Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Joint Press Statement on The India-Japan Annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue

Joint Press Statement on The India-Japan Annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue

Following is the text of the Joint Press Statement on the India-Japan Annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue, during the two day visit of the Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley to Japan to attend the dialogue which was held from September 05, 2017:-

“The Defence Minister of India Shri Arun Jaitley is on a bilateral visit to Japan at the invitation of the Defence Minister of Japan Mr Itsunori Onodera from 05 to 06 September 2017. The two Ministers held the annual Defence Ministerial Meeting on 05 September 2017 in Tokyo.

2.         The Ministers exchanged views and ideas with the aim to further strengthen defence and security cooperation under the framework of the “Japan-lndia Special Strategic and Global Partnership”. They expressed satisfaction at the continued deepening and diversification of bilateral defence cooperation since the signing of the bilateral Memorandum on Defence Co-operation and Exchanges in September 2014 and the two Defence Framework agreements signed in December 2015.

3.         The Ministers exchanged views on the current security situation in the Indo-Pacific region. They condemned in the strongest terms North Korea’s nuclear test of 03 September 2017, which  is in violation of its international obligations and commitments, including under relevant UNSC resolutions and called upon DPRK to cease such action which adversely impacts peace and stability of the region and beyond.

4.         The Ministers noted that regular interactions at all levels, in particular the establishment of Staff Talks at the level of the three Services, have enhanced mutual understanding. The Ministers underlined their intention to explore opportunities for enhancing exchanges and decided to promote cooperation in the following areas:-

(1) Institutionalised Dialogue and Visits.

a.         Annual Defence Ministerial Meeting: The Defence Minister of Japan will visit lndia in 2018.
b.         Welcoming the visit by the Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy to Japan in 2016 and the visit by the Chief of the Staff, Air Self Defence Force and Chief of Staff, Ground Self-Defence Force to India in 2016 and 2017 respectively, both sides agreed to organise the first visit of Japanese Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japan Self Defence Forces to India in the first half of 2018.
c.         Scheduling the 6th Defence Vice Minister/ Secretary level Defence Policy Dialogue and the 5th Vice Minister / Secretary level “2 +2” dialogue in India in 2018.

(2) Exchanges between Japan Ground Self Defence Force and Indian Army.

The Ministers welcomed the progress in the Army to Army Staff talks in November 2016 and agreed to develop active exchanges in the fields of PKO, Counter-Terrorism and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), as key areas of common interest for the two countries.

Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) would invite Indian Armed Forces personnel to participate in the HADR exercise conducted by JGSDF as Observers.

In the context of enhanced co-operation between the two ground forces the Ministers decided to explore a joint field exercise in the field of counter-terrorism between the Indian Army and the JGSDF in 2018.

(3) Exchanges between Japan Maritime Self Defence Force and the Indian Navy.
The Ministers expressed satisfaction at the success of Japan-India-US Trilateral Maritime Exercise MALABAR 2017 in July 2017 and confirmed their intention to further deepen and advance the objectives of this Exercise. Minister Onodera expressed his intention to have state-of-the-art Japanese assets including P-1 to participate in the MALABAR 2018. Minister Jaitley welcomed this proposal.

The Ministers noted the importance of bilateral training interactions between Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF). The two sides will consider inclusion of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) training to expand cooperation. In addition the ministers agreed to pursue exchanges and training by ASW aviation units such as P-3C. The Japanese side proposed to invite Indian Navy personnel to mine-countermeasures training held by JMSDF.

(4) Exchanges between Japan Air Self Defence Force and Indian Air Force.

The Ministers welcomed the participation of Vice Chief of Staff, JASDF in “Aero India-2017” in February 2017. They also welcomed the visit of Indian Air Force helicopter crews to JASDF’s Air Rescue Squadron in Hyakuri, expanding bilateral air-to-air exchanges in the domains of aviation safety and air crew exchanges.

The Ministers expressed their intention to seek further opportunities to enhance cooperation by enabling visits of their aircraft to each other’s air bases.

(5) Education and Research exchanges.

The Ministers appreciated personnel exchanges between the two sides by means of representation at defence educational and research institutions. They expressed satisfaction over successful bilateral exchanges in UN Peace Keeping involving the Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping of India and the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Centre.

(6) Cooperation in Defence Equipment and Technology.

The Ministers endorsed the importance of enhancing interaction between governments and defence industries of the two countries to encourage equipment collaboration including defence and dual-use technologies. They commended the progress made in discussions to identify specific areas of collaboration in the field of defence equipment and technology cooperation including in the framework of the Joint Working Group on Defence Equipment and Technology Cooperation. They noted the effort made by both countries regarding the cooperation on US-2 amphibious aircraft.

They welcomed the constructive engagement between Acquisition, Technology and Logistic Agency (ATLA) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and agreed to commence the technical discussions for research collaboration in the areas of Unmanned Ground Vehicles and Robotics.

The Ministers commended the conduct of the first-ever meeting on defence industry cooperation held by ATLA and Department of Defence Production (DDP) in Tokyo, which witnessed significant participation of government entities and companies of both countries. They expressed their expectation that this meeting will lead both countries to future defence equipment and technology cooperation and enhance interaction between governments and industries of both countries. Minister Jaitley briefed about recent policy reforms in the defence manufacturing sectors in India which offer opportunities for foreign industries to play an active role.

Minister Jaitley thanked Minister Onodera for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him and members of the Indian delegation during his visit to Japan.

Godavari River Sailing Expedition Flagged

NCC Godavari River Sailing Expedition Flagged Off

Godavari River Sailing Expedition for Naval Wing cadets of National Cadet Corps (NCC) was flagged off by Air Commodore P Maheshwar, Deputy Director General, NCC Directorate (Andhra Pradesh & Telangana) at Bhadrachalam today.

The expedition comprises of over 75 personnel including 02 regular officers of Indian Navy, 42 NCC Naval Wing cadets and support staff from the AP&T NCC Directorate namely Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Kakinada and Nellore.

The aim of the expedition is to provide an opportunity for Naval Wing cadets to experience adventure sailing in Godavari River and train them in various facets of Navigation. The cadets will also be exposed to local historical places along the expedition route. The overall in-charge of expedition is Commander SP Kaza, Commanding Officer of 8 Andhra Naval Unit, Vijayawada.

The expedition will cover a distance of over 410 km transiting the mighty Godavari River from Bhadrachalam to Samarlakota. During the expedition, the sailing boats will negotiate the nerve testing rapids at various points in the River. Navigation between sand bars and rocks at low level areas and will also transit through Papi Kondalu hills between Kunavaram and Devipattinam.  The expedition will reach at Samarlakota on 15 Sep 2017.

On the occasion, the Flag Officer addressed all the officers and cadets and motivated them to undertake the expedition in the true spirit of adventure. He specially applauded 14 Girl cadets who are participating in the expedition for the first time. Commander SP Kaza conveyed special thanks to the Bhadradri District Collector who has been kind enough to provide all the necessary help for the first phase of the expedition.

LtGen Paramjit Singh - New Commandant Of MCEME

Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh took over the Command of Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (MCEME) as Commandant in Secunderabad today. The General Officer took over the reins of MCEME from Lieutenant General KK Aggarwal, who has proceeded to Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), New Delhi as Director General of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering.

Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh is an alumnus of NDA and IMA. An Electronics Engineer, he is a Post Graduate in Radar Technology and M. Tech in ‘Management and Systems’ from IIT, Delhi. The General Officer has tenanted important staff and regimental appointments. He has been Deputy Military Attache (Tech) in Embassy of India, Moscow, MGEME of Western Command and Commander of Army Base Workshop Group before joining MCEME. For distinguished service of an exceptional order he was decorated with Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM).

 Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, Secunderabad was established in 1953. Over the years the College was developed into a premier training institution of the Indian Army. The College is proud recipient of Golden Peacock Award for training for five times and also ISO-9001 certified for training standards. The students’ projects made by the College have been awarded Prime Minister's Awards. MCEME has also received 'Director General of Civil Aviation' accreditation for Type Training Establishment. The MCEME trains technical personnel of the Army for providing sustainment and engineering support to the equipment of the Indian Army.

NCC Training Academy, Madurai Dedicated  By Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu had dedicated the NCC Training Academy at Idiyapatti Madurai to the youth of Tamilnadu through Video Conferencing at Secretariat today (01 Sep 2017).
Constructed at a cost of Rs 13.62 crores, the NCC Training Academy boasts of giving State of the art training facilities to the NCC cadets of Tamilnadu which were never available in the past.  The academy spread over 10 acres has best of Obstacle Course, Firing Range, Weapon Simulator and Driving Simulator.   It also has Artificial Rock Climbing wall to provide adventure training to the cadets and English language Lab to give Spoken English training.  The training received by cadets at this academy will make them stand in good stead in all their future endeavours for joining armed forces and allied services.
The academy has capacity to accommodate up to 600 cadets with arrangements for Steam cooking and sitting dining facilities.  It also has covered auditorium for conducting central training programmes with a capacity of 550.
Speaking on the occasion the Hon’ble Chief Minister conveyed that the youth of Tamilnadu must make good use of the facilities and come forward to join NCC and help in Nation Building.  Dy DGNCC Directorate Tamilnadu thanked Tamilnadu Govt for giving complete support in all projects being undertaken by NCC.
In this program, Hon’ble Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development Department Thiru P Balakrishna Reddy, Chief Secretary Dr Girija Vaidhyanathan, IAS, Youth Welfare and Sport Development Department Principal Secretary Thiru Dheeraj Kumar, IAS, Commodore Vijesh Kumar Garg, Deputy Director General, NCC Directorate Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Andaman Nicobar and other high officials participated.

Visit of Air Marshal C Hari Kumar AOC-in-C,Western Air Command, IAF to Air Force Station Faridabad

Air Marshal C Hari Kumar AVSM VM VSM ADC, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C),Western Air Command, IAF visited Air Force Station Faridabad on 31Aug 17. He was accompanied by Mrs Devika Hari Kumar, President Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional).

The AOC-in-C reviewed the operational preparedness of the station and was briefed on the future plans by GpCapt Kaushik Das, Station Commander, Air Force Station Faridabad. He assessed the security preparedness of the station and emphasized on the need to maintain high state of vigilance in view of the prevalent security scenario. He also visited Air Force Dog Training School, which is one of the finest Dog Training Schools of Indian Armed Forces.

The Air Marshal interacted with the personnel of the station and complimented them for their efforts, resulting in optimum and efficient functioning of the station.

Mrs Devika Hari Kumar, President AFWWA(Regional) visited the welfare ventures run by AFWWA(Local) and interacted with the AFWWA Sanginis.

National Integration Tour Organised by Indian Army for Students from Leh

As part of the Indian Army’s ongoing outreach programme to foster the spirit of National Integration across the entire swathe of the country, a tour comprising of 20 school students from Biamah in Leh district of J&K is being organised from 25 August to 05 September 17. The participants interacted with Lt General Sarath Chand, Vice Chief of Army Staff today. He shared his experiences while serving in these areas with the students and motivated them to work hard and contribute actively in the Nation Building process. He also exhorted them to join the Indian Armed Forces and serve the cause of the Nation.

The tour was flagged off from Leh on 25th of August and during the course of their tour the participants have already visited various cultural and historical places in Chandigarh and Delhi. These National Integration Tours are educational and motivational tours for youth of J&K and North Eastern States, with an aim to provide an insight into the rich heritage of the country as well as various developmental and industry initiatives that are underway. This initiative will expose them to various career options and enable them to interact with renowned personalities.

XXXIII Annual Conference of Marine Medicine and Allied Sciences held at INHS Asvini

The XXXIII Annual Conference of Marine Medicine and Allied Sciences was held at INHS Asvini on 31 August & 01 September 2017 under the aegis of the Marine Medical Society of India. The theme of this year’s Conference was “Medical Challenges for a Blue Water Navy”.  This year’s conference was conducted under the baton of Surgeon Vice Admiral AA Pawar, Director General Medical Services (Navy), the present President of the society.

Around 250 delegates consisting of Armed Forces Medical
Officers, Civilian Doctors, Divers, Submariners and non medical personnel in the field attended the conference. In addition, delegates from eight foreign countries including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Oman, UAE, USA and Vietnam are also attending and are participating in the scientific deliberations, presenting papers and sharing their experiences. Other senior officers who participated in the deliberations included the Director General Medical Services (Air Force), Director General Health Services (Armed Forces), Commandant Army Hospital (R&R), New Delhi, Director General (Org & Pers), Senior Consultant, Medicine and the Command Medical Officers of all three Naval Commands.

The July issue of “Journal of Marine Medical Society”, which is being published since 1994 and is now indexed with Copernicus, was released during the inauguration. In addition, a Handbook for Duty Medical Officers and a Resource CD for Medical Officer’s in the field were also released. A coffee table book on glorious past of .

INHS Asvini, the flagship tertiary care hospital of the Indian Navy, was also released.

Lt Gen Satish Dua, Visits Eastern Naval Command

Lt Gen Satish Dua, UYSM, SM, VSM, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) accompanied by Mrs Aradhana Dua, President Defence Wives Welfare Association (Integrated Defence Staff) arrived at Visakhapatnam on three-day visit to ENC on Thursday, 31 August 2017.

Lt Gen Satish Dua briefed the participants of the ongoing Defence
Correspondents Course-2017 on the need and role of Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) during the visit. The General Officer interacted with Vice Admiral HCS Bisht PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, ENC and was briefed on the activities of the Command and later visited various naval establishments, including INS Kalinga, INS Karna and Hindustan Shipyard Ltd on 01 September 2017. Mrs Aradhana Dua interacted with the Committee Members and ladies of the Navy Wives Welfare Association(NWWA) (Eastern Region) and visited the NWWA facilities during her stay at Visakhapatnam.

NCC Cadets Visit Naval Air Station, INS Garuda

Over 400 NCC cadets from various parts of the country visited Naval Air Station, INS Garuda from 29 August to 01 September 2017

The aim of the visit was to motivate cadets to join the Armed Forces and they were taken on an organised tour of IN Air Squadrons 550 and 322, and were shown the Dornier and ALH aircraft.

The cadets were also explained the various capabilities of the aircraft and the important role performed by them in undertaking maritime surveillance. Search and Rescue as well as training of pilots and observers

Various parts of the aircraft viz. airframe, engine and equipment fitted in the cockpit were also highlighted to the cadets.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Officer's Training Academy, Chennai

A Day At The Officer's Training Academy (OTA)

The OTS  (Officers Training School) at Madras was raised on 01 Jan 1963 at St Thomas Mount, with Brig Ram Singh as the first Commandant.  The inauguration of the OTS was done on 15 Jan 1963 which has since been observed as the Raising Day of the Academy.
12 Emergency Commission Courses, EC-1 to EC-12 were trained from 1963 to 1965.  From Mar 1966, grant of Short Service Commission (SSC) to the Officer Cadets commenced.  On completion of 25 yrs of its raising, in Jan 1988, OTS was redesignated as Officers Training Academy (OTA).
The Motto of the Academy is ‘Serve with Honour’.In 1993, Govt Sanction was accorded to grant a permanent status to OTA. The present Commandant of OTA, Chennai is Lt Gen Rajan Ravindran.

Women Officers Journey in the Army. OTA Chennai is the only training institution of Indian Army which trains Women offrs.  Women Special Entry Scheme (WSES) commenced in OTA is Sep 1992, thus initiating commissioning of women offrs into the Indian Army.  The WSES was replaced with the initiation of the Short Service Commission (Women) Course or SSC (W) in Mar 2008, wherein the duration of training for Lady Cadets (LCs) was increased from six months to one year bringing it at par with training of the Gentlemen Cadets.

In 2004, history was created when AUO Rashmi Narayan became the First LC to command the POP.
Smt Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, the then President of India, reviewed the Passing Out Parade (POP) in Mar 2009 when the first SSC (W) Course passed out.  A LC was also awarded the Silver Medal during the parade.
Sep 2010 was another landmark in the history of the Academy when the First Lady Cadet, AUO Divya Ajith Kumar (presently posted as DS) was awarded the prestigious Sword of Honour and the President’s Gold Medal, a feat repeated only once later by AUO M Anjana in Mar 2015.

On 26 Jan 2015, LCs and women alumni offrs of OTA, Chennai added another feather in their caps by forming the first ever all women marching contingent to participate in the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi.
Commissioning.   24,704 GCs and 2,276 LCs have been commissioned from OTA, Chennai till date.

Passing Out Parade 09 Sep 2019. The Academy is under subscribed with the strength of 322 cadets for the passing out course as given under : -
Total- SSC-104  & SSC (W)-18
Oct 2016 onwards-266, 31, 25, 322
Lt Gen PM Hariz, Army Commander, Southern Command will be the Reviewing Officer for the Passing Out Parade on 09 Sep 2017.
Gallantry Awards.   Gallantry is a tradition amongst the alumni of OTA, Chennai.   A No of alumni of the Academy have done the Nation proud by displaying the highest standards of gallantry, many of them making the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.  The Academy has the honour of having produced 1 PVC, 8 ACs, 10 MVCs, 20 KCs, 60 VrCs, 110 SCs, 22 YSMs and 491 SMs.
Clubs/Hobbies. Co-curricular activities are given their due importance in the Academy with the aim of ensuring all around personality and introducing Officer Cadets to the advantages and joys of inculcating hobbies.   Officer Cadets are encouraged to select their own clubs based on their interests.   The many diverse clubs in operation at OTA, Chennai are classified as indoor and outdoor clubs.

Government Retires 13 Group ‘A’ Officers of Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Iofs)

The ordnance factories under the administrative control of the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence are managed by the officers of Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS), which is an organized Group 'A' Central Service. The Service is responsible to ensure that the ordnance factories are always geared to cater to the varied logistical needs of the Armed Forces. Indian Ordnance Factories Service provides requisite leadership to the 39 Ordnance Factories employing about 1 lakh employees.

The Government is taking various steps to improve the performance of Ordnance Factories by making its officers accountable to ensure delivery of quality products to Armed Forces of the nation in prescribed timelines.

One of the steps taken in this direction was to initiate rigorous screening of overall performance of its officers based on their entire service records in pursuance of instructions contained in the Fundamental Rule 56(j) and Rule 48(1)(b) of Central Civil Service(Pension) Rules, 1972 and prematurely retire the officers whose overall performance is not found upto the mark.

The Government, after having assessed the overall performance of officers of Indian Ordnance Factories Service, following the prescribed procedure, has decided to retire its 13 Group 'A' officers from Government service in public interest due to their overall unsatisfactory performance.

Remembering a Retired Warhorse

01 September 2017 marks the 60 years of induction of the English Electric Canberra in the Indian Air Force. It was the first generation Jet Bomber manufactured in large number through the 1950s. The prototype of Canberra, first flew in May 1949 and in January 1957 the aircraft was selected by the Indian Air Force to equip its bomber and strategic reconnaissance fleet. The Canberra Jet bomber was first inducted in the IAF in No. 5 Squadron (Tuskers) at Agra on 01 September 1957.

When political turmoil broke out in Belgian Congo in 1961, UNO requested India for strike aircraft. Within five years of serving the IAF, on 09 October 1961, under the command of Wing Commander AIK Suares Vir Chakra, six Canberra aircraft of No 5 Squadron took off from Agra for Leopoldville, over 6000 km away to join the United Nations’ Multinational Force in the Congo. This was the first ever-Indian fighter-bomber contingent to take part in UN operations. The offensive operation in Congo earned the Squadron two Vir Chakras, one Vayu Sena Medal and five Vishisht Seva Medals.

The Canberras took part in all major operations including the liberation of Goa in 1961, the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars, 1987 Op Pawan in Sri Lanka, 1988 Op Cactus in Maldives and 1999 Kargil war. On 18 December 1961, Canberras of No 16 and 35 Sqn bombed the Dabolim airport forcing Portuguese forces to surrender. The Canberra last saw action in the Kargil war in 1999 where it flew recce missions, during one of the missions one aircraft’s engine was hit by a missile. The sturdy Canberra could survive the enemy’s missile attack and landed safely with all vital information. During its service, Canberra provided invaluable photo reconnaissance inputs of enemy territory during wars and peace time operations, resulting in accurate and effective operations. After 50 years of glorious service to the Nation on 11 May 2007 at Air Force Station Agra, the IAF bid adieu to its legendry old war horse.

Mahindra Defence Systems, Lockheed Martin Commemorate C-130J Training Center for IAF

Mahindra Defence Systems, Lockheed Martin Commemorate C-130J Training Center for Indian Air Force at Hindon, NCR

Mahindra Defence Systems dedicated its state-of-the-art C-130J Super Hercules simulator training center in service to the nation at a commemorative event at the Air Force base at Hindon. With a full motion simulator, the C-130J training facility offers complete training solution of training aircrews who operate the C-130J special operations aircraft acquired from Lockheed Martin  in 2011.

“We are delighted to partner with Lockheed Martin in this venture in service to the Nation,” said S. P. Shukla, Group President, Aerospace & Defence Sector, and Chairman, Mahindra Defence Systems. “We believe this will help deliver the objectives of the Government of India and the Indian Air Force of building indigenous military capabilities.  Mahindra Defence Systems, in its endeavor to support the Make in India initiative of the Government of India, is consistently building the ecosystem through similar programs towards a mission ready IAF,” he added.

 The center will deliver qualitative and quantitative training to hone the tactical and operational skills of the C-130Jpilots, combat system operators and loadmasters to conduct special operations across National and International boundaries. Towards this end, the state-of-the-artfull motion simulator offers realistic and holistic learning environment through day and night training scenarios.

“The commencement of formal training on the C-130J Weapons Systems Trainer demonstrates our commitment to meet the defence needs of the Indian Government,” saidPhil Shaw, chief executive, Lockheed Martin India. “In partnership with Mahindra Defence Systems, Lockheed Martin is meeting the increasing global demand for C-130J military flight training with a new training center in India.  Lockheed Martin’s Rotary & Mission Systems division will provide lifecycle support to C-130J Super Hercules pilots and aircrew”

Air Marshal C Hari Kumar AOC-IN-C, WAC IAF reviews simulator training at Air Force Station Hindan

A Commemoration Ceremony was held at Air Force Station Hindan to mark the successful operationalisation of the C-130 J full motion level D Weapons System Trainer (Simulator). The simulator was rededicated to the nation and the Indian Air Force by Air Marshal C Hari Kumar AVSM VM VSM ADC, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command. The event coincided with the completion of yet another aircrew training programme wherein eight pilots graduated towards the next phase of operational deployment. Expressing his satisfaction over the progress of trainees, the Air Marshal said “….. training is the bedrock of achieving operational excellence. Successful completion of the training here lays foundation for the new platforms that IAF is inducting, including C-17 Globemaster, Apache and Chinook.”

The C-130 J simulator is the first full motion simulator for the IAF, operationalised, managed and maintained by Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd in association with Lockheed Martin Corporation, USA. The technology and configuration and configuration of the simulator enable trainee aircrew to perform precision low-level flying, airdrops, disaster relief, HADR Operations and landing in blackout conditions status with zero Flight Time.

Complementing Mahindra Defence Systems, the Air Marshal, added that the IAF has tremendously benefitted from this industry led training model and he hoped that this association would bring rich dividends to the Air Force.

Training Conference & Training Meet Held at Naval Base, Kochi

The Annual Training Conference (ATC) and Annual Training Meeting (ATM) of Indian Navy were held on 29 August 2017 at Naval Base, Kochi. Both the events were chaired by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command (SNC), Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM. During the event all agencies involved in the training of officers and men in the Navy reviewed the ever-changing complexities of the maritime environment in India's neighborhood in the recent past, and whether any realignment was needed in "training" to meet the operational challenges posed by it.

On this occasion, the SNC ‘Gyan Praveen’ Trophy for the Best Training Package was also awarded to INS Valsura, the technical training unit of the Navy at Jamnagar, Gujarat, for its audio-visual training package on Hydraulic Engineering which was followed by release of the second edition of the Southern Naval Command five yearly archival publication “TIMELINE” by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, covering activities of all units under SNC for the period 2011 – 2015. The two events were graced by the physical presence of senior officers of SNC as well as the heads of all training units under it besides the video presence of other senior officers such as Vice Admiral Anil Chawla, the Chief of Personnel from Naval Headquarters, New Delhi.

SNC as the Training Command of the Indian Navy is responsible for the organisation, conduct and oversight of all basic, professional and specialist training in the Navy. To enable this, the Command continuously evolves policies, formulates syllabi and reviews and restructures the scope of training in various schools and establishments. The Command also coordinates, monitors and controls the day-to-day training activities of the schools and establishments and conducts numerous watermanship, adventure and sports activities. ATC and ATM are held once in a year to take stock of the Indian Navy’s training efforts and initiatives and make course corrections, if required.

Talk Show On Diet & Nutrition For Women At 1 EME Centre

A Talk Show on ‘Diet and Nutrition for Women’ was conducted for the families of 1 EME Centre, Secunderabad as part of Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) education program on 26 August 2017. The talk was given by Ms Priyanka Varma, M.Sc, Consultant Dietician and Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator. Approximately 150 families attended the program. The event was coordinated and organised by Mrs Kiran Uniyal with active support of Brigadier Ajay Malik, Commandant and Mrs Anita Malik, Chairperson, AWWA, 1 EME Centre.

The Dietician gave very useful information for women on the balanced diet, sources for getting iron, calcium and other nutrients, following healthy lifestyle, calculation of Body Mass Index (BMI), daily water intake required, necessity of fats, toxins in body, diet in diabetes etc.

An interactive question and answer session was also held in between the talk show and gifts were given to the active participants. The above session was quite successful, as almost all the families went very satisfied & contended with the educative and knowledgeable talk show.

Indian Navy Extends Support During Mumbai Rains

The Indian Navy has put up food counters at Churchgate, Byculla, Parel, CST, Worli, Tardeo, Mumbai Central, Dadar, Mankhurd, Chembur, Malad and Ghatkopar on 30 August 2017 to provide support to Mumbaikars stranded away from their homes due to incessant rains and water logging in the city.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, Chief of Naval Staff of the Bangladesh Navy Visits Eastern Naval Command

Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, OSP, BCGM, NDC, PSC, Chief of Naval Staff of the Bangladesh Navy accompanied by his wife Mrs Nazmun Nizam and a six member high level delegation arrived Visakhapatnam on a two day visit to Eastern Naval Command (ENC) on 29 August 2017. The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral Naval relations between India and Bangladesh and to explore new avenues for Naval cooperation.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy interacted with Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, ENC and held discussions. The delegation was briefed on activities of ENC and later visited various Naval establishments, including INS Kalinga, INS Karna and INS Satavahana. Mrs Nazmun Nizam interacted with the Committee Members and ladies of the Navy Wives Welfare Association(NWWA) (Eastern Region) and visited the NWWA facilities during her stay at Visakhapatnam.

Naval cooperation between India and Bangladesh has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide span which includes operational interactions through Training, Port Calls, Passage Exercises along with Capability Building and Capacity Augmentation initiatives. Bangladesh Navy is also the present Chair of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), which is a Multilateral Maritime Cooperation platform launched by the Indian Navy. Bangladesh Navy is also scheduled to conduct an International Multilateral Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise titled IMMSAREX in November 2017, which is being held under the IONS construct.

Panorama Workshop Conducted at Indian Naval Meteorology Analysis Centre, Kochi

A pre-induction training workshop for meteorology specialist officers of the Indian Navy on the functioning of ‘Marine Forecast and Visualisation System – Panorama’ was conducted at Indian Naval Meteorology Analysis Centre, Kochi by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Pune. The Panorama software is indigenously designed and aims to provide Indian Navy ships with high resolution weather forecasts for optimal voyage planning.