INS Kavaratti, Indigenously-Built Anti-Submarine Warfare Stealth Corvette, To Be Commissioned Into Indian Navy Today

INS Kavaratti, the last of four indigenously-built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes, will be commissioned into the Indian Navy on Thursday, i.e. October 22.  Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Manoj Mukund Naravane will commission the stealth corvette at Naval Dockyard in Vishakhapatnam. It is Kamorta-class corvette.

Touted as a potent Stealth ASW Corvette, Kavaratti is indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design (DND), and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata, and portrays the growing capability of the Indian Navy, GRSE and the nation in becoming self-reliant through indigenization, thus, accentuating our national objective of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”. Indian Navy Inducts Third Ship of LCU Mk-IV Class at Port Blair.

The ship has up to 90 percent indigenous content and the use of carbon composites for the superstructure is a commendable feat achieved in Indian shipbuilding. The ship’s weapons and sensors suite is predominantly indigenous and showcases the nation’s growing capability in this niche area.

Kavaratti has a state-of-the-art weapons and sensor suite capable of detecting and prosecuting submarines. In addition to its anti-submarine warfare capability, the ship also has a credible self defence capability and good endurance for long-range deployments. First Batch of Five Rafale Jets Arrive in India; Dassault Aviation’s Aircraft To be Part of ‘Golden Arrows’.

It is noteworthy that the ship will be commissioned into the Navy as a combat-ready platform as the ship has completed sea trials of all the systems fitted onboard. It is a praiseworthy achievement in itself, taking into consideration the restrictions imposed due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during which she was delivered to the Navy. With the induction of Kavaratti into its fold, the Indian Navy’s preparedness will be enhanced.

Kavaratti takes her name from erstwhile INS Kavaratti which was an Arnala class missile corvette. The older Kavaratti distinguished herself by operating in support of was Bangladesh’s liberation in 1971.

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter/All India Radio News)

Indian Army Hands Back PLA Soldier Who Inadvertently Crossed LAC in Chumar-Demchok Area of Ladakh

The India Army on Wednesday handed back the detained People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier to China. According to reports, the soldier was questioned by Chinese officials before he was sent back. Notably, the soldier had inadvertently crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) Chumar-Demchok area of Ladakh sector on Monday. He was apprehended by the Indian Army.

Hour after, the PLA soldier was captured, the defence ministry in a statement had said that the soldier would be handed over to the Chinese army through establish protocols. The Chinese Army soldier was identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long. He was provided medical assistance, food and warm clothes by the Indian Army.

The Chinese Army had sent a request to the Indian Army about the whereabouts of the missing soldier. The soldier lost his way while helping local herdsmen retrieve a yak, a Chinese officer said in a statement on Monday night. The Chinese side had expressed hope that the Indian side would hand over the missing Chinese soldier as soon as possible.

India and China are locked in a standoff in Ladakh since May this year. The dispute escalated after 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers were engaged in a violent face-off on the evening of May 5. Similar incident took place in north Sikkim on May 9. Several Indian and Chinese troops were injured in the clashes.

On June 15, in the violent clash in Galwan valley area of Ladakh sector, 20 Indian army soldiers attained martyrdom, while double the number of PLA troops reportedly also killed. However, the Chinese government never disclosed the fatalities. Notably, India has now captured advantageous positions in the southern bank of Pangong Tso lake.

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Chinese Soldier Apprehended in Chumar-Demchok Area of Ladakh, May Have Inadvertently Crossed LAC

A Chinese soldiers was held by Indian security forces in Chumar-Demchok area of Ladakh on Monday. According to reports, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier may have inadvertently crossed the Line of Actual (LAC). The Chinese soldier have been identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long. He was strayed across the LAC.

Ya Long will be returned to the Chinese Army though established protocol. “Chinese soldier apprehended by security forces in Chumar-Demchok area of Ladakh. He might have entered Indian territory inadvertently. He will be returned to Chinese Army as per established protocol after following due procedure,” reported news agency ANI quoting sources as saying. PLA Soldiers Crying on Way to LAC in Ladakh? Video Goes Viral Amid India-China Border Dispute.

The Indian Army is investigating the incident. Indian intelligence agencies are reportedly looking into the espionage angle. Some sources claimed that the soldier might have been spying on Indian positions in the sector. The development came amid ongoing border dispute between the Indian and the Chinese Armies. Meanwhile, eighth round of commander-level talks between the armies will take place this wek.

India and China are locked in a standoff in Ladakh since May. The dispute escalated after 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers were engaged in a violent face-off on the evening of May 5. Similar incident took place in north Sikkim on May 9. Several Indian and Chinese troops were injured in the clashes.

On June 15, in the violent clash in Galwan valley area of Ladakh sector, 20 Indian army soldiers attained martyrdom, while double the number of PLA troops reportedly also killed. However, the Chinese government never disclosed the fatalities. Notably, India has now captured advantageous positions in  the southern bank of Pangong Tso lake.

(Picture Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

BrahMos, Supersonic Cruise Missile, Successfully Test-Fired From Indian Navy’s Stealth Destroyer INS Chennai

India on Sunday successfully test-fire BrahMos, the supersonic cruise missile, from Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai. BrahMos hit a target in the Arabian Sea during the test-firing. The missile hit the target successfully with pin-point accuracy after performing high-level and extremely complex manoeuvres.

The Defence Ministry in a statement said, “BrahMos as ‘prime strike weapon’ will ensure the warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, thus making the destroyer another lethal platform of Indian Navy.” The highly versatile BrahMos has been jointly designed, developed and produced by India and Russia. India Successfully Test-Fires Extended Range BrahMos Cruise Missile Off Odisha Coast.

Video of BrahMos Missile Test-Fired From INS Chennai:

Defence Miniser Rajnath Singh congratulated Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), BrahMos and Indian Navy for the successful launch. Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy, congratulated the scientists and all personnel of DRDO, BrahMos, Indian Navy and industry for the successful feat. He stated that BrahMos missiles will add to the capabilities of Indian Armed Forces in many ways.

Indian Army Restores Damaged Grave of Pakistani Officer Killed in Action in 1972, Says ‘Fallen Soldier Deserves Respect’

The Indian Army known across the world for its discipline and tradition. Setting an example, Chinar Corps of the Indian Army restored the damaged grave of a decorated Pakistani officer in Naugam sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The Chinar Corps also tweeted the image of the of the epitaph on the grave.

The Pakistani Army officer Major Mohammed Shabir Khan was killed in action at a forward location along the Line of Control (LoC) in 1972. The epitaph read, “In memory of Major Mohd Shabir Khan, Sitara-e-Jurrat, Shahid, 05 May 1972, 1630 H, killed in a counter attack by 9 Sikh.”

In the tweet, the Chinar Corps said, “In keeping with the tradition and ethos of the Indian army resuscitated a damaged grave of major Mohd Shabir Khan, Sitara-e-jurat, Pakistan army, who was killed in action (KIA) at a forward location along LC in Nowgam sector on 05 may 1972.” Kargil Vijay Diwas 2020: Know All About ‘Operation Vijay’ Launched By The Indian Army To Flush Out Pakistani Soldiers And Terrorists From Mountains of Kargil in 1999.

In the following tweet, it added, “A fallen soldier, irrespective to the country he belongs to, deserves respect and honour in death. Indian army stands with this belief. This is #Indianarmy for the world.”

The grave of the Pakistani Army officer was restored on Thursday after it had started to whither. The action of the Indian Army is earning praise on the social media platforms.

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter/Chinar Corps)

Video of Leh Kid Displaying Exceptional Military Discipline And Saluting Indian Security Personnel Is Going Viral

A child is wining hearts on internet with his exception military disciple at a tender age. The video of the child doing “Kadak” salute is going viral on social media. Even the former Indian Army officers could not stop themselves from praising the kid. However, the exact location of the video could not be known, but it is reported to be a remote village in Ladakh’s capital Leh.

The video was shared by former Indian Army Chief General Ved Prakash Malik and Director General Defence Intelligence Agency Lt Gen Kanwaljeet Singh Dhillon on their Twitter handles. The video was fist shared by Meghna Girish, the mother of martyr Indian Army Major Akshay Girish.

She tweeted, “#SundayMotivation from WhatsApp What a way to start the daySmiling face with heart-shaped eyesSmiling face with heart-shaped eyesFlag of IndiaFlag of India Can anyone any age do a more ‘kadak’ salute? @Tiny_Dhillon. Wishing everyone this cheer. God bless our little one…Folded handsFlag of India”

Video of The Child Doing Kadak “Salute”:

Former Lt Gen Syed Ata Husnain in tweet said, “Truly amazing. What confidence and what ssulation for the uniform. Outcome of the impeccable relationship of the Army with the local people. God bless the young man and may a place be reserved for him in our ranks.”

Tweet by Lt Gen (R) Syed Ata Husnain

In the video, the child could be seen saluting the security personnel. He also followed the instructions of the security personnel and performed the drill perfectly. Netizens are also praising the kid for his act.

Lt Gen PGK Menon to Take Charge As Commander of Indian Army’s 14 Corps; Lt Gen Harinder Singh to be New IMA Commandant

Lt Gen PGK Menon will take charge as the new Commander of the Indian Army’s Leh-based 14 Corps, also known as Fireand Fury Corps, reportedly from October 14. Meanwhile, incumbent commander of the XIV corps Lt Gen Harinder Singh will be new commandant of the prestigiois Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun. Notably, Leh-based XIV Corps is responsible to look after norther border of India with Pakistan and China. IMA Commandant Lt Gen Jaiveer Singh Negi Retires From Indian Army Today.

Lt Gen Menon was commissioned into the 17th Battalion of the Sikh Regiment. Currently., he is Colonel Commandant of the Sikh Regiment. He has also served as as a Brigadier in the sector. Notably, Lt Gen Menon was present along with Lt Gen Singh at the last round of military talks with Chinese army commanders on September 21 to discuss the situation prevailing along the Line of Actual (LAC) in Ladakh sector. Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane Visits Ladakh, Interacts With Soldiers Injured in Galwan Valley Clash.

Meanwhile, Lt Gen Singh is expected to hold last round of commanders level talks with the Chinese side. It will be his seventh round of talks. He took Charge of 12 Corps in 2019in October from Lt Gen YK Joshi. Lt Gen Singh has commanded Rashtriya Rifles battalion in north Kashmir. He also served as Director General of Military Intelligence, Director General of Military Operations, and Director General of Operational Logistics and Strategic Movement. 

{Picture Courtesy: Twitter/ Lt Gen Menon (L), Lt Gen Singh with Lt Gen Joshi (R)}

India Successfully Test-Fires Extended Range BrahMos Cruise Missile Off Odisha Coast

India on Wednesday successfully test-fired BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile. The missile was test fired at around 10:30 am from indigenous Booster and Airframe Section along with many other ‘Made in India’ sub-systems. Extended range BrahMos blasted off from ITR, Balasore in Odisha. It is one more major step in enhancing the indigenous content. The extended range BrahMos has more than 400-km range.

The BrahMos Land-Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) was cruising at a top speed of Mach 2.8. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated all the personnel of DRDO and team BrahMos for the spectacular mission. Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DD R&D and Chairman DRDO congratulated the scientific community and industry for this feat. Big Boost to Indian Defence Forces! India Successfully Test Fires Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Agni-IV Missile; Here You Need to Know All About The Missile.

Tweet by Rajnath Singh:

Today’s successful launch has paved the way for the serial production of the indigenous booster and other indigenous components of the powerful BrahMos Weapon System realising Atmanirbhar Bharat pledge.

IMA Commandant Lt Gen Jaiveer Singh Negi Retires From Indian Army Today

Lieutenant General Jaiveer Singh Negi, Commandant, Indian Military Academy (IMA) will finally bid adieu to the Olive Greens on September 30, 2020. Lt Gen Jaiveer Singh Negi’s illustrious career spanned over nearly 40 years. He had tenated important Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. During a simple and solemn ceremony being held at the War Memorial, IMA, the General Officer will pay homage to the martyrs and will be hanging his uniform today.

An alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, the General Officer was commissioned into the 16th Battalion, The Dogra Regiment on June 13, 1981. As a Colonel, he commanded his Battalion, 16 DOGRA in the Western Sector during Operation PARAKRAM and later as a Brigadier commanded an Assam Rifles Sector in Assam/Arunachal Pradesh in intense Counter Insurgency Operations in North East. As a Major General, he commanded a Division in the High Altitudes of Kargil (J&K) and later commanded a Strike Corps at Ambala as a Lieutenant General.

The General Officer is an alumnus of the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Higher Command Course at Army War College and a graduate from National Defence College, New Delhi. He was an Instructor at Infantry School Mhow and was a part of the Indian Military Academy Training Team in Bhutan. He has served with United Nations as the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of an Indian Multi National Brigade in Congo. He has tenated important appointments at the Army Headquarters. He served as Brigadier in the Perspective Planning Directorate and as a Major General at Military Secretary’s Branch and Military Operations Directorate at Integrated HQ of MoD (Army). Lt Gen Jaiveer Singh Negi Takes Charge as 49th Commandant of Indian Military Academy From Lt Gen SK Jha.

As the Commandant, IMA during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was instrumental in institutionalising stringent and innovative measures to keep the spread of COVID under control. During his stint as the Commandant, the Academy swiftly adapted to modified training modules to fulfill the primary mandate of the Academy towards imparting quality training to the future military leaders, while ensuring due COVID protocols. The unique Passing Out Parade of the Gentleman Cadets in June 2020 amidst COVID-19 scenario under his leadership was one of its own kind witnessed in any Training Academy in the entire world.

The underpasses at IMA was approved from the Ministry of Defence under his stewardship. His tireless strive with the Uttarakhand State Government and the Ministry of Defence towards final fructification gave the project its much needed impetus after a long delay of four decades and will act as a boon both to the civil populace and the Indian Military Academy. The General Officer plans to settle down in Dehradun and will continue to contribute to the society and the Army.

(Picture Courtesy: IMA)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Inaugurates Underpasses at Indian Military Academy; Two Tunnels to Link North And South Campuses of IMA

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday laid the Foundation Stone for construction of two underpasses at Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun. The inauguration was done electronically from New Delhi by Singh and was e-witnessed by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General MM Naravane, and GOC-in-C Army Training Command, Lieutenant General Raj Shukla.

“Once completed, the underpasses would fuse the North, Central and South campuses of IMA into one integrated unit. The project would also permit uninterrupted flow of traffic on NH-72, which would no longer have to be crossed by Gentlemen Cadets and Staff of IMA when they move between various training facilities of the Academy,” the IMA said in a press release. IMA POP Spring Term 2020: GC Akashdeep Singh Dhillon, Farmer’s Son & Alumnus of Kapurthala Sainik School, Awarded Sword of Honour.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat, Chief Secretary, Uttarakhand, Shri Om Prakash, Commandant IMA, Lieutenant General Jaiveer Singh Negi, Deputy Commandant & Chief Instructor, IMA, Major General Jagjit Singh Mangat and other dignitaries  laid the Foundation Stone on behalf of the Defence Minister.

The project, which was originally conceived way back in 1978, fulfills the dual aim of ameliorating incessant traffic jams on the NH-72 (Chakrata Road) and enhancing the security set-up of IMA. The underpasses are planned to be constructed by the PWD of NHAI within a span of two years at an approximate cost of 45 Crores. Brigadier Sujeet Kishore Narain, YSM, SM, Brigadier Administration, IMA and Colonel Nitin Thapa, Colonel General Staff, IMA were the key organisers of the successful event.

(Picture Courtesy: IMA)