EDITORIAL

SP's NavalForces - - COVER STORY - Jayant Baran­waL Pub­lisher & Edi­tor-in-Chief

This last is­sue of SP’s Naval Forces in 2016 co­in­cides with the 45th Navy Day which was on De­cem­ber 4 which has been se­lected to com­mem­o­rate the coura­geous at­tack on the Karachi har­bour (De­cem­ber 4, 1971) dur­ing the Indo-Pak­istan War. The Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba held his tra­di­tional press con­fer­ence on De­cem­ber 2 at Kota House and gave an over­view of the op­er­a­tional role, progress of the mod­erni­sa­tion pro­grammes, key events of the past one year and com­mem­o­rated the sailors who per­formed gal­lant and yeo­man ser­vice to the na­tion.

He also touched upon the HRD in the In­dian Navy. SP Guide Publi­ca­tionÕs team also had an ex­clu­sive in­ter­ac­tion with the CNS in view of the Navy Day and the same is pub­lished as the lead story along with the CNSÕ talk dur­ing the press con­fer­ence. Then there are a slew of ar­ti­cles to keep you dis­cern­ing read­ers up­dated on re­gional and global mar­itime is­sues. Mine Coun­ter­mea­sure Ves­sels (MCMVs) are ded­i­cated sys­tems which pro­vide the op­er­a­tional com­man­ders with ca­pa­bil­i­ties to deal with the mine threat in the lit­torals and at sea. The In­dian MCMV pro­ject in­volves the con­struc­tion of 12 MCMV at an ap­prox­i­mate cost of $4.9 bil­lion, as part of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra ModiÕs vi­sion of ÔMake in In­diaÕ. These are to be built by the Goa Ship­yard Lim­ited (GSL). The im­por­tance of this pro­ject can be seen by the fact that while inau­gu­rat­ing the mod­erni­sa­tion of GSL, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi stated that ÒMCMV Pro­ject, for which this world-class in­fra­struc­ture has been cre­ated, will not only strengthen the na­tionÕs mar­itime se­cu­rity but also cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and speed up devel­op­ment of the re­gion.Ó

The grant of 200 nm ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone (EEZ) and the ex­ten­sion from 3 nm to 12 nm of the mar­itime bound­ary/ ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters of a na­tion brought to fore re­quire­ment of naval ships that could ful­fil the roles of ex­tended coastal se­cu­rity. The other coastal roles that are needed for the naval craft in­clude pol­lu­tion con­trol, search and res­cue, law en­force­ment, fire­fight­ing, tow­ing, etc. Larger naval ships can­not ma­noeu­vre in the re­stricted and shal­low coastal wa­ters and would largely re­main un­der­utilised if de­ployed for EEZ pa­trols. This had given rise to the birth of off­shore pa­trol ves­sel (OPV) class of ships thus an ar­ti­cle on the sub­ject.

Ar­ti­cle on am­phibi­ous air­craft gives the ne­ces­sity of these air­craft and what is hap­pen­ing in the In­dian con­text. On a query by the me­dia, the CNS clar­i­fied that the ac­qui­si­tion of the US-2i am­phibi­ous air­craft was not a part of the agenda dur­ing the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra ModiÕs visit to Ja­pan in Novem­ber this year. We also hope that there is some progress on this is­sue in the near fu­ture.

The of­fer of In­te­gra­tor and ScanEa­gle drones from In­situ Pa­cific, Aus­tralia, is ex­pected to dra­mat­i­cally change the sur­veil­lance ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the In­dian mar­itime se­cu­rity agen­cies and forces de­ployed on bor­ders to pre­vent ter­ror­ist in­fil­tra­tion thus an ar­ti­cle on the sub­ject. Also in­cluded is the Sem­i­nar Re­port on the ÔIn­ter­na­tional Sem­i­nar on Cur­rent and Fu­ture Chal­lenges in De­sign and Con­struc­tion of Un­der­wa­ter Ve­hi­clesÕ. The is­sue wraps up with the usual News in Brief.

We at SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions wish all ranks, fam­i­lies and vet­er­ans of the In­dian Navy a Very Happy Navy Day and a Happy New Year!

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