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 are jointly exercising with RSS Tenacious, a Formidable-class Guided Missile Stealth Frigate and HTMS Kraburi, a Guided Missile Frigate and engaged in various Gunnery, Force Protection Measures, Air Defence and…

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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 is a strategic partner in the Indo-Pacific, whose partnership stands upon a shared commitment to uphold the rule of law, freedom of navigation, democratic values and open markets – key…

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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 between the two sides for the establishment of a collaborative relationship to combat transnational illegal activities at sea and develop regional co-operation. During the meeting, both sides agreed to strengthen…

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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 has been designated as the Chairman of National Maritime Search and Rescue Board (NMSARB), which constitutes members from national/coastal state administration/agencies. The sanctioned strength of Coast Guard has increased from…

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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 conditions in the Bay of Bengal. The fishing boats were escorted by two Bangladesh Coast Guard Ships Mansoor Ali and Sadhini Bangla up to the IMBL where they were formally…

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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 74,115.99 73,882.95 75,900.54 2019-20 81,008.57 — 19,560.27# # Expenditure figures are up to May, 2019. In May 2001, the Defence Industry sector, which was hitherto reserved for the public sector,…

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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 Guard Reserve Training Centre, Yorktown, Virginia. The incoming Director General holds a Master’s Degree in Defence & Strategic Studies from Madras University and is an alumnus of the Defence Services…

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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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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. “This is the continuation of a relationship critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans,” said Capt. Kevin Lane, commanding officer, USS John P.…

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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 Marshal Mel Hupfeld, said this third iteration of IPE was one of the most ambitious regional engagement activities undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). “With four ships and various…

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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 Fence observed a significant amount of debris tracks surrounding the time of the event crossing labeled as uncorrelated targets. Long-arc tracking was initiated within the orbital debris cloud to form…

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ICGS Sujeet Launched at Goa Shipyard

May 22, 2019 – The 2nd Vessel of the indigenous Project for 05 Offshore Patrol Vessels for Indian Coast Guard was ceremoniously launched on 25 May 2019 at Goa Shipyard Limited. Mrs Seema Mittal, wife of Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) Shri Sanjiv Mittal performed the launching rituals and named the vessel as ‘Sujeet’. The first vessel of ship class was launched three months earlier by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on 21 Feb 2019. The ceremony was attended by Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard) – ADG K Natarajan, PTM,…

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Chief of Naval Operations United States Navy Admiral John Michael Richardson Visit to India

May 13, 2019 – Admiral John Michael Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy, is on an official tour to India from 12 to 14 May 2019. His visit is intended to consolidate bilateral naval relations between India and USA and also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation. Admiral John M Richardson had discussions with Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman COSC and Chief of the Naval Staff today. He also interacted with Defence Secretary, Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Chief of the Air Staff, Chief of the Integrated Defence…

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Indian Navy Deploys Ships for Rescue and Relief Operations

May 2, 2019 – The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ lie about 150 km East South East of Visakhapatnam and about 300 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha) as on 5:30 pm on 02 May 19. The Cyclonic Storm FANI is moving slowly in a Northerly direction and expected to cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri during tomorrow the 3rd May forenoon with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph. Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Ranvir and Kadmatt with Relief Material and Medical Teams embarked…

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India – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

April 2, 2019 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of twenty-four (24) MH-60R Multi-Mission helicopters for an estimated cost of $2.6 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of India has requested to buy twenty-four (24) MH-60R Multi-Mission helicopters, equipped with the following: thirty (30) APS-153(V) Multi-Mode radars (24 installed, 6 spares); sixty (60) T700-GE-401C engines (48 installed and 12 spares); twenty-four (24) Airborne Low Frequency System (ALFS)…

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