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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Lt Gen CP Mohanty GOC-in-C Southern Command visits ENC

Lt Gen CP Mohanty, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-In-C), Southern Command arrived Visakhapatnam on a two-day visit to Eastern Naval Command(ENC). The GOC-in-C interacted with Vice Adm Atul Kumar Jain PVSM, AVSM, VSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command and discussed the complete spectrum of security issues on 18 Jan 2021. The visit assumes significance as the Indian Defence Forces are shifting towards the integration of all components into Theatre specific Commands. During the visit, the GOC-in-C also reviewed the training of the Army component of the Amphibious Task Force which is presently undergoing joint training with the Indian Navy at Vizag. The Army Commander was briefed on various aspects of joint training, integration of forces and validation of operational tasks. The GOC-in-C visited various frontline ships of the ENC responsible for the maritime activities on the Eastern seaboard. He interacted with the participating contingent and crew members onboard the ships. The General Officer commended the high level of operational preparedness and training standards of the Eastern Fleet. The Army Commander exhorted all ranks to utilize this opportunity for enhancing the scope and level of jointmanship and integration at all levels.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Armed Forces Veterans Day Celebrations at Visakhapatnam

Armed Forces Veterans Day, a Wreath Laying Ceremony was conducted at the War Memorial on the Beach Road Visakhapatnam on 14 January 21. A floral wreath was placed at the War Memorial this morning by Capt Vijay Singh, Officer-in-Charge Naval Coastal Battery on behalf of ENC. Commander MSMK Sarma (Retd) and (Dr) Chandra Shekhar P, Retd Master Chief Petty Officer (Medical) from Navy Foundation and Veteran Sailors Forum respectively also laid the wreaths at the War Memorial. Ceremonial Guard was paraded at the venue and a two-minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect to the personnel who have made the supreme sacrifice. The Armed Forces Veterans Day is held on the 14 of January of every year to commemorate the selfless devotion and sacrifice of our Veterans who laid down their lives in the defence of the nation. Personnel from the Armed Forces across the country are forever indebted to the contribution of our Veterans for laying a strong foundation and charting a path to Glory with Honour and Courage. This day is also dedicated to the indomitable spirit of personnel who served the Indian Navy with pride and honour. The event also strengthens the bond between serving personnel and the Veterans.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Indian Navy to coordinate second edition of largest coastal defence exercise-Sea Vigil-21

The second edition of the biennial pan-India coastal defence exercise Sea Vigil-21 will be conducted on 12-13 January 2021. The exercise, inaugural edition of which was conducted in January 2019: will be undertaken along the entire 7516 km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India and will involve all the 13 coastal States and Union Territories along with other maritime stakeholders, including the fishing and coastal communities. The exercise is being coordinated by the Indian Navy. The entire coastal security set up was reorganised after the 26/11 Terror attack at Mumbai which was launched via the sea route. The scale and conceptual expanse of the exercise is unprecedented in terms of the geographical extent, the number of stakeholders involved, the number of units participating and in terms of the objectives to be met. The exercise is a build up towards the major Theatre level exercise TROPEX [Theatre-level Readiness Operational Exercise] which Indian Navy conducts every two years. SEA VIGIL and TROPEX together will cover the entire spectrum of maritime security challenges, including transition from peace to conflict. Assets of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Customs and other maritime agencies will participate in SEA VIGIL, the conduct of which is also being facilitated by the Ministries of Defence, Home Affairs, Shipping, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Fisheries, Customs, State Governments and other agencies of Centre/ State. While smaller scale exercises are conducted in coastal states regularly, including combined exercises amongst adjoining states, the conduct of a security exercise at national-level is aimed to serve a larger purpose. It provides opportunity, at the apex level, to assess our preparedness in the domain of maritime security and coastal defence. Exercise SEA VIGIL 21 will provide a realistic assessment of our strengths and weaknesses and thus will help in further strengthening maritime and national security.

Monday, January 11, 2021

NSTL Visakhapatnam Lab Raising Day Celebrations

Naval Science Technological Laboratory (NSTL) celebrated its 51 st Foundation Day (Lab Raising Day) on 08 Jan 2021. Established on 20 Aug 1969, NSTL has grown multifold and has made significant contributions to Defence R&D and is recognized as one of the premier labs of DRDO engaged in the development of underwater weapons and systems. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Celebrations in August 2020 were postponed and organized on 08.01.2021 at Manasi Auditorium, NSTL. Chief Guest of the Celebrations is Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, DDR, D Chairman DRDO, Vice Admiral Kalidoss Srinivas, AVSM, NM, VSM, PD (SBC) and Dr. Samir V. Kamat, Distinguished Scientist & Director General (Naval Systems Materials) were the Guests of Honour. The programme was started with lightening the lamp by Vice Admiral Kalidoss Srinivas, Dr. OR Nandagopan, Smt. Rajeswari Devi and others. Smt. D.R. Rajeswari Devi, Scientist-G and Chairperson of the Lab Raising Day Celebrations gave welcome address and detailed the various activities carried out for the Lab Raising Day. Participating through video conference, Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy Secretary, DDR D Chairman DRDO described NSTL as Vibrating Lab. He appreciated the team members who went to Ulan and succeeded in heavy weight torpedo trials. He assured that utmost importance is being given to the issues of employees and at the same time expected more productivity from them. He expressed his faith that NSTL will become one of the best naval labs in the world and the naval world will certainly follow NSTL in the nearby future. In his speech, Vice Admiral Kalidoss Srinivas explained the 50-year journey of NSTL and its association with Indian Navy. He appreciated NSTL for giving importance to User requirements and congratulated NSTL for becoming one-stop solution in research & development of underwater weapons and marine vessels. Dr. Samir V. Kamat (participated through video conference) congratulated NSTL and suggested to keep timeline in the futuristic projects and asked to focus on new generation technologies systems and introducing cutting edge technologies like Artificial intelligence and machine learning in the products and systems. In his address, Dr. OR Nandagopan, Outstanding Scientist Director NSTL described Lab Raising Day Celebration as a birthday celebration in a joint family. He detailed various achievements of the Lab over the past year, and also the progress on the innovative technologies to meet futuristic requirements. He congratulated NSTL fraternity for showing consistent improvement in sea-trials, in particular the team members who went to Ulan and succeeded in heavy weight torpedo trials. He also thanked all the officers and staff who supported in critical COVID-19 lockdown period and kept NSTL to meet the project requirements. He told that swimming pool and sports complex in NSTL Residential complex will be materialized this year. He specially mentioned the services rendered by the members of NSTL Civil Employees Union and other employees who distributed food packets to the needy people during lockdown period.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Biometric Token Machines and Drone Camera at Vizag Railway Station

To regulate the flow of passengers and boost security, the Waltair Division of East Coast Railway has installed two biometric token machines at Visakhapatnam railway station and also commissioned Drone camera for surveillance of the railway assets. Divisional Railway Manager Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava commissioned these facilities in presence of Shri Jitendra Kumar Shrivastava and other officials at Visakhapatnam railway station. The Biometric Token System (BTS) is a system by which passengers travelling in the general coach, where seats are not reserved, are given a token in advance before the train’s departure. These tokens are given on a first-come, first-served basis, and carry a serial number on them, which governs the order in which passengers will board the train. Tokens are issued after accepting biometric information of individual passengers. Passengers with valid tickets are required to place their fingers on a scanner, and are issued a token with a serial number against their biometric data. The biometric data captured in the machines will be stored locally with the authorities for a year. The data will be used to analyse the pattern of crowds and the number of people using a train In case of a mishap, the railway authorities will have details of the passengers. The use of biometrics prevents black marketing of unreserved tickets. The token system helps in turning unmanageable crowds into well-managed, disciplined groups. This system will be implemented to 8 originating ever rush running trains like Godavari, Ratnachal, Janmabhoomi, Simhadri, Tirumala, Korba express etc. Further, with an aim to Improve Surveillance System, Waltair Division has recently procured Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Drone. With real-time tracking, video streaming & automatic failsafe mode, the drones will enhance monitoring of the railway assets and ensure additional safety for passengers. The real time visuals of the Drone can also be viewed by the higher officials through the specific software in mobile phones and computers. Speaking on the occasion DRM, Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava said that Using the biometric token system with latest technology like finger print scanning, image capturing, passenger detail block, emergency buzzer system, data summary storage will be very much helpful to streamline the rush at general coaches, prevent the crime and detect the cases. And he said that the security officers and emergency responders need to be provided with such professional tools like Drone for collecting unlimited aerial data and providing real time visibility into security threats, emergency situations for tracking sabotage incidents, patrolling vulnerable locations, aerial review etc