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

The first ever All-Woman Crew of naval of­fi­cers of the In­dian Navy em­barked upon a unique cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the globe, named Navika Sa­gar Parikrama on board In­dian Naval Sail­ing Ves­sel (INSV) Tarini. The ex­pe­di­tion cov­ered over 21,600 nau­ti­cal miles, vis­ited five coun­tries, crossed the Equa­tor twice, sailed across four con­ti­nents and three oceans, and “passed south” of the three “Great Capes” – Leeuwin, Horn and Good Hope. This was both a his­tor­i­cal and glo­ri­ous event glob­ally and the credit must go to the In­dian Navy to have the vi­sion to plan and ex­e­cute such a chal­leng­ing task. INSV Tarini and its crew also kept the flag of Women’s Em­pow­er­ment fly­ing high by cel­e­brat­ing it in such a unique man­ner. We at SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions also sup­port Women’s Em­pow­er­ment in a big way and thus the lead ar­ti­cle in this is­sue is on Navika Sa­gar Parikrama.

China is sen­si­tive when another na­tion chal­lenges its au­ton­omy of the South China Sea (SCS). The last free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion op­er­a­tion’ (FONOP) ex­er­cise by US re­sulted in China ac­cus­ing the US of “se­ri­ous po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary provo­ca­tion”. China re­acted to this by un­furl­ing its grand de­sign for the SCS and Tai­wan by car­ry­ing out ma­neu­vers by the Chi­nese Air Force in SCS and Western Pa­cific, call­ing them “re­hearsals for fu­ture wars.” The PLA Daily re­ported that Forty-eight war­ships, 76 air­craft and more than 10,000 sailors and sol­diers took part in the pa­rade which was hailed as “the biggest mar­itime mil­i­tary pa­rade since the foun­da­tion of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in 1949. The ex­er­cise cul­mi­nated in fir­ing in the Tai­wan Straits. Read all about the ex­er­cise and its geo- po­lit­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions in an ar­ti­cle on the sub­ject.

Then there were two major joint naval ex­er­cises. The first one was Mal­abar which was held from June 7 to 16 with In­dia, Ja­pan and US navies par­tic­i­pat­ing in the firstever Mal­abar ex­er­cise con­ducted off Guam. Another key event took place just be­fore the ex­er­cise was re­nam­ing the US Pa­cific Com­mand to US Indo-Pa­cific Com­mand, which in­di­cates the im­por­tance be­ing given by US to In­dia. The other ex­er­cise was RIMPAC, which is the world’s largest mar­itime war­fare ex­er­cise held bi­en­ni­ally dur­ing June and July of even-num­bered year un­der the aegis of the US Navy Pa­cific Com­mand. RIMPAC 2018 is its 26th edi­tion and is founded on theme “Ca­pa­ble, Adap­tive, Part­ners”. Twenty-six na­tions, 47 sur­face ships, five sub­marines, 18 na­tional land forces, and more than 200 air­craft and 25,000 per­son­nel par­tic­i­pated in the RIMPAC. In­dia was also was one of the par­tic­i­pants. A write up on both these ex­er­cises is in­cluded in this is­sue. Also in­cluded is a trib­ute to Ad­mi­ral Jayant Gan­pat Nad­karni who was the 14th Chief of the Naval Staff and passed away on July 2, 2018. The is­sue just about wraps up with the news di­gest. Happy In­de­pen­dence Day and pleas­ant read­ing to all you dis­cern­ing read­ers.

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