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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Construction of limited height subway in record time

Waltair Division of East Coast Railway carried out the insertion of the Limited Height Subway in record time. The level crossing No. 454 in between Nellimarla- Garividi stations in Visakhapatnam-Palasa is manned level crossing. The Limited Height Subway work done with planned execution by using past experience which consists of 10 segments of 2mts width with size of Box is 5mts X 3.65mts. These 10 segments had been launched in just 4 hours, by cut & cover method. For this work heavy machinery was utilized, to complete within block time, consisting of 6 heavy duty excavators, 3 Heavy duty cranes and contractual workforce. Just after starting of the block, the track was removed with the help of cranes, earth work started from both sides. Simultaneously the shifting of boxes and base plate was done. After reaching the center the surface preparation was carried out and base slabs & pre fabricated boxes were placed using heavy duty cranes. While the earth work was in progressive, the boxes were lifted from both sides and placed at the requisite location. The activity of earthwork for starting the placement of boxes taken One Hour; Two hours for placement of 10 boxes; for placing of base slabs after surface preparation and linking of tracks it took One hour and in total the block was completed in 4hours under the direct supervision of Senior Divisional Engineer Shri Pradeep Yadav and Sr. Divisional Engineer (East) Rajiv Kumar under the guidance of DRM Waltair Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava. Apart from this, yet another safety enhancement work commenced in the main line by commissioning Double distant signals at three locations on Waltair Division today. Provision of DOUBLE distant signals will upgrade the standard of Signal interlocking and speed of the train running. Double Distant signals commissioned at Urlam station and at two at Manned Level crossing gates (ML419 & ML 417) between Tilaru- Urlam section of Visakhapatnam-Palasa main line. Divisional Railway Manager Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava appreciated the teams efforts in completing the construction of Limited Height Subway in a record time of Four hours and for the enhancement of safe working system by commissioning double distant signals.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

ALH Helicopters Inducted at INS Dega Visakhapatnam

The induction ceremony of 322 Dega Flight was held in the presence of Vice Adm Ajendra Bahadur Singh, AVSM, VSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command (ENC) with three indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) MK III helicopters flying into Naval Air Station, INS Dega on 07 Jun 21. With the induction of these Maritime Reconnaissance and Coastal Security (MRCS) helicopters, the ENC got a major boost towards enhancing the capabilities of the force, in pursuit of the maritime interests of the nation. These helicopters, built by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, are state-of-the-art flying machines and constitute a major step in our quest for “Atma Nirbhar Bharat”. ALH MK III helicopters feature an array of systems previously seen only on heavier, multi-role helicopters of the Indian Navy. These helicopters are fitted with modern surveillance radar and electro-optical equipment, which enable them to undertake the role of maritime reconnaissance in addition to providing long-range Search and Rescue, both by day and night. In addition to special operations capabilities, ALH MK III is also fitted with a heavy machine gun to undertake constabulary missions. A removable Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) is also fitted on ALH MK III helicopters to airlift critically ill patients. The helicopter also has a host of advanced avionics, making it truly an all-weather aircraft. The flight is being led by Cdr SS Dash as the first flight commander who is an experienced ALH Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) with extensive operational experience.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Indian Navys oldest Hydrographic Survey Ship decommissioned at Naval Dockyard

INS Sandhayak, the Indian Navys oldest Hydrographic Survey Vessel was decommissioned at Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam after serving the nation for 40 glorious years on Friday, 04 Jun 21. The ship was decommissioned in a solemn and low key event due to the ongoing COVID Pandemic when the National Flag, Naval Ensign, and the Decommissioning Pennant were lowered at sunset time in the presence of Vice Adm Ajendra Bahadur Singh, AVSM, VSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command, the Chief Guest for the ceremony. The Decommissioning Ceremony was also attended by Vice Adm Vinay Badhwar, AVSM, NM Chief Hydrographer to Govt. of India and by serving Hydrographers, outstation ex-crew members and veterans virtually through live streaming. During her 40 years of illustrious service in the Indian Navy, INS Sandhayak undertook over 200 major hydrographic surveys in Western and Eastern coasts of the Indian peninsula, the Andaman Sea, and surveys in neighbouring countries including Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh. The ship also took part in important operations like Op Pawan in Sri Lanka, 1987, Op Rainbow for Humanitarian Assistance in the aftermath of the Tsunami in 2004 and the maiden Indo-US HADR Exercise Tiger-Triumph in 2019.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Rear Adm IB Uthaiah, VSM takes over as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard

Rear Admiral IB Uthaiah, VSM took over as the Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam from Rear Admiral Sreekumar Nair, NM during a formal ceremony held on 31 May 21. Rear Admiral IB Uthaiah, VSM was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Nov 1987. The Admiral holds a B Tech Degree in Marine Engineering, an M Tech Degree in Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation and an M Phil Degree in Strategic Studies. In his 33 years of service, the Admiral has served the Indian Navy in various capacities, with appointments at the Warship Design Directorate, Training Academies, Naval Dockyard and at the Command and Naval Headquarters. His key staff appointments cover areas of Warship Design, Building, and Acquisition; Warship Operation, Maintenance and Repair; Officer Training and Project Management of a mega Marine and Civil Infrastructure Project. His recent Operational and Staff appointments include General Manager (Refit) at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam and Principal Director (Ship Production). On being elevated to the rank of Rear Admiral, the officer was appointed as Additional Director General (Technical) at Headquarters, Project Seabird. The Mega Project involves the creation of a futuristic Naval Base at Karwar, with four self-contained townships, a Naval Air station, and a 400-bed tertiary care Hospital. An alumnus of the Naval War College, he was awarded the Vishist Seva Medal (VSM) for distinguished service at Naval Dockyard and was instrumental in concluding major Warship construction contracts with Russian and Indian Shipyards as Principal Director. On handing over the helm at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam, Rear Admiral Sreekumar Nair, NM would take over as Director General Naval Project at Visakhapatnam, on promotion to Vice Admiral.