoing pandemic. This Mission is being undertaken in accordance with Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region) and reiterates India's position as a dependable partner, and the Indian Navy as the Preferred Security Partner and First Responder. The Mission also highlights the importance accorded to ASEAN countries and further strengthens the existing bonds.

Historically, India and Cambodia share strong cultural ties. The relations have reinforced in recent years due to increasing engagements in all sectors. The current visit seeks to fortify the bilateral cooperation between the two countries and contribute towards security and stability in the region.

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Sailing Expedition from Kochi to Androth Island Onboard INSV Bulbul


A sailing expedition from Kochi to Androth Island in Lakshadweep and Minicoy group of islands and back is being undertaken by Offshore Sailing Club, Kochi under the aegis of Southern Naval Command. The aim of the sailing expedition is to inculcate a spirit of adventure, hone nautical skills and foster ocean sailing amongst young Naval personnel.

The Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Bulbul was flagged off from Naval Base, Kochi on 23rd December 2020 by Rear Admiral Antony George, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command. INSV Bulbul is a 40 foot, LC-40 design racing- cruiser capable of independent ocean voyages across the world. The vessel has been built in India under the 'Make in India' project by M/s Ultra Marine Yacht Private Limited, Puducherry.

Team Bulbul comprises a mixed crew of six officers skippered by Captain Atool Sinha, an Asian Games medalist with over 22,000 nm of ocean sailing experience. The five-member crew includes two women officers, the senior-most being Rear Admiral Arti Sarin, Command Medical Officer, Southern Naval Command. The officer has volunteered to participate in the expedition to encourage women officers to participate in adventure sports and ocean sailing. Lt Cdr Tulika Kotnala, the second woman crew is an ATC officer who is an ocean sailing expert. She recently participated in the Bay of Bengal Sailing Expedition covering over 4500 nm. Captain US Charan, an aviator, is a recreational sailor. SLts Aviral Keshav and Ojhas Kulkarni are upcoming yachtsmen, who are on their maiden ocean sailing voyage. The expedition will culminate on 28th December 2020 at Kochi, after covering a distance of 400 nautical miles.

#IndianNavy #INSVBulbul #Kochi #Lakshadweep

BrahMos successfully test fired by Indian Navy


BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile in Anti-Ship mode was successfully test fired yesterday at 0900 hrs against a decommissioned Ship by the Indian Navy. The missile performed highly complex manoeuvres and hit Bull's eye of the target. 

BrahMos is the supersonic cruise missile jointly developed by DRDO and NPOM of Russia as a Brahmos Aerospace joint venture, which became Brahmos Aerospace Private Limited. The missile has established itself as a major force multiplier in modern-day complex battlefields with its impeccable anti-ship and land-attack capabilities with multi-role and multi-platform abilities and has been deployed in all the three wings of the Indian Armed Forces. 

The first launch of Brahmos took place in 2001 and till date numerous launches have taken place from various ships, Mobile Autonomous Launchers and Su-30 MKI aircraft, making it a versatile weapon. 

Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated Indian Navy for the successful test.

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Malabar Excercise concludes

The 24th edition of MALABAR maritime exercise, which was hosted by Indian Navy (IN) in two phases, concluded in the Arabian Sea on 20th November 2020. 

Phase 1 was conducted off Visakhapatnam in the Bay of Bengal from 3-6 November 2020

 - United States Ship (USS) John S McCain, 
 - Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Ballarat with integral MH-60 helicopter, and 
 - Japan Maritime was represented by Self Defence Ship (JMSDF) Onami, with integral SH-60 helicopter. 
 - Indian Navy’s destroyer Ranvijay, indigenous frigate Shivalik, Offshore Patrol Vessel Sukanya, Fleet Support Ship Shakti, submarine Sindhuraj, P8I and Dornier maritime reconnaissance aircraft and Advanced Jet Trainer Hawk.

Phase 2 was conducted in the Arabian Sea from 17-20 November 2020

 - US Navy’s Strike Carrier Nimitz was accompanied by cruiser Princeton and destroyer Sterett in addition to P8A maritime reconnaissance aircraft
 - Royal Australian Navy was represented by frigate Ballarat
 - Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) was represented by destroyer Murasame
 - Indian Navy was represented by aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, indigenous destroyers Kolkata and Chennai, stealth frigate Talwar, Fleet Support Ship Deepak and the integral helicopters of these warships, indigenously built submarine Khanderi and P8I and IL-38 maritime reconnaissance aircraft.


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India's Mission Sagar continues

As part of ‘Mission Sagar-II’, Indian Naval Ship Airavat entered Port Sudan today, a government release stated. 

The Government of India is providing assistance to Friendly Foreign Countries to overcome natural calamities and COVID-19 pandemic, and towards the same INS Airavat is carrying a consignment of 100 Tonnes of food aid for the people of Sudan.

Mission Sagar-II, follows the first ‘Mission Sagar’ undertaken in May-June 2020, wherein India reached out to Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Comoros, and provided food aid and medicines, the release said. 

As part of the mission, Indian Naval Ship Airavat will deliver food aid to Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea. 

The release stated that Mission Sagar-II is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region ‘SAGAR’ and highlights the importance accorded by India to relations with her maritime neighbours and further strengthens the existing bond. 

The Indian Navy is progressing this mission in close coordination with the Ministries of Defence and External Affairs, and other agencies of the Government of India.

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Navy Operationalizes First Batch of Women Pilots

The first batch of women pilots of Indian Navy has been operationalized on Dornier Aircraft by the Southern Naval Command (SNC) at Kochi today.  

The three women pilots were part of the six pilots of the 27th Dornier Operational Flying Training (DOFT) Course, who graduated as 'Fully operational Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) Pilots' at a passing out ceremony held at INS Garuda, Kochi, today. 

Rear Admiral Antony George, VSM, NM, Chief Staff Officer (Training) of SNC was the chief guest of the event and presented awards to the pilots who are now fully qualified on Dornier aircraft for all operational missions.  

The three women pilots of the first batch are Lieutenant Divya Sharma (from Malviya Nagar, New Delhi), Lieutenant Shubhangi Swaroop (from Tilhar, Uttar Pradesh) and Lieutenant Shivangi (from Muzaffarpur, Bihar). These officers had initially undergone basic flying training partly with Indian Air Force and partly with the Navy prior to DOFT course. Amongst the three women pilots operationalized for MR flying, Lt Shivangi was the first to qualify as a naval pilot on 2nd December 2019. 

The course comprised one month of the ground training phase, which was conducted at various professional schools of SNC and eight months of flying training at the Dornier Squadron of SNC, INAS 550. Lt Divya Sharma & Lt Shivam Pandey were adjudged 'First in Flying' and 'First in Ground' subjects, respectively.  

The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (South) rolling trophy in memory of late Lt Simon George Pynomootil for the 'Most spirited trainee' was presented to Lt Kumar Vikram. This trophy was instituted on 18th June 2019 during the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of INAS 550 to immortalize the spirit of the officer who was a qualified Islander pilot and lost his life in a fatal air crash whilst serving the squadron on 17th May 1985.

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