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Naval force patrolling efforts result into zero piracy in coastal areas

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Mumbai: The Indian Navy has reported zero piracy in 2015 due to dedicated patrolling and led to savings worth over Rs.23,000 crore for the Indian shipping industry, a top naval officer said here on Thursday.

The Indian Navy continues its operations in the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea and so far safely escorted more than 3,000 ships through the pirate-infested areas and foiled 46 hijack attempts on the high seas, said Vice Admiral S.P.S. Cheema, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.

These actions have resulted in the line demarcating High Risk Area being shifted westwards by 780 nautical miles away from the Indian coast (from 78 degrees East Longitude to 65 degrees East) resulting in the huge savings for the Indian maritime industry.

Vice Admiral Cheema was addressing the media on the occasion of Navy Day on Friday, to commemorate the Indian Navy’s paralyzing attack on Karachi harbor on December 4, 1971 which ultimately led to the Indian victory and liberation of Bangladesh.

He pointed out that the Indian economy was on an upswing and grew at 7.4 percent in the last quarter of the current fiscal.

The economy is directly linked to the growth in trade and majority of India’s voluminous trade uses the sea route for imports and exports.

The Middle-East was crucial for India’s crude oil imports and the Indian Navy ensures that the seaborne trade is safe at all times to ensure the country’s economic growth and prosperity, Vice-Admiral Cheema said.

Given India’s strategic location in the Indian Ocean with eight major shipping lanes and presence of a large number of foreign warships, there is a continuous need to monitor more than 100,000 ships which sail through the waters along the Indian coasts every year.

If this trade were to be disrupted for any reason, it would not only be India, but also the world economy that would have to bear the impact,

Besides monitoring the seawaters, the Indian Navy is also geared up to prevent any future 26/11 type of attacks, expanding and modernizing, engaged in international humanitarian services as part of its activities in the region.

The Navy is currently gearing up to host the International Fleet Review 2016 at Visakhapatnam, from February 4-9 with the theme ‘United through Oceans’, including the President’s review of the multi-national fleet on February 6.

While 87 navies worldwide have been invited, more than 50 have already confirmed participation, and the Western Naval Command will be represented by 12 ships including the two aircraft carriers, Vice-Admiral Cheema said.

(Inputs from IANS)

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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)