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Friday, May 17, 2019

Conservation work of Town Hall and Old Municipal office building started

Restoration work of Town Hall (1904) and Old Municipal office building (1931), in old town Vizag started. Ms. Sravani, Project Conservation Architect, will explain how this extraordinary endeavour is being taken up in our own neighborhood on Saturday (11-05-2019) at 4:25 pm at Town Hall. Vizagites who love their city and appreciate the fascinating history, are welcomed to the explanatory session.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Adm Sunil Lanba, three-day farewell visit to the Eastern Naval Command(ENC)

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff(CNS) accompanied by Smt. Reena Lanba, President, Naval Wives Welfare Association(NWWA) arrived Visakhapatnam on a three-day farewell visit to the Eastern Naval Command(ENC) today, 15 May 19. On arrival, Admiral Lanba was received by Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief at INS Dega. During his stay at Visakhapatnam, the CNS will interact with Officers, Sailors and Defence Civilians of the ENC, as also embark the Eastern Fleet at sea. Admiral Sunil Lanba retires from the Navy on 31 May 19 after over four decades of distinguished service. His over four decades of experience include tenures at sea, ashore at various Headquarters, operational and training establishments as well as tri-services institutions. His sea tenures include command of INS Kakinada, a Mine Counter Measure Vessel, INS Himgiri, the indigenous Leander Class Frigate, INS Ranvijay, a Kashin Class Destroyer and INS Mumbai, the indigenous Delhi Class Destroyer. He has also been the Executive Officer of the Aircraft Carrier, INS Viraat and the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. On elevation to the Flag rank, Admiral Lanba has held several significant assignments in the navy including as the Chief of Staff, SNC, Flag Officer Sea Training and as Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area. On promotion to Vice Admiral, he has been the Chief of Staff, ENC, Commandant, National Defence College and the Vice Chief of Naval Staff. Prior to taking over as the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff on 31 May 2016, Admiral Lanba had been the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern and Western Naval Commands. He took over as the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee on 01 January 17. During the last three years as CNS, Admiral Lanba set the tone for several transitions in the operational, training and organisational philosophy of the Indian Navy. The Mission Based Deployments introduced in Jun 2017 transformed the operational philosophy to deploying mission-ready ships and aircraft along critical sea lanes of communications and choke points. These ships are deployed always ready to meet any eventuality across the spectrum of operations ranging from acts of maritime terrorism and piracy to HADR. The Mission Based Deployments enabled Indian Navy units to be the first responder in crisis situation and as Net Security Provider in the Indian Ocean Region. Adm Lanba has also steered implementation of the New Transition Cycle which facilitated improvement of the overall readiness of ships and submarines in undertaking operational taskings and Mission Based Deployments.

Monday, May 13, 2019

National Technology Day Celebrated at Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL)

National Technology Day is observed on May 11 every year, to commemorate successful nuclear test, Operation Shakti (Pokhran- II) conducted on 11 May 1998 in Pokhran, Rajasthan. Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), the premier Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) Lab in Visakhapatnam organized an impressive programme at Manasi Auditorium on 11 May 2019. Scientists and Officers and staff of NSTL participated in the programme. Chief Guest of the Celebrations Shri MV Gowtama, Chairman & Managing Director, M/s. Bharat Electronics Ltd, Bengaluru inaugurated the programme by lighting the lamp, along with Dr. Sameer V Kamat, Distinguished Scientist & Director General (Naval Systems & Materials); Dr. O.R. Nandagopan, Distinguished Scientist & Director NSTL and Shri V Rama Mohana Rao, Scientist F & Chairman NTDC-2019. Director NSTL expressed happiness at the presence of CMD of BEL, one of the development and technology partners of NSTL, as the Chief Guest. He appealed the scientists to tune towards achieving futuristic goals with innovation and creativity. He urged NSTL officers and staff to give their best with long-term planning and develop technology-upgraded weapon systems, to become technology leaders. Dr. Sameer V Kamat, Distinguished Scientist & Director General (Naval Systems & Materials) advised scientists of NSTL to keep pace with the rapid technological changes. He explained how DRDO Headquarters is simplifying the procedures to increase production within timeframes. He welcomed collaboration with PSUs like BEL to meet the project timeframes. On this occasion, Directors Commendation Certificate has been presented to Shri A.Sambasiva Rao, Scientist D, for his oration on "LMS Based Sparse Aware Adaptive Equalization techniques for Underwater Acoustic Communication Channel". The programme concluded with the inspiring speech of Shri MV Gowtama, CMD, BEL. He remembered the past scientists of India, who have not filed any patent but helped a lot to the world. He explained the importance of patents and insisted each scientist to file patents as many as possible, for protecting and encashing the knowledge. He explained in detail how DRDO and BEL are moving towards strengthening Make-in-India initiative and wished many more joint ventures to come up in the near future.

Friday, May 10, 2019

E-learning centre for online exams at Visakha library

E-Learning Center at Visakha Public Library with 41 computers has been inaugurated by Sri. M. T. Krishna Babu, I.A.S, Chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust(VPT) on 09-05-2019. The Center was set up at the cost of Rs. 25,00,000 sponsored by VPT under its CSR Activities. This Center will provide facility of online mock tests for students.

Friday, May 10, 2019

IN Ships Kolkata and Shakti undertake Group Sail

IN Ships Kolkata and Shakti carried out Group Sail with naval ships of Japan, Philippines and the United States of America in the South China Sea from 03 May to 09 May 19. The six-day long Group Sail had participation of six combatants from the four participating countries. The Group Sail was aimed to deepen the existing partnership and foster mutual understanding among participating navies. The ships undertook various exercises en route which included formation manoeuvering, underway replenishment runs, cross-deck flying and exchange of Sea Riders. The Group Sail exercise with naval ships of Japan, Philippines and United States showcased Indias commitment to operating with like-minded nations to ensure safe maritime environment through enhanced interoperability. IN Ships are on return passage from their successful deployment to South and East China Seas as part of the annual Eastern Fleet Over Seas Deployment during which they visited Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, Qingdao, China and Busan, South Korea. Whilst at Qingdao, both the ships had participated in the International Fleet Review (IFR) as part of the 70th Anniversary Celebration of PLA (Navy). During the ships stay in Busan, the IN Ships took part in the Opening Ceremony of Maritime Security (MS) Field Training Exercise (FTX) under the aegis of ADMM-PLUS. On departing Busan, both the ships participated in ADMM-PLUS MS FTX Phase I exercises from 01 May to 03 May 19 off South Korea with Navies of Brunei, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and the USA. Group Sail progressed from 03 May to 09 May. The Phase II of ADMM-PLUS MS FTX is scheduled from 09 May to 12 May 19 in the South China Sea. On completion of Phase II, all participating ships including IN Ships Kolkata and Shakti are scheduled to attend the closing ceremony of ADMM-PLUS MS and participate in the International Maritime Defence Expo (IMDEX) 2019 in Singapore.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Naval Dockyard: INS Ranjit Sails into Sunset

INS Ranjit, a Rajput class destroyer was decommissioned at a solemn yet grand ceremony at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam culminating a glorious era on 06 May 19. The decommissioning ceremony was attended by officers and sailors of the commissioning crew as well as other who have been part of Ranjits voyage over the last 36 years. The Chief Guest for the Decommissioning ceremony was His Excellency Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi PVSM AVSM YSM NM VSM ADC (Retd) Honble Lieutenant Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands who was also a part of the commissioning crew. The Commissioning Ceremony was graced by 16 officers and 10 sailors from the commissioning crew and 23 erstwhile Commanding Officers. The ship commissioned on 15 September 1983 by Captain Vishnu Bhagwat in erstwhile USSR has rendered yeoman service to the nation for 36 years. The ship has been helmed by 27 commanding officers and the last commanding officer, Captain Vikram C Mehra has been in command since 06 Jun 17. The ship since her commissioning has sailed for 2190 days covering a distance of over 7,43,000 nautical miles which is equivalent to navigating around the world 35 times and 3.5 times the distance from earth to moon. The ship has been at the forefront of major naval operations and has the distinction of serving on both Eastern and Western seaboards. Apart from various naval operations like Op Talwar and various multinational exercises, the ship has also been a flag bearer of the Indian Navy`s benign role by participating in relief operations post Tsunami in 2004 and Hud-hud on 2014. In recognition of the service rendered by the ship to the nation, the ship was awarded Unit Citations by the Chief of Naval Staff in 2003-04 and in 2009-10. At the sunset on 06 May 19, the National Flag, Naval Ensign and Commissioning Pennant were lowered for one last time onboard, glorious era in the history of the Indian Navy came to a nostalgic end. Whilst the Ranjit era has come to an end in the Indian Navy, the spirit of Ranjit will continue to live in the hearts of every officer and sailor who has served onboard and her motto of Sada Rane Jayat or Ever Victorious in Battle will continue to inspire generations of Sea Warriors today and in the future.

Friday, May 3, 2019

INS Ranjit to be decommissioned on 06 May 2019

INS Ranjit, the frontline missile destroyer of the Indian Navy is going to be decommissioned on 06-05-2019 (Monday). INS Ranjit, the third of the five Kashin-class destroyers built by erstwhile USSR was commissioned in 1983 and has rendered yeoman service to the Indian Navy for over 36 years. The ship will now be decommissioned at a solemn ceremony at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. The ceremony will be attended by personnel who have served onboard INS Ranjit in the past and will also include officers and sailors from the commissioning crew. The Chief Guest for the ceremony would be His Excellency Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi PVSM AVSM YSM NM VSM ADC (Retd), Lieutenant Governor Andaman & Nicobar. INS Ranjit was constructed as Yard 2203 in the 61 Communards shipyard in the town of Nikolev in present day Ukraine. The keel of the ship was laid on 29 Jun 1977 and she was launched on 16 June 1979. The ship was commissioned as INS Ranjit on 15 September 1983 with Captain Vishnu Bhagwat at the helm. The officer went on to serve as the Chief of Naval Staff during the period 1996 to 98. In her maiden sortie, the ship traversed through the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and the Arabian Sea. Over 36 years, the ship has the distinction of serving in both Western and Eastern seaboard and has been Flag Ship of both the Western and Eastern Fleets. The ship was also actively deployed as part of Navy`s relief operations post-2004 Tsunami and cyclone Hud-hud in 2014. In recognition of her service to the nation, the ship was awarded Unit Citation in 2003-04 and 2009-10. In her glorious service to the nation, the ship has raised and groomed many admirals who even went on to become the Chiefs of Naval Staff. She has been manned by 27 commissions with the last commission taking charge of the ship on 06 Jun 2017. As the sun sets on 06 May 19, the Naval Ensign and the Commissioning pennant will be lowered for the last time onboard INS Ranjit, symbolising the end of the Ranjit era in the Indian Navy.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Fani Cyclone - 7 Mandals in Vizag Cyclone - Prone Areas

The district administration has identified 65 villages in seven mandals as cyclone-prone areas. According to the IMD alerts on cyclonic storm Fani, the administration has identified cyclonic-prone areas in Bheemili, Atchutapuram, Parawada, Pedagantyada, Gajuwaka, Visakhapatnam Rural and Urban mandals. Addressing the media here on Wednesday, Collector K Bhaskar said that rehabilitation centres have been arranged in all the identified villages and all mandal-level officials have been directed to be available at identified mandal headquarters

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Indian Naval Diving Team joins search operation to locate missing personnel

Based on request from Manipur State Government, a team of 12 Naval divers and 02 hydrographers (survey sailors) were airlifted from Visakhapatnam by an IAF aircraft to Imphal on Tuesday evening. The naval diving team is carrying necessary diving equipment including portable side scan sonar for locating objects underwater and commenced search operation today. The team has joined the ongoing search operation along with NDRF team and civil authorities in locating three missing personnel out of 12 personnel reported missing after their boat capsized during a storm in the reservoir of Mapithel dam in Kamjong district of Manipur on 28 Apr 19.