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Prelims Prominence - May 3, 2018

Indian Navy(In) – Part -II

Foreign Cooperation round the year

1. 36th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica.

  • Hydrographic survey team consisting of one Long Hydrography course qualified officer and one Hydrographic sailor participated in 36th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica from Dec 16 to Mar 17 for surveying India Bay area.

2. Operational Sea Training – Foreign Ships.

  • The maiden Staff Sea Checks (SSC) as part of Operational Sea training of Seychelles Coast Guard Ship Topaz (06-11 Feb 17) and Mauritius Coast Guard Ship Valiant (08-13 May 17) was undertaken which was tailor made to suit the respective ships and their equipment fit.

3. Relief Material to Bangladesh by INS Gharial.

  • As an aftermath of the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, INS Gharial, an amphibious ship was loaded with 777 tons of relief material which was handed over to the Bangladesh Govt from 25-28 Sep 17.

4. Bangladesh Relief Operations.

  • IN ship Sumitra, based on anticipation, was deployed in the Northern Bay of Bengal to provide immediate assistance in the aftermath of Cyclone ‘Mora’.

5. Relief Operations in Myanmar.

  • After sailing from Chittagong, IN ship Sumitra proceeded to provide relief assistance to Myanmar, post cyclone ‘Mora’.
  • The ship visited Yangon from 06 – 08 Jun 17 during which she provided necessary assistance.

6. SAR Operations at Port Moresby.

  • As part of the Eastern Fleet OSD, IN ship Sahyadri entered Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG)

7. Assistance to Iranian Boat. At 1215 h (IST) on23 Nov 17, INS Trikand received a distress call from an Iranian Trawler ‘Sheetab’ in the Gulf of Oman.

8. Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC).

  • The maiden ‘Goa Maritime Conclave’ (GMC) was conducted at Naval War College, Goa from 01 to 02 Nov 17.
  • Chiefs of Navy/ Heads of Maritime Agency/ representatives of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand attended the Conclave.

Navy to Navy Interaction round the year

1. Exercises for IOR Littorals.

  • In a significant step taken towards synergising our HADR efforts with that of our neighbours, the Indian Navy invited ‘Observers’ from Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh and Myanmar to participate in the ‘Annual Tri-Service HADR Exercise’ conducted by the Indian Navy from 18 to 20 May 17 on the Western Coast.
  • Further, to expose mid-level leaders of IOR littoral nations to Blue Water operations, the Indian Navy conducted ‘Exercise SAMBANDH’, from 25 to 25 Oct 17, wherein the Indian Navy’s capabilities were showcased to ‘Observers’ from 18 Friendly Foreign Countries, which included, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles, Mozambique, Oman, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, UAE, Malaysia, Qatar, Tanzania and Madagascar.

2. Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS).

  • The IONS presently has 23 member countries with 09 countries being given observer status.
  • Bangladesh is the current ‘Chair’ of IONS.
  • The construct has become an important Maritime construct to promote maritime cooperation amongst the member countries.
  • Accordingly, during the Conclave of Chiefs, held in Dhaka in Jan 16, among many important issues discussed, it was decided to conduct the IONS Multilateral Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) in Bangladesh in Nov 2017.
  • Also, IONS Working Group (IWG) Meetings on HADR and Information Sharing & Interoperability were conducted from 29 to 30 Jun at Mumbai and 25 to 26 Jul 17 at Islamabad respectively.
  • The IONS Preparatory Workshop (IPW) to finalise the agenda for discussions during the next ‘Conclave of Chiefs’ was held at Pretoria, South Africa

Commissioning and Decommissioning of INS round the year

1. Commissioning of INS Kiltan.

  • INS Kiltan, the third ship of Project-28 Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette was commissioned by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on 16 Oct 17.
  • The ship has been designed by the Indian Navy’s in house design organisation, Directorate of Naval Design, and built by M/s Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers Ltd Kolkata.
  • INS Kiltan is the first major warship with entire superstructure made of carbon fiber reinforced composite material.

2. Commissioning of Landing Craft Utility (Mk IV).

  • The first ship of the eight INLCU (Mark IV) Project, namely IN LCU L51, was commissioned on 28 Mar 17 at Port Blair .
  • The second ship, IN LCU L52, was commissioned on 21 Aug 17 at Port Blair by Dr. Jagdish Mukhi, Lieutenant Governor, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

3. Commissioning of INS Tillanchang and INS Tarasa.

  • The third and fourth ships (Tillanchang and Tarasa) of the four Follow On Waterjet Fast Attack Craft Project were Commissioned on 09 Mar and 26 Sep 17 at Karwar and Mumbai respectively.

4. Commissioning of INS Kalvari.

  • The first submarine of P-75, Kalvari, is scheduled for commissioning on 14 Dec 17.

5. Decommissioning

  • The Navy bid adieu to the aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, after an illustrious service of 30 years in the Indian Navy on 06 Mar 17.
  • Indian Naval ships Agray, Matanga, Karwar, Kakinada and submarine Sindhurakshak were also de-commissioned in 2017.

Launching of Ships round the year

1. NOPVs - Shachi and Shruti.

  • The first two ships of the series of five Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels, Shachi and Shruti, were launched in tandem .
  • Yard 11876 (Khanderi). The 2nd submarine of Project-75, namely Khanderi

2. Floating Dock Navy -2.

  • FDN-2, being constructed at M/s L&T Shipyard at Kattupalli, near Chennai.
  • The FDN-2 would be capable of docking ships with draft up to 7 metres and displacement up to 8000 tons.

3. Start of Production - Project 17A.

  • Seven ships of Project 17A class of frigates are being indigenously constructed at M/s MDL, Mumbai (04 ships) and M/s GRSE, Kolkata (03 ships). These ships are being built using Integrated Construction methodology

Important Events of Interest

  • Award of President’s Colours to Submarine Arm on the Occasion of Golden Jubilee of the Submarine Arm.
  • The Hon’ble President awarded President’s Colours to the submarine Arm of the Indian Navy on 08 Dec 17 at Visakhapatnam.

2. Coast to Coast Outreach Programme – Valsura.

  • As part of the platinum Jubilee celebration of INS Valsura, the Indian Navy commemorated the event with a unique “Coast to Coast” social outreach programme to connect with the children and youth of the country along both coasts.
  • A mega road trip in five cars covered a distance of 6000 kms touching all major naval establishments.

3. Indian National Cartographic Association (INCA).

  • The 37th International Congress of the Indian National Cartographic Association (INCA) was organised by the National Hydrographic Office, Dehradun from 01-03 Nov 17.

4. International Military Music Festival “Spasskaya Tower”.

  • The International Military Music Festival “Spasskaya Tower” is the parade of the best military music bands of Russia and other countries that takes place every year at Red Square in Moscow.
  • The Indian Tri- Services Band comprising of 07 Officers and 55 PBORs also participated.

5. ‘Dilli’ Seminar.

  • The Fourth Edition of the prestigious ‘Dilli’ Seminar at INA was conducted from 12-13 Oct 17.
  • The theme of the seminar was ‘India and Southeast Asia-Maritime Trade, Expeditions and Civilizational Linkages’.
  • The Dilli series Seminar is conducted once a year with a view to provide a common platform to luminaries and professionals in the field to share their knowledge and wisdom with officers, faculty members and cadets of INA.

6. Mountaineering Adventure

  • Naval Mt Everest Mission - “Sagartal se Sagarmatha 2017”.
  • Naval Mt Everest mission ‘Sagartal se Sagarmatha’ was flagged off by the Chief of the Naval Staff on 23 Mar 17.
  • The team comprising of 18 climbing members and 06 Everest Base Camp(EBC) members .
  • The team could place the Naval Ensign on top of Mt Everest at 8848 mts on 21 May 17 and 27 May 17 and Mt Lhotse, its sister peak at 8516 mts, on 25 and 27 May 17.

Sources – PIB, Ministry of Defence, Govt websites