In pursuit of India’s ‘Act East’ policy and outreach to friendly countries, the Indian Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel Sumitra, has arrived at Surabaya, Indonesia on a two day visit from 10-12 Oct 16, as part of its deployment to the South Western Pacific Ocean. Sumitra, is the fourth of the Saryu class ships, based on an indigenous design and constructed by M/s Goa Shipyard Ltd, India. Since commissioning in 2014, the ship has been deployed for multiple operational tasks, the most notable being ‘Operation Rahat’, which entailed the evacuation of personnel of various nationalities from war-torn Yemen in 2015. The ship has a range of 6,500 nautical miles and is capable of embarking one Dhruv/ Chetak helicopter. The ship is commanded by Cdr KP Shreeshan.
In line with the Modi government’s Act East Policy, the Anil Ambani controlled Reliance Group has announced an association with ALLRIG Inc of USA, a partnership that will cater to the oil & gas services sector in South-East region including India. Oil and gas services sector is a new stream for Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group that is currently creating big waves in the defence sector.
In view of the large number of submarine platforms that are planned to be inducted in the coming years, both through indigenous design and construction programmes, as well as through acquisitions, India’s leading industry body–FICCI, with participation of Indian Navy, is organising an International Seminar on ‘Current and Future Challenges in Design and Construction of Underwater Vehicles’, on November 22, 2016
Inaugurating the first ever Goa Maritime Symposium conducted by the Naval War College, Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff reiterated the importance of cooperative engagement to promote maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
In a bid to strengthen the country’s defence capacity, India plans to sign big-ticket defence deals with its traditional and strategic partner Russia during the upcoming annual summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week in Goa on October 15-16.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday questioned the “loyalty” of those who doubted the Army and sought proof of surgical strikes across the LoC even as he made it clear that there is no need to give out any video of the operation.
IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said the recently signed contract for 36 fighters was better than other such deals and offers that India received.The 7.878 billion Euros (Rs 59,000 crore) deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets was signed on September 23. The new planes will give a big boost to IAF’s defence and strike power.
A Naval Air Enclave (NAE) was inaugurated at CIAL by Admiral Sunil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) on 05 Oct 16. The setting up of a NAE will facilitate the operations of Boeing P8I 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 who share friendly and ancient ties with India. The naval air enclave would be utilized to accommodate and operate aircraft which cannot be operated from INS Garuda due to inadequate runway length available.
Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff visited Jaipur based Headquarters South Western Command on 05 Oct 16 and reviewed the operational preparedness of the Sapta Shakti Command. Upon his arrival at Jaipur, the Chief of the Army Staff was received and briefed in detail on the operational state of the Sapta Shakti Command by Lt Gen Sarath Chand, GOC-in-C, South Western Command.
Relations between India and Pakistan have never been good in the best of times. With the recent happenings in Uri, a lot of uncertainty has crept into this relationship and the emotions have been running high throughout India. Considered opinions and not so well considered ones, started proliferating through the social, visual and print media. […]