Thursday, April 30, 2015

Op Maitri Update (Indian Army & IAF)










Operation Maitri (Update as at 5 pm on 30 Apr)

Disaster relief operations in Nepal  by the Army as part of the National response continues.  As part of the ongoing operations, Indian Army Medical Teams, Army Aviation Helicopters and Engineer Task Forces(ETF) reached out to affected population.  The command and control centers at Kathmandu and Pokhara are being augmented by additional officers. Army Relief Convoy moving by road is likely to reach Gorkha  tomorrow.

Following stores have been/ are being inducted by the Army :-       

(a)  Army Aviation Helicopters have carried out Casualty evacuation of 110 people and rescued 120 stranded people on 29 Apr. A total of 49.4  tonnes of relief material has been disbursed on 29 Apr and 15.3 tonnes on 30 Apr, by Army and Air Force Helicopters. One additional ALH was inducted today to Pokhara (total 5 ALH as of date) and two Cheetah helicopters are standby at Gorakhpur.

 (b) Three Field Hospitals are providing medical succor to the affected population. Operation Theatre, Lab, x-Ray, Triage Centre and Dental facilities have been activated. Mobile Medical Teams out of these hospitals are located at Barpak,  Rajdalgarh and seven more locations in Gorkha district. A total of 1,740 persons have been provided medical aid till now (210 patients treated including 20 surgeries performed today).

 (c)  A total of three ETFs have been inducted into Nepal. The Engineer team at Barpak are opening roads to establish road communication and have also extricated 6 Casualties.  The ETF at Jorbat & Basantpur is involved in clearance of collapsed buildings and debris. 

 (d)  One Aircraft is being sent with blankets, Tarpaulins, tents and plastic sheets, while another aircraft will carry similar stores to Kathmandu tomorrow.  Vehicle convoy from Kanpur will reach Gorkha tomorrow with 4,950 blankets, 525 tents, 50 tarpaulin and 800 plastic sheets.


IAF


Stepping up efforts to help Nepal which was struck by severe earthquakes, the IAF is providing relief to the people in distress  across Nepal including remote and  inaccessible areas.  The details of operations carried out so far are as under :-

Today, critical requirements for Nepal were sent by two transport aircraft, first by an IL-76 which contained utensils, vegetables and a 21 member ‘Langar’  team, tents,  water.  Another C-17 aircraft with 56 tonnes of load containing tents and  water was  sent in the day.  A third transport aircraft i.e, a C-17 is planned to leave in the night, which will carry tents and MRE (Meals Ready to Eat).  Two more aircraft are planned tomorrow  containing a ‘Langar’  team from Punjab Govt. and blankets. 

Six IAF Medium Lift Helicopters (MLH) are positioned at Kathmandu.  Two MLHs are positioned at Pokahra.  Helicopter sorties are scheduled to be carried out to Lukla, Dhading, Millanchi and Gorkha today.  The most affected areas where casualty evacuation  were carried in the past few days are Chautara, Charikot, Dhading, Melum, Lukla, Aroghat, Dhunche, Trishuli, Ramchap, Barpak, Narayan Chor, Namchi Bazar and Tatopani.

 It would be pertinent to note that transport and helicopter aircraft are being utilised extensively for Human Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. The Indian Air Force, after proving its mettle in bringing succor to scores of people after Yemen evacuation this month, Jammu & Kashmir in September last year, has once again risen to the occasion and added a pioneering chapter  in Disaster Relief by bringing relief to the needy and evacuate them from earthquake hit areas in Nepal. The Indian Air Force reaffirms its commitment towards Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations in support of the nation.

Enhancing Military Capabilities Is The Top Priority– Manohar Parrikar At Controllers’ Conference Of Defence Accounts Department


The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar has said that his top priority is to enhance military capabilities of the country with due focus on modernization of the armed forces. Inaugurating a two-day Controllers’ Conference of Defence Accounts Department, here today, he said, high serviceability levels of equipment and weapon systems and high morale of soldiers is also necessary which is possible with an effective and optimum resource utilisation. He stressed on working as an integrated whole with shared resources of data and information, specifically in area of pension, payments, compilation and accounting preferably on real time basis. The Defence Minister emphasized that faster and transparent decision making and focus on "Make in India" are the two pillars of our strategy for leapfrogging our economy to a higher growth. Shri Parrikar cautioned the Defence Accounts officials against any attack of hackers on their database. 

Shri Parrikar also inaugurated Pension Call Centre for dealing the queries from the pensioners and their families regarding their entitlement and pension payments. The Pension call centre for Army pensioners has been established in the office of PCDA (Pension) at Allahabad and can be accessed through the toll free number 1800 180 5321. The Defence Minister also hinted that an order regarding implementation of One-Rank-One-Pension (OROP) may be issued very soon. He said after the implementation of OROP the pension related anomalies will be reduced. On this occasion a statistical hand book on defence expenditure was also released by the Defence Minister. Earlier, Director General of Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) Shri MJ Joseph presented a ISO 9001 certificate to Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) Shri Arvind Kaushal for its Delhi Defence Accounts Office. 

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh, CGDA Shri Arvind Kaushal and Financial Advisor (Defence Services) Ms Vandana Srivastava were amongst the dignitaries who graced the inaugural function. 

The theme of the conference is 'Good Governance through strategic collaboration. During the conference, four business sessions concerning shared Database, E-Governance, Strengthening of IFAs System and HRD issues have been planned covering the Department's working and emphasizing synergy with its client etc. of the defence services. Senior officer of the department as well as defence forces will lead the panel discussions on these issues and provide a road map for collaborated system improvements. 

Op Maitri Continues (IAF & Indian Army)












Naval Aviation Seminar

Government Committed to Strengthening the Preparedness of Defence Forces: Will Provide full support to the Navy for its Modernisation and Developmental Plans: Rao Inderjit Singh 

The Indian Navy’s Air Arm has completed over 60 years of yeoman service to the Nation. Since its inception in 1953, it has grown slowly and steadily into a strong arm of the Indian Navy with a large fleet of aircraft comprising carrier borne Fighters, ship-borne Helicopters, Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft and UAVs. Considering the myriad tasks of Naval Aviation and its poise for unprecedented growth, a Naval Aviation Seminar has been organized by the Indian Navy on the theme “Indian Naval Air Arm - Transforming for Future Challenges” to discuss and debate on the ‘way ahead’. 

The two day seminar commenced today (30 Apr 15) at Dr DS Kothari Auditorium, DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi with the key note address delivered by Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff. The Chief Guest for the seminar Shri P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of Civil Aviation and the Guest of Honour Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State for Defence also addressed the audience. The seminar was attended by a large number of senior naval aviators including Admirals RH Tahiliani, Arun Prakash and Sureesh Mehta, who retired as Chief of the Naval Staff. Eminent personalities from the field of aviation, both from the serving as well as retired officers of the Armed Forces and the industry including experts from friendly foreign countries shared their experiences in the field of naval aviation and emerging technologies. 

During his address, the hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri Rao Inderjit Singh stated that ensuring a multi-dimensional Navy which is capable of securing our growing interests in our near and extended neighbourhood is of highest priority to us at the Ministry of Defence. He further stated that the Government is committed to strengthening the preparedness of the Defence Forces and will provide full support to the Navy for its modernisation and development plans. “The importance of the ‘winged component’ of the Navy – its Air Arm – is well understood at the highest echelons and we are indeed looking at equipping the Indian Navy with a whole array of aircraft to meet the myriad tasks with which it is regularly tasked” said the minister. 

The seminar would provide a platform to the strategic community, professional naval aviators and the aviation industry to discuss contemporary aspects of Maritime Air Operations especially Aircraft Carrier operations. There would also be deliberation on the positive impact of ‘Make in India’ initiative in the Aerospace sector whilst stimulating an intense and meaningful professional discussion amongst all stakeholders. 

The seminar would bring out the scope and opportunities in developing our nascent aerospace sector in time with the ‘Make in India’initiative outlined by the Government. The seminar also envisages enhancing the synergy between DRDO, PSUs and the private sector as a spin off. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Operation Maitri Update (Indian Army & IAF)























Indian Army Op Maitri Update


As part of the ongoing operations, Indian Army(IA) aviation helicopters reached out to far flung areas to deliver necessary relief material and the medical teams worked around the clock attending to the needy. Army Relief convoy is also moving by road towards Pokhara.

Following stores have been/ are being inducted by the Army :-    

(a)  Four Army Aviation Helicopters in location have evacuated 34 people (including 25 women and children and 11 x stretcher based casualties) from the area north of Gorkha. A total of 3.8 tonnes of relief material has been distributed till 28 Apr 15. 110 people have been rescued by army aviation in rescue operations from Pokhara. In addition, one Army ALH and two Cheetah helicopters are standby at Gorakhpur.

(b) Three Army Field Hospitals which include two Field Hospitals at Lagaankhel and one at Senamangal have been established.  Two Medical Teams out of these are located at Barpak. A large number of patients have been treated so far.

(c)  A total of three Engineer Task Forces have been inducted into Nepal. The Engineer teams at Barpak are opening roads to establish road communication.

 (d) Vehicle convoy from Kanpur is reaching Pokhara with 5,000 blankets, 500 tents, 50 tarpaulins and 800 plastic sheets. Another team has moved by road from New Delhi to Pokhara with 7.2 tonnes of relief stores and has presently reached Lucknow.

IA’s Everest Expedition team continues to be located at Everest Base Camp.

Indian Air Force (IAF) Continues to Provide Relief to Stranded Persons of Earthquake Hit Nepal- Operation Maitri 

(Updates upto 1800 hrs)

Stepping up efforts to help Nepal which was struck by severe earthquakes, the IAF is providing relief to the people in distress across Nepal including remote and inaccessible areas. Since 25 April 2015, the IAF has airlifted a total of 3193 persons, flying a total of 48 fixed wing sorties by C-17 Globemaster III, IL-76, C130J Super Hercules and AN-32 aircraft landing a total of 314.6 tonnes of relief material and equipment. 951 persons have been inducted for relief purposes into Nepal so far.

Today, a C-130J aircraft made a landing in a very short airstrip at Pokhra successfully. It carried six tonnes of food and water. A C-130J with 55 tents and 1630 blankets and another C-130J with 14 tonnes of water, food and medicines was sent to Kathmandu. Two AN-32s with 2.5 tonnes of food and water were sent to Pokhra. 14 passengers were evacuated by C-130J to Delhi.. One IL-76 with 28 tonnes of water was sent to Nepal. 15 passengers and 7 mortal remains were evacuated by the IL-76.

A total of 08 IAF Medium Lift Helicopters (MLH) are positioned in Nepal out of which 06 are at Kathmandu and 02 at Pokhra which are doing extensive rescue and relief operations. 40 sorties by MLH were carried out today which amounts to 150 sorties cumulatively. 100 casualties have been evacuated by these helicopters progressing to 205 casualties. 20 tonnes of relief material have been provided, thus amounting to 30.3 tonnes cumulatively. 100 people have been inducted (medical and Nepalese army troops) and 150 evacuated to safer places amounting to 1000 persons evacuated so far by these helicopters.

It would be pertinent to note that transport and helicopter aircraft are being utilised extensively for Human Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. The Indian Air Force, after proving its mettle in bringing succor to scores of people after Yemen evacuation this month, Jammu & Kashmir in September last year, has once again risen to the occasion and added a pioneering chapter in Disaster Relief by bringing relief to the needy and evacuate them from earthquake hit areas in Nepal. The Indian Air Force reaffirms its commitment towards Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations in support of the nation.