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  1. SajeevJino

    SajeevJino Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Naval expansion
    The Indian Navy (IN), the world's fifth
    largest, has wide-ranging maritime
    aspirations. As early as 2000, Defence
    Minister George Fernandes defined
    India's sphere of interest as extending
    'from the North of the Arabian Sea to
    the South China sea'. A year later, India
    patrolled the Malacca Straits in the
    aftermath of 9/11, on America's request.
    In 2004, its ships played a prominent role
    in humanitarian operations after the
    Indian Ocean earthquake. India's first
    naval doctrine was released in the same
    year. Two years later, four Indian
    warships in the Mediterranean evacuated
    thousands from Lebanon during the war
    between Israel and Hezbollah. In 2008,
    Admiral Navy Chief Sureesh Mehta
    announced that 'by 2022, we plan to have
    a 160-plus ship navy, including three
    aircraft carriers, 60 major combatants,
    including submarines and close to 400
    aircraft of different types', constituting 'a
    formidable three dimensional force with
    satellite surveillance and networking'.
    India's naval expansion accords with
    rapidly growing perception of a threat
    from China, whose surface fleet is three
    times as large and is supported by five
    times the personnel. The notion of a
    'string of pearls', referring to Chinese
    political and military ties with states on
    India's periphery, is ubiquitous in
    strategic circles. This fear is compounded
    by the pace and scale of Chinese military,
    and especially naval, modernisation.
    China has also intensified its claim on
    India's north-eastern state of Arunachal
    Pradesh, blocked a $3bn loan from the
    Asian Development Bank directed at the
    province, issued a demarche after Prime
    Minister Manmohan Singh campaigned
    there, and reportedly increased the
    frequency of incursions. As India's
    strategic attention shifts from Pakistan
    to China, its orientation is becoming
    increasingly maritime in nature; India's
    Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOC),
    along which its energy supplies travel, are
    perceived to be vulnerable to coercive
    disruption during a crisis or war. This
    shift to naval concerns was reinforced by
    the amphibious nature of the Mumbai
    terrorist attacks in November 2008.
    India's carrier fleet
    Presently, the Indian Navy possesses the
    INS Viraat, an ageing platform that
    served the UK as HMS Hermes in the
    Falklands, but cannot launch heavy
    combat aircraft from its short runway. It
    was expected to serve until 2011-2, but
    after recent refurbishments may endure
    until 2019. The Admiral Gorshkov,
    purchased from Russia and bedevilled by
    delays and spiralling costs, is anticipated
    to enter the fleet in 2012-3 as the INS
    Vikramaditya. Finally, the first of India's
    Vikrant class or Indigenous Aircraft
    Carrier, the INS Vikrant, is expected to
    enter into service in 2014, with a second
    to follow three years later.
    If, as is likely, the Vikramaditya replaces
    the Viraat, then India could possess
    three carriers by 2017 (delays are
    probably inevitable). This would
    guarantee that at least one carrier would
    be deployed whatever the state of
    maintenance operations, and that
    carriers could potentially be
    simultaneously deployed in the Indian
    Ocean, Arabian Sea, and Bay of Bengal.
    These carrier groups would be equipped
    with highly capable BrahMos cruise
    missiles, advanced MiG-29Ks , and
    limited submarine escorts. Depending on
    China's naval modernisation, this would
    constitute Asia's largest, most advanced
    and most offensively capable naval force.
    The Queen Elizabeth class carriers:
    Drawbacks
    It is unclear why the Indian Navy would
    seek to procure a Queen Elizabeth class
    carrier: whether they would replace or
    augment the prospective Vikramaditya.
    Financial constraints and force planning
    imply the former, since India would be
    unlikely to pay an extra $3bn to Russia
    for an additional carrier whose function
    has not been articulated in naval doctrine
    or strategic planning. At the same time, a
    few factors speak against India
    purchasing a replacement British carrier.
    First, the sheer size of the vessels -
    capable of carrying forty aircraft - would
    render them expensive to man and equip
    with airpower. An extra carrier group
    would be costly to support in terms of
    protective screens of surface ships, anti-
    submarine platforms, and submarine
    escorts. The naval budget has risen
    rapidly in recent years, but could not
    support this scale of expansion. Some
    naval thinkers contend that inadequately
    protected aircraft carriers are deeply
    vulnerable, and consequently of limited
    military use in a conflict if put at risk by
    an adversary. This is borne out by the
    British experience during the Falklands
    War, and current US concerns over
    China's growing submarine force. For
    India, a hugely costly platform that could
    be 'asymmetrically' neutralised would
    represent a poor investment.
    Second, issues that were invoked during
    the prospective purchase of the USS
    Kitty Hawk emerge here: although the
    flight deck of the Queen Elizabeth class
    carriers is not much larger than that of
    the Vikramaditya, the aircraft capacity is
    twice as large. Indian sailors may not
    possess the experience to manage a
    correspondingly more complicated flight
    deck.
    Third, the British carriers are not likely to
    be as adapted to Indian needs as the
    Vikramaditya will be. The latter will
    employ a STOBAR configuration (ski-
    jump on the bow and three arrestor
    wires on the stern) with an eye to the
    Indian purchase of MiG29Ks. The British
    carrier will use STOVL, as is appropriate
    to the British fleet of Harriers and the
    anticipated F-35s. However, this is not a
    major concern because the British design
    is anticipated to be modifiable, and
    arrestor wires could be installed at
    reasonable cost.
    Fourth, India may be concerned about
    too rapid an expansion in naval
    capabilities during a period of heightened
    regional tension. India's previous use of
    an aircraft carrier, during the 1971
    Bangladesh War, was to launch attacks
    on Pakistani territory. Pakistan may use
    procurement of an additional carrier, or
    an accelerated procurement of a
    replacement for Viraat, as a pretext for a
    more offensive posture on Kashmir or
    advancement of its ballistic missile and
    nuclear programmes. China may also
    gain wider acceptance of its own
    modernisation. Regional powers who
    have undertaken joint naval exercises
    with India may become warier of its
    ambitions.
    Fifth, and potentially most important,
    India may jeopardise its deeply rooted
    defence relationship with Russia. Bharat
    Karnad, a former member of India's
    National Security Advisory Board, has
    cautioned that if India chose an
    American aircraft in its $11bn tender for
    multirole combat aircraft, 'the tourniquet
    of spares and servicing support could be
    applied across the board, resulting in a
    rapid degrading of the readiness aspects
    of the Indian military [and] a cutback in
    the Russian involvement in many high
    value military technology collaboration
    projects'.
    He goes on to speculate that 'there is the
    possibility of Russia making common
    cause with China in denying India a
    permanent seat in the UN Security
    Council, a seat India craves'. Although
    the Gorshkov deal is not as lucrative,
    Russia would likely take issue with Indian
    rejection at this late stage. It should be
    noted that although 70 per cent of
    India's present military equipment is of
    Soviet or Russian origin, Russia also
    depends on India as a major customer
    and might be self-deterred from taking
    excessively punitive measures.
     
  2. TereBinLaden

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    SajeevJino can you please arrange the above article in a more readable manner, as it hurts my eyes to read the whole article. Thank you.
     
  3. arulcharles

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    Navy chief says ADA let it down on LCA front

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    Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma on Saturday lambasted the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) for frequent time overruns in the development of the Naval version of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

    “They [ADA] focused largely on the Air Force programme and the LCA [Navy] did fall behind…. There have been many promises made by the ADA but they failed us,” he told The Hindu on Saturday on the sidelines of the ongoing multi-naval Milan initiative hosted by the Navy.

    Terming the carrier-borne aircraft development programme ‘crucial' for the Navy, he said the naval version of the aircraft was considerably different from the Air Force version, given the type of forces it would undergo while making arrested landings on a carrier deck. This called for a reinforced undercarriage. “It is often said that there is only 15 per cent difference between both versions. The Navy has always maintained that it may be 15 per cent in terms of material and systems, but it is a substantial part. And they [ADA] underestimated it.”

    Asked about the geo-strategic interests of the Navy in the Indian Ocean region, he said India was a ‘benign friend' of the Indian Ocean littorals. Affirming that forums such as the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and Milan went a long way in addressing mutual concerns and forging working-level partnerships, he said the Navy would continue to do what it had been doing. However, major western powers would like to see a far greater engagement of India in global affairs, he said in response to a query on the country's interests in the Indo-Pacific region.

    On India providing Exclusive Economic Zone surveillance assistance to neighbouring countries, he said the help being sought was ‘extensive' and India would be able to do it in a ‘much better way' in the next few years when there would be a substantial infusion of platforms such as offshore patrol vessels “which are particularly made for the type of requirements that the smaller nations have.”

    The Admiral said China had extensive trade interests, which resulted in its ‘commercial presence' in the region. “But, for a nation of our size, stature, growth rate and the role that is expected of us in global affairs, we must have certain capabilities and we are building them. So you must have a sense of confidence that our maritime interests would be fully met… If you look at defence allocations in terms of percentage of the GDP, ours is a modest figure, but when a nation is growing, that modest figure allows you to build certain capabilities,” he said.

    The Admiral said that though the Navy preferred indigenous acquisition of assets, it was also procuring ships from abroad to plug certain gaps. “After the lost decade [the cash-strapped 1990s], we are now able to place orders, and acquisitions are happening; only that our yards are unable to deliver at globally competitive rates. But notwithstanding that, in the next five years, we would be commissioning on an average five ships or submarines in a year.”

    He said that while Indian shipyards saw substantial improvements in capability, their speed of construction of platforms left a lot to be desired. “Their infrastructure has been modernised. We need to now concentrate on the modernisation of processes.”

    The Admiral said India, as a matter of policy, would not have forward operating bases. But that was not a constraint as the two fleet tankers acquired last year allowed the Navy to operate two task groups far and wide for individual functions. As for the controversial logistic support agreement, which would have provided it berthing and refuelling on the co-signatory's shores, he said it was felt the Navy did not need it at this stage.

    “Carrier-building is very expensive, but it is certainly there in our long-term plans,” the Admiral said about the Navy's wish to have a third carrier besides the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (which is under construction at Cochin Shipyard) and the Vikramaditya (slated for induction by this year-end). “It will help you ensure two carriers are operational at the same time. However, it all depends on how the Navy is supported by funding because along with the carrier, we want to do other things, too.”

    INS Viraat would not outlive the commissioning of the IAC as the Sea Harrier aircraft would be unserviceable by then, he remarked.

    The Navy was firming up a concept on the future carrier, taking into consideration the future of aviation and the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). “There would be far more capable aircraft and far more expected of an aircraft carrier in the late 2020s. So it [the future carrier] got to be different. Already, there is so much of research going on on UAVs because their capabilities have been demonstrated in ample measure in land battles.” The Admiral also hinted at deploying UAVs on platforms such as the Vikramaditya at a later date.

    The Admiral said the Coast Guard-steered project to set up a coastal radar chain would fructify by the middle of next year.

    Initially, the Navy had some reservations about the quality of certain equipment such as infrared devices and cameras, which would come with the radar, but Bharat Electronics had been proactive and had placed orders for subsystems, he said.

    Admiral Verma said coastal security exercises, now held at the State-level, would soon have a larger envelope, expanding across States along the entire coastline. He added the Navy was doing all it could to encourage States to do more on coastal security and emulate Tamil Nadu in carving out a dedicated cadre for coastal police.

    Source;-The Hindu : News / National : Navy chief says ADA let it down on LCA front
     
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  4. Nirvana

    Nirvana Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    ^^ Those LCA's for Navy don't make sense when we are Buying Mig's

    We are Probably looking to Induct LCA's to be operated from Just 1 Carrier i.e IAC-1.HAL/ADA has once again failed to deliver on time , the First flight of NP-1 is delayed.It's Better that we Utilize same fund in Other carrier Based Fighter , May be a Naval Version of Pak-Fa Along Russian's
     
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    The size and weight of a naval version of PAKFA (which, by the way, is a good 10+ years off considering the air force version of the PAKFA itself is 6-7 years off) means it would in probability require a CATOBAR setup. None of the IN's three (current and planned) carriers supports CATOBAR operations which leaves the main question raised by the CNS unanswered: What, and where, is the planes with which to arm our current/near-future carriers (Viraat-STOVL, Vikramaditya-STOBAR and Vikrant-STOBAR)? BTW, the Rafale-M also requires CATOBAR setup. I am not quite sure the 40 odd MiG-29K/KUBs are going to be sufficient for both Vikramaditya and Vikrant (Viraat, of course, will only be limited to the STOVL Sea Harriers).

    I must add, there has been some serious damning of the HAL/NAL/DRDO/ADA/etc and specifically the LCA project (IAF Tejas as well as N-Tejas) from all over for the past few days:

    ACM S. Krishnaswamy (Retd COAS): Mayday, mayday (caustic editorial lambasting the LCA project in Hindustan Times)

    Livefist: Indian Navy chief snipes carrier Tejas (again recounting the numerous and continuous screwups with the Tejas)

    Coming back to the CNS' statements, I found this bit highly intriguing:

    Does that mean the IN is giving up on any chance of IAC-1 being commissioned even by 2019?! The CNS must have been feeling *really* pessimistic with our indigenous organizations that day ...

    P.S.: For some reason I cannot post URLs.
     
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  6. ManuSankar

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    Indian Navy Exercise TROPEX-2012

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    Indian Navy Statement: Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony was given a glimpse of the expansive scope and scale of the Indian Navy's annual Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX) over a two day visit to the Bay of Bengal with the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma and the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral AK Chopra.

    In the backdrop, were two completely networked fleets, widely dispersed across seas in the Indian Ocean, operating in a dense electronic environment to match their professional and technical proficiency. New platforms, weapons sensors, communication systems and tactics were being tested and tried to optimize the net combat power of the fleets. Over forty surface combatants of various classes, submarines and a large number of aircraft including UAVs are participating in the exercise. As would be the case in any operation of the twenty first century, the exercise had a jointmanship element as IAF aircraft such as AWACS, Sukhois, Mirages and Jaguars also participated.

    'No Limits', the motto of INS Shivalik where the Defence Minister first landed, best described the scale of the Indian Naval operational exercise. The Defence Minister witnessed INS Shivalik execute, various evolutions including a 'surface gun shoot' and jackstay with INS Shakti in copy book fashion. Incidentally, it may be recalled that the Defence Minister had commissioned INS Shivalik on Apr 29, 2010 and Admiral Verma had commissioned INS Shakti on October 01, 2011. The integration of INS Shivalik and INS Shakti as fully operational components of the Eastern Fleet in such a short span of time reflected the efficiency and professionalism of Indian Navy's training and operational methodology.

    INS Viraat, the Flag ship of the Western Fleet, demonstrated the power of a networked force as operational plots and pictures from remote sensors were transferred and collated in a flash to present a comprehensive picture of the Battlespace and effect optimal use of the weapons on board the various potent ships. The recently upgraded Sea Harriers proved their lethality with ranges extended by Air to Air refueling and BVR missiles. Su 30MKI aircraft, Mirages and Jaguars, being directed by an IAF AWACS, operating over sea for the first time tested the Air Defence capability of the INS Viraat even as the ships were operating in a Multi- threat scenario. During this battle the Defence Minister witnessed, first hand, the potency of the upgraded Sea Harriers particularly in the networked environment.

    A critical part of Anti Missile Defence being Surface to Air Missiles (SAM), the Defence Minister witnessed the successful interception of a fast, low flying, Surface to Surface missile by a SAM. A clear night with a full moon laid an idyllic setting for this demonstration of power and professionalism.

    The Defence Minister witnessed a successful and impressive launch of the Brahmos, supersonic long range anti shipping missile, from a recently up-graded Ranvir class destroyer. This was particularly satisfying as the launch of the missile was an affirmation of our indigenous weapon capabilities.

    The Defence Minister also witnessed a full scale air power demonstration from INS Viraat with Seakings, Sea Harriers and Chetaks participating. Whilst on board INS Viraat, Shri Antony was also shown the reputed professionalism of the MARCOS as they carried out a precision landing on the flight deck in the middle of the sea using Combat Free Fall technique.

    Livefist: Indian Navy Exercise TROPEX-2012
     
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    thanks for the pics, INS Viraat always looks great
     
  8. Nirvana

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    I Was Talking about Aircraft's for Our Follow On carrier's - IAC-2 Onwards which will Possibly have CATOBAR Layout.

    Since we are already Purchasing Mig's for Vikramaditya and Vikrant , Funding the N-LCA doesn't Make sense if the Project is delayed further.They haven't flew even the Prototype yet

    Use the Same funds in Another Carrier Fighter Instead which will operate from IAC-2 and Further carrier's

    and About the quote you mentioned

    You took the following statement completely otherway , INS Viraat is a Semi-Active Carrier and Has been Under Operation for Royal navy and Indian navy for more than 50 year's Now , So in coming Year's the Carrier would be very difficult to Maintain

    What my personal Assessment over Commisioning of Vikrant is , It will Join the Navy By 2015-16 max

    The Performance shown by CSL over the building of carrier until now has been Outstanding taking in mind this is first time we are Building a carrier on our own
     
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    Antony witnesses Indian Navy's war readiness exercise
    Wednesday, February 08

    Visakhapatnam: India's lone aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, may be over 50 years old, but the latest refit that it went through in 2009-10 has made it a potent warfare platform of the 21st century and this was showcased to Defence Minister AK Antony when he boarded the vessel off Visakhapatnam as part of a large maritime exercise on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Antony, accompanied by navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma and Eastern Naval Command chief Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, got a glimpse of INS Viraat's potential to serve the Indian Navy till the end of this decade when it dodged fighter jets attempting to attackit in the high seas during the Tropex, as the exercise was called, in the Bay of Bengal.

    INS Viraat demonstrated the power of a networked force when it beamed live feeds of data, satellite images and other technical battlefield awareness inputs for the benefit of the naval personnel managing the battle scenario, as part of the theatre-level annual exercise.

    This platform was used by the Indian Navy to direct its warships for sea battles and for optimal use of the on board weapons of the battle ships.

    Its complement of maritime fighter jets, the upgraded Sea Harriers, proved their lethality, having obtained range extension in the form of midair refueling and beyond visual range missile capabilities.

    The 28,000-tonne Centaur class warship's air defence capabilities were tested by the Indian Air Force's potent Su-30MKI, Mirage-2000 and Jaguar combat planes, which flew out into the sea to take on the battleship for the first time ever, even as the warships were operating in a multi-threat scenario.

    During the exercise, Antony witnessed first-hand the potency of the upgraded Sea Harriers, Sea King choppers and Chetaks helicopters, particularly in the networked environment.

    All the air operations were directed by an Indian Air Force airborne early warning and control system (AWACS).

    A critical part of anti-missile defence was the demonstration of the surface-to-air missiles (SAM) that successfully intercepted a fast, low flying, surface-to-surface missile that was targeting INS Viraat. This demonstration was done at night.

    Among the sophisticated operations of the Indian Navy was its commandos or Marcos demonstration on board INS Viraat when they did a precision landing on the flight deck using combat free fall technique.

    He also witnessed a successful launch of the BrahMos supersonic long-range anti-ship missile from on board INS Ranvir, a Rajput class destroyer, in an affirmation of the quality of the indigenous weapons development.

    Over 40 surface combatants of various classes, submarines and a large number of aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles participated in the exercise.

    Antony also went on board INS Shivalik, one of the newly inducted stealth frigates of the navy, from where he witnessed a coordinated operation ny it with INS Shakti, a tanker inducted four months ago.

    Source:-Antony witnesses Indian Navy`s war readiness exercise
     
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    Indian Navy to have 100 combat jets, 500 aircraft

    New Delhi. The Indian Navy is set to have 100-plus combat jets, as part of an assortment of its own mostly ship-board capable air force of some 500 aircraft and helicopters.

    Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Verma told India Strategic that air power is an integral component of the Indian Navy’s modernization programme with at least three aircraft carriers in the future.

    The Naval Chief declined to mention the exact timelines but observed that each platform of the Navy would be equipped with progressively better technologies and newer generation systems as they evolve. The effort is on acquiring capabilities, and eventually indigenizing them with special emphasis on operational capabilities in the Electronic Warfare (EW) environment.

    The Indian Navy has already ordered 45 Mig 29K combat jets from Russia, 16 of them in the first lot in 2004, and the remaining now. Incidentally, this is the first time that the Russians are supplying training simulators with their aircraft; the Indian Air Force never got any in the good old days from the Soviet Union or Russia.

    These Mig 29K aircraft are specifically meant for INS Vikramaditya aka Admiral Gorshkov being acquired from Russia end-2012 before the Navy Day on Dec 4.

    The 60 other combat jets being planned for acquisition may be different. Adm Verma did not elaborate.

    All he said was that the Navy has planned for about 500 aircraft, helicopters, LRMR and MRMR included.

    It may be noted however that various aircraft manufacturers, US Boeing (F/A 18 Super Hornet) and Lockheed Martin (F 35 JSF), French Dassault (Rafale) and Swedish Saab (Sea Gripen) have made presentations to the Navy.

    At present, only the Boeing F/A 18 and Rafale operate from aircraft carriers while the JSF, the futuristic 5th Generation aircraft under development has demonstrated the capability to land and take off from ships in flight trials. There is also the naval version of the India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) being developed by HAL.

    The choice should be known after a few years.

    The Navy has already ordered 12 Boeing P8-I long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft (LRMR) and another 12 LRMR and half a dozen Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance (MRMR) aircraft are under consideration.

    Besides these, the Navy is looking for an assortment of aircraft to operate in the contemporary and futuristic Electronic Warfare (EW) environment with cutting edge technologies.

    The US has offered Northrop Grumman's advance E-2D Hawkey shipboard aircraft for battle management but that is where it stands. There is no "Yes" or "No" from the Indian Navy.

    Adm Verma said that what the Navy was looking at were just not numbers of aircraft, ships, submarines and other assets but their capabilities. Any equipment and system has to operate and last for years. New and newer technologies are emerging rapidly and whatever the Navy buys, has to be value for money and security for years to come.

    As for ships and submarines, he said that by 2027, the Navy should have mostly new 150 ships and submarines to enable operations in both the western and eastern seaboards of India to protect the country’s maritime interests.

    The Navy has also acquired two refueling vessels to enable its ships to stay far from the shores and for longer durations.

    ..:: India Strategic ::. Navy: Indian Navy to have 100 combat jets, 500 aircraft
     
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    Indian Navy‚ Air Force on standby
    2012-02-10

    NEW DELHI: India, which has a defence security pact with the Maldives, has placed several naval frigates on high alert and intensified naval patrolling in the Indian Ocean as the crisis in the neighbouring country threatened late yesterday to spiral into civil war. Large transport aircraft from the Indian Air Force were placed on alert to evacuate Indian citizens at short notice if so required, sources said.

    It is part of ‘standard operating procedure’ for troops to be placed on standby when internal strife in a neighbouring country threatens to spiral into civil war, sources indicated.

    The Indian High Commissioner to the Maldives, Dhyaneshwar M Mulay, met both the newly appointed President Mohammed Waheed Hassan and the ousted President Mohammed Nasheed to try and defuse the escalating tensions that have erupted in the Indian Ocean nation.

    A worried India is monitoring the situation on an hourly basis, and is appealing for calm, but is unlikely to send in troops to shore up any leader. When Sri Lankan Tamil rebel insurgents had tried back in 1988 November to overthrow the then Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the Indian government headed by former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had sent in its forces to bolster the presidency and averted a coup.

    Analysts in India have been extremely critical of the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to speak with newly anointed President Waheed, so soon after Nasheed’s ouster, and even invite him to visit India for talks. The Indian government, with such high strategic stakes in the Maldives, should have been more supportive of the democratically elected Nasheed, analysts said. Both the Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, were out of India, in Beijing and Washington respectively, when Nasheed was forced to quit.

    The western-educated liberal democrat Nasheed, analysts and former diplomats said, was the best bulwark against the tide of rising Islamic fundamentalism that is being fomented there and is a major force behind his forced removal. Much like the fundamentalists who tried to engineer a coup to seek the removal of another democratically elected leader, Sheikh Hasina, in neighbouring Bangladesh.

    The crisis in the Maldives has rapidly escalated since Wednesday evening, after Nasheed led a protest rally in Male, saying he was forced at gunpoint to demit office earlier in the week. Enraged supporters of Nasheed, the first democratically elected President of that country, fought against security forces and police on the streets of Male and Addu, two of the around 200 inhabited atolls (out of a total of around 2200 atolls) that form part of the Indian Ocean country.

    Nasheed, exiled and then imprisoned for years before he was elected to the presidency in 2008, wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times today called the ‘Dregs of Dictatorship’ in which he clearly implicates former ruler Gayoom as the main instigator of the unrest and violence that forced his removal from office in what he has termed a coup. He blamed his vice-president, Waheed, who took over after he quit, of conspiring against him with Gayoom.

    Source:-The Himalayan Times : Indian Navy‚ Air Force on standby - Detail News : Nepal News Portal
     
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    At INS HANSA Air base - Sea Harrier and Mig 29
     
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    Indian Naval Academy gets new Commandant

    KOCHI: Vice-Admiral Pradeep Chauhan will assume office as the Commandant of the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala on Monday. Admiral Chauhan was serving as the Chief of Staff of Western Naval Command since August 2009.
    A second generation Naval officer and an alumnus of Campion School, Mumbai, and the National Defence Academy, Admiral Chauhan underwent his early naval training aboard INS Delhi and INS Tir, emerging as the Best Cadet and First in the Order of Merit as a Midshipman.
    A specialist in navigation and direction, he has a glorious seagoing career culminating in the command of aircraft carrier INS Viraat. Admiral Chauhan was also a member of the team for ‘Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica.’� During his shore tenure he served as the head of the Naval Training Team at Defence Services Staff College and as principal director of Naval Operations at the Naval Headquarters.
    Admiral Chauhan was appointed as the first Assistant Chief of Naval Staff, Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence (ACNS FCI) of the Navy to aggregate and focus on the international role of the Navy.� A captivating orator, Admiral Chauhan revamped the Navy’s media relations organisation to catch up with the explosive growth of Indian media.
    The Admiral has been honoured with Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM).

    Indian Naval Academy gets new Commandant - South India - Kochi - ibnlive
     
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    Arrival of the Indian navy ship INS Ranjit (D53) at North Emerald pier

    The arrival of the Indian Navy warship INS Ranjit (D53) was met by a deputation of personnel RI Eastern Fleet Command (Koarmatim) and Koarmatim officials, at Pier North emerald Tanjung Perak, Surabaya on Thursday (15/3). Deputation from the army units Eskorta Ship, Submarine Force, Force amphibious ship, the ship Fast Force, and Patrol boats Satauan Ship Unit Koarmatim Bantu lineup. While officials menjambut include Asops Danlantamal Navy V (P) H. Yudho Warsono, India's Defence Attache Colonel Sanjeev Langeh and officers of Lantamal V and Satkor Koarmatim.
    Destroyer class warships (Class Destroyer) will be in Surabaya for three days starting today hinga March 17, 2012. During their stay in Surabaya, Warship INS Ranjit (53) will carry out some activities, such as courtesy call to Danlantamal V, an open ship, along with sports Koarmatim personnel, visits to the government of Surabaya and visits to tourist attractions in East Java.

    The purpose of this visit is to strengthen the relationship between the Indian Navy with the Navy that has been going on since long. Relationship that has existed between the Indian Navy with Navy for cooperation include joint patrols, named Coordinated Patrol (Patkor) Indindo held every year. In addition, the visit is expected to be a tourism promotion event in East Java to the world.

    Indian Warship Class Destroyer Raiput this type specification and have destroyer with a length of 147 meters, 15.8 meters wide and weighs 4974 tons. This warship commanded by Captain Punit Chadda with the number of crew (ABK) 320 people and leaving from the Port of the Indian Navy since February 2012. In addition to visiting Indonesia, Indian warships will also be visited several countries in Asia like the Philippines and Malaysia

    http://www.demotix.com/news/1105529/arrival-indian-navy-ship-ins-ranjit-d53-north-emerald-pier
     
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