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RAK­SHA MANTRI INAUGURATES 35TH COAST GUARD COM­MAN­DERS CON­FER­ENCE

De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar, in­au­gu­rated the 35th In­dian Coast Guard (ICG) Com­man­ders Con­fer­ence at Coast Guard Head­quar­ters on Septem­ber 28, 2016. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the De­fence Min­is­ter ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of the ICG in aug­ment­ing mar­itime and coastal se­cu­rity not only by de­ploy­ment of as­sets but also by ef­fi­cient ex­ploita­tion of Coastal Se­cu­rity Net­work (CSN) Phase I and ex­pressed hope that CSN Phase II would also be im­ple­mented on time. The De­fence Min­is­ter promised all as­sis­tance of the Min­istry of the De­fence for cases re­lat­ing to the op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency and those per­tain­ing to the growth of the ser­vice, be it the man­power or new ac­qui­si­tions. The con­fer­ence was at­tended by se­nior of­fi­cers of the Min­istry of De­fence and the In­dian Coast Guard which in­cluded the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ra­jen­dra Singh and other se­nior of­fi­cers.

SIL­VER JU­BILEE SEM­I­NAR AND IN­DUS­TRY EX­HI­BI­TION AT INS EKSILA

A sem­i­nar with the cen­tral theme ÒOver­haul and Indi­geni­sa­tion of Marine Gas Tur­bines” and an In­dus­trial Ex­hi­bi­tion was or­gan­ised to com­mem­o­rate the sil­ver ju­bilee year by INS Eksila which were in­au­gu­rated by Vice Ad­mi­ral H.C.S. Bisht, FOC-inC East­ern Naval Com­mand, on Oc­to­ber 5, 2016. The sem­i­nar was at­tended by all the stake­hold­ers rep­re­sent­ing the Naval Head­quar­ters, In­dian Air Force, PSUs, gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions and lead in­dus­tries in ad­di­tion to erst­while Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cers of the unit. Eksila, lo­cated at Ga­juwaka, Visakha­p­at­nam, is the only naval es­tab­lish­ment in South East Asia where ÒMen in Uni­form Ó un­der­take ma­jor over­haul of marine gas tur­bines pow­er­ing naval ships.

INS TIHAYU COM­MIS­SIONED

The In­dian Navy com­mis­sioned the highly ma­noeu­vrable fast at­tack craft INS Tihayu at the East­ern Naval Com­mand Oc­to­ber 19, 2016. The ship was com­mis­sioned into the In­dian Navy by Vice Ad­mi­ral H.C.S. Bisht, FOC-in-C East­ern Naval Com­mand, at a cer­e­mony held at Naval Dock­yard, Visakha­p­at­nam. INS Tihayu is the sec­ond ship of the four fol­low-on Wa­ter­jet Fast At­tack Craft (FO-WJFAC), be­ing de­signed and built by the Gar­den Reach Ship­builders and En­gi­neers Ltd.

CO­OR­DI­NATED PA­TROL AND INDIAINDONESIA BI­LAT­ERAL MAR­ITIME EX­ER­CISE

In a demon­stra­tion of In­di­aÕs com­mit­ment to its ties with In­done­sia and to the mar­itime se­cu­rity in the In­dian Ocean re­gion, INS Kar­mukan, an in­dige­nously-built mis­sile cor- vette, along with a Dornier Mar­itime Pa­trol Air­craft, par­tic­i­pated in the 28th In­dia-In­done­sia Co­or­di­nated Pa­trol and Sec­ond Bi­lat­eral Mar­itime Ex­er­cise, from Oc­to­ber 10-27, 2016, in the An­daman Sea. De­fence re­la­tions be­tween In­dia and In­done­sia have been grow­ing steadily with reg­u­lar joint ac­tiv­i­ties and in­ter­ac­tions be­tween the armed forces of the two coun­tries. The two navies have been car­ry­ing out co­or­di­nated pa­trols (CORPAT) on re­spec­tive sides of the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Boundary Line (IMBL) twice a year since 2002, with the aim of keep­ing this vi­tal part of the In­dian Ocean re­gion safe and se­cure for com­mer­cial ship­ping, In­ter­na­tional trade and le­git­i­mate marine ac­tiv­i­ties.

INS SUMITRA VIS­ITS SURABAYA, IN­DONE­SIA

In pur­suit of In­di­aÕs ÔAct EastÕpol­icy and out­reach to friendly coun­tries, the In­dian NavyÕs off­shore pa­trol ves­sel Sumitra, ar­rived at Surabaya, In­done­sia, on a two-day visit from Oc­to­ber 10-12, 2016, as part of its de­ploy­ment to the South West­ern Pa­cific Ocean. The visit is aimed at strength­en­ing bi­lat­eral ties and en­hanc­ing mar­itime se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

IN­AU­GU­RA­TION OF NAVAL AIR EN­CLAVE

A NAE was in­au­gu­rated at Cochin In­ter­na­tional Air­port limited. (CIAL) by the CNS Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba on Oc­to­ber 5, 2016. The set­ting up of a NAE will fa­cil­i­tate the op­er­a­tions of Boe­ing P-8I air­craft from CIAL to en­hance sur­veil­lance of area around the west­ern coast and the strate­gi­cally crit­i­cal Lak­shd­weep and Mini­coy Is­lands. It would also en­able timely as­sis­tance to be ren­dered to the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. NAE would be utilised to ac­com­mo­date and op­er­ate air­craft which can­not be op­er­ated from INS Garuda due to in­ad­e­quate run­way length avail­able. Also present were Vice Ad­mi­ral A.R. Karve, FOC-in-Chief South­ern Naval Com­mand, Shabeer, AM, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, CIAL and oth­ers.

SUB­MA­RINE EX­PORTS TO PAK­ISTAN OF­FI­CIALLY CON­FIRMED

The China Ship­build­ing In­dus­try Cor­po­ra­tion has con­firmed on Oc­to­ber 12 that the pro­posal to ex­port eight at­tack sub­marines to Pak­istan. Reuters had re­ported back in April that Pak­istani Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif had ap­proved the deal and called the deal could be Òone of Chi­naÕs largest over­seas weapons sales once it is signedÓ. The deal could cost be­tween $4-5 bil­lion. Four of the eight sub­marines will re­port­edly be built at Karachi Ship­yard and En­gi­neer­ing Works while the re­main­ing four sub­marines will be built in China.

ST MARINE LAUNCHES THE THIRD LIT­TORAL MIS­SION VES­SEL

Sin­ga­pore Tech­nolo­gies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Sin­ga­pore Tech- nolo­gies En­gi­neer­ing Ltd (ST En­gi­neer­ing), has suc­cess­fully launched the third lit­toral mis­sion ves­sel (LMV), Unity, on Oc­to­ber 13, 2016 for the Repub­lic of Sin­ga­pore Navy (RSN). ST Marine was awarded the con­tract in 2013 to de­sign and build eight LMVs for the RSN. The ves­sels are ex­pected to be de­liv­ered from 2016 and be fully op­er­a­tional by 2020. Equipped with sharper and ad­vanced com­bat ca­pa­bil­i­ties and tech­nolo­gies, the LMVs can be quickly con­fig­ured with mis­sion mod­ules to take on a wide spec­trum of op­er­a­tions, al­low­ing the crew to de­liver cal­i­brated re­sponses us­ing lethal and non-lethal op­tions to deal with a range of mar­itime threats.

US NAVY’S NAVY’S MOST AD­VANCED WAR­SHIP, USS ZUMWALT COM­MIS­SIONED

The US NavyÕs new­est and most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced war­ship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) was com­mis­sioned on Oc­to­ber 15, 2016. Zumwalt, the lead ship of a class of next-gen­er­a­tion multi-mis­sion de­stroy­ers, fea­tures a state-of-the-art elec­tric propul­sion sys­tem, wave-pierc­ing tum­ble­home hull, stealth de­sign, and the lat­est warfight­ing tech­nol­ogy and weaponry avail­able. The Zumwalt class de­stroyer will be ca­pa­ble of per­form­ing a range of deter­rence, power pro­jec­tion, sea con­trol, and com­mand and con­trol mis­sions while al­low­ing the Navy to evolve with new sys­tems and mis­sions. It does all of this while main­tain­ing its stealthÑ mak­ing this vis­ually im­pos­ing ship dif­fi­cult to find whether close to the shore or far out to sea. Work­ing with Ar­leigh Burke class de­stroy­ers, lit­toral com­bat ships, and am­phibi­ous ships to form adap­tive force pack­ages, Zumwalt class de­stroy­ers will use its com­put­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties to make these groups more lethal through in­creased range, de­cep­tion, com­puter in­te­gra­tion, and data anal­y­sis from var­i­ous plat­forms.

IN­DIAN AM­PHIBI­OUS WAR­SHIP INS SHARDUL EN­TERS MAU­RI­TIUS

In a demon­stra­tion of In­di­aÕs com­mit­ment to its ties with Mau­ri­tius and to pro­mote mar­itime se­cu­rity in the In­dian Ocean re­gion, In­dian naval ship Shardul was at Port Louis on a three-day visit. INS Shardul, an am­phibi­ous ship of the In­dian Navy, is cur­rently on a month-long de­ploy­ment in the south­ern In­dian Ocean in keep­ing with the vi­sion of SA­GAR Ð Se­cu­rity and Growth for All in the Re­gion. Ac­cord­ingly, the In­dian Navy will be pro­gress­ing mar­itime se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion with Mau­ri­tius Na­tional Coast Guard (MNCG) to­wards en­sur­ing a se­cure and sta­ble regional mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment for un­hin­dered eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion.

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