Ministry of Defence
14-March, 2018 16:31 IST Modern Warfare Equipment
Modernisation of Indian Navy is an ongoing process, which is undertaken in accordance with the Maritime Capability Perspective Plan and Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan. To ensure that Indian Navy units are ready to meet any emergent operational requirement, reviews are undertaken regularly to equip our forces with the latest weapons, sensors and equipments.
The Defence Shipyards have undertaken comprehensive modernization program based on the requirement of the ongoing and future projects. The modernization program is intended not only to upgrade the existing infrastructure but also to expand their capacities so as to reduce build periods and increase productivity.
This information was given by RakshaRajyaMantriDr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to ShriPrahlad Singh Patelin LokSabha today.
Ministry of Defence
14-March, 2018 16:26 IST Blue Economy
Government is implementing a Central Plan Scheme on “Blue Revolution: Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries” with a vision to achieve economic prosperity of the country and the fishermen through utilization of full potential of water resources for development of fisheries in a sustainable manner.
Besides, in April 2017, Government has notified the ‘National Policy on Marine Fisheries, 2017’ (NPMF), which provides guidance for promoting ‘Blue Growth Initiative’ which focus on ushering ‘Blue Revolution’ (NeeliKranti) by sustainable utilization of fisheries wealth from the marine and other aquatic resources of the country for improving the lives and livelihoods of fishermen and their families. The ‘Blue Revolution’ encompasses elements of the ‘Blue Growth Initiative’.
Friendly foreign countries are being engaged extensively by Indian Navy through material support, training, EEZ surveillance, provisioning of platforms, hydrographic assistances, joint exercises and offering slots in professional training courses, etc.
This information was given by RakshaRajyaMantriDr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to ShriD.K. Suresh in LokSabha today.
Ministry of Defence
14-March, 2018 14:58 IST Navika Sagar Parikrama - Tarini Departs Cape Town, South Africa
Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini left Cape Town today (14 Mar 18) for the final leg of circumnavigation passage to Goa. The yacht was flagged off by Ms Ruchira Kamboj, High Commissioner of India to the Republic of South Africa, Mr Abhishek Shukla, Counsel General of India in Cape Town, South Africa & Ms Auroux Marais, Minister of Cultural Affairs & Sports, Western Cape Government, members of Indian diaspora and South African Sailing Association.
INSV Tarini had arrived at Cape Town on 02 March 18 after completion of fourth leg of her maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe. This historic circumnavigation attempt by an all-women crew is being led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.
The crew had several engagements during their stay at Cape Town, including a formal call-on HE Ms Ruchika Kamboj, High Commissioner of India, Ms Patrica De Lille, Mayor of Cape Town and Helen Zille, Premier of Western Cape. A photo exhibition event and press interaction was also organised. The crew were also ‘On Air’ during the Radio Talkshow with famous RJ Pippa Hudson.
As part of their stay in harbour, Team Tarini interacted with students from University of Western Cape, St. Paul’s Primary School and Lawhill Maritime Academy. INSV Tarini crew had an opportunity to interact with a wide range of stakeholders during the welcome reception hosted by the High Commissioner, which was attended by numerous distinguished guests, including state officials, businessmen, academicians, leaders from Indian community and media persons.
Several outstanding sportspersons and local populace also visited the vessel while she was open for onboard visits. The Skipper Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi along with crew gave a talk and presentation at the Royal Cape Yacht Club and Maritime Academy. The crew also interacted with sailing community of Western Cape.
The visit of INSV Tarini to Cape Town was covered widely in the International social media and print and electronic media. The final port of call is scheduled at Goa in end Apr 18.
A large number of highly-skilled personnel leave Indian Navy, in their 30s and 40s to ensure a young fighting force for the nation. This capable and trained pool of disciplined naval veterans is made available to the Corporate Sector by the Indian Naval Placement Agency (INPA) for harnessing their talents. The Indian Navy has signed an agreement with Monster.com which allows members of INPA to receive job alerts from Monster.com. All corporates looking to hire naval veterans can register themselves at INPA website at https://indiannavy.nic.in
/INPA, said an official press release from Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam.
Indigenous module for submarines undergoing trials
Booster shot: INS Karanj, the third Scorpene class submarine, being launched in Mumbai in January. Special CorrespondentNEW DELHI 16 MARCH 2018 22:02 IST
UPDATED: 16 MARCH 2018 22:02 IST
All Scorpènes will be equipped with AIP technology in due course
The indigenous Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) module, which enhances the ability of submarines to stay under water, is in an advanced stage of trials, a senior officer of the Navy said on Friday. It is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). All Scorpène submarines will be equipped with it in due course.
“The DRDO AIP is in an advanced stage of experimental trials. Once proven on shore, it has to be tested on a marine platform,” Vice-Admiral Srikanth said, speaking at the launch of a four-part series by the Discovery channel on Indian submariners to commemorate 50 years of the Navy’s underwater arm.
Asked whether the Navy would order three additional Scorpène submarines, Vice-Admiral Srikanth said a decision would be made after the current project was completed. “Yes, there is speculation, and even demand, to have three additional submarines at Mazagon Dock Limited. Since we already have the production line, along with expertise, the option can be looked into. But first, the existing project should complete on time.”
Earlier, the Navy planned to install the AIP module on the fifth and sixth submarines. But delays in development meant it could not be done before the last two submarines were launched.
The first Scorpene submarine Kulvarihas joined the Navy. It will go for a normal refit in 2023. The next two submarines are in various stages of sea trials. Under a revised plan, the AIP module will be installed on the submarines during upgrades. However, it is a complex and costly task.
The Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Shri Gopal Krishna flagging off to launch the IWAI tug barge flotilla comprising Tug Trishul, Dump Barge Kalpana Chawla and Dump Barge A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at Garden Reach Jetty -2, Kolkata on March 17, 2018.
The Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Shri Gopal Krishna addressing media after flagging off the IWAI tug barge flotilla comprising Tug Trishul, Dump Barge Kalpana Chawla and Dump Barge A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at Garden Reach Jetty -2, Kolkata on March 17, 2018.
Ministry of Defence
19-March, 2018 17:03 IST Indian Navy to host Bilateral Exercise 'Varuna' with French Navy
The Indian Navy and the French Navy have conducted bilateral maritime exercises since May 1993. Since 2001, the exercises have been named VARUNA and there have been fifteen editions of the same till date. The last edition of VARUNA was conducted off the French Coast in Apr 2017.
The conduct of VARUNA, and the special impetus on taking this Navy-to-Navy cooperative engagement forward, was reiterated in the Joint Statement made by the Prime Minister of India and the President of France, on the 10th of March 2018.
In 2017, VARUNA was conducted in three sea areas in the European waters. This year too VARUNA-18 would be conducted in three sea areas, namely, the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and South Western Indian Ocean. The first phase, being conducted in the Arabian Sea, will see participation of a French submarine and frigate Jean de Vienne from the French side. The Indian Naval participation will include the destroyer Mumbai, frigate Trikand with their integral helicopters, IN submarine Kalvari, P8-I and Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft, as well as the Mig 29K fighter aircraft.
The VARUNA series of exercises have grown in scope and complexity over the years and provide an opportunity to both Navies to increase interoperability and learn from each other’s best practices.
Prime Minister's Office
05-April, 2018 11:09 IST PM extends greetings on National Maritime Day; remembers Babasaheb Ambedkar as an inspiration to focus on Jal Shakti
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has extended his wishes on National maritime Day.
PM said, "The maritime sector in India, with its rich history, has the potential to power our nation’s transformation. On National Maritime Day, we affirm our commitment to harness our maritime strengths for the nation’s prosperity.
Our efforts for a vibrant maritime sector are inspired by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. It was Babasaheb who gave topmost importance to Jal Shakti, waterways, irrigation, canal networks and ports. His work in this sector augured extremely well for the people of India."
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