Admiral Karambir Singh Takes Charge As 24th Naval Chief; Indian Navy Gives Emotional Farewell to Admiral Sunil Lanba, Watch Video

Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC assumed charge as the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff on Friday. Admiral Lanba passed on the baton to Admiral Singh at a ceremony in the South Block in New Delhi. Admiral Singh after assuming charges said, “It will be my endeavour to continue with their efforts and provide the nation with a Navy that is strong, credible and ready to meet security challenges in the maritime domain.”

The Naval Chief’s mother, Rajinder Kaur was also present during the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat in a nice gesture stood outside the office of the outgoing naval chief Admiral Lanba. He walked upto the lift to see off Admiral Lanba. INS VIKRANT, FIRST INDIGENOUS-BUILT AIRCRAFT CARRIER TO BE DELIVERED TO INDIAN NAVY IN 2021: ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA.

The 23rd Naval Chief was give an emotional farewell. As part of the Pulling Out ceremony of Admiral Lanba, All d Rear/Vice Admirals pulled the outgoing chief out on a  vehicle out of south block in an emotional ceremony. Naval personnel also hailed Admiral Lanba by shouting slogan “Adm Sunil Lanba ki Jai” Pulling Out Ceremony of Admiral Sunil Lanba:

Journey of 24th Naval Chief, Admiral Karambir Singh:

Admiral 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 these institutions. INS KOLKATA AND INS SHAKTI CONDUCT GROUP SAIL WITH NAVAL SHIPS OF US, JAPAN & PHILIPPINES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA.

In Andmiral Singh’s career spanning over 39 years, he has commanded Indian Coast Guard Ship Chandbibi, Missile Corvette INS Vijaydurg, as well as two Guided Missile Destroyers, INS Rana and INS Delhi. Admiral Singh has also served as the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. Ashore, he has served at Naval Headquarters as the Joint Director Naval Air Staff, and as Captain Air and Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Air Station at Mumbai. VICE ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH APPOINTED AS NEXT INDIAN NAVY CHIEF; ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA RETIRES ON MAY 31.

He has also served as member of the Aircrew Instrument Rating and Categorisation Board (AIRCATS). On promotion to flag rank, the Admiral was appointed as the Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command. His other important flag appointments include Chief of Staff of the Tri-Services Unified Command at Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area (FOMAG).

Admiral Singh Taking Charge from Admiral Lanba:

In the rank of Vice Admiral, he has been Director General Project Seabird, in-charge of infrastructure development of the Navy’s expansive and modern base at Karwar. At the Integrated Headquarters Ministry of Defence (Navy), the Admiral has been the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and, subsequently, the Vice Chief of Naval Staff. He was the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam, prior taking over helm as the Chief of the Naval Staff on 31 May 19.

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Naval Officer Lt Cdr DS Chauhan Dies in Fire Onboard INS Vikramaditya; Swift Action Prevented Serious Damage to Aircraft Carrier

In a tragic incident, Lieutenant Commander DS Chauhan lost his life after a fire broke out onboard Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya. The incident occurred when the ship was entering harbour in Karnataka’s Karwar. The fire was brought under control by the ship’s crew in a swift action preventing any serious damage affecting the ship’s combat capability. A Board of Inquiry to investigate in to the circumstances of the incident has been ordered. INS Vikrant, First Indigenous-Built AirCraft Carrier to Be Delivered to Indian Navy in 2021: Admiral Sunil Lanba.

The Navy in a statement said, “Lt Cdr Chauhan bravely led the firefighting efforts in the affected compartment.”  Whilst the fire was brought under control, the officer suffered loss of consciousness owing to the smoke and fumes during the firefighting efforts. He was immediately evacuated to the Naval Hospital at Karwar, INHS Patanjali for medical attention. However, the officer could not be revived. The officer was in his late twenties and was married last month. Indian Naval Officer Lieutenant Rahul Dalal Saves Man from Drowning in Kochi.

In a series of tweets, the Navy expressed grief over the death of Lt Cdr Chauhan. In of the tweets, the Navy said, ” We salute his courage and sense of duty and will make every effort to ensure that his supreme sacrifice does not go in vain. We shall be with his family forever and at all times – Admiral Sunil Lanba CNS, all ranks and families of #IndianNavy.”

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The INS Vikramaditya was the lone aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy.  It has an overall length of about 284 meters and a maximum beam of about 60 meters, stretching as much as three football fields put together. Standing about 20 storeys tall from keel to the highest point, the sheer sight of this 44,500 tonne mega structure of steel is awe inspiring. The ship has a total of 22 decks. Indian Navy Ships – INS Kolkata, INS Shakti to Participate in Chinese International Fleet Review on April 23.

The aircraft carrier entered into the service with the Indian Navy in 2013. It is a modified aircraft carrier. Originally built as Baku and commissioned in 1987, the carrier served with the Soviet Navy and later with the Russian Navy (as Admiral Gorshkov) before being decommissioned in 1996.The carrier was purchased by India on 20 January 2004 after years of negotiations at a final price of $2.35 billion.

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INS Vikrant, First Indigenous-Built AirCraft Carrier to Be Delivered to Indian Navy in 2021: Admiral Sunil Lanba

INS Vikrant, India’s first indigenous-built aircraft carrier will be delivered to the Indian Navy in 2021. Indian Naval Chief Admiral Lanba on Saturday said that INS Vikrant is undergoing outfitting at Kochi Shipyard Limited. He further added that harbour acceptance trials are in progress and sea acceptance trial of this will commence in the latter half of this year. Indian Navy Ships – INS Kolkata, INS Shakti to Participate in Chinese International Fleet Review on April 23.

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report which was made public in July last year had raised questions on the commissioning of the INS Vikrant in 2021. Work on the ship’s design began in 1999, and the keel was laid in February 2009. The aircraft carrier was floated out of its dry dock on December 29, 2011, and was launched on August 12, 2013.

With the induction of the INS Vikrant, the strength of the Indian Navy will increase by manifolds. Currently, the Navy has only one aircraft carrier – INS Vikramaditya. The commissioning of the INS Vikrant will bring the India Navy at par with People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N) of China. Indian Navy’s Virtual Reality Centre For Designing Warships Inaugurated by Admiral Sunil Lanba.

India’s first aircraft carrier was also called INS Vikrant which was decommissioned in 1997 after serving for over three decades. Meanwhile, Admiral Lanba on Saturday launched a guided missile destroyer INS Imphal at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders in Mumbai. The INS Imphal is the third ship of Project 15B. The ship has been designed indigenously by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND). The project 15b class ships 163 metres in length and 17.4 metres at beam and displaces 7,300 tonnes and are propelled four gas turbines with a maximum speed of 30 knots.

Indian Navy’s Virtual Reality Centre For Designing Warships Inaugurated by Admiral Sunil Lanba

Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Friday inaugurated a state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Centre (VRC) at Directorate of Naval Design in (DND) New Delhi. The centre will provide a major boost to the indigenous warship design capabilities of the Navy and greater fillip to self-reliance under the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian government. India Signs $3-Billion Deal With Russia to Get Akula Class Nuclear Submarine, Chakra-III on Lease.

During his address at the inauguration ceremony, Admiral Lanba complimented the Directorate for their untiring efforts, foresight and initiatives to conceptualise design and execute the project. “This project will facilitate collaborative design reviews for continuous interaction between the designers and the end users to improve design and ergonomics onboard warships,” Admiral Lanba said. After coming into existence in 1960s, the Directorate of Naval Design has successfully developed 19 warship design, based on which over 90 platforms have been constructed to date. Indian Naval Officer Lieutenant Rahul Dalal Saves Man from Drowning in Kochi.

Recently, INS Kadmatt which participated in the 15th edition of Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA-19) in Malaysia on March 25 is an indigenous stealth anti-submarine warfare corvette. It was commissioned into the Navy in January 2016 and had a 90 per cent indigenous design, undertaken by the Directorate of Naval Design. Indian Navy to Get MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk Helicopters Soon; US Approves USD 2.6 Billion Deal.

The Directorate of Naval Design (Submarine Design Group)) is a premier organisation of the Indian Navy and the only one in the country for design of submarines and submersibles. The core competencies of the organisation are the design of state-of-the-art underwater platforms and comprehensive end to end design support during project execution. Support for indigenous development of equipment and submarine systems is another thrust area towards realising the overarching strategic goals of the Indian Navy.

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Indian Army Commanders’ Conference 2019: Here Are Key Highlights of The Conclave

The Army Commanders’ Conference is being held in New Delhi from April 8 to April 13. It is an apex level biannual event, which formulates important policy decisions. Army Commanders’ Conference is an important event in planning and execution process of Indian Army. To ensure due diligence, decisions are taken through collegiate system comprising Army Commanders and Senior Officers. Indian Air Force Quashes Pakistan’s Claim of Not Using F-16 Fighter Jet Against India, Releases Radar Images of February 27 Aerial Combat.

In the conference all aspects of extant security dynamics, emerging security scenarios, enhancing operational capability in near and long term and enhancement of combat edge over potential adversaries have been discussed. It has also been emphasized in the Conference that Indian Army is committed to peaceful security environment and shall holistically address emerging threats, challenges and ensure no room for terror. Pakistan Navy Claims it Thwarted Indian Submarine From Entering Its Waters; Indian Navy Terms it as ‘False Propaganda.

Reviews during the Conference included readiness, tri-services synergy, military diplomacy, joint exercises that  have created capacity and environment and supporting operational plans that have evolved. Defence cooperation has facilitated new vistas and these shall provide excellent opportunities for enhancing strategic engagements.

Principal Staff Officers also provided update on contemporary issues like mitigating the cyber threats, management and streamlining of communication and data security. Live issues pertaining to administration and human resources development were deliberated in detail.

For developing deeper understanding and enhancing coordinating, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of Air Staff addressed Army Commanders and Staff. He conveyed vision and high credibility of IAF missions and ideas for synergised application. Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff and Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee has also addressed the Army Commanders and focused on coordination and challenges in maritime domain. Indian Army Recovers Wreckage of World War-II US Air Force Aircraft in Roing District of Arunachal Pradesh.

Additionally, to promote indigenisation through ‘Make in India’, an exhibition of emerging and future defence technological innovations was held.   A total of 53 domestic companies participated in this event.  This interaction of industry representatives with the senior leadership of the Army facilitated in obtaining a direct feedback regarding product development and enhancement keeping in view the requirements of Army.

With a focus on the welfare of the families of brave soldiers who made supreme sacrifice in the services of the Nation, Year 2019 has been declared as the year of ‘Next of Kin’. The deliberations in Army Commanders’ Conference validated the current course set by the military hierarchy, as merited by the dynamics of emerging security and operational events.

The key highlights of the conference are as given below:-

  • Optimum force readiness to be ensured.
  • Re-prioritising the existing requirements to ensure that the resources allocated for force modernisation and capacity building be ensured by optimising allotted budget.
  • Increase the content of indegenisation in force modernisation.
  • The state of existing infrastructure along Northern Borders and it has been decided to pursue these projects on higher priority. Ensure speedy move and all weather connectivity to Northern Borders are the focus areas.
  • As the Indian Army was becoming a more networked and digitised force, the COAS emphasised on the need to enhance technological threshold of all ranks so as to imbibe state of art technology and exploit the same.
  • The need to appreciate role of women officers in view of their permanent commission and align their employment gainfully with organisational requirements has been concurred by all.  Avenues for making the lady officers experts in foreign languages, artificial intelligence, data management, cyber and space domains are being examined.

Meanwhile, the first bi-annual Commanders’ Conference of Indian Air Force (IAF) for the year 2019 began yesterday at the Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan). Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, welcomed the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the conference. Sitharaman addressed the Air Force Commanders. She complimented the IAF and its air warriors for achieving and maintaining the highest standards of professionalism in the service of the nation.

(Source: PIB)

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Vice Admiral Karambir Singh Appointed as Next Indian Navy Chief; Admiral Sunil Lanba Retires on May 31

Eastern Naval Command Chief, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh on Saturday was appointed as the new chief of the Indian Navy. He will succeed Admiral Sunil Lanba who is retiring from the service on May 31. “The government of India appoints Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, as the next Chief of the Naval Staff. To assume charge on superannuation of Admiral Sunil Lanba on May 31,” an Indian Navy spokesman said in a tweet. President Ram Nath Kovind Presents Gallantry Awards 2019 to Indian Army, Paramilitary Personnel, General Bipin Rawat Receives Param Vishisht Seva Medal.

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Vice Admiral Karambir Singh’s Profile:

Vice Admiral Singh is currently serving Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.  Born on November 03, 1959, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh was commissioned on July 01, 1980 into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy. During his long and distinguished service spanning nearly 39 years, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. Vice Admiral Singh’s Sea Command includes Guided Missile Destroyers INS Rana and INS Delhi. India Signs $3-Billion Deal With Russia to Get Akula Class Nuclear Submarine, Chakra-III on Lease.

He also served as Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet and was Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat area. Before taking over as FOC-in-C Eastern Naval Command in October 2017, he was Director General Project Seabird, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Vice Chief of the Naval Staff. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh has been decorated with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM).

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Defence Acquisition Committee Approves Rs 3,000 Crore Procurement Including Brahmos, ARVs For Arjun MBTs

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (Picture Courtesy: @DefenceMinIndia/File)

The Defence Ministry on Saturday approved military procurement worth Rs 3,000 crore including Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles for Navy’s two stealth frigates which are to be manufactured by Russia. Apart from Brahmos Missiles, the Defence Acquisition Committee (DAC) also gave a green signal to the purchase of armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs) for the Indian Army’s Arjun main battle tanks. The meeting of the DAC was chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Meanwhile, the ARVs are designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and would be manufactured by defence public sector undertaking Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML).

The move came days after Naval chief Admiral Sunila Lanba’s visit to Russia. In October, India signed a $1 billion deal with Russia to purchase two ‘Project 1135.6’ frigates. Meanwhile, India also signed another deal of $550 million with Russia from to manufacture two frigates of the same class at Goa Shipyard Limited with transfer of technology. According to reports, taking into consideration the United States’ Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) against Russia, India could make payments for the ships using the rupee-rouble route. India already operates six of the Talwar-class (Project 1135.6) frigates.

Brahmos Missilie:

The BrahMos is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarine, ships, aircraft, or land. It is the fastest cruise missile in the world. It is a joint venture between the Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India’s DRDO who together have formed BrahMos Aerospace. The missile travels at speeds of Mach 2.8 to 3.0,[8] which is being upgraded to Mach 5.0. Last year, supersonic crise missile was successfully test fired from the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet.

Arjun MBT:

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It is a third generation main battle tank developed by DRDO, for the Indian Army. The Arjun has a 120 mm main rifled gun with indigenously developed armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding-sabot ammunition, one PKT 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, and a NSVT 12.7 mm machine gun. It is powered by a single MTU multi-fuel diesel engine rated at 1,400 hp, and can achieve a maximum speed of 67 km/h (42 mph) and a cross-country speed of 40 km/h (25 mph). Meanwhile, in 2014, the DAC gave the green signal for the Rs 6,600-crore procurement of 118 Arjun Mark II MBTs to equip two regiments