Friday, February 28, 2014

Wreath Laying Ceremony Of The INS Sindhuratna Martyrs





A Wreath LayingCeremony was conducted at Indian Naval Hospital Ship Asvini in honour ofLieutenant Commander Kapish Singh Muwal and Lieutenant Commander ManoranjanKumar today. Wreaths were laid by ViceAdmiral Shekhar Sinha, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western NavalCommand as well as other Flag Officers and all present in the ceremony.

Vice Admiral ShekharSinha met the families of the deceased officers and expressed his deepestcondolences to the brave heroes who had made the ultimate sacrifice in fightingthe fire on the submarine.
Both officers werefrom Electrical Branch of the Indian Navy and were fully qualified in dealingwith the exigency.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

INS Sindhuratna Update


Indian Navy's Statement : The Indian Naval Submarine Sindhuratna returned to harbour on the morning of 27 February 2014.  Search for two missing crew members is continuing and every effort is  underway to locate them.  All other personnel on the submarine are safe. A high level inquiry, headed by an officer of Rear Admiral rank, has been constituted and has immediately commenced its proceedings. The aim is to ventilate the submarine, locate the two missing officers, establish the cause of all incidents and to recommend steps for continuing safe operations of submarines.

Adm DK Joshi Was The First Non Ex-NDA To Become Naval Chief




Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha Likely To Resign

There is buzz that FoC-in-C Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy, Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha is also likely to resign following his Chief, who did so yesterday, for the maximum number of accidents under him.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Resignation

"I have the honour to refer to recent incidents/accidents during the oast few months that have impacted the professional image of the Navy. While the Government has continued to repose its fullest trust and confidence in the service, I consider my continuation as Chief of the Naval Staff as untenable. 

In the interests of accountability, I therefore accept fullest moral responsibility for the above mentioned accidents/incidents, and hence I have the honour to resign with immediate effect.

In the interim, he Vice Chief of Naval Staff may discharge the responsibilities as an officiating CNS."


Admiral D K Joshi 

Meet The 'Poster Boy' Of The Indian Navy, Keeps A Change Of Dress In Office, Even Said To Touch-Up Make-Up Before Presentations !!

He is Vice Admiral Robin Dhowan, ViceChief of Naval Staff, is called the 'poster boy' of the Indian Navy, for his 'soft' , 'chocolaty' , 'feminine' looks. Apparently he keeps a change of dress in his office, and also touches-up his make-up before presentations to be given in headquarters. 

He took over as Chief of Naval Staff today, afer the unceremonious exit of his predecessor- Adm DK Joshi.

MoD Statement On CNS's Resignation

Taking moral responsibility for the accidents and incidents which have taken place during the past few months, the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral DK Joshi today resigned from the post of CNS.

The Government has accepted the resignation of Admiral Joshi with immediate effect.

The Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral RK Dhowan will be discharging the duties of officiating CNS, pending appointment of regular CNS.

Sitanshu Kar

Navy Chief Adm D K Joshi Resigns Taking Moral Responsibility For Accidents, Govt accepts, Vice Chief Takes Over, Line Of Succession Altered


Chief of Naval Staff Adm D K Joshi has resigned taking moral resposnibility for 12 accidents in a year, Govt has accepted, Vice Chief V Adm Robin Dhowan takes over as CNS.

Well donr sir..you showed you had more balls than Admiral Arun Prakash.

Now this changes the entire line of succession...

If DK Joshi had retired on time, after completion of his full tenure, then after him V Adm Satish Soni would've become Chief, followed by V Adm Girish Luthra and after him V Adm Ajith Kumar.

But now snce V Adm Robin Dhowan is the new Chief, this alters the line completely. Will have to wait and watch, and work out the new line.

This is unprecedented, has never happened before that a serving chief resigns. Ministry of Defence also should've taken equal responsibility--which includes Defence Minister and Defence Secretary.

Indian Navy On INS Sindhuratna Accident

Indian Naval Submarine INS Sindhuratna was at sea off Mumbai for routine training and workup (inspection).While at sea in the early hours of 26 Feb 2014, smoke was reported in the sailors accommodation, in compartment number three, by the submarine.Smoke was brought under control by the submarine;'s crew. In the process of controlling the smoke / fire seven crew members inhaled smoke and felt uneasy.  The Headquarters, Western Naval Command (HQWNC) rushed a Seaking helicopter with medical team. The seven crew members were transferred to naval hospital Ashvini. All specialist medical officers attended and reported that the crew is safe.

Naval ships were dispatched by HQWNC and are in the area to provide assistance to the submarine.Two personnel have not yet been located and all efforts are in progress to locate them. All other crew of the submarine are on board and safe. Submarine is also safe and this does not have any weapons on board. The submarine will return to harbor shortly. 

An inquiry has been ordered to establish the cause of the incident.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Video : Akash Surface-To-Air Missile Test

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Surface-To-Air Akash Missile Tested

Akash the indigenously designed developed and produced Surface to Air missile for the Indian Army was once again successfully flight tested today at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur. These were part of a series of trials being conducted in various engagement modes from the first of Production Model system being produced to equip two regiments of Indian Army. Both, Today’s flight destroying a target in receding ting mode, as well as the one conducted on 21st Feb 2014 destroying an approaching target, fully met the mission objectives and few more trials are planned in different engagement modes.

“Development and production of Akash weapon system with the active participation of DRDO labs, Public Sector Units (PSUs), Ordnance Factories, National R&D Laboratories, academic Institutions and about 200 private industries is yet another symbol of India’s strength in making indigenous weapon systems”, stated Shri Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri and Secretary Deptt of Defence R&D, congratulating the production agencies, Indian Army and DRDO team. “The successful trials show the continuing excellence of Indian weapon systems”.

‘Akash’ is India’s first indigenously designed, developed and produced air defence system Surface to Air missile capable of engaging aerial threats upto a distance of approximately 25 kms. The multi target, multi directional, all weather air-defence system consisting of surveillance and tracking radars, control centres and ground support systems mounted on high mobility vehicles for the “Army” version of Akash is designed to enable integration with other air defence command and control networks through secured communication links. Developed by DRDO, the Army version of Akash is being produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) as the nodal production agency with the involvement of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and a large number of other industries. The total production value of Akash air defence systems cleared for induction by Indian Army and Indian Air force is more than ` 23,000 crore.

Sh. G Chandramouli, Project Director Akash supervised the overall trial operations in the presence of senior army officials and officials from BDL and BEL who are attending the trials. Sh. MVKV Prasad, Director ITR supervised the trials activities.

6th India-China Defence And Security Dialogue Held



The 6th Annual Defence and Security Dialogue between India and China was held in New Delhi on 24 January, 2014. The meeting was co-chaired by the Defence Secretary, Shri RK Mathur and the Deputy Chief of General Staff of the PLA, Lt Gen Wang Guanzhong.
During the meeting, both sides exchanged views on a number of regional and global security issues of mutual concern. In particular, issues concerning the security situation in South Asia, the Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean region were discussed.  Both sides agreed that strengthening of strategic consultation and communication would facilitate sharing of perspectives and mutual understanding in the evolving regional security situation.

The two sides noted that 2014 has been designated as the Year of Friendly Exchanges between both sides and agreed to continue to expand the exchanges between the Armed Forces of both sides so as to foster mutual trust and understanding.  In this connection, both sides noted that the visits of Raksha Mantri to China in 2013 and of the Minister of National Defence to India in the preceding year had provided an impetus to the expansion of military exchanges. The proposed visit of China’s Minister of National Defence to India in 2014 was welcomed.

It was noted that the leadership of both countries has recognised the maintenance of peace and tranquillity on the border as an important guarantor for the development and growth of the bilateral relationship between both countries and it was decided that both sides should continue to take suitable measures in this direction.  In this connection, it was, inter alia, decided that a senior level exchange between the Directorates General of Military Operations would be conducted in India in 2014, during which both sides would discuss practical measures for management of border issues. 

Both sides decided on a number of measures for exchanges and interactions between the Armed Forces in 2014. Both sides took note of the successful conduct of the Joint Army exercise in China in 2013 and agreed to conduct the next joint Army exercise in India in 2014. Other agreed measures included the strengthening of maritime security cooperation between Navies; officer exchanges and professional interactions at various levels of all Services and exchanges in the areas of peacekeeping, counter terrorism and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

After the meeting, the Chinese delegation also called on the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony and the Chairman Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Indian Coast Guard Investiture Ceremony


 Twenty honours and awards announced for Indian Coast Guard personnel in 2013 were presented by Shri AK Antony, Defence Minister today at a well attended ceremony held at precincts of Indian Coast Guard District Headquarters No 4, at Kochi. PTM (President’s Tatrakshak Medal)  for distinguished service, TM (Tatrakshak Medal) for Gallantry and TM for meritorious service were the awards presented by the Defence Minister. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Antony said that substantial economic activity is happening over the sea as the country develops and this calls for coordination and proactive approach from all agencies in the maritime domain. The Indian Coast Guard has a pivotal role in building up synergy of efforts between all stake holders responsible for security of our waters he said. He lauded the efforts of Indian Coast Guard in saving many lives, providing timely assistance to fishermen is distress and firefighting.

IG (Inspector General) Suresh Kumar Goyal, I G K C Pande, and IG Kripa Ram Nautiyal, received the PTM. DIG (Deputy Inspector General)  Donny Michael, was awarded TM Gallantry for fighting the fire on board merchant vessel Amsterdam Bridge in September 2012, as Commanding Officer of ICGS (Indian Coast Guard Ship) Samudra Prahari. One of his senior crew members Bangalan Sasi,  Pradhan Sahayak Engineer also received TM for the same gallantry act. Commandant Ajay Kumar Pande, then in command of ICGS Amrit Kaur was awarded TM Gallantry for recovering a banned communication equipment  in extremely difficult circumstances from a merchant vessel. Other winners of TM Gallantry were Commandant Rohit Vohra, Commandant (JG) Ashok Kumar, Deputy Commandant Muhammed Shahnawaz, Assistant Commandant Chakshendra Kumar, N Raja Kumar Pradahan Adhikari, Chandan Kumar Das Pradhan Navik and Anil Kumar Uttam Navik. All of them received the award  for bravely carrying out rescue missions and saving lives.  TM  for Meritorious service were awarded to DIG Nanduri Venket Narasimha, DIG Rakesh Pal, Commandant Atul Kumar, Commandant Nalam Venkata Rama Rao, Commandant Alok Kumar Madhukar (Retd), Commandant Kanakadand Ramabrahmam and Bharat Singh Gusain,  Pradhan Adhikari.

Earlier on arrival Shri AK Antony inspected a Guard of Honour. People’s representatives from the area, Vice Admiral Anurag Thapliyal, Director General Indian Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Naval Command, Inspector General   SPS Basra, Commander Coast Guard Region West, other dignitaries, personnel of Indian Coast Guard and families witnessed the Investiture ceremony.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Navy Observers Complete Training


14 Officers of the Indian Navy and 4 Officers from Indian Coast Guard graduated as Observers at an impressive ceremony at the Naval Air Station INS Garuda at Kochi. Observers direct the tactical operations in Navy’s maritime patrol aircraft and anti submarine aircraft. The Chief Guest at the Parade was Commodore G Prakash, Director Maritime Warfare Center who awarded Wings to the qualified officers.

Commodore G Prakash in address to the Officers on Parade, defined war as an art where sophisticated hardware are provided to give the man behind the machine more time to out think the enemy.  He reiterated that Knowledge is power and exhorted the Officers to excel in their core competencies. Lieutenant BK Barik was adjudged Best in Flying and awarded Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Eastern Naval Command Trophy. He also came first in Overall Order of Merit and bagged the Uttar Pradesh Trophy. Lieutenant K Varun received the Sub Lieutenant RV Kunte Memorial Book Prize for coming first in ground subjects. From amongst the batch of Short Service Officers, Assistant Commandant Deepika Rathore was adjudged First in Overall Order of Merit and Best in Flying and Sub Lieutenant A Avinash, the best in Ground subjects. The Officers underwent intensive ground and flying training during the 46 weeks course, wherein they were trained in Air Warfare Tactics, Anti Submarine Warfare and Surveillance operation in addition to basic training in Air Navigation and Flying Procedures. Captain MMS Shergill, Commanding Officer of INS Garuda conducted the Passing Out Parade. Commander SMGRV Saripalli is the officer in Charge of the Observer School , the Alma Mater of Navy’s Observers.  

Monday, February 17, 2014

Indian Army Rescues Women, Children Near Nathu La, Stranded Due To Snow



Army personnel under Trishakti Corps in Sikkim rescued 584 tourists including 106 women and 14 children on Sunday and cleared over 100 vehicles stranded in two separate locations when unexpected heavy snowfall caused major roadblocks for the unsuspecting tourists visiting Natu La.

In the first incident, 250 tourists got stranded near milestone 17, where a tourist vehicle tilted precariously due to heavy snowfall blocking nearly 40 other vehicles.

A team of army men comprising two junior commissioned officers and 10 jawans led by Subedar Major KM Chandgude from a nearby army transit camp on patrol cleared the snow making it possible for the stranded vehicles to return to Gangtok by evening.

Elsewhere near Natu La, 334 tourists including 106 women and 14 children in 65 vehicles stranded due to inclement weather and heavy snow were also rescued.

With weather turning worse and life threatening, the men in olive greens swung into action and rescued all tourists to a safe place. Besides sheltering them through the night they also provided them hot beverages and food.

Telephone facilities were also provided to them to contact their near and dear ones.  Earlier today in the morning, after breakfast, vehicles were arranged to transfer them to Gangtok.

Young and old tourists alike expressed their gratitude to the army with many writing notes of appreciation in whatever stationary that they had on them.

DPR

Govt Approves One Rank One Pension, To Cost Exchequer Rs 500 Cr Extra

This is great news for all servicemen and ex-servicemen, after so many years of court battle, finally they get their due. This brings a 10% hike in the defence budget.

In his interim budget speech, Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced that the defence budget was being raised to Rs. 2,24,000 crore.

"Rs. 500 crore will be transferred in 2014-15 for implementing the one rank one pension decision," he added.

Under the "one rank, one pension" rule, retired soldiers of the same rank and length of service will receive the same pension, regardless of when they retire. Currently, pensioners who retired before 2006 receive less pension than their counterparts, even their juniors.

Wish daddy was alive today to see this, as he had been waiting for this announcenent for so long, anyway my mom will benefit as part of family pension, which she draws in my father's absence.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Exercise 'TROPEX 2014' Underway On Eastern Coast




Admiral DK Joshi,  Chief of the Naval Staff and Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-chief, Eastern Naval Command, embarked the combined Fleets at sea off the East coast on 13 Feb 14. The combined Eastern and Western Fleets are currently engaged in a month-long major exercise. Amongst the large number of participating units are included the Aircraft Carrier Viraat and the nuclear submarine Chakra.

The exercise will be conducted against the backdrop of two completely networked fleets, widely dispersed across the Indian Ocean Region, operating in a dense maritime environment. Missile, Torpedo and Gun firing will be undertaken. This year’s exercise will witness the maiden participation of the recently acquired P8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft, as also the Hawk fighter trainer aircraft. Besides Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Airborne Early Warning helicopter of the Indian Navy, Air to Air Refuellers, Jaguars and SU-30 aircraft of Indian Air Force will also be deployed during the exercise.

Indian Coast Guard Passing Out Parade


In an impressive Passing Out Parade, 32 Officer trainees of the rank of Assistant Commandants including five women of the Indian Coast Guard successfully completed the Coast Guard Law and Operations course at Coast Guard Training Centre at Kochi today. The Chief Guest, Inspector General VSR Murthy, Commander Coast Guard Region (Andaman & Nicobar) reviewed the Parade. Speaking on the occasion, the Inspector general said that the role and responsibilities of the Indian Coast Guard has grown in tandem with national interests. The resultant growth in maritime traffic calls for an efficient framework of maritime safety, security, environment protection, disaster management and law enforcement at sea. He exhorted the successful trainee officers to discharge their responsibilities in a befitting manner. Later in reply to a specific question during an informal interaction with the media, the Inspector general said that the four radars to be installed in Andaman and Nicobar Islands as part of coastal radar chain network are ready and would be installed soon. The radars would come up at East Island, Hut Bay, Car Nicobar and Port Blair he said.

Assistant Commandant Simranjeet Singh was awarded the ‘Director General Coast Guard “Sword of Honour” for being the Best All Round Officer of the batch. Assistant Commandant Ritesh Bhardwaj was awarded the book prize for scoring highest marks in the Law and Ops Course. The Twelve weeks course contained topics ranging from maritime law, ocean management and pollution response, search and  rescue, fisheries  and operations. Faculty from Law College, Passport Office, Police Department, Customs and Central Excise and Port Trust were invited to deliver lectures to the trainees. Educational visits to shipyards and boatyards were also held  to enable understanding of ship construction, architecture and maintenance of ships and boats. A large gathering of Officers from Indian Navy, Coast Guard and their families witnessed the parade. Deputy Inspector General TKS Chandran, Commander Coast Guard District No 4 conducted the parade.

DPR

Monday, February 10, 2014

Defence Minister In Parliament : Air Force, Army Already Placed Production Order With BEL & BDL For MR-SAM

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed on 18th December 2007 between Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Department of Defence Production (DDP) and M/s MBDA, France to undertake development of Short Range-Surface to Air Missile (SR-SAM) jointly by DRDO & M/s MBDA and production by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).

DRDO has completed development of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile, Akash.  Air Force and Army have already placed production order with Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL), Bangalore and Bharat Dynamics Ltd. (BDL), Hyderabad.

Akash and SR-SAM systems are of different category.  Akash is a Medium Range Surface to Air Missile system with a range 25 km and command based guidance system.  Whereas, SR-SAM is a Short Range Surface to Air Missile system with a range of 15 km and seeker based guidance system.  Therefore, it may not be appropriate to compare the costs of two different missile systems.

Government of India and Government of France have signed an Agreement on Defence Co-operation on 20th February 2006 and Technical Agreement between Ministry of Defence of India and Ministry of Defence of Republic of France was signed on 25th April 2007.  Based on this agreement M/s MBDA has been nominated as a Joint Development partner by Government of France.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Kalikesh N Singh Deo in Lok Sabha today.

Defexpo-2014 Concludes




Milan-2014




MILAN 2014 is the ninth edition in the MILAN series of multilateral naval engagements that was started by the Indian Navy. The MILAN initiative was launched in 1995 by the in consonance with the country’s ‘Look East’ policy of strengthening friendly ties with the nations in the Bay of Bengal region and South East Asia. The seas are the common bond between these nations and have been used for centuries to ply trade between them. As a natural outcome of these associations, cultural ties and friendly relations also blossomed between India and several of these countries. There still are abundant evidences of the strong bonds that flourished in the ancient times between India and these nations through the sea borne routes. In the 1990s, when India embarked on the ‘Look East’ policy to revive our ties with neighbouring nations in the East, the Indian Navy became one of the natural contenders to promote this initiative. As a consequence, the Indian Navy established the MILAN event with the underlying theme of ‘friendship across the seas’. The central location of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands made them the obvious choice for the Indian Navy to host this event. MILAN is the Hindi word for ‘tryst’ or ‘meeting’ and was chosen as the title for this biennial gathering of naval and maritime forces from littoral countries of the region.

The initial editions of MILAN were conducted by the erstwhile Fortress Commander, Andaman and Nicobar or FORTRAN, who was the seniormost naval authority responsible for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The first edition of MILAN saw participation of four neighbouring countries, Indonesia, SIngapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand besides India. The next two editions in 1997 and 1999 saw the participation increasing to seven countries, with Bangladesh and Malaysia joining in. MILAN was not held in 2001 as the same year saw the Indian Navy hosting the first-ever International Fleet review in Mumbai. This year also saw the establishment of the Andaman and Nicobar Command.

In the early part of the decade, the growing strategic significance of the islands led the country to create India’s first unified theatre Command, the Andaman and Nicobar Command. The Command has components of the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and the Indian Cost Guard placed under a single, Commander-in-Chief instead of their respective service heads. With it’s motto of ‘Victory Through Jointness’, the integrated characteristic of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, enables it to orchestrate an unified response to challenges from any dimension.

After its creation in October 2001, the Andaman and Nicobar Command assumed the onus of conducting MILAN. The first edition of MILAN under the newly constituted Command was held in 2003 and saw the participation increase to eight countries. Australia and Myanmar were the new inclusions for MILAN, while Bangladesh was unable to participate in MILAN 2003. MILAN for the year 2005 was initially scheduled in February 2005. However, following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region in December 2004, led to MILAN being postponed to 2007. The Andaman and Nicobar Command soon embarked on a massive rehabilitation programme in the islands to recover from the disaster. Seeing the rapid progress and the brisk pace of rehabilitation, a bold decision was taken to advance the MILAN to January 2006. Considering the massive scale of planning and co-ordination involved in preparation for the mega event and the several constraints and limited resources within which the arrangements were to be undertaken, the task was an onerous challenge. However, with relentless efforts the event was successfully conducted in January 2006 thus underscoring the swift return to normalcy in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The participation in MILAN 2006 had also increased to eight foreign countries with Bangladesh rejoining the event after her brief absence in 2003. MILAN continued to bloom into a successful forum during the subsequent years. Thirteen countries participated in MILAN 2010 and the participation increased to fourteen countries in 2012.

Over the years, MILAN has burgeoned into an effective forum to address common concerns in the maritime domain as also to help forge co-operative initiatives. The biennial event has now become an eagerly awaited gathering of littoral nations to build friendship, strengthen cultural ties and foster mutual understanding between the participating nations. MILAN 2014 will be the largest ever gathering with the participation of sixteen countries.

Meanwhile, the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, Air Marshal PK Roy, PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM, ADC along with senior officials of the Command carried out a comprehensive onsite review of the various preparatory arrangements at the Naval jetty on 29 January 2014. The Air Marshal was recently conferred with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service on 26 January 2014. The Naval jetty will form the centerpiece for several activities of MILAN 2014 and will also berth many of the participating foreign ships. The jetty has been spruced up and presents a festive look in preparation for the international event.

MILAN 2014 is being held at Port Blair from 04 to 09 February 2014. With the underlying theme of 'Friendship Across the Seas', MILAN 2014 will witness a diverse mix of professional interactions, social events and sporting fixtures. The professional interactions during MILAN encompass sharing of views and ideas on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and Search and Rescue (SAR) operations at sea. An International Seminar on ‘Maritime Co-operation for HADR Operations’ is on the agenda, in which the Honourable Lieutenant Governor, Andaman and Nicobar Islands will deliver the Inaugural Address. A professional display of the Rapid Action Medical Team of the Indian Air Force on the sidelines of MILAN 14 would aptly showcase the robust air borne medical capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces.

Several events of MILAN 2014 will be open to the public. These include the MILAN display, which will have demonstrations by a sky diving team, motor cycle dare devils, and martial arts and canine demonstration by the local police. An International City Parade will be held along the Marina Park Road with marching contingents from all participating foreign navies, as well as the Indian Armed Forces, a flypast by military aircraft and demonstrations of various military operations. The visiting foreign ships will also be open for visits by school children and local public. MILAN 2014 will culminate with a PASSEX or Passage Exercise of naval manoeuvres at sea by all participating naval ships.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Russia's Severnoye Design Bureau Says No Design Fault In Talwar-Class, Blames COs For Naval Ship Accidents, Human Error

At the Rosoboronexport pavilion, at the ongoing Defexpo-2014, met the Deputy of Chief designer of Severnoye Design Bureau- SDB, Petr K Zavyalov, he said that the current accidents in the Indian Navy have nothing to do with the design of the ships.SDB is the designer of the Talwar-class frigates, two of which have recently been embroiled in controversy involving accidents-INS Talwar and INS Tarkash. Zavyalov said that it was human error which was responsible and the Commanding Officers should be taken to task. India and Russia are in talks for more frigates, but nothing has materialised.

Interestingly , the officer tipped to be the next Chief of Naval Staff, after Admiral DK Joshi retires, Vice Admiral Satish Soni-presently commanding the Kochi-based Southern Naval Command, was the commissioning Captain of INS Talwar, when she was commissioned in Russia.

Arjun Catapult Defexpo-2014


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MBT Arjun Mk-II 'Desert Ferrari' -- Defexpo-2014



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ThyssenKrupp (HDW) Awaits P(75) I RFP For Its Class 214 Submarine.


Pics : Suman Sharma

German ThyssenKrupp (HDW) is awaiting the tender for the additional subs of the Indian Navy's follow-on Scorpene order-- P(75) I , for 6 more. Model on display in defexpo-2014 is of the HDW Class 214 Submarine.

BAE Systems Unveils Its Mk-45 Naval Gun System

Pic Suman Sharma