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

co­in­cides with the Two Plus Two In­dia-United States Min­is­te­rial Di­a­logue held in Delhi on Septem­ber6 af­ter two post­pone­ments. The Di­a­logue was at­tended by the For­eign Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj and De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man on be­half of In­dia and Sec­re­tary of State Michael R. Pom­peo and Sec­re­tary of De­fence James N. Mat­tis on be­half of US. The In­dian side wel­comed the launch of the 2+2 Di­a­logue as a re­flec­tion of the shared com­mit­ment by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to pro­vide a pos­i­tive, for­ward­look­ing vi­sion for the In­dia-US strate­gic part­ner­ship. The min­is­ters rec­og­nized that the two coun­tries are nat­u­ral strate­gic part­ners thus they are com­mit­ted to work to­gether on re­gional and global is­sues. It was also de­cided to es­tab­lish se­cure com­mu­ni­ca­tions between the min­is­ters to help main­tain regu- lar high-level com­mu­ni­ca­tion on emerg­ing de­vel­op­ments. A key com­po­nent of this Di­a­logue was the sign­ing of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­pat­i­bil­ity and Se­cu­rity Agree­ment (COM­CASA) which will fa­cil­i­tate In­dia to get ac­cess to sen­si­tive US Com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems and tech­nolo­gies. The lead ar­ti­cle is thus on the Two Plus Two In­dia-United States Min­is­te­rial Di­a­logue which brings out the ad­van­tages In­dia has gained from this ex­change and some con­cerns of both sides. A write up on COM­CASA is also in­cluded.

The Strate­gic Part­ner­ship (SP) Model was ap­proved by the De­fence Ac­qui­si­tion Coun­cil (DAC) chaired by Rak­sha Mantri Nir­mala Sithara­man on July 30. The aim of the SP Model is to boost indige­nous de­fence in­dus­try. The DAC also dis­cussed and ap­proved im­ple­men­ta­tion guide­lines for the SP Model. It is ex­pected that this will give a ma­jor fil­lip to­wards en­cour­ag­ing self-re­liance and con­ver­gence of the de­fence sec­tor with the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive. In an en­deav­our to con­vert pol­icy into im­ple­mentable di­rec­tions and to kick start the process, the DAC also ap­proved plat­form spe­cific guide­lines for pro­cure­ment of Naval Util­ity He­li­copters (NUH). It is thus not a co­in­ci­dence that the DAC, chaired by De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man, met on Au­gust 25, 2018 and ac­corded ap­proval for pro­cure­ment for the Ser­vices amount­ing to ap­prox­i­mately ` 46,000 crores (about $6.5 bil­lion).The Navy’s share in­cludes pro­cure­ment of 111 NUH at a cost of over ` 21,000 crores un­der the SP Model. DAC has also cleared the long pend­ing re­quire­ment of the Navy for the pro­cure­ment of 24 MRH thus short ar­ti­cles on both MRH and NUH are in­cluded in which the au­thor analy­ses the fu­ture pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Navy has been in the fore­front to pro­vide Hu­man As­sis­tance and Disas­ter Re­lief to the peo­ple of Ker­ala dur­ing the re­cent dev­as­tat­ing floods. Their ef­fort was com­mended by the Chief Min­is­ter of Ker­ala, Pi­narayi Vi­jayan in a let­ter ad­dressed to the CNS which has been re­pro­duced in this is­sue. Then there are other small happenings in the Navy, brief write-ups of which have been given and the is­sue ends with the usual News Di­gest and flag post­ing. Happy read­ing to all you dis­cern­ing read­ers!

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