VLF trans­mit­ting sta­tion com­mis­sioned at Tamil Nadu


Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, in­au­gu­rated a new state-of-the-art “Very Low Fre­quency (VLF)” trans­mit­ting sta­tion at INS Kat­tabo­man, Tirunelvelli, Tamil Nadu re­cently. This new fa­cil­ity would pro­vide a boost to the Navy’s abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with de­ployed ships and sub­marines on an un­in­ter­rupted ba­sis through­out the year. In­dia is among a hand­ful of na­tions in the world that has such a ca­pa­bil­ity.

VLF ra­dio waves are used for com­mu­ni­cat­ing with sub­marines that are un­der­wa­ter and the In­dian Navy has been op­er­at­ing a sim­i­lar fa­cil­ity for the last 24 years. The new fa­cil­ity in­cor­po­rates cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy and will pro­vide the Navy sig­nif­i­cantly en­hanced reach, re­dun­dancy and op­er­a­tional fea­tures. Be­ing a Navy that de­ploys glob­ally to rep­re­sent and pro­tect In­dian na­tional in­ter­ests, the Ser­vice has an elab­o­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing mod­ern satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties, to link and net­work its de­ployed units with their home bases and com­mand and con­trol cen­tres. The new VLF sta­tion will strengthen this in­fra­struc­ture and pro­vide the Navy ad­di­tional op­er­a­tional ad­van­tages.

The new fa­cil­ity equip­ment has been con­structed by Larsen and Turbo di­vi­sions in Chennai and Ben­galuru. In­ter­est­ingly, the fa­cil­ity boasts of the high­est masts struc­tures in In­dia, as well as sev­eral other unique engi­neer­ing feats.

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