India About to Lease a Project 971 to Replace INS Chakra

December 5, 2018 (TASS) – New Delhi is about to make a deal with Moscow to lease another Project-971 nuclear submarine, which is supposed to replace the Chakra submarine (formerly the K-152 Nerpa), since its lease term will expire in the coming years, the India Today newspaper wrote. According to the newspaper, an Indian naval delegation has recently made a visit to Russia, where its members “inspected two Akula-1 class submarines, the Bratsk and the Samara, laid up for a deep refit at the Zvezdochka Shipyard in the Arctic port…

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Harbour Phase Of SIMBEX 2018 Commences With Ops Conferences

The Harbor Phase of SIMBEX-18 commenced with two Op Conferences conducted at Port Blair on 10 and 11 November 2018. The conferences, attended by the Ops Teams and aircrew from all participating ships and aircraft, discussed planning and execution details of various exercises scheduled during the Sea Phase. Towards ensuring safe ASW operations with RSS Swordsman, a submarine safety meeting was also held. As part of Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEE), Eastern Fleet staff, flight crew and aviation officers of IN Ships Sahyadri, Shakti, Satpura and Kadmatt visited RSN Steadfast…

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GRSE Lays Keel of First of Three Type 17A Frigates

November 10, 2018 – Kolkata based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) touched a key milestone in its Project 17A today (10th November 2018) with the laying of the keel of the first of three Advanced Stealth Frigates. The keel was laid at GRSE’s Main Works Unit in the august presence of Vice Admiral K. B. Singh, PVSM, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command. Rear Admiral V. K. Saxena (Ret’), Chairman & Managing Director and other senior officials of the Indian Navy and GRSE graced the ceremony. The…

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IONS Anniversary Celebrations Commence with Release of First Day Cover

November 13, 2018 – The 10th anniversary celebrations of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) commenced with release of the ‘Special Cover’ by the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC on 13 Nov 18 at Lulu International Convention Centre, Kochi in the presence of Fisheries, Harbor Engineering and Cashew Industries Minister of Kerala, Smt Mercy Kutty Amma, the Post Master General (PMG), Northern Region, Shri Jithendra Gupta and the Commander of Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi. The commemorative Special Cover of…

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INS Rana at Surabaya for Exercise Samudra Shakti

November 12, 2018 – INS Rana of the Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam under the Eastern Naval Command is on deployment to the South East Asia and arrived at the port of Surabaya to participate in the inaugural edition of Indian Navy – Indonesian Navy Bilateral Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ scheduled from 12 to 18 Nov 18. The aim of the exercise is to strengthen bilateral relations, expand maritime co-operation, enhance interoperability and exchange best practices. The exercise would start with a Harbor Phase scheduled from 12 to 15 Nov encompassing…

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SIMBEX-18 Starts at Port Blair

November 10, 2018 – There are only a few militaries that can boast of continuity and cooperation in the field of maritime combat drills like the navies of India and Singapore and that too sustained for 25 years. When the frontline ships of the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy and those of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) made their entry into the azure waters of Port Blair in the pristine Andaman and Nicobar Islands on 10 November 2018, it was a treat for the on lookers. The ships…

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Prime Minister felicitates crew of INS Arihant on completion of Nuclear Triad

November 5, 2018 – Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi received today the crew of Strategic Strike Nuclear Submarine (SSBN) INS Arihant. The submarine recently returned from its first deterrence patrol, completing the establishment of the country’s survivable nuclear triad. Stressing the significance of the successful deployment of INS Arihant for the completion of India’s nuclear triad, the Prime Minister congratulated the crew and all involved in the achievement which puts India among a handful of countries having the capability to design, construct and operate SSBNs. Noting that the indigenous development…

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Naval Commanders’ Conference (2018/2) Concludes

November 2, 2018 – The second edition of this years’ bi-annual Naval Commanders’ Conference concluded today after three days of fruitful deliberations. The Hon’ble RM addressed Naval Commanders today and complimented all personnel of the Indian Navy for maintaining a high operational tempo and ensuring maritime security of the country. The Hon’ble RM reiterated the need for the nation to be strong at sea and the Navy to be ready and vigilant to counter any challenge in the maritime domain. She appreciated Navy’s efforts in the area of indigenization, self-reliance…

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Indian Navy’s Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) Capability

November 2, 2018 – The Indian Navy has inducted a Submarine Rescue System with a Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) along with associated equipment. This System has a Side Scan Sonar for locating the position of the submarine in distress at sea, providing immediate relief by way of posting Emergency Life Support Containers with the help of Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and thereafter rescuing the crew of the submarine using the DSRV itself. In a submarine accident, rapidity of response is most crucial to safety of life. To ensure early…

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INS Tarangini returns after Vogage across the World

October 30, 2018 – The sail training ship of Indian Navy, INS Tarangini based at Kochi, returned after a seven month long sailing across the world to a grand reception at naval base, Kochi on 30 Oct 18. The ship was received by Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, VSM, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command. A welcoming ceremony was conducted by the Southern Naval Command at South Jetty of the naval base to mark the occasion. Captain Varun Singh, SC, Senior Officer First Training Squadron and a number of senior officers,…

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MOD signs contract with GRSE for supply of four survey vessels for Indian Navy

October 30, 2018 – Ministry of Defence has awarded contract for design, construction and supply of four Survey Vessels for Indian Navy to Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) Limited, Kolkata after it became successful bidder in the competitive bidding. The contract was signed between Ministry of Defence and GRSE here today. The contract was signed by Joint Secretary & Acquisition Manager (MS) Shri Ravi Kant on behalf of the Ministry and Director(Shipbuilding)Commodore S Nayyar IN (Ret’d) for GRSE, Kolkata. Request for Proposal was issued by Indian Navy to four…

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Indian Navy Augments Submarine Rescue capability

October 17, 2018 – The Indian Navy’s submarine rescue capability got a boost with the successful completion of trials of the newly-inducted deep submergence rescue vehicle (DSRV). The Western Naval Command has successfully concluded maiden trials of its Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV), ushering in a niche capability to the Indian Navy. The DSRV, which is operated by a crew of three, can rescue 14 personnel from a disabled submarine at one time. On 15 Oct 2018, The DSRV carried out the first under water mating with a bottomed submarine,…

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Contract for construction of diving support Vessels(DSV) signed

September 26, 2018 –  A contract was signed by the Indian Navy with Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Vishakhapatnam, on 20 Sep 18 for construction of two Diving Support Vessels (DSV) to augment the Indian Navy’s submarine support operations on either coast.       The first vessel to be built over a 36 month period would be followed by the second, six months later. The vessels to be based at Vishakhapatnam and Mumbai respectively, would be of 118 m in length and of approximately 7,650 T displacement. In addition to operating submarines…

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Indian Naval ship Sahyadri Reaches Darwin for Exercise KAKADU 2018

August 30, 2018 – After having been deployed to the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean for over four months, which included representing Indian Navy in multinational exercises MALABAR 18 at Guam and RIMPAC 18 at Hawaii, INS Sahyadri entered the Port of Darwin, Australia on 29 Aug 18 to participate in Exercise KAKADU 2018. Exercise KAKADU, which started in 1993, is the premier multilateral regional maritime engagement exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and supported by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).The exercise is held biennially in…

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DAC Approves Procurement for Services amounting to Nearly Rs. 46,000 Crores

August 25, 2018 – The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Hon’ble Defence Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, met on 25 Aug 2018 and accorded approval for procurement for the Services amounting to approximately Rs. 46,000 crores. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), in a landmark decision today, approved procurement of 111 Utility Helicopters for the Indian Navy at a cost of over Rs. 21,000 crores. This is the first project under the MoD’s prestigious Strategic Partnership (SP) Model that aims at providing significant fillip to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ program.…

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