8th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agen­cies meet­ing in New Delhi

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The 8th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agen­cies Meet­ing (HACGAM) will be held in Oc­to­ber 2012 in New Delhi. This is the first time the HACGAM meet­ing is be­ing held in South Asia re­gion. HACGAM is an apex level forum fa­cil­i­tat­ing con­gre­ga­tion of all the ma­jor coast guard agen­cies of Asian re­gion. This ini­tia­tive was de­vel­oped ini­tially in 2004 to dis­cuss co­op­er­a­tion among the mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tions to com­bat piracy in the re­gion. How­ever, the scope of dis­cus­sions has been ex­panded to in­clude law en­force­ment, maritime se­cu­rity, dis­as­ter preven­tion and re­lief and ca­pac­ity build­ing. The HACGAM is con­ducted ev­ery year and seven such meet­ings have been con­ducted till date.

RAC MiG-29K/KUB fight­ers start ­fly­ing from the Vikra­ma­ditya

JSC Rus­sian Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion MiG (part of the United Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion) per­formed flights of the MiG-29K/KUB ship-borne fight­ers from the Vikra­ma­ditya air­craft car­rier, which is on tri­als in the Bar­ents Sea. The first land­ing on the air­craft car­rier was on July 28, 2012, af­ter which the pi­lots made the first take-off from the air­craft car­rier and one suc­cess­ful land­ing on the deck. On July 29, Vikra­ma­ditya air­craft car­rier with MiG-29KUB on board took part in the parade of the North­ern Fleet on the Rus­sian Navy Day. Flights of the MiG-29K/KUB ship-borne fight­ers from the air­craft car­rier were car­ried out as per the mu­tu­ally agreed plan with In­dia.

Com­mis­sion­ing of INS Sahyadri

De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony com­mis­sioned the third in­dige­nous stealth frigate and the last in the Shiva­lik class se­ries at the Naval Dock­Yard, Mum­bai, on July 21. The first two stealth frigates in this class, INS Shiva­lik and INS Sat­pura, are al­ready in ser­vice. Cap­tain San­jay Vat­sayan, the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, read out the com­mis­sion­ing war­rant in the pres­ence of Union Min­is­ters Sachin Pi­lot and Milind De­ora, Chair­man, Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee and Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Nir­mal Verma, De­fence Sec­re­tary S.K. Sharma, and other se­nior Navy of­fi­cers. The 4,900-tonne INS Sahyadri can at­tain a speed of over 30 knots, is equipped with some of the most ad­vanced sur­face and air-to-air mis­siles and can carry two he­li­copters—a mix of Dhruv, Sea King or Kamov— on­board for var­i­ous mis­sions.

Bharat Elec­tron­ics and Thales JV

Bharat Elec­tron­ics Lim­ited (BEL) and Thales have an­nounced that the Boards of both com­pa­nies have ap­proved the for­ma­tion of a joint ven­ture com­pany (JVC) sub­ject to statu­tory ap­provals of the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia and the French Gov­ern­ment. The JVC will be ded­i­cated to the de­sign, de­vel­op­ment, mar­ket­ing, sup­ply and sup­port of civil­ian and se­lect de­fence radars for In­dian and global mar­kets.

It may be men­tioned that a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) was signed be­tween BEL and Thales on Novem­ber 17, 2009. The par­ent com­pa­nies aim at mak­ing the JVC a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence with the abil­ity to of­fer so­lu­tions specif­i­cally aimed at meet­ing the needs of both In­dian and ex­port cus­tomers. In strict ac­cor­dance with In­dian reg­u­la­tions, Thales will hold 26 per cent eq­uity, the max­i­mum al­low­able hold­ing in­ter­est by any for­eign com­pany in the de­fence sec­tor, while the Bharat Elec­tron­ics will hold 74 per cent of the stock.

De­fence Min­is­ter ded­i­cates In­dian Navy’s FIS

De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony has ded­i­cated the In­dian Navy’s Fi­nan­cial In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (FIS) to the na­tion. Laud­ing the Navy’s ini­tia­tive as a ma­jor ini­tia­tive in the field of fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, Antony said, “I hope the other two ser­vices and all the other de­part­ments of the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia will fol­low this timely and use­ful ini­tia­tive of the In­dian Navy. I would like to con­grat­u­late the Navy for tak­ing this timely ini­tia­tive.” The FIS, a com­pre­hen­sive fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion sys­tem, will fa­cil­i­tate ef­fec­tive plan­ning, al­lot­ment, ex­pen­di­ture and mon­i­tor­ing of the naval bud­get. The sys­tem links the New Delhi-based Naval Head­quar­ters with the three Com­mand Head­quar­ters and var­i­ous ships and es­tab­lish­ments lo­cated far and wide across the coun­try.

Com­mis­sion­ing of In­dian Coast Guard Ship Sa­mu­dra Pa­heredar

In­dian Coast Guard Ship Sa­mu­dra Pa­heredar was com­mis­sioned at Gu­jarat’s Hazira port near Su­rat by Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Nir­mal Verma. This is the sec­ond of the se­ries of three pol­lu­tion con­trol ves­sels (PCVs) be­ing built by the ABG Ship­yard, Su­rat. The 95-me­tre-long in­dige­nous PCV dis­places 4,300 tonnes and can achieve a max­i­mum speed of 20.5 knots, with an en­durance of 6,500 nau­ti­cal miles. The ship’s pri­mary role is pol­lu­tion re­sponse at sea and is equipped with the most ad­vanced and so­phis­ti­cated pol­lu­tion re­sponse and con­trol equip­ment for mit­i­gat­ing oil spills. ICGS Sa­mu­dra Pa­heredar will be based at Visakha­p­at­nam. DG ICG Vice Ad­mi­ral M.P. Mu­ralid­ha­ran and other se­nior of­fi­cers were also present.

First Naval Air Sta­tion INS ‘Baaz’ in Ni­co­bar com­mis­sioned

The Naval Air Sta­tion at Camp­bell Bay on Great Ni­co­bar Is­land has been com­mis­sioned as In­dian Naval Ship ‘Baaz’ by Ad­mi­ral Nir­mal Verma, Chief of the Naval Staff.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Ad­mi­ral Verma said that “the archipelago, sep­a­rated as it is by more than 650 nm from our main­land, of­fers a vi­tal geostrate­gic ad­van­tage to In­dia”. He added that Port Blair will be home to am­phibi­ous plat­forms, Naval off­shore pa­trol ves­sels and fast at­tack craft as the Navy’s ac­qui­si­tion plans progress.

Rolls-Royce to de­sign and power buoy ten­der ves­sel for In­dia

Rolls-Royce, the global power sys­tems com­pany, has se­cured an £8 mil­lion con­tract to de­sign and power a highly spe­cialised buoy ten­der ves­sel for In­dia.

The ves­sel will be oper­at­ing in re­mote wa­ters off the east coast of In­dia and around the An­daman & Ni­co­bar Is­lands, main­tain­ing and re­plac­ing nav­i­ga­tional aids and buoys. The ves­sel will be built at the Cochin Ship­yard Ltd in In­dia, and is due for de­liv­ery in 2015. The buoy ten­der ves­sel is a Rolls-Royce UT 755 S, which is a de­vel­op­ment of the well-proven UT 755 se­ries, and de­signed to op­er­ate safely in the most chal­leng­ing con­di­tions. In ad­di­tion to the de­sign, Rolls-Royce will also sup­ply the main en­gines, propul­sion sys­tem, au­to­ma­tion and con­trol sys­tem, deck ma­chin­ery and shaft gen­er­a­tors.

DCNS and SEC In­dus­tries achieve an­other mile­stone

SEC In­dus­tries and DCNS have in­au­gu­rated new work­shop fa­cil­i­ties and af­ter suc­cess­ful fac­tory ac­cep­tance tests, de­liv­ered the cof­fer­dam doors coam­ings for the In­dian P75 Scor­pene sub­marines. The fa­cil­i­ties were in­au­gu­rated by M.M. Pal­lam Raju, the Min­is­ter of State for De­fence. French Am­bas­sador to In­dia François Richier was present along with other In­dian se­nior dig­ni­taries and of­fi­cials. The cof­fer­dam doors and coam­ings are key safety com­po­nents of the sub­ma­rine. The Mazagon Dock Lim­ited is man­u­fac­tur­ing SSK Scor­pene sub­marines (P75) un­der trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy from DCNS.

Coast Guard Sta­tion Karaikal ­com­mis­sioned

Coast Guard (CG) Sta­tion Karaikal, the fifth CG sta­tion on the Puducherry-Tamil Nadu coast­line was com­mis­sioned by Vice Ad­mi­ral M.P. Mu­ralid­ha­ran, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, In­dian Coast Guard. In­spec­tor Gen­eral S.P. Sharma, the Com­man­der Coast Guard Re­gion (East) and se­nior of­fi­cials from the Puducherry Ad­min­is­tra­tion wit­nessed the com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony. The sta­tion is part of the on­go­ing ef­forts by the Coast Guard to strengthen coastal se­cu­rity.

Na­van­tia-BAE am­phibi­ous ship, ­A de­laide, for Royal Aus­tralian Navy

Na­van­tia has launched at its Fer­rol fa­cil­i­ties, the sec­ond am­phibi­ous ship for the Royal Aus­tralian Navy. The ship’s launch­ing lady, Maureen Banks, as well as the Chief of the Royal Aus­tralian Navy, Vice Ad­mi­ral Ray Griggs, to­gether with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Com­mon­wealth of Aus­tralia, BAE Sys­tems, SEPI and Na­van­tia at­tended the event.

Con­struc­tion of the Ade­laide had started with the steel cut­ting cer­e­mony on Fe­bru­ary 2, 2010, and was fol­lowed by the keel lay­ing on Fe­bru­ary 18, 2011.

The launch took place four and half months ear­lier than the planned date. This early launch pro­vides ad­di­tional time, un­til early 2014, to com­plete the out­fit­ting and test­ing of the ship, when the hull will be trans­ported to Aus­tralia for com­ple­tion and de­liv­ery by BAE Sys­tems Aus­tralia in Wil­liamstown. The Ade­laide is the sec­ond of the two am­phibi­ous ships con­tracted on Novem­ber 23, 2007, by the Com­mon­wealth of Aus­tralia in Mel­bourne.

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