Inauguration of Navarms 2019 4th International Seminar Cum Exhibition on Naval Weapon Systems

December 12, 2019 – The fourth edition of International Seminar cum Exhibition on Naval Weapon Systems ‘NAVARMS – 2019’ with the theme ‘Make in India – Fight Category: Opportunities and Imperatives’ was inaugurated by Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff on 12 Dec 19 at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, Development Enclave, New Delhi. The inaugural session…

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U.S. Bolsters Indo-Pacific Alliances in Face of Threats

By David Bergun December 5, 2019 – A top Defense Department official said the U.S. and its allies are facing a number of global threats — from Russia, North Korea, Iran, Syria and various terrorist groups. John C. Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that a growing concern, however, is the military, economic and…

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India Details Defense Purchases From Israel

December 9, 2019 – Capital procurement of defense equipment is undertaken from various domestic as well as foreign vendors, based on operational requirements of the Armed Forces to keep the Armed Forces in a state of readiness and to meet the entire spectrum of security challenges. During last five financial years (2014-15 to 2018-19), 93 contracts have been placed on…

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Modernization and Self-Sufficiency in Indian Defence Sector

December 9, 2019 – Modernization of the Armed Forces is a systematic process undertaken through a Fifteen years Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP), Five Years Services Capital Acquisition Plan (SCAP) and the Annual Acquisition Plan (AAP). The modernization process aims at keeping the Indian Armed Forces in a state of operational readiness and optimally equipped with modern weapon systems.…

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Sea Phase of maiden IN-RSN-RTN Trilateral Exercise Commences

September 19, 2019 – Sea Phase of maiden SITMEX-19 (Singapore India Thailand Maritime Exercise), between Indian Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) commenced in the Andaman Sea from 18 Sep 19. IN Ships Ranvir, a Guided Missile Destroyer, Kora, a Missile Corvette, Sumedha, an Offshore Patrol Vessel along with Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft P8I…

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Coast Guard Cutter Stratton Arrives in Chennai, India

August 26, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton arrived Friday in Chennai following previous engagements with Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Stratton’s crew will work alongside U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel to expand cooperation between personnel, in both nations’ navies and coast guards, which play a critical role ensuring freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region. India…

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Coast Guards of India and Sri Lanka agree to strengthen co-operation in addressing maritime issues

August 20, 2019 – The Indian Coast Guard held a High-Level Meeting (HLM) with the Sri Lanka Coast Guard at Coast Guard Headquarters here today. The Indian side was led by Director General, Coast Guard K Natarajan, while the Sri Lankan delegation was headed by Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge. The meeting took place under the provisions of the MoU signed…

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Indian Coast Guard Personnel Strength has Doubled

July 24, 2019 – The Government has established a robust maritime search and rescue framework to address and respond to various contingencies in deep sea and in coastal areas of India, which includes distress onboard fishing boats and merchant vessels, safety of life during marine incidents and SAR (Search and Rescue) response during cyclones etc. Director General Indian Coast Guard…

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Repatriation of 32 Indian Fishing Boats from Bangladesh

July 17, 2019 – The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in a coordinated operation with Bangladesh Coast Guard successfully repatriated 516 fishermen along with 32 Indian Fishing boats from Bangladesh on July 16, 2019. These boats were stranded and had taken shelter at Payra in Bangladesh approximately 135 kilometers from IMBL(International Maritime Boundary Line) due to inclement weather and rough sea…

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Budget for Modernisation of Armed Forces

July 1, 2019 – The details of Budget Estimates (BE), Revised Estimates (RE) and Actual Expenditure (Actuals) on the modernization (Capital Acquisition) of Armed Forces, under Defence Services Estimates (DSE), for the last three years and the current year are as under: (Rs. in crore) Year Budget Estimates(BE) Revised Estimates(RE) Expenditure(Actuals) 2016-17 69,898.51 62,619.36 69,280.16 2017-18 69,473.41 68,965.24 72,732.28 2018-19…

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Shri Krishnaswamy Natarajan Becomes 23rd Chief of Indian Coast Guard

June 30, 2019 – Shri Krishnaswamy Natarajan took over as 23rd chief of Indian Coast Guard here today. A 5th Batch Officer of the Indian Coast Guard, he joined the service in January 1984. During the initial years, he specialized in select core competencies viz. Search and Rescue as well as Maritime Safety and Port Operations, at the US Coast…

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Warship Under Make in India

June 26, 2019 – The Government has taken initiatives in construction of warship under the “Make in India”. Major shipbuilding projects in respect to Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, Frigates, Submarines, Destroyers, Corvettes, Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels etc., are at various stages of execution at different Indian shipyards. The Navy designs most of its weapon intensive warships in-house and gets them built…

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USS John P. Murtha arrives in Visakhapatnam

June 11, 2019 – USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) with embarked elements from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Visakhapatnam for a port call, June 11. During the visit, Sailors and Marines will work to enhance U.S. and Indian military cooperation by conducting professional exchanges with their Indian counterparts and will have the opportunity to experience India.…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour Joint Task Force returns to Australia

May 26, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force has returned to Australia following a three-month regional engagement mission to South and South East Asia. The flagship HMAS Canberra will anchor off Darwin tomorrow, having visited seven nations since March 2019 during the third IPE iteration since its inception in 2017. Chief of Joint Operations, Air…

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Space Fence Detects Debris From India Anti-Satellite Test

May 22, 2019 – The U.S. Air Force Space Fence system detected the breakup field from an anti-satellite test conducted by India during a scheduled endurance exercise of the new space surveillance radar. As MICROSAT-R was expected to pass through the un-cued surveillance fence, Space Fence automatically issued a “breakup alert” indicating there were multiple objects within close proximity. Space…

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