India Issues RFPs for Navy & Coast Guard Shipbuilding

July 1, 2019 – In a significant development in the indigenous shipbuilding, Ministry of Defence has issued four shipbuilding Requests for Proposal (RFP) amounting to Rs 15,000 crore for the acquisition of various ships and craft for the Navy and the Coast Guard. While the RFP for six Next Generation Missile Vessels (NGMVs) has been issued to seven shipyards, RFPs for eight Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) and 12 Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) and 08 Missile-cum-Ammunition Barges have been issued to shortlisted Indian shipyards. The RFP for ACVs also includes the…

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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 indigenously at Indian Shipyards. The Indian Navy has in-house capability to design complex frontline combatants like Corvettes, Stealth Frigates, Destroyers and Aircraft Carriers. Several measures have been taken by Government…

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Indian Navy Executes OP Sankalp

June 20, 2019 – Indian Navy has deployed, in the Gulf of Oman, to re-assure Indian Flagged Vessels operating/ transiting through Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman following the maritime security incidents in the region. IN Ships Chennai and Sunayna have been deployed in the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf to undertake Maritime Security operations. In addition, aerial surveillance by IN aircraft is also being undertaken in the area. The Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region which was launched by the IN in December 2018 at Gurugram, is…

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Expression of Interest For six P 75(i) Submarines for Indian Navy

June 20, 2019 – As a major initiative towards ‘Make in India’, the Government immediately on taking over has issued the Expression of Interest(s) for shortlisting of potential Indian Strategic Partners (SPs) for “Construction of six Conventional Submarines” for P-75(I) Project of the Indian Navy on 20 Jun 19. The project cost is about Rs 45,000 Crores. This is the second project being undertaken under the latest Strategic Partnership (SP) Model, with the first being the procurement of 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH). This would provide a major boost to…

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USS John P. Murtha, Indian Navy Conduct Maritime Exercises

June 16, 2019 – USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) with embarked elements from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in maneuvering and communication drills with Indian navy ship, Rajput-class destroyer INS Ranvijay (D 55) in the Bay of Bengal, June 14. The interaction between the U.S. and Indian navies this year prepares both maritime forces to conduct their first bi-lateral, tri-services amphibious exercise. “Conducting these drills with the Indian Navy and enhancing our maritime cooperation was a great way to follow up our successful port visit to Visakhapatnam,”…

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Indian Navy on standby notice in view of Cyclone Vayu

June 12, 2019 – The following preparatory actions have been initiated by Headquarters, Western Naval Command, Mumbai to respond expeditiously to the developing situation in view of #CycloneVayu: State Administration, local District authorities and Indian Coast Guard authorities have been directed to caution fishermen against proceeding to sea and take all necessary precautions in view of inclement weather. Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) bricks and relief material have been embarked on board nominated ships of the Command and are ready to be deployed at short notice. Indian Navy ships…

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Admiral Karambir Singh Assumes Command of the Indian Navy

May 31, 2019 – Admiral Karambir Singh assumed command of the Indian Navy on 31 May 2019 as the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff. Admiral Karambir Singh is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, he earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1981 and has flown extensively on the Chetak (Alouette) and Kamov helicopters. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and has served as Directing Staff in both…

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Eastern Command Unit Test-Fired BrahMos Missile from Car Nicobar Islands

May 24, 2019 – A BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile was successfully test-fired by a Unit of Eastern Command, Indian Army from Car Nicobar Islands at 1450 hr on 22 May 2019 as part of joint training by Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. The Combat missile was test fired on a specially designed target chosen at a range of 270 Kms, thus validating deep penetration capability by the supersonic cruise missile and accurate engagement of targets in depth. The launch of the BrahMos missile involved coordination with large…

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India & France ASW Exercise Varuna 19.2

May 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – From 22 to 25 May 2019, the Varuna 19.2 anti-submarine warfare exercise brought together a Navy attack submarine (SNA) of the French Navy currently deployed in the Indian Ocean and an Indian Navy submarine. . Organized under the operational control of ALINDIEN, this exercise was an opportunity to strengthen our capabilities for joint action in a critical and strategic area while demonstrating the high level of interoperability achieved. This major training has accumulated more than 35 hours of submarine combat. The higher level exercises…

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Brief on SIMBEX-19

May 19, 2019 – On successful completion of IMDEX 19, IN ships Kolkata and Shakti are continuing their stay at Singapore to participate in the annual Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise SIMBEX-2019 scheduled from 16 May to 22 May 19. Since its inception in 1993, SIMBEX has grown in tactical and operational complexity. the annual bilateral exercise saw its progression from traditional anti-submarine exercises to more complex maritime exercises such as advanced air defence operations, anti air/ surface practice firings, tactical exercises, etc. Over the years SIMBEX has stood the…

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India Orders 16 Shallow Water ASW Craft

April 30, 2019 – Contracts for Sixteen Anti Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft (ASW SWC) ships have been signed for construction of eight ships each from M/s CSL, Kochi and GRSE, Kolkata respectively. delivery of ships is scheduled to commence from October 22, with two ships per year subsequently, by each shipyard. In view of India’s vast coastline of 7516.6 kilometer with 12 Major ports, 184 minor ports and 1197 Island territories, coastal surveillance for ASW operations is considered critical. Induction of these specialized ships with lower draught, would significantly…

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INS Gomati Sailor Killed in Accident

March 29, 2019 – In an unfortunate incident, Mohan Raj, Seaman First Class, of the Indian Navy serving onboard INS Gomati suffered grave injury whilst carrying out combat weapon firing drills at sea. The sailor was airlifted from the ship to the nearest naval hospital INHS Asvini, Mumbai by a Seaking helicopter, however, he succumbed to his injuries. A Board of Inquiry has been ordered to determine the cause of the incident. Mohan Raj aged 21 years, hailed from Katpudi, Tamil Nadu and is survived by his parents and two…

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Local Indian Diaspora Join Indian Navy’s HADR Efforts in Mozambique

March 25, 2019 – The HADR efforts by the Indian Navy in Mozambique have galvanised the local Indian Diaspora to work in tandem with the ships of the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy (Sujata, Sarathi and Shardul) currently deployed there. The local community along with Indian Community has enthusiastically joined the HADR efforts being undertaken by the ships. The Rescue teams have voluntarily been provided vehicles by the Indian community for travel to affected areas and for coordination with the local authorities. The Indian Diaspora have also organised…

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CNS Reviews Operational Readiness Exercise in Kochi

March 18, 2019 – The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, arrived Kochi on 18 March 19 for the debrief of the recently concluded annual Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX). Commanders-in-Chief of all the three naval Commands, along with a number of senior operational commanders and representatives from Indian Army, Air Force and Indian Coast Guard attended and participated in the discussions held at the Naval Base, Kochi. The day long review of TROPEX 2019 was undertaken to examine the conduct of exercise…

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P-8I Aircraft: 21st Century Maritime Security for the Indian Navy

The P-8I is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations. The P-8I is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing is developing for the U.S. Navy.  This military derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800 combines superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the future battle space.The Indian Navy is the first international customer for the P-8. Boeing signed a contract Jan. 1, 2009, to deliver eight long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare…

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