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Indian Navy Day: Strategic, technological prowess key for Navy

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The need of a professional defence mechanism has been, and will remain, of prime importance in managing organised and unorganised violence, which is further indistinguishably associated with the decisive question of life and death. The shared uniqueness of the different defence forces of India moulds its fellows into the comradeship of arms with united morals, principles and codes of conduct.

A soldier of the Indian Armed Forces, including a sailor or an airman, wears the uniform on oath to execute all allotted tasks willingly even if it puts his/her life on the line. This feeling and compassion for the country don’t come merely because they are paid for it but has a rather deeper honour and pride they feel by serving their motherland.

Today as the Indian Navy celebrates ‘Navy Day‘ on December 4, we need to make ourselves cognizant of the boundless improvement of technology and strategies by the defence force.

The Indian maritime diplomacy is often linked with its naval outreach in the Indian Ocean or its stretched capabilities in the East Asia. With its increasing number of visits to the South East Asia in recent times, New Delhi’s apparent Pacific goal, a notion has been formed that East Asia has become Indian Navy’s diplomatic venture.

Indian nautical diplomacy in the Indian Ocean has looked to be fairly modest. However, despite that it has a substantial influence in the security and counter-piracy operations of the sea-lanes.

Several advancements have taken place in the past few months with regards to maritime diplomacy from India’s side. Since early this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Mauritius, constructing a clear image of Indian Ocean littorals being of prime priority to the country.

India has enthusiastically cultivated associations with its maritime neighbours. It has, over the time, enhanced the quality of its diplomatic connections, as well as pursued to conduct joint developmental projects and tone up a marine protection trilateral with Sri Lanka and Maldives through an annexation of Seychelles.

One of the most noteworthy aspects of India’s Indian Ocean diplomacy took place in October when they outreached to the Arab Gulf states, where the Indian Navy started programmes for unremitting measurement building security partnership. 4 Indian Naval ships – Trishul, Tabar, Deepak and Delhi – proceeded on one-month deployment in the Arabian Gulf.

On the other hand, Indian Navy is constantly working on developing its indigenous technology. Indian Navy is ranked in the top 5th largest navy in the world. Since, 2015, the national navy has the assets of 58,350 personnel and one of the largest functioning fleets comprising two aircraft carriers, one amphibious transport dock, 9 Landing ship tanks, 10 destroyers, 15 frigates, one nuclear-powered attack submarine, 14 conventionally powered attack submarines, 25 corvettes, 7 mine countermeasure vessels, 47 patrol vessels, 4 fleet tankers and numerous additional ancillary watercraft.

It also has 42 warships and six submarines under manufacturing in local shipyards on an approximate expenditure of over Rs 3 lakh crore, aimed at building a powerful three-dimensional Navy to safeguard its massive maritime concerns covering from the Persian Gulf to Malacca Strait to counter the increasing Chinese naval occurrence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

Admiral Robin Dhowan in an interview said, “a long-term naval technology roadmap” was now on the right trajectory since a wide range of discussions have taken place with the Defence Research and Development Organization and additional investors.

With Indian Navy only progressing on its path, be it strategic security or technology growth, one thing is sure it is only adding on to its significance and respect across the globe.

With all said, one of the most interesting facts about the Indian Navy Day is that it is not celebrated to commemorate the day Indian Navy was founded rather it is celebrated to signify the day Indian Navy had successfully executed Operation Trident, an attack on Pakistani Naval Headquarters in Karachi.

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TU-142M, a long range Maritime Patrol aircraft of Indian Navy decommissioned after 29 years of service arrives at Vizag to be converted into Museum

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TU-142M, a long range Maritime Patrol aircraft of Indian Navy decommissioned after 29 years of service arrives at Vizag , Wikimedia

Visakhapatnam, Apr 8, 2017: TU-142M, one of the long range Maritime Patrol aircraft of the Indian Navy which was decommissioned after 29 years of service, arrived here on Saturday, to be converted into a museum.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu received the aircraft at INS Dega. He presented bouquets to the five-member crew as the aircraft landed for the final time.

Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Vice Admiral HCS Bisht and other officials attended the ceremony.

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Earlier, the aircraft took off from INS Rajali, the air station of the Indian Navy at Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu.

The TU-142M aircraft is the heaviest, fastest and highest flying Turbo prop in the world which had been the mainstay of long range maritime reconnaissance and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Operations of the Indian Navy for close to three decades.

Authorities were making preparation to convert the aircraft into a museum on the lines of Kursura Submarine Museum on the Beach Road here. It is expected to be ready on one acre of land on Beach Road by June. The entire project is expected to cost Rs 10 crore.

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Officials said the technical evaluation of tenders by five companies for converting the aircraft into a museum was completed and financial bid would be opened soon.

The aircraft would be dismantled at INS Dega and shifted to the site for assembling and converting it into a museum. The district authorities have finalised the tender for dismantling and shifting the aircraft. (IANS)

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Indian Navy bids farewell to TU 142M patrol aircraft

The end of Tupolev 142M's illustrious and successful career with the Indian Navy was marked by the de-induction of the aircraft

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Tupolev 142M aircraft, wikimedia

Arakkonam, March 29: The Indian Navy’s long-range maritime patrol aircraft TU 142M, which played a key role in a number of key operations including the IPKF mission in Sri Lanka, was de-inducted today after a long run of accident-free service of 29 years.

The aircraft made in Russia was bid adieu by the Indian navy including its Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba at a ceremony at INS Rajali here, about 90 km from Chennai.

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The end of Tupolev 142M’s illustrious and successful career with the Navy was marked by the de-induction of the aircraft.

Tupolev 142M fleet is being replaced by 12 P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft of Boeing which are well-equipped with rockets, newly developed radars, harpoon anti-ship missiles, lightweight torpedoes, new generation sensors and much more advanced technology.

In 1988, TU 142M was introduced in the Navy at Dabolim in Goa from Russia. It shifted base to INS Rajali in 1992 and became a part of several naval exercises and operations in it’s long service-period.

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Praising and remembering the services of the TU 142M, Admiral Lanba mentioned the key role played by the aircraft in several missions involving the Indian Navy including the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) operations in Sri Lanka in the late 1980s.

For Lanba and the navy, TU 142M stands as a proud symbol of pride and might, adding that the de-induction ceremony was an emotional moment for the personnel involved with it.

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According to PTI reports, he also mentioned that P-8i with its modern technology including new-generation sensors and radars will be a “force multiplier.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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Indian subsidiary of French naval major DCNS contributes to Clean Ganga Fund

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New Delhi, March 24, 2017: DCNS India, the Indian subsidiary of French naval major DCNS, on Friday said it has contributed to the Clean Ganga Fund.

“DCNS India’s contribution will enable to tackle major challenges posed to Ganga, holy river of India, in a comprehensive approach adopted by Government of India, through four different modes – wastewater management, solid waste management, industrial pollution and river front development,” said a company statement.

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The firm’s contribution was handed over to Upendra Prasad Singh, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga.

In his remarks at the occasion, DCNS India Managing Director Bernard Buisson said: “DCNS India is proud to contribute to Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission, in order to ensure effective abatement of pollution and conservation of Ganga.

“As major partner of MDL and the Indian Navy through the P75 submarines programme, DCNS Group endeavours to create long-term added-value in its activities while respecting environment and ocean protection. The Group places corporate responsibility at the heart of its sustainable growth.”

The Scorpene submarines are being built by Mazagon Dockyard Ltd at Mumbai under Project 75 with transfer of technology from DCNS. Out of the six vessels, two submarines are ready. (IANS)