Expression of Interest (EOI) for 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) for Indian Navy

February 12, 2019 – In a first of its kind, Ministry of Defence has issued Expression of Interest (s) for shortlisting of potential Indian Strategic Partners and foreign OEMs for the ‘Procurement of 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) for the Indian Navy on 12 Feb 19. These helicopters will replace Chetak Helicopters and will be utilized for albeit SAR, CASEVAC, LIMO, passenger roles and torpedo drops. 95 helicopters out of 111 will be manufactured in India by the selected Indian Strategic Partner. The case was approved by DAC on 25…

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Delay in Building Ships, Cost Escalation Affecting Navy’s Upgrade Plans

February 11, 2019 – There have been occasion where Warship Construction Projects of Indian Navy have had time and / or cost overruns due to design finalization, delay in receipt of critical equipment / technology, infrastructural constraints of the shipyard and delay in development of indigenized equipment / weapon. Modernization of Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) in terms of infrastructure to enhance productivity from time to time on required basis is also undertaken by the Ministry. Indigenization of equipment / systems, sub-systems, components fitted onboard ships and submarines, Indian Naval…

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Goa Shipyard Contracted for Acquisition of two additional Project 1135.6 Frigates for Indian Navy

January 30, 2019 – An Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between the Government of Republic of India and Government of Russian Federation was concluded on 15 Oct 2016, for construction of additional Project 1135.6 Follow-on ships in India, at M/s Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL). In line with the IGA, the Government signed a contract for construction of two ships with Goa Shipyard Ltd, Goa to-date, with scheduled delivery in June 2026 and December 2026 respectively. The Follow-on P 1135.6 series of frigates, customized to meet the Indian Navy’s specific requirements, are potent…

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Successful Flight Test of LRSAM

January 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – Ship launched Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM) has been successfully test fired from INS Chennai against an incoming aerial target flying at low altitude today. The missile destroyed the target with a direct hit. All the mission objectives have been met. LRSAM has been jointly developed by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India and M/s Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel for the Indian Navy. Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO, Indian Navy and associated team members.

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INS Kohassa – a New Bird’s Nest in the Andamans

January 24, 2019 – Naval Air Station (NAS) Shibpur was commissioned as INS Kohassa by Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chairman COSC and Chief of the Naval Staff today, on 24 Jan 19. The grand ceremony was attended by many dignitaries and senior officials including VAdm Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command. The ceremony included presentation of Ceremonial Guard, hoisting of the Commissioning Pennant and reading of the Ship’s Warrant by the Commanding Officer, Commander Kuldeep Tripathi. INS Kohassa has been named after a White-Bellied Sea…

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Two-Day Coastal Defence Exercise Sea Vigil Concludes

January 23, 2019 – The first coastal defense Exercise Sea Vigil, conducted by the Navy and Coast Guard, in close coordination with State Governments and Union Territories concluded today, 23 Jan 2019. It was the largest such exercise the country had ever witnessed in recent times and saw participation by more than 100 ships, aircraft and patrol boats manned and operated by various security agencies. The exercise had commenced yesterday morning and comprised two distinct phases. In the first phase, all stakeholders assessed the robustness of their own organizations. During…

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Indian Navy Coordinates Largest Ever Coastal Defence Exercise Ten Years After “26/11”

January 22, 2019 – Ten years after “26/11”, the Indian Navy commenced the largest coastal defence exercise off the Indian coast today. Exercise SEA VIGIL, a first of its kind, is being undertaken along the entire 7516.6 km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India and is involving all the 13 coastal States and Union Territories along with all maritime stakeholders, including the fishing and coastal communities. Exercise SEA VIGIL aims to comprehensively and holistically validate the efficacy of the measures taken since ’26/11′. Seaward monitoring during the exercise will…

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India Approves Three Additional Naval Air Squadrons

January 18, 2019 – The Indian Government has sanctioned this week three new Naval Air Squadrons to be set up in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Besides this, the central Government has also sanctioned manpower towards manning additional aircraft in existing Dornier Surveillance Squadrons in Kerala and Andaman Islands. It is pertinent to mention that the contract for procurement of 12 Dornier aircraft was signed with HAL (Kanpur) on 29 Dec 16 with delivery commencing in Jan 19. This is a substantial contract for the indigenous HAL-built maritime surveillance version of…

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INS LCU L55 Commissioned at Port Blair

December 19, 2018 – Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, AVSM, VSM, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, commissioned IN LCU L55 into the Indian Navy today at Port Blair. IN LCU L55 is the fifth ship of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class to be inducted into the Indian Navy. The ship has been indigenously designed and built by M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. The Commissioning of IN LCU L55 is yet another manifestation of the country’s indigenous design and ship building capability. LCU Mk-IV ship is an…

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Indra Navy-2018 completed in the Bay of Bengal

December 16, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today in the Bay of Bengal, in the Indian port of Vishakhapatnam, the Russian-Indian exercise Indra Navi-2018 was completed in the framework of which the naval interaction of seafarers of the two countries was worked out to protect shipping and economic activity at sea. In the course of the exercise, the sailors of the Pacific Fleet and the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy in practice improved the skills of joint tactical maneuvering, the replenishment of ships from the tanker on the move, and…

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Another Arms and Ammunition Haul by INS Sunayna

December 14, 2018 – On 13 Dec 2018, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sunayna, an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) of the Southern Naval Command based at Kochi, while being mission deployed, carried out a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) operation on sighting a suspicious fishing vessel approximately 20 nm off the coast of Somalia in the Horn of Africa. The successful operation resulted in seizure of illegal arms such as five rifles that included AK-47 and 471 rounds of ammunition. After confiscation of the arms and ammunition to prevent their…

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Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System Inducted into the Indian Navy at Mumbai

December 12, 2018 – Indian Navy’s first flyaway Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System was formally inducted by Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff, at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai. Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, former CNS/Cs-in-C as well as the senior management of the Original Equipment Manufacturer, M/s James Fisher and Sons Pvt. Ltd, UK were present during the induction ceremony. Acquisition of this capability is a significant and pioneering jump in the Indian Navy’s capability in deep…

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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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