TN fishermen on strike demanding release of 68 fishermen held by Sri Lankan Navy

Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Fishermen went on a hunger strike on Wednesday at Thangachimadam and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu demanding the government to take steps on ensuring the release of 68 fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed that India has taken up the issue of early release of Indian fishermen and boats with the Sri Lankan government. Responding to media queries regarding the detention of Indian fishermen, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi said that India is concerned about the detention of Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu by Sri Lankan authorities between December 18-20.
As per the information, 68 fishermen and 10 boats have been taken into custody.
“Our High Commission in Colombo has taken up the issue of early release of the Indian fishermen and boats with the Government of Sri Lanka,” he added.
Bagchi also informed about one fisherman who was unwell. “The Indian Consular Officer has visited him in the hospital to check on his welfare,” he said.

Indian Navy closely watching Chinese activities, capable of defending national interests, says Admiral R Hari Kumar

New Delhi [India]: Asserting that the Indian Navy keeps a close watch on the Chinese Navy activities in the Indian Ocean Region, Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar on Friday said the maritime force was fully capable of defending national interests in the maritime domain.
Addressing the annual Navy Day press conference, the new Navy chief also revealed that during the peak of the India-China border tensions on the Northern borders last year, the Indian Navy had deployed its warships in the forward locations and were keeping an eye on the Chinese warships operating along the Indian maritime borders. “We are aware of the development of the Chinese Navy. They built around 110 warships in the last few years meaning 13-14 warships every year. Our plans factor all these activities and deployments in the Indian Ocean Region. PLA Navy has been present in the IOR since 2008 and we have been watching that. I want to assure you that the Indian navy is confident of defending India’s maritime interests,” said Hari Kumar in the one-hour-long press conference.
He said the Chinese have been deploying seven to eight warships on an average in the Indian Ocean Region which is kept under “constant surveillance by aircraft and ships and their activities are kept under close watch.”
Asked about the Indian response to the aggression by the Chinese navy in northern areas, he said the force had forward-deployed its warships at that time.
Praising the government for the creation of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), Kumar said this was the biggest reform that has happened in the military since independence along with the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff.
“This enables faster decision making, integration and fewer layers of bureaucracy. I feel DMA made a significant change in the way armed forces operate at headquarters’ level,” the Navy chief stated.
Pointing out that the Chinese aggression on northern borders and the COVID-19 pandemic has created complex security challenges, he said that “despite the COVID-19, Indian Navy has maintained combat and mission readiness and resulted in preventing any misadventure in the maritime domain.”

INS Vela commissioned into Indian Navy in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Indian Navy commissioned INS Vela, the fourth Scorpene-class submarine, in Mumbai on Thursday.
Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh commissioned INS Vela at the Noval Dockyard. The Navy chief said that INS Vela has the ability to undertake an entire spectrum of submarine operations.
“INS Vela has the ability to undertake an entire spectrum of submarine operations. Given today’s dynamic and complex security situation, its capability and firepower will play a crucial role in enhancing the Navy’s ability to protect India’s maritime interests,” he said.
Earlier, INS Visakhapatnam was inducted into the Indian Navy on November 21.

Air Force chief, Navy chief designate receive Param Vishisht Seva Medal

New Delhi [India] : Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari and Navy chief designate Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar were awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal from President Ram Nath Kovind in an investiture ceremony on Tuesday.
Ace fighter pilot Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari took charge as the Chief of Air Staff on September 30, while the Centre, earlier on November 9, announced that Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar will take charge as the Navy chief from November 30. Kumar will take over Admiral KB Singh who is superannuating after a 30-month tenure.

INS Visakhapatnam commissioned into Indian Navy in presence of Rajnath Singh

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: INS Visakhapatnam has been formally commissioned into the Indian Navy in the presence of Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on Sunday.
INS Visakhapatnam is a P15B stealth-guided missile destroyer. It is indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation Directorate of Naval Design and constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai. “Our Navy’s role is very important as India is a part of the Indo-Pacific route. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy of SAGAR embodies the same values. We have every opportunity to build India an indigenous ship-building hub,” the Defence Minister said at INS Visakhapatnam commissioning at Mumbai Dockyard.
On this occasion, Singh praised the efforts of the Indian Navy in developing indigenous ships.
“Indian Navy, in the field of indigenous ships and submarines manufacturing, has been on the front foot, with initiatives like ‘Make in India’. We have to maintain the speed with which we’re getting success. The govt is ready to help in whichever way possible,” he said.
Singh took a first glimpse of the warship and was informed about its features by Naval officers.
He appreciated the self-reliance efforts of the Indian Navy, terming the Navy’s order of 39 of the 41 ships and submarines from Indian shipyards as a testament to their commitment towards achieving ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.
He added that the Indian Navy role is very important as India is a part of the Indo-Pacific route.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi policy of SAGAR embodies the same values. India has every opportunity to build India an indigenous ship-building hub.”
“Some irresponsible nations violate ethics of UNCLOS, 1982 for narrow partisan interests. India, a responsible maritime stakeholder, believes in navigation’s freedom, free trade & an Indo-Pacific route with universal values,” he added.
The event was marked by the presence of Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and other senior defence officers.

Primary objective of Indian Navy to keep Indo-Pacific route secure

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that Indo-Pacific being a key route is important for the world economy and it is the primary objective of the Indian Navy to keep it secure.
“Indo-Pacific is a key route and it is important for the world economy. It is the primary objective of the Indian Navy to keep the route secure,” Singh said while speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the INS Visakhapatnam in Mumbai.
“The entire world is increasing its Military power in coming years and expenditure on defence budget will increase. We have moved towards the development of an indigenous shipbuilding hub,” said Singh.
“Out of 41 ships ordered by Indian Navy 38 ships have been developed in India. It is the best example of indigenisation,” he added.
Singh on Sunday morning formally commissioned the INS Visakhapatnam in Mumbai.

INS Visakhapatnam is the first stealth-guided missile destroyer ship of Project 15B.
INS Visakhapatnam has been constructed using indigenous steel DMR 249A and is amongst the largest destroyers constructed in India with an overall length of 163m and displacement of over 7,400 tons.
The ship has a significant indigenous content of approx. 75 per cent contributing towards AtmaNirbhar Bharat. The ship is a potent platform capable of undertaking multifarious tasks and missions spanning the full spectrum of maritime warfare.
Visakhapatnam is equipped with an array of weapons and sensors, which include supersonic surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, medium and short-range guns, anti-submarine rockets and advanced electronic warfare and communication suits.
The ship is propelled by a powerful combined gas and gas propulsion which enables her speed of over 30 knots. The ship has the capability of embarking two integrated helicopters to further extend its reach.
The ship boasts of a very high level of automation with sophisticated digital networks, a Combat Management System and an Integrated Platform Management System. 

Navy to get advanced electronic warfare suite

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally hand over Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) designed Advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) suite for Naval ships to the Indian Navy at a ceremony in Jhansi on Friday.
The ceremony will be held as part of Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv at Jhansi on 19 Nov 2021. The Prime Minister will kick start the beginning of the significant project on the concluding three-day ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’ event being organised by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) along with the government of Uttar Pradesh. Advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) System ‘Shakti’ has been designed and developed by Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) Hyderabad a laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for Capital Warships of the Indian Navy for the interception, detection, classification, identification and jamming of conventional and modern Radars.
The Shakti EW system will provide an electronic layer of defence against modern radars and anti-ship missiles to ensure electronic dominance and survivability in the maritime battlefield. This system will replace the earlier generation EW Systems of the Indian Navy, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally hand over this system to the Indian Navy at a ceremony to be held as part of Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv at Jhansi on 19 Nov 2021,” the statement read.
The system has been integrated with the wideband Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) for the defence of Indian Navy Ships against missile attacks. The ESM of the system helps in finding accurate direction and interception of modern radars. The system has a built-in radar fingerprinting and data recording replay feature for post-mission analysis.
First Shakti system has been installed on-board INS Visakhapatnam and is being installed on-board Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, INS Vikrant. Twelve Shakti Systems are under production at Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) supported by more than fifty MSMEs at a total cost of Rs 1805 Crores. These systems are scheduled to be installed on-board capital warships under production, including P-15B, P-17A and Talwar class follow-on ships. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, Indian Navy and Industry Partners for the development of the Shakti EW System.
He said that this will enhance the capabilities of the Indian Navy and termed it as a major milestone towards Atmanirbhar Bharat in areas of advanced defence technologies. Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO, Dr G Satheesh Reddy has congratulated the teams associated with the development of the Shakti EW System and said that the system will further augment the Navy’s Electronic Intelligence capability. Prime Minister Modi will be laying the foundation stone of the Rs 400 crore Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor project in Jhansi on Friday.

Fourth Scorpene submarine ‘Vela’ delivered to Indian Navy

New Delhi [India]: The fourth Scorpene submarine of Project – 75, Yard 11878 was delivered to the Indian Navy on Tuesday.
The Project – 75 includes the construction of six submarines of Scorpene design. These submarines are being constructed at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, under collaboration with Naval Group, France. Christened ‘Vela’, the submarine was launched on May 6, 2019, and has completed all major harbour and sea trials including weapon and sensor trials despite COVID restrictions.
Three of these submarines have already been commissioned in the Indian Navy.

An official release said that submarine construction is an intricate activity and the difficulty is compounded when all equipment is required to be miniaturised.
“Construction of these submarines in an Indian yard is yet another step towards ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat,'” the release said.
The submarine would soon be commissioned into the Indian Navy and enhance its capabilities.

Indian, Sri Lankan navies hold joint exercise on maritime security

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: Indian Navy Ships Magar and Shardul participated in a Maritime Partnership Exercise with Sri Lankan Navy ships Samudura (OPV) and Nandimithra (Fast Missile Vessel) off Colombo on Wednesday.
This comes after the Indian Navy Ships departure on completion of a three-day visit to Sri Lanka as part of Overseas Deployment of the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy. A planning conference for the exercise was conducted onboard INS Shardul on 26 October in Colombo harbour, which was attended by Command teams of all participating units. Ships of the First Training Squadron are on a four-day visit to Sri Lanka from 24 – 28 Oct 21. The exercise was conducted at 12 Nm off the Colombo harbour.
The ships undertook various multi-ship evolutions which included PUBEX (Publication exercise), Manoeuvrex and Steam Past. In addition, Chetak helicopter (embarked on Shardul) also undertook VERTREP (Vertical Replenishment) on the decks of both Sri Lankan ships.

CBI arrests Navy officers

New Delhi [India] : In a significant development, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a serving Indian Navy officer along with two retired ones in connection with the leakage of confidential information related to the modernisation of a Kilo-class submarine going.
Top government sources told ANI that after the developments took place last month, the Indian Navy also ordered a high-level probe under a Vice Admiral and a Rear Admiral to probe the leakage of information and look for ways to prevent any such incident in the future. “After getting inputs from agencies concerned, the CBI arrested a serving Navy officer of the rank of Commander (Lt Col equivalent in Army) who is currently posted in Mumbai for passing on unauthorised information related to the Kilo-class submarine modernisation project to retired officers,” said sources.
The CBI has been questioning a number of other serving officers who were in touch with the arrested officers, they said.
The Indian Navy has been providing assistance in the ongoing investigations by the Central agency and providing its men for questioning by investigating officers, defence sources said.
The top brass of the government including the agencies looking after national security has also been given a briefing on the status of the investigations.
Sources said as soon as the matter was brought to the notice of the top Naval brass, they formed a five-member team headed by a Vice Admiral also started a parallel probe to investigate the matter and plug any other possible information leaks in the force and suggest ways to prevent them in future, they said.
Sources said the probe agencies have been monitoring the activities of a large number of ex-servicemen officers from all three services which lead to the arrests in the case. More arrests are possible as some more inputs have been received by them, they said.
Sources said the central agency is also checking the hardware and date accessed by the arrested officer in his official capacity and the possibility of it getting leaked to and external agencies.
A number of cases in the recent past have come up where defence personnel have been found compromised for leaking information to the suspected Pakistani agencies virtually.

CM Stalin seeks PM Modi’s intervention for release of 23 TN fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi on Friday, seeking his intervention for securing the release of 23 Indian fishermen, who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy.
In a letter, CM Stalin said, “On October 11, 23 fishermen from the state venture into the sea for fishing. On October 13, the Sri Lankan Navy arrested the fishermen near Parithithurai. The arrest of the fishermen is condemnable.” The Chief Minister requested PM Modi to find a permanent solution to the issue.
Earlier on Friday, Minister of State for Fisheries L Murugan urged External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar’s intervention to ensure the safe and timely release of 23 fishermen who have been arrested allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy.
According to the official statement by the office of Murugan, the MoS wrote a letter to Jaishankar after receiving a memorandum from 66 fishermen.
The memorandum was sent by 66 fishermen of Nagapattinam, Karaikal and Mayiladudrai to L Murugan in Chennai apprising him of the detention/arrest of 23 fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy.
Murugan also assured the delegation of all possible help from his side for the early release of fishermen.
In his letter, Murugan requested Jaishankar for the safe and timely release of 23 fishermen alongwith two boats.

India-Japan maritime exercise ‘JIMEX’ to be conducted from October 6

New Delhi [India]: The fifth edition of the India-Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise (JIMEX) will be conducted in the Arabian Sea from October 6-8.
JIMEX-21 aims to develop a common understanding of operational procedures and enhance inter-operability through the conduct of a multitude of advanced exercises, across the entire spectrum of maritime operations. Multi-faceted tactical exercises involving weapon firings, cross-deck helicopter operations and complex surface, anti-submarine and air warfare drills will consolidate coordination developed by the two navies, the Ministry of Defence informed in a statement. Indigenously built guided missile stealth destroyer ‘Kochi’ and guided-missile frigate ‘Teg’, under the command of Rear Admiral Ajay Kochhar, who is the flag officer commanding the western fleet will represent the Indian Navy.
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force will be represented by JMSDF ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Carrier and Murasame, a Guided Missile Destroyer, led by Rear Admiral IkeuchiIzuru, Commander Escort Flotila – 3 (CCF-3). In addition to ships, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft, integral helicopters and MiG 29K fighter aircraft will also participate in the exercise.
Naval cooperation between India and Japan has increased in scope and complexity over years. JIMEX-21 will further enhance the cooperation and mutual confidence between the two navies and fortify the long-standing bond of friendship between the two countries, the Defence Ministry informed.
The exercise will be conducted between the Indian Navy (IN) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). JIMEX series of exercises were commenced in January 2012 with a special focus on maritime security cooperation. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in September 2020.

Bangladesh naval ship arrives at Visakhapatnam to commemorate Swarnim Vijay Varsh

Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Bangladesh Naval Ship (BNS) Somudra Avijan on Sunday arrived in Visakhapatnam on a five-day visit to the Eastern Naval Command (ENC).
An official release stated that this visit by the Bangladesh Navy is to commemorate the birth centenary of the father of the nation, Bandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and as well as Swarnim Vijay Varsh marking the 50th anniversary of 1971 Indo-Pak war, which led to the liberation of Bangladesh. The officers and crew of BNS Somudra Avijan were accorded a traditional welcome by the representatives of the ENC and the Eastern Fleet, with the navy band in attendance, the release said.
A series of activities are scheduled between the two navies including professional interactions, cross deck visits, visit INS Vishwakarma and INS Dega.
In addition, screening of special documentary on the Bangladesh Navy and interaction with 1971 war veterans would be the major highlights of the visit.
At the apex level, visiting delegation from the High Commission of Bangladesh, New Delhi, led by Muhammad Imran, High Commissioner of Bangladesh, accompanied by Resident Defence Attache Bangladesh and the Commanding Officer of BNS Somudra Avijan, would interact with Vice Admiral AB Singh, AVSM, VSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief ENC and Rear Admiral Tarun Sobti, VSM Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet during the official calls.

India, Australia sign terms of reference for conduct of navy to navy talks

New Delhi [India]: Indian and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on Wednesday signed a ‘Terms of Reference for the conduct of Navy-to-Navy (N2N) talks between the two countries.
This comes in the light of the “Joint Guidance for the India-Australia Navy to Navy Relationship” document signed by the Chiefs of the two navies on August 18 this year. An official release stated the signing of the ‘Terms of Reference’ ceremony was held virtually between Rear Admiral Jaswinder Singh, ACNS (FCI), Indian Navy (IN) and Rear Admiral Christopher Smith, DCNS, RAN.
The “Joint Guidance” document sets the Navy to Navy (N2N) Talks as the “Principal” medium for guiding the bilateral relationship. The bilateral defence relations between India and Australia have strengthened over the years.
The release stated said that ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’, Mutual Logistics Support Agreement, the conduct of trilateral Maritime Security Workshop and RAN participation in Exercise MALABAR are significant milestones that underline the role played by both Navies in bolstering this relationship in recent times.
The document would be pivotal in consolidating the shared commitment to promote peace, security, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
The inaugural Navy-to-Navy talk with Australia was held in 2005. Since then, the two nations and the Navies have continued to grow closer at all levels and with over a decade of bilateral talks, they remain more committed than ever to strengthen and deepen this important Navy to Navy relationship.
The document underpins the broad objective of deeper mutual understanding, trust and transparency, improved goodwill and understanding of each other’s concerns and future directions, and provides detailed guidance for the conduct of IN-RAN N2N talks.
It also provides flexibility for the implementation of separate agreements based on the specific outcomes of the Talks.

PM Modi slams Opposition for criticising Central Vista project, says modern infrastructure pertinent for economic development

New Delhi [India], September 16 : Indirectly slamming Opposition for criticising the Central Vista project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that they never mentioned the Defence Offices Complexes are also a part of the project as that would expose their ‘falsity’, adding that modern infrastructure is pertinent for economic development of the country.
While interacting with Army, Navy, Air Force and Civilian Officers during the inauguration ceremony of the Defence Offices Complexes at Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue in the national capital, the Prime Minister said: “The people who were criticising the Central Vista project never mentioned the Defence Offices Complexes, which is also part of the Centra Vista… They knew their falsity would be exposed.” “When we are focusing on ease of living and ease of doing business, modern infrastructure plays an equally important role. This is the idea behind the work that is being done in the development of the Central Vista,” PM Modi said.

Mentioning the importance of the new complexes, he said: “These new Defence office complexes will now make it feasible for our armies to operate in better working conditions with all modern amenities.”
“The construction of the Defence Offices Complexes completed within 12 months amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This provided employment to hundreds of labourers during the challenging pandemic period.”
He also hoped that the construction of the new Parliament building will be completed in the time frame given earlier.
Speaking at the same event, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said: “Previous buildings were in a tattered state, affected working conditions of our officers, optimum utilisation of space was not done, which is why this complex has been brought up. Over 7,000 workers can be accommodated in good working conditions.”
The new Defence Offices Complexes will accommodate around 7,000 officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces, including the Army, Navy and Air Force. The buildings will provide modern, secure and functional working spaces.
An Integrated Command and Control Centre has been established for managing building operations, while also catering to the end to end safety and surveillance of both the buildings.
The new Defence Office Complexes are state-of-the-art and energy-efficient, with comprehensive security management measures. One of the defining features of these buildings is the use of new and sustainable construction technology called LGSF (Light gauge steel frame), which reduced construction time from 24-30 months in the case of conventional RCC construction. The buildings utilize resource-efficient green technology and promote environment-friendly practices.

Indian Navy organises senior Nationals 2021

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Indian Navy – Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (IN-MDL) Cup organised Senior Nationals 2021 in Mumbai, on Wednesday.
The Senior Nationals 2021 was held at the Indian Navy Watermanship Training Centre, Mumbai. The event was presided over by Rear Admiral Gurcharan Singh, Chief Staff Officer (Operations), Western Naval Command, Mumbai.
The event witnessed participation from over 13 premium sailing clubs from across India.

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