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!