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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DRDO Successfully Conducts Flight Test of ABHYAS Drone

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday successfully conducted successful flight test of ABHYAS – High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from Interim Test Range, Chandipur in Odisha. “The flight test was tracked by various RADARS and Electro Optic Systems and proved its performance in fully autonomous way point navigation mode,” said DRDO in a statement. IAF Fighter Pilots to Fly Gaganyaan, India’s First Manned Space Mission.

The configuration of ABHYAS is designed on an in-line small gas turbine engine and uses indigenously developed MEMS based navigation system for its navigation and guidance. The performance of the system was as per simulations carried out and demonstrated the capability of ABHYAS to meet the mission requirement for a cost effective HEAT. Indian Army to Get Russian-Origin T-90MS Tanks Under ‘Make in India’ Program.

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The fuselage for the Abhyas was designed by adopting Lakshya tow body (not the main fuselage) developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of DRDO . The fuselage consists of five sections, namely the nose cone, equipment bay, fuel tank bay, air intake bay and tail cone. IAF Gets First Apache Helicopter During Ceremony Held at Boeing’s Production Facility in United States’ Arizona; Watch Video.

The proof of concept and pre-project trials were completed on January 2013. Meanwhile, the first experimental launch (without the main engine) of the Abhyas was held at the Chitradurga Aeronautical Test Range on 23 June 2012. The project was sanctioned with an initial funding of Rs 15 crore. According to reports, three services have floated a tender to procure 225 HEAT Drones.

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INS Kolkata And INS Shakti Conduct Group Sail With Naval Ships of US, Japan & Philippines in South China Sea

Indian Naval Sips (INS) Kolkata and Shakti carried out Group Sail with naval ships of Japan, Philippines and the in the South China Sea from May 3 to May 9.  The six-day long Group Sail had participation of six combatants from the four participating countries and included the Guided Missile Destroyer INS Kolkata and Fleet Support Ship INS Shakti of India, Helicopter Carrier JMSDF Izumo and Guided Missile Destroyer JMSDF Murasame of Japan; Frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio of Philippines and Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS Williams P Lawrence of USA.  The Group Sail was aimed to deepen the existing partnership and foster mutual understanding among participating navies.

Indian Navy’s Tweet:

The ships undertook various exercises en route which included formation manoeuvering, underway replenishment runs, cross-deck flying and exchange of Sea Riders.  The Group Sail exercise with naval ships of Japan, Philippines and United States showcased India’s commitment to operating with like-minded nations to ensure safe maritime environment through enhanced interoperability. Exercise Varuna 2019: Indo-French Joint Naval Exercise Begins in Arabian Sea Off Goa Coast.

Indian Navy’s Tweet:

IN Ships are on return passage from their successful deployment to South and East China Seas as part of the annual Eastern Fleet Over Seas Deployment during which they visited Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, Qingdao, China and Busan, South Korea.  Whilst at Qingdao, both the ships had participated in the International Fleet Review (IFR) as part of the 70th Anniversary Celebration of PLA (Navy).  During the ships’ stay in Busan, the IN Ships took part in the Opening Ceremony of Maritime Security (MS) Field Training Exercise (FTX) under the aegis of ADMM-PLUS. INS Vela, Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine of Project 75 Launched by Indian Navy.

On departing Busan, both the ships participated in ADMM-PLUS MS FTX Phase I exercises from May 1 to May 3 off South Korea with Navies of Brunei, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and the USA.  Group Sail progressed from May 3 to May 9. The Phase II of ADMM-PLUS MS FTX is scheduled from May 9 to May 12 in the South China Sea.  On completion of Phase II, all participating ships including IN Ships Kolkata and Shakti are scheduled to attend the closing ceremony of ADMM-PLUS MS and participate in the International Maritime Defence Expo (IMDEX) 2019 in Singapore.

The two naval ships participated in Chinese international fleet review which was held at Qingdao on April 23. Chinese President Xi Jinping reviewed the warships. The Indian Naval ships reached Qingdao on  April 21.The international review fleet was being held as part of the celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army’s Navy.

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INS Vela, Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine of Project 75 Launched by Indian Navy

The Indian Navy on Monday launched the fourth of the six stealth Scorpene class Submarines of Project 75, INS Vela at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. Defence production secretary Ajay Kumar as the chief guest of the event. His wife Veena Ajay Kumar launched the submarine. INS Vela was first commissioned on August 31, 1973 in the Indian Naval Service and continued to serve for 37 years and was decommissioned on June 25, 2010, MDL said in a statement. According to reports, eight warships and five submarines are under construction at MDL. The submarine was manufactured under the ‘Make in India’ programme.

Indian Navy’s Tweet:

The submarine was towed to Mumbai Port Trust, for separation from the pontoon, after which she will undergo rigorous trials and tests, both in harbour and at sea before delivery to the Indian Navy. The contract for the construction and Transfer-of-Technology for six Scorpene class submarines in series, has M/s Naval Group (formerly DCNS) of France as ‘Collaborator’ and are being built by MDL. Indian Navy to Get 16 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts; Defence Ministry Signs Two Contracts With Cochin Shipyard and GRSE.

Indian Navy’s Tweet:

 

Cmde Rakesh Anand, Chairman and Managing Director, MDL said on the occasion that with the launching of the P15 B Destroyer ‘Imphal’ on 20 April 2019 and the, launching of Vela on 06 May 2019, were indeed some of the major events for MDL so far this year. Presently Eight Warships and five submarines are under construction at MDL. MDL is one of the India’s leading shipyards with a capacity to meet requirements of the Indian Navy. Indian Navy to Get 10 Kamov-31 Russian Choppers; Defence Ministry Approves Rs 3,600 Crore Deal.

Leveraging the experience and the transfer-of-technology of the Scorpene project, with enhanced and upgraded infrastructure, MDL, is ready for undertaking construction of the future submarines.

Last year in December, the Navy commissioned the first Scorpene submarine, INS Kalvari. Meanwhile, the second and the third submarines, INS Khanderi and INS Karanj are in the advanced stages to join the Navy fleet. The two other submarines- INS Vagir and INS Vagsheer are currently being manufactured at the MDL.

The Scorpene class of submarines can undertake multifarious tasks typically undertaken by any modern submarine which include anti-surface as well as anti-submarine warfare. The transfer of technology involves appropriate technical support by Naval Group to MDL in the field of construction, integration and tests of the submarines in India which is achieved through transfer of technical data package to MDL through information system as well as on job training to MDL’s personnel on critical technologies.

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Indian Navy to Get 10 Kamov-31 Russian Choppers; Defence Ministry Approves Rs 3,600 Crore Deal

The Defence Ministry on Friday approved the procurement of 10 Kamov Ka-31 Airborne Early Warning and Control helicopters for the Indian Navy. According to reports, the total cost of the deal would be around Rs 3,600 crore. These helicopters would be deployed aircraft carriers and warships. INS Vikrant, First Indigenous-Built AirCraft Carrier to Be Delivered to Indian Navy in 2021: Admiral Sunil Lanba.

The aim of the choppers is to sanitise the air space around the battle groups led by the aircraft carriers and are used for anti-submarine warfare operations. The Navy has already a fleet of 12 of these choppers. In addition to these helicopters, the force has also Kamove-28 and Kamov 25 choppers. Indian Navy to Get MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk Helicopters Soon; US Approves USD 2.6 Billion Deal.

Now the deal will be presented before the cabinet committee on security for the final approval. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) which takes decisions on defence deals is headed by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The council also includes chiefs of three services. Indian Navy’s Virtual Reality Centre For Designing Warships Inaugurated by Admiral Sunil Lanba.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, the defence ministry signed two separate contracts with Cochin Shipyard Limited and GRSE to build 16 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASWSWC) for the Indian Navy. Both the shipyards will build eight ASWSWCs each. Both the contracts are worth Rs 6,311 crore each.

In view of India’s vast coastline of 7516.6 kilometer with 12 Major ports, 184 minor ports and 1197 Island territories, coastal surveillance for ASW operations is considered critical. Induction of these specialised ships with lower draught, would significantly enhance coastal shallow water Anti Submarine Warfare capability of the Indian Navy with improved performance of weapons, censors, hall mounted and towed sonars.

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Exercise Varuna 2019: Indo-French Joint Naval Exercise Begins in Arabian Sea Off Goa Coast

The first part of the Indo-French joint naval exercise, ‘Varuna’ kicked off in the Arabian Sea off Goa coast on Wednesday. The exercise will be conducted till May 10. Despite fire incident, aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is taking part in the drill along with French carrier Charles De Gaulle. Apart from INS Vikramaditya, destroyer INS Mumbai, the Teg-class frigate, INS Tarkash, the Shishumar- class submarine, INS Shankul, and the Deepak- class fleet tanker, INS Deepak, will be participating in this exercise. Indian Navy Ships – INS Kolkata, INS Shakti to Participate in Chinese International Fleet Review on April 23.

Two destroyers, FNS Forbin and FNS Provence, the frigate FNS Latouche-Treville, the tanker FNS Marne and a nuclear submarine of the French Navy, Marine Nationale will be taking part in the exercise. French Rafale and Indian MiG-29K fighters will also be part of the joint exercise. The ‘Varuna’ will be conducted in two phases. The harbour phase at Goa would include cross-visits, professional interactions and discussions and sports events. The sea phase would comprise various exercises across the spectrum of maritime operations. INS Vikrant, First Indigenous-Built AirCraft Carrier to Be Delivered to Indian Navy in 2021: Admiral Sunil Lanba.

Indian Navy’s Tweet:

The second part of the ‘Varuna’ is scheduled to be held at the end of May in Djibouti. The bilateral naval exercise initiated in 1983 and christened as ‘Varuna’ in 2001, form a vital part of the Indo-French strategic partnership. Having grown in scope and complexity over the years, this exercise exemplifies the strong relations between the two nations, in line with the Joint Strategic Vision of India-French Cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region signed by President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the former’s State visit to India in March 2018. Indian Navy to Get 16 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts; Defence Ministry Signs Two Contracts With Cochin Shipyard and GRSE.

The Varuna exercise aims at developing interoperability between the two navies and fostering mutual cooperation by learning from each other’s best practices to conduct joint operations. The exercise underscores the shared interests and commitment of both nations in promoting maritime security.

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Indian Navy to Get 16 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts; Defence Ministry Signs Two Contracts With Cochin Shipyard and GRSE

The Defence Ministry on Tuesday signed an agreement worth Rs 6,311 crore with public sector undertaking Cochin Shipyard Limited to build eight Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASWSWC) for the Indian Navy. It is the second agreement in two days signed by the ministry for procuring ASWSWCs. Indian Navy’s Virtual Reality Centre For Designing Warships Inaugurated by Admiral Sunil Lanba.

On Monday also, the Defence ministry a similar contract worth Rs 6,311 crore with public sector shipyard GRSE for construction and supply of eight SWSWCs. The first ship is expected to be delivered within 42 months from the date of contract signing. Subsequently, two ships per year will be delivered to the Navy by each shipyard. The entire contract will be completed within 84 months. INS Vikrant, First Indigenous-Built AirCraft Carrier to Be Delivered to Indian Navy in 2021: Admiral Sunil Lanba.

In view of India’s vast coastline of 7516.6 kilometer with 12 Major ports, 184 minor ports and 1197 Island territories, coastal surveillance for ASW operations is considered critical. Induction of these specialised ships with lower draught, would significantly enhance coastal shallow water Anti Submarine Warfare capability of the Indian Navy with improved performance of weapons, censors, hall mounted and towed Sonars. The advanced sonar present in ASWSWCs will help the warships in differentiating between the signals reflected off the enemy submarine and those reflected by the sea bed. Indian Navy to Get MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk Helicopters Soon; US Approves USD 2.6 Billion Deal.

Equipped with state-of-art indigenous Integrated Platform Management Systems, Propulsion, auxiliary, and PGD Machinery, these ships are capable of subsurface surveillance of coastal waters and lying of mines, making them a potent platform and adding another milestone to the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government of India.

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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 Ships – INS Kolkata, INS Shakti to Participate in Chinese International Fleet Review on April 23

Indian Navy warships would be participating in Chinese international fleet review which is to be held at Qingdao on April 23. These two Naval ships are – the destroyer INS Kolkata and tanker INS Shakti. Chinese President Xi Jinping will review the warships. The Indian Naval ships will reach Qingdao on  April 21.The international review fleet is being held as part of the celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army’s Navy. IAF’s Tejas-MK1 Front Runner to Bag Aircraft Contract of Royal Malaysian Air Force; Pakistan’s JF-17, South Korea’s FA-50 Golden Eagle Also in Race.

According to reports, major navies are likely to take part in it. The Indian Navy tweeted, “Indigenous Stealth Destroyer #INSKolkata & Fleet Tanker #INSShakti to represent India & participate in International Fleet Review at Qingdao, China as part of the 70th Anniversary celebrations of PLA(Navy). Ships 2reach on 21 Apr.” Indian Navy’s Virtual Reality Centre For Designing Warships Inaugurated by Admiral Sunil Lanba.

International Fleet Review (IFR) is a parade of naval ships, aircraft, and submarines. It is being organised by nations to promote goodwill, strengthen cooperation and showcase their organisational capabilities. It is also an opportunity for the various countries to showcase their indigenous ship designing and shipbuilding capabilities to the world. IFR also serves as an ideal platform for the world’s navies to showcase their prowess and indigenous ship designing and shipbuilding capabilities in the international arena. Indian Navy to Get MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk Helicopters Soon; US Approves USD 2.6 Billion Deal.

INS Kolkata is the lead ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. It was constructed at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). The ship was commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a ceremony held on August 16, 2014. It is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors which are useful in every dimension of the naval warfare. Meanwhile the INS Shakti is a Deepak-class fleet tanker. It was built by Fincantieri, an Italian shipbuilding company based in Trieste.  It is one of the largest tankers displacing over 27,000 tonnes and capable of carrying 15,000 tonnes of liquid cargo and over 500 tonnes of solid cargo including victuals and ammunition.

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