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Having PM, DM and top brass of Army, Navy and Air Force on board INS Vikramaditya is no cruise

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Deafening silence: Ten questions the Tamil Nadu government needs to answer as Chennai limps back to life

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India inked 182 defence deals over last three years including current one: minister tells Parliament

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Navy officers on mock-drill detained in Daman after being mistaken as terrorists

Daman: Six Navy officers, participating in a mock-drill in Daman on Thursday, were mistaken for armed terrorists by the locals, leading to their brief detention by the police.

They were released after the Western Naval Command in Mumbai confirmed their identities, said the Daman SP Eish Singhal.

Some residents of Nani Daman area alerted the police about suspicious movements of six persons in military uniform on Wednesday, thinking they could be terrorists.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

“We have launched a manhunt. We also found a CCTV footage showing these uniformed men,” said Singhal.

Police found a boat on the coast near Kadaiya. “We then found five persons, who were not in uniform, standing by a mini-truck. They told us that they had come here to take the delivery of some material which weighs 200 kg,” said Sighal.

This prompted the police to intensify the search. At around 1.45 am on Thursday, the police finally nabbed six men in uniform near the Coast Guard Air Station in Nani Daman area.

“They were in full uniform and carrying AK-47 rifles. After detailed questioning, we found that all of them were Navy officers who had come here by their boat ‘Gemini’. They had been sent here by the Navy for a mock-drill called `DGX’– Defence of Gujarat Exercise.”

Lieutenant commander Rahul Mishra was leading the team.

The police then learnt that the five men and the mini-truck they had stumbled on earlier too had been sent by the Navy for logistical support and to collect the boat in which the Navy officers had arrived, but those men didn’t know that the object weighing 200 kg which they had to pick up was a boat.

The Navy had given no intimation to local police about the drill, he said.

PTI

Armed to conquer the enemy: Naval warship INS Kochi commissioned on Wednesday

India’s biggest, indigenously built warship INS Kochi was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar on Wednesday morning. The warship is the second of three destroyers being built at the Mazgaon Docks in Mumbai, The Times of India reported.

Commissioning it, Parikkar described the 7,500-tonnes vessel, capable of speeds of 30 knots, to be “as good as any foreign ship”.

INS Kochi. ReutersINS Kochi. Reuters

INS Kochi. Reuters

The commissioning of the warship is particularly important since, as reported by The Times of India, destroyers are considered to be second only to aircraft carriers in showcasing defensive power on the seas. According to a report in Mail Online India, while the defence ministry has cleared its procurement, its installation will take place after about a year.

Here are the key facts about INS Kochi, which has Jahi Shatrun Mahabaho (Armed to conquer the enemy) as its motto-
-The contract for three ships of Kolkata class was signed as a follow-on to the legendary Delhi-class Destroyers, which were commissioned into the Navy more than a decade ago, a defence spokesperson said. Designed by the Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design, and constructed by Mazagon Dock Ship builders Ltd in Mumbai, the ship is christened after the port city of Kochi.

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Image courtesy: Solaris images

-Although conceived as a follow-on of the earlier Delhi class, this ship is vastly superior and has major advancements in weapons and sensors. The ship incorporates new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, sea-keeping and manoeuvrability. According toa report in The Hindu, the weapons on the warship include the BrahMos surface-to-surface missile, a 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount and AK-630 Close-in Weapon System. The ship is also equipped to operate two Sea King or Chetak helicopters.

-With a displacement of 7,500 tonnes, the majestic ship spanning 164 metres in length and 17 metres at the beam, is propelled by four gas turbines and designed to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship has been assigned a crew of about 40 officers and 350 sailors.

Image courtesy: Solaris imagesImage courtesy: Solaris images

Image courtesy: Solaris images

-Enhanced stealth features have been achieved through the shaping of the hull and the use of radar-transparent deck fittings. A bow-mounted sonar dome, the second of its kind in an indigenous naval platform, has been introduced to enhance sonar acoustic performance, according to a spokesperson. The ship is one of the few warships of the world and the second in the Indian Navy to have Multi-Function Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar to provide target data to Long Range Surface to Air Missile system. According to the Mail Online India report, it relies on online applications to protect itself from cyber threats.

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Image courtesy: Solaris images

With inputs from agencies

INS Kochi, warship to be commissioned on Thursday, is truly ‘armed to conquer the enemy’

Naval warship INS Kochi, the stealth-guided missile destroyer, will be commissioned on September 30 by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. The warship is the second of three destroyers being built at the Mazgaon Docks in Mumbai, The Times of India reported.

INS Kochi. ReutersINS Kochi. Reuters

INS Kochi. Reuters

The commissioning of the warship is particularly important since, as reported by The Times of India, destroyers are considered to be second only to aircraft carriers in showcasing defensive power on the seas. According to a report in Mail Online India, while the defence ministry has cleared its procurement, its installation will take place after about a year.

Here are the key facts about INS Kochi, which has Jahi Shatrun Mahabaho (Armed to conquer the enemy) as its motto-
-The contract for three ships of Kolkata class was signed as a follow-on to the legendary Delhi-class Destroyers, which were commissioned into the Navy more than a decade ago, a defence spokesperson said. Designed by the Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design, and constructed by Mazagon Dock Ship builders Ltd in Mumbai, the ship is christened after the port city of Kochi.

Image courtesy: Solaris imagesImage courtesy: Solaris images

Image courtesy: Solaris images

-Although conceived as a follow-on of the earlier Delhi class, this ship is vastly superior and has major advancements in weapons and sensors. The ship incorporates new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, sea-keeping and manoeuvrability. According toa report in The Hindu, the weapons on the warship include the BrahMos surface-to-surface missile, a 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount and AK-630 Close-in Weapon System. The ship is also equipped to operate two Sea King or Chetak helicopters.

-With a displacement of 7,500 tonnes, the majestic ship spanning 164 metres in length and 17 metres at the beam, is propelled by four gas turbines and designed to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship has been assigned a crew of about 40 officers and 350 sailors.

Image courtesy: Solaris imagesImage courtesy: Solaris images

Image courtesy: Solaris images

-Enhanced stealth features have been achieved through the shaping of the hull and the use of radar-transparent deck fittings. A bow-mounted sonar dome, the second of its kind in an indigenous naval platform, has been introduced to enhance sonar acoustic performance, according to a spokesperson. The ship is one of the few warships of the world and the second in the Indian Navy to have Multi-Function Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar to provide target data to Long Range Surface to Air Missile system. According to the Mail Online India report, it relies on online applications to protect itself from cyber threats.

Image courtesy: Solaris imagesImage courtesy: Solaris images

Image courtesy: Solaris images

With inputs from PTI

CPI(M) welcomes Manohar Parrikar’s ‘support’ to navy women on permanent commission

Parrikar gave the assurance during a meeting here today with a delegation of woman officers led by CPI (M) politburo member Brinda Karat.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has assured his support to a Delhi High Court order allowing permanent commission to women navy officers and said he would take all steps to ensure that it is not challenged before the Supreme Court, the CPI(M) today claimed. Parrikar gave the assurance during a meeting here today with a delegation of woman officers led by CPI (M) politburo member Brinda Karat, the Left party said as it welcomed the stand taken by the Defence Minister on the issue. “Parrikar gave a categorical assurance to the delegation that he fully supports the High Court judgment for their immediate reinstatement as permanent commission officers. “He told the delegation he would also take appropriate measures to see that there was no appeal against the judgment by the navy,” CPI (M) said in a statement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Welcoming Parrikar’s stand on the issue, Karat said his statement, if implemented, will go a long way in addressing the long-standing grievances of women in the services. “We had a very good meeting with the Minister. This will go a long way in addressing the long-standing grievances of women in the service regarding their recruitment,” Karat, who met Parrikar along with navy officers.In a major relief for women naval officers, Delhi HC on September 4 had allowed a bunch of pleas seeking permanent commission for them in the force, saying “sexist bias and service bias” would not be allowed to block progress of women. While the Army and Air Force allow permanent commission for women, the Navy has limited women officers only to short service commission of 14 years.Karat also submitted a memorandum to Parrikar in which she raised concerns over the Navy’s reported move to appeal against the High Court’s order. The ex-MP stated it was “extremely unfortunate” that at a time when government is declaring its commitment to women’s empowerment, the defence services, with the exception of the Air Force, should take a “retrograde” approach to its women officers, all of them in non-combat posts. She also appealed to Parrikar to ensure the HC judgment for reinstatement of the petitioners is implemented in full by the Navy and that no appeal is made against the judgment. “I also request you to persuade the Army to withdraw its appeal in the Supreme Court where it has taken a position against gender justice,” she said in the memorandum.The September 4 order had come on the plea of several naval women officers, both retired and serving, from the logistics, education and air traffic control departments of the Navy.

Retired women naval officers who petitioned for full commission keen to rejoin service

Nineteen women officers, both serving and retired from the logistics, education and ATC departments of the Navy had filed the plea.

All of us are eagerly waiting to go back to the service,” they said (File Photo)

Welcoming the Delhi High Court order allowing a plea for permanent commission for women naval officers, two officers, who retired as per short service norms, on Sunday said they are keen to rejoin Naval service. Commanders Supriya and Prasanna E, who were among the batch of petitioners in the high court, said hitherto women were allowed only Short Service Commission (SSC) in Navy with a service period of 14 years. Now that the court has granted the plea for permanent commission, the officers want to rejoin the Navy. “We are yet to get the details of the verdict. We also do not know the procedures and other formalities of Navy in this regard. But, all of us are eagerly waiting to go back to the service,” Supriya, who retired in 2010, said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The September 4 verdict allowing permanent commission to women naval officers as available to their counterparts in Army and Airforce would definitely strengthen women empowerment in the country, Prasanna said. “A number of officers including me had to retire from the service, even though we were all well-trained and physically fit, due to the existing law,” she said.Prasanna, who hails from north Kerala and served as ATC in the Navy before retirement in 2008, said she was more happy about the serving and future women officers as the verdict would provide them continuity in career.A bench of Justices Kailash Gambhir and Najmi Waziri of the high court, had allowed permanent commission while passing orders on pleas by 19 women officers, both serving and retired from the logistics, education and ATC departments of the Navy.

Indian Navy, Coast Guard pull off daring rescue of 14 crew members from sinking MV Coastal Pride

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Navy chopper rescues 20 from listing vessel off Vasai coast near Mumbai

Mumbai: Navy helicopters rescued 20 persons on board a listing merchant ship off Vasai coast in neighbouring Palghar district on Monday.

“While 19 were airlifted and brought to INS Shikra in Mumbai, one more on board the vessel was airlifted by a second Navy chopper,” a Defence spokesperson told PTI.

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Representational Image. Reuters

The Navy got a request at 7 AM for immediate evacuation of those on board the ship which was listing precariously, he said. According to the Defence spokesperson, the information was received around midnight by the Indian Navy that a vessel in distress ‘Jindal Kamakshi’ which was 40 nautical miles from Mumbai harbour and 25 nautical miles off Vasai coast has listed heavily.

The distress message said the vessel listed heavily, with 20 persons on board and requested assistance, the official said, adding the cause of the listing was not confirmed.

The Indian Navy had launched one Seaking helicopter to provide immediate assistance and a ship was also deployed for rendering assistance, he said.

He further said the vessel had counter ballasted (flood opposite tank) to improve stability.

PTI

Search for missing Coast Guard Dornier aircraft with three members onboard enters fourth day

Chennai: The search for the missing Coast Guard Dornier aircraft and its three crew members entered the fourth day on Friday with INS Sandhayak, a hydrographic survey vessel of the Navy, joining the operations off the Tamil Nadu coast.

“Uninterrupted search by Coast Guard and Naval ships and aircraft continues for the fourth consecutive day,” a Defence Ministry statement said.

File photo of a Dornier surveillance aircraft deployed by the Indian Coast Guard. AFP

File photo of a Dornier surveillance aircraft deployed by the Indian Coast Guard. AFP

“INS Sandhayak arrived in the area of search in intervening night of 11/12 June and has commenced the search (along the coastline Cuddalore-Karaikal),” it said.

“The vessel is using its underwater detection equipment to detect any transmission from the Sonar Locator Beacon of the aircraft.

“Aerial search by Paramotors (motorised steerable parachutes attached to paratrooper’s back) through Coastal Security Group of Tamil Nadu was undertaken 30 km south of Cuddalore yesterday along the coast over marshy mangroves, which is not approachable by sea,” the statement said.

INS Sindhudhvaj, a submarine of the Indian Navy, is expected to join the search by Saturday.

The CG Dornier aircraft went off the radar at 9.23 PM on Monday during a routine surveillance mission along the state coast and Palk Bay after it took off from the Chennai station.

“Assistance of the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) has also been sought for analysis of the satellite imagery of the area, for possible location of the aircraft,” it said.

The Defence Ministry also said the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad, has been requested to undertake ‘SAR model programming’ for the missing aircraft and to identify the most probable area (MPA).

National Institute of Ocean Technology in Chennai has been approached for oceanographic analyses of the area and feasibility of deploying their research vessel ‘Sagar Nidhi’ for augmenting the sub-surface search.

Also, a team from Omcar Foundation, Thanjavur, has embarked onboard ‘ICGS Sarang’ for undertaking underwater photography and acoustic survey.

“Unrelenting efforts by Coast Guard and Naval ships/ aircraft to locate the missing Dornier and crew continues. Interaction is also being maintained with the family members of the air crew, and are being apprised on the progress of the search operation,” the ministry said.

PTI

India navy plane crashes off Goa

Two crew members are missing after an Indian navy surveillance plane crashes into the sea off the western state of Goa.

SC raps navy for sacking officer who exchanged ‘lewd’ messages with colleague’s wife

In an embarrassment to the Navy, the Supreme Court today deprecated its decision to discharge from service a commander for interacting and exchanging explicit messages and photographs with a foreign lady, incidentally the wife of another officer, on the pretext of allegedly passing sensitive information.

“Certainly it shocks our conscience that an officer should be thrown out like this,” a bench headed by chief justice HL Dattu said while dismissing the appeal filed by the Centre against the decision of the Armed Forces Tribunal setting aside the sacking of commander Kalyan Kumar.

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(The) “tribunal seems to be justified with its order,” the bench, also comprising Justices S J Mukhopadhya and AK Mishra said while not accepting the arguments of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that action of the officer indulging with a foreign lady by exchanging explicit materials was unbecoming of an officer.

The apex court noted that besides exchange of explicit messages and photographs between the two adults via the Internet, there was no other material to suggest that the interaction between the officer and the foreign national whom it termed as “Gori”, in anyway threatened the national security.

“This lady, a foreigner, is married to an Indian who comes to your home. Will you say you don’t come with the lady who is ‘Gori’. In this society when you are married to an Indian and are a part of the Indian society, can you say don’t come to my house?

“Though, she may have white skin and is married to an Indian, can you say don’t come to my house? You and I also mix with foreigners,” the bench observed, adding that mixing with foreigners could not be considered a “taboo”.

“Is it such a serious matter that court of inquiry is needed,” the bench asked and asked the Attorney General “how is two adults are exchanging messages which is of no threat to national security in the interest of an organisation?

“How could it be misconduct when two individuals are involved and how it would be detrimental to national interest?”

PTI

Navy holds drill to test readiness for dealing with tsunamis

New Delhi: Indian Navy has conducted a large-scale exercise to test its readiness for handling a tsunami-like disaster with over 20 warships and various aircraft taking part in the drill which was held around Lakshadweep Islands.

The Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise involving more than 20 ships from the Western and Eastern Fleets and various aircraft of Indian Navy was conducted yesterday in the Lakshadweep Islands (Kavaratti, Aggatti, Kalpeni and Androth).

Representational image. Reuters

The exercise — which spanned an area of approximately 8,000 square miles in the Indian Ocean — simulated a major cyclone striking the islands, disrupting essential services and causing widespread destruction of property, loss of life and dislocation of personnel.

The ships in the drill were grouped into four forces, each having a humanitarian assistance and security component.

The exercise was designed to validate the navy’s capability for providing immediate succour and relief to the affected people, an official statement said.

It involved the navy personnel setting up medical camps and making provisions for food, shelter from the elements, restoration of basic facilities and limited restoration work till the situation stabilised.

In the wake of the “fresh water crisis” at Male in December last year, Indian Navy had deployed two warships which supplied more than 2,000 tones of fresh water to the city of Male over a period of 10 days.

The navy was also at the forefront of relief operations in the wake of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. It also took part in evacuation operations from Lebanon in 2006 and Libya in 2011 and provided assistance in Bangladesh during Cyclone Sidr in 2007 and in Myanmar during Cyclone Nargis in 2008.

The navy had also participated in the efforts to locate the missing Malaysian airliner MH-370.

The exercise will further underscore the nation’s capabilities for being being the “first responder” in the region during times of humanitarian crises, the statement added.

PTI

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