ting in the maiden IN – EUNAVFOR Joint Naval Exercise in the Gulf of Aden commencing today. A total of five warships from four navies are participating in the exercise on June 18and 19, 2021.
The induction ceremony of ‘322 Dega Flight’ was held in the presence of Vice Adm Ajendra Bahadur Singh, AVSM, VSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command (ENC) with three indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) MK III helicopters flying into Naval Air Station, INS Dega on June 7, 2021.
INS Sandhayak, the first of its class indigenously designed and built Hydrographic Survey Ship of Indian Navy, will be decommissioned on Friday, 04 Jun 21 after serving the nation for 40 years. The decommissioning ceremony of INS Sandhayak will be held at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam.
Amid COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian Defence Forces has swung into action to assist the government in fighting coronavirus. They have launched the operation CO-JEET to tackle COVID-19. A Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) has been installed onboard ALH Mk III from INAS 323 at INS Hansa by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
In a spectacular Passing out Parade (POP) held at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, on Saturday, May 29, 2021, 152 trainees comprising Midshipmen of 100 INAC, cadets of 30A Naval Orientation Course (Extended) and 32 Naval Orientation Course (Regular) passed out with flying colours, marking the culmination of their ab-initio training.
India is witnessing the second wave of COVID-19. The Indian Defence Forces waged a war against the deadly virus by launching operation CO-JEET. Based on a request from the Srikakulam District Collector Shri J Niwas, the Indian Navy provided on “Oxygen on Wheels” plant to Palasa COVID Care Centre on Mayn25, 2021.
INS Rajput, the first destroyer of the Indian Navy, will be decommissioned on May 21, 2021 after the service of over 41 years. INS Rajput, the lead ship of the Kashin-class destroyers built by the erstwhile USSR was commissioned on May 4, 1980 and has rendered yeoman service to the Indian Navy for over four decades.
As part of the Indian Navy’s efforts to assist the general population of Bheemunipatnam in dealing with the devastating second COVID-19 wave, a 60-bed COVID-19 Care Centre has been set up at INS Kalinga in Vishakhapatnam’s Bheemunipatnam.
The 19th edition of the Indian and French Navy bilateral exercise ‘VARUNA-2021’ is scheduled to be conducted in the Arabian Sea from April 25 to 27, 2021. From the Indian Navy’s side, guided missile stealth destroyer INS Kolkata, guided missile frigates INS Tarkash and INS Talwar, Fleet Support Ship INS Deepak, with Seaking 42B and Chetak integral helicopters will participate in the exercise.
India is likely to get two theatre commands by August 15, reported CNN News 18. According to the report, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to make announcement in this regard on August 15. The two theatre commands will be – the Maritime Command and the Air Defence Command.