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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bilateral Exercise between RSN and IN, SIMBEX-17 concluded

The sea phase of SIMBEX-17 came to a conclusion on 24 May 2017 marking the successful culmination of the 24th edition of the bilateral exercise. Spread over four days, Indian Navy was represented by Shivalik, Sahyadri (both Project 17 indigenous multirole stealth frigates), Kamorta (Project 28 anti submarine stealth corvette), Jyoti (fleet replenishment tanker), the P8i anti-submarine and reconnaissance aircraft (operating from Singapore) and integral Chetak helicopters. The Republic of Singapore Navy was represented by Formidable, Supreme (both Formidable class multirole stealth frigates), Victory (missile corvette), Sikorsky S-70B helicopter, Fokker F 50 maritime patrol aircraft, RSAF F-15, F-16 fighter jets. The four days of intense exercises witnessed multidimensional action including a mixed team indulging in force on force procedures proving interoperability. Seariders from both navies had cross boarded the ships of the other navy in a symbol of growing trust and confidence in each other’s procedures.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ENC awarded First Prize for Official LanguageHindi implementation

Eastern Naval Command has been awarded first prize for the outstanding work in the field of implementation of Official Language Hindi in the category of Central Government organizations during the 67th meeting of Town Official Language Implementation Committee (TOLIC) held on 23 May 17 under the Chairmanship of Shri Mukul Saran Mathur, Divisional Railway Manager, Waltair Division, East Coast Railway,Visakhapatnam. The award was received by Commodore KS Noor, Command Hindi Liaison Officer and Command Education Officer and Smt A Bhagylakshmi, AD (OL)

Monday, May 22, 2017

MORE THAN 8600 PUBLIC VISITED SCIENCE EXHIBITION TRAIN

The motto of the Science express – exhibition on wheels to create awareness on Climatic changes and ill effects on environment. The exhibition train which reached Kottavalasa railway station of Waltair Division on 20.05.2017, receiving very good response from the public of this region. More than 8660 public including school children rushed to the Science Express to share the knowledge on Climatic changes due to green house gases, how the global warming affects the natural and vital resources, ozone depletion due to release of Chloro Fluoro Carbons by Refrigerators and Air Conditioners, ill effects on bio-diversity, measures to regulate the damage etc. The children as well as adults were very eager to notice the facts from the well designed artifacts and specially designed lab. This exhibition train will remain two more days at Kottavalasa i.e. till 23.05.2017. Students could utilize this opportunity for enhancing their knowledge as well as spread the message for sustaining life on earth.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Indian Navy Mountaineering Team scales Mount Everest

The Indian Naval Ensign was planted atop Mount Everest at about 0715 hours on 21 May 2017 by Team A comprising Lieutenant Shashank Tiwari, Lieutenant Anant Kukreti and LCOM Maharana all from Eastern Naval Command and Lieutenant Commander CS Yadav. The remaining six members of Team A returned to Camp IV at midnight due to bad weather and heavy winds. The 24 member of Indian Navy expedition to Mount Everest has split into two teams for the summit attempt. Team B is on its way to summit the peak now. Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff flagged off a 24 member Indian Navy Expedition to Mount Everest, themed Sagartal Se Sagarmatha, on 23 March 2017. The team had been undergoing strength and endurance training including yoga sessions for making the climbers cope with challenges of summiting the highest peak in the world. In addition the team had also undergone a month long training at Army Mountaineering Institute near Siachen Glacier. The first all Navy expedition planted the Naval Ensign atop Mount Everest on 18 May 2004. The expedition complements Sagar Parikrama III, a circumnavigation by an all women crew onboard INSV Tarini later this year.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

TROPHIES AWARDED TO SHIPS OF LOCAL FLOTILLA

The Annual Flotilla Awards Ceremony for the year 2016-17 was held at Naval Dockyard premises, Vishakhapatnam on Friday, 19 May 17. Commodore Sanjeev Issar , Naval Officer-in-Charge, Andhra Pradesh was the chief guest for the impressive traditional naval ceremony and presented awards to the ships of the flotilla excelling in different facets of operations. The event was conducted to recognize overall excellence and valuable contribution of the ships and gallant men who have maintained constant vigil off the coast of Visakhapatnam.During the Awards Function, INS Cuddalore bagged the "Most Spirited Ship" trophy and INS Kozhikode was adjudged as the "Best Ship". Cmde Sanjeev Issar, NOIC(Andhra Pradesh) congratulated all the award winners and highlighted the importance of keeping the ships in highest operational state at all times. He also stressed upon the dynamic security situation prevailing in the region and the need for maintaining continuous vigil.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bilateral Exercise between Indian Navy & Republic of Singapore Navy SIMBEX-17 commences

As part of "SIMBEX-17’, the ongoing Bilateral Naval Exercise between Navies of the Republic of Singapore and India, lndian Naval Ships Shivalik, Sahyadri, Jyoti and Kamorta and one P8-I Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft are participating. While INS Sahyadri and INS Kamorta arrived on May 12, 2017, INS Shivalik and INS Jyoti would be joining directly for the sea phase. The ships are under the command of Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, YSM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. SIMBEX is an acronym for “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises”. Bilateral cooperation between Singapore and India was first formalised when RSN ships began training with the Indian Navy in 1994. This year’s edition of SIMBEX-17 being held in the South China Sea would be the 24th in the series and is aimed to increase interoperability amongst the RSN and IN as well as develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. The scope of the current exercise includes wide-ranging professional interactions during the Harbour Phase scheduled from May 18 to May 20 and a diverse range of operational activities at sea during the Sea Phase to be held from 21 May to 24 May. The thrust of exercises at sea this year would be on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), integrated operations with Surface, Air and Sub-surface forces, Air Defence and Surface Encounter Exercises. During SlMBEX-17, the Singapore Navy is represented by RSN Ships Supreme, Formidable and Victory and Maritime Patrol Aircraft Fokker F50 in addition to the RSAF F-16 aircraft. The two navies share a long standing relationship with regular professional interactions that include exchange programs, staff talks and training courses. Singapore Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Lai Chung Han had earlier visited ENC and participated in lFR-16 held in February last year in the City of Destiny, Visakhapatnam. RSS Formidable and a Fokker F 50 aircraft participated in SlMBEX-16 which was held at Visakhapatnam and in Bay of Bengal. INS Sahyadri, and INS Shivalik-both multi-role stealth frigates - are commanded by Captain Anil Jaggi and Captain R Vinod Kumar respectively while INS Kamorta, an Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette is commanded by Commander Vipin Gupta. lNS Jyoti, the fleet replenishment tanker is commanded by Captain S Shyam Sundar.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Eastern Fleet Over Seas Deployment to Malaysia

In pursuance of India’s Act East Policy, Indian Naval Ships Shivalik and Jyoti are on an overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean. The ships would be on a port visit to Kuantan from May 14 to May 19, 2017. The visit of the Indian Naval Ships seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen existing bonds between India and Malaysia. The two countries share a rich history and a strategic relationship. A number of bilateral agreements exist between the two countries in a various spheres. During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls, formal reception on board ships, ships open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel and professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations have been planned. In April this year, Prime Minister, Najib Razak visited India and called on the Indian Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi for bilateral talks and enhance the partnership between the two countries. In July last year, Admial Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulazaman, the Chief of Royal Malaysia Navy visited India to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two navies which have witnessed a steady rise in their cooperation. INS Kora, an indigenously built corvette had recently participated in LIMA-17. Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region. In addition, as part of the Indian Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities. The current deployment will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas. Over the past few decades, India has made substantial advances in terms of designing and building warships indigenously and the visiting ships bear testimony to these capabilities. INS Shivalik, a multi-role stealth frigate is commanded by Captain R Vinod Kumar while INS Jyoti, the fleet replenishment tanker is commanded by Captain S Shyam Sundar.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Indian Navy participates in the International Maritime Review at Singapore

Warships from around the world gathered at Changi Naval Base on Monday 15th May, as Singapore hosted its first International Maritime Review (IMR). The proceedings included a parade, a land review and a sea review, involving 46 warships and four aircraft from 21 countries, including Singapore. The review was part of the Republic of Singapore Navys (RSN) 50th year. In addition an Indian continent participated in the parade. INS Sahyadri was part of the land review while INS Kamorta was part of the sea review. Both ships had earlier participated in the pre-IMR multinational group sail. President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who reviewed the warships, said the maritime review “marks the coming of age” of Singapores navy, and is “testament to the strong friendships and extensive network Singapore enjoys across the world”.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Distribution of nose masks by SVS at Visakhapatnam Steel Plant

Sramik Vikas Sanghatan(SVS) wing of AAP had distributed 5000 nose masks to both staff and contract workers of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant to protect from the Dust and other air related pollution. People participated in the distribution are Sri B Kameswara Rao - President of an Independent Technical Employees Union, Sri Ch Krishnamurty - SVS, Visakhapatnam City Convener, Mr. Venkat - Contract Employees Leader, Sri S Kaleswara Rao - SVS AP State Central NCC member, Sri K Haranath Babu Visakhapatnam AAP Pioneer, Sri C Gupta AAP State Treasurer and Yagna Narayana SVS AP Incharge

Saturday, May 13, 2017

INS Darshak completes hydrographic surveys in Sri Lanka

INS Darshak of the Eastern Naval Command which has been on a two month deployment to Sri Lanka has successfully completed surveys of Weligama Bay and Southern coast of Sri Lanka. The result of the surveys were formally handed over by Captain Peush Pawsey, Commanding Officer, INS Darshak to Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne, WV, RWP & Bar, RSP, VSV, USP, ndc, psn, the Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, in a ceremony held at Colombo on 12 May 17. The survey operations were undertaken in three phases and ship also visited Colombo and Galle harbour. The ship and ship’s survey motor boats fitted with multi beam systems were extensively deployed and the hydrographic survey data for more than 7000 nautical miles was collected. Ship’s integral Chetak helicopter also participated in the operations. The Officers and sailors of Sri Lanka Navy had embarked ship during the conduct of joint survey operations and were also imparted training on various aspects of hydrographic surveying. In addition, the sailors of both the navies interacted during ship’s stay at Colombo and Galle and played friendly football, volleyball and basketball matches. Beach cleaning drives were also conducted as part of interaction. INS Darshak has the unique distinction of having surveyed in Mauritius, Seychelles, Myanmar, Mozambique and Tanzania in the last few years. The successful completion of the maiden Joint Hydrographic survey with Sri Lanka Navy marks a new beginning in the bilateral relations.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

INS Rajput on a 3-day visit to Yangon

INS Rajput, Indian Navys front line guided missile destroyer entered Yangon, Myanmar for an Operational Turn around (OTR) from 11-13 May 17. The ship was given a traditional welcome and received by Commodore Thant Sin Lay Deputy Commander Naval Dockyard. Captain RA Shah, Commanding Officer INS Rajput called on Commodore Nay Win , Commander, Ayeyarwady Naval Regional Command. Later, Capt RA Shah, Commanding Officer, INS Rajput laid wreath for the Martyrs of the First and Second World War at Yangon War cemetery. He also called on His Excellence V Misra, the Indian Ambassador of Myanmar. During the visit, 35 Indian Naval officers visited the Myanmar Naval Training Command and 35 Myanmar Navy officers and 160 under trainee sea cadets visited the ship and were given a guided tour of the ship. The sea cadets interacted with the junior officers of the ship during the visit. A friendly volleyball match was also with Myanmar navy personnel. Team Rajput comprising 05 officers and 05 sailors also visited Thanlyin Orphanage School and distributed notebooks, stationary and food packets to the students of the orphanage as a good will gesture.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Eastern Fleet Over Seas Deployment to Singapore

In pursuance of Indias Act East policy, Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shivalik, Jyoti and Kamorta are on an Overseas Deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean under the command of Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, YSM, VSM, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri and Kamorta are on a port visit to Singapore from May 12 to May 21, 2017 during which the ships will participate in the International Maritime Review and lMDEX-17. Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, the Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy would also be attending the events ashore. During the port visit, various calls by the visiting Fleet would be organised in addition to those scheduled as part of IMR and IMDEX-17. Thereafter the four Indian Naval Ships and an Indian Navy Long Range Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft P-8l would exercise with the RSN and RSAF as part of SIMBEX-17. Held since 1994, this year would be the 24th edition of the annual maritime bilateral exercise between the two countries which aims to further cement the defence cooperation between the two countries. The two countries share a rich history and a strategic relationship. A number of bilateral agreements exist between the two countries in various spheres. The visit of the Indian Naval Ships seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain. Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region. In addition, as part of the Indian Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities. The current deployment will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas. Over the past few decades, India has made substantial advances in terms of designing and building warships indigenously and the visiting ships bear testimony to these capabilities. INS Sahyadri, a multi-role stealth frigate is commanded by Captain Anil Jaggi while INS Kamorta, an Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette is commanded by Commander Vipin Gupta. Both ships are indigenously designed and built. During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls, formal reception on board ships, ships open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel and professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations have been planned. The last visit by an Indian Naval Ship to Singapore was by INS Satpura in September 2016.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Asthma Awareness Month programme by INHS Kalyani

The month of May is celebrated as Asthma awareness month worldwide. On this occasion, INHS Kalyani and Aarogya group of Naval Wives Welfare Organization (Easter Region) organized an educational program for patients entitled ‘You can control your asthma’ at the Community hall, Nausena Baugh on 11 May 17. Mrs Bimla Bisht,President, NWWA (Eastern Region) was the chief guest for the programme. The event included health- awareness lectures by Surg Commander Vivek Bhat, Classified Specialist (Pediatrics) and Neonatologist and Surg Commander Salim Mirza, Graded Specialist (Medicine) from INHS Kalyani, stalls for testing lung functions and devices and fun activities for children with asthma. More than 267 naval personnel including their families attended and benefitted from the program. An educational film ‘Simmi and Riya learn about Asthma’produced in-house by the staff and families of INHS Kalyani was released on this occasion.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Eastern Fleet Ships on an Overseas Deployment

Indian Naval Ships Shivalik, Sahyadri, Jyoti and Kamorta of the Eastern Fleet manoeuvring in the Andaman Sea. The task force is on a routine deployment to Malacca Strait, the Java Sea, Flores Sea, the Arafura Sea and Southern Indian Ocean under the command of Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, YSM, VSM, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. During the course of the deployment, as part of the ‘Act East Policy’, the ships would make port calls at Singapore, Kuantan (Malaysia), Jakarta and Surabaya (Indonesia), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) and Fremantle (Australia). INS Sahyadri and INS Kamorta would participate in the International Maritime Review at Singapore as part of RSN’s (Republic of Singapore Navy) 50 th anniversary celebrations for which Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, the Chief of Naval Staff is also scheduled to participate in the event at the invitation of RSN. Indian Navy routinely undertakes deployment to friendly foreign nations and in the Indian Ocean Region towards the Prime Minister’s initiative of ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region - SAGAR’. The ships would also be participating in the annual Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise 2017 or SIMBEX17 with units from RSN and subsequently in the second edition of Australia India (Naval) Exercise or AUSINDEX17. During the port visits, various port calls, interaction with senior military and government leadership, sports and community welfare activities are also planned.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Anti Hijack Mock Exercise conducted at Visakhapatnam Airport :

With an objective to test the efficacy of the contingency plan and streamline procedures to deal with a hijack threat, an anti hijack mock drill was conducted at Visakhapatnam airport by INS Dega on 05 May 2017. The hijack exercise was conducted with a mock situation created and involved actions by various stake holders and allied agencies including Marine Commandos (MARCOS), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), National Security Guard (NSG), Airport Authority of India (AAI) and State Government agencies.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Swachh Survekshan Survey 2017:Visakhapatnam Third From The Top

The Swachh Bharat Abhyan was started in 2014, to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by PM Modi on October 2. It was directed towards creating hygienic awareness between the public of India through several campaigns. The campaingn aims at making India one of the cleanest cities of the world and to put a stop on open-defecation completely. Almost 434 cities participated in the Swacch Suvekshan Survey 2017. The cities were ranked on the basis of: waste collection construction of toilets solid waste management sanitation strategies Swachh Survekshan Survey 2017 results were evaluated with help of the data provided by 3.7 million citizens, including the municipal corporations of the cities and independent assessors. Moreover, feedbacks from the people were also taken into account. PM Modi must be in the state ecstasy after knowing the Survekshan Survey 2017’s results as many as 12 states of his constituency have fared really well in the “cleanliness test”. We hope that the Swacch Bharat Abhyan started by the PM reaches its goal as soon as possible. Visakhapatnam- Third From The Top A port city and Industrial centre of Andhra Pradesh situated on the Bay of Bengal, Visakhapatnam aka Vizag has secured the third position on the top 50 list of cleanest cities in India. In last year’s Swacch Survekshan Survey Vizag was ranked 5th.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

NAVAL COMMANDERS CONFERENCE COMMENCES IN NEW DELHI PREPAREDNESS IS THE BEST DETERRENT – DEFENCE MINISTER :

A four day Naval Commanders’ Conference commenced this morning at New Delhi. Honourable Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley addressed the Naval Commanders’ and interacted with them along with Hon’ble RRM Dr Subhash Bhamre, Defence Secretary and other senior functionaries of the Ministry of Defence.At the outset, the Hon’ble Defence Minister complimented the Indian Navy for its professionalism & deep commitment towards protecting the maritime interests of the country including the huge maritime boundary as also meeting a large number of international obligations, in line with the country’s defence diplomacy requirements.During his address the Hon’ble Defence Minister spoke about the prevailing and emerging security situation in the sub continent as also the expanding presence of the extra regional powers in India Ocean Region. He also referred to the situation on the Western Border and its linkage to the internal security. He urged the Commanders’ to be prepared at all times as “Preparedness is the best Deterrent”.Acknowledging the various crucial requirements of the Indian Navy, the Hon’ble Defence Minister assured the Commanders’ that the Govt. is working on all issues very positively and is going to increase the resources to make good the shortfalls soon. The Defence Minister lauded the efforts of India Navy in indigenisation and urged the Commanders’ to focus on furtherance of Domestic Expertise building up. Concluding his address, the Hon’ble Defence Minister said that due impetus through appropriate Defence Procurement policies (such as SP Model which would be finalized soon)is being given to make good the critical capability shortfalls viz. ship borne Multi Role Helicopters (MRH), conventional Submarines and Mine Counter Measure Vessels(MCMVs).

Monday, May 1, 2017

School bus skids off road:One killed, five injured in accident near R.K. Beach

One person was killed and four others sustained injuries when a private school bus skidded off the Beach Road fell on the roadside near Novotel Hotel Junction on Sunday evening. The bus also mowed down five two wheelers. The incident occurred when the students and staff of Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan were returning in a mini-bus after attending an award function. The school club had won awards for their contribution towards heritage conservation.The students were returning happily for winning an award at the programme. Many, who were sitting on the parapet wall of the Beach Road, sustained major injuries when the bus hit them. The students also sustained major injuries, eye witnesses said.They said the driver of the bus lost its control while it was coming to the Beach Road from the Novotel Hotel down road due to failure of the brakes. The accident brought the traffic to a standstill for half an hour. The Beach Road was jam packed due to Sunday. Parking of the vehicles on the Beach Road at no parking space is also leading to accidents. City police chief T Yoganand visited the accident spot and told newsmen that a man lost both his legs and succumbed to injuries on the spot in the incident. The police registered a case and investigating to ascertain the exact reasons for the major mishap, he added. The identity of the deceased is yet to be established.