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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

RINL inaugurated Skill Development Training Program

RINL inaugurated Skill Development Training Programs as Chief Guest at Indo-German Institute of Advanced Technology (IGIAT), an entity of Government of Andhra Pradesh functioning under the guidance of Department of Industries and Commerce (Govt. of Andhra Pradesh). RINL has extended financial assistance to IGIAT for training of 60 unemployed youth in trades CNC Machine Operator (35) and Welding Technology (25). The institute has dedicated workshops for various trades such as motor mechanics, stitching & tailoring, welding, plumbing & fitting, electrician, AC repair, Building maintenance, solar workshop, besides canteen, library, etc. Addressing the gathering of trainees, Shri KC Das emphasized on the need for development of skills in both the chosen courses as the demand for skilled persons in said trades is huge. He also emphasised on strict adherence to COVID-19 precautions such as wearing masks, regular sanitization and most importantly, social distancing. The function also entailed plantation of a sapling within IGIAT premises. Dignitaries present at the event included Shri KC Das (Director-Personnel, RINL), Shri B. Vinod Kumar (Director, IGIAT), Shri B Narendra Kumar (Deputy Director), IGIAT, Shri K Satya Narayana (GM-CSR, RINL) and Ms Navya Luthra, Dy Manager(CSR) among others.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

East Point Golf Club renovated golf course

Golfers at the newly renovated East Point Golf Course in Visakhapatnam on Monday (23-11-2020), that is in the final stages of being redesigned into a Category-I golf course at a cost of 20 crore.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Delivery of first Varunastra flagged off

Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO flagged off the first Varunastra, the Heavy Weight Torpedo, being delivered to the Indian Navy, at a ceremony held at BDL, Visakhapatnam Unit today. Foundation stone was also laid by Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO for setting up of state-of-the-art Central Stores at BDL, Visakhapatnam Unit. Vice Admiral K. Srinivas, AVSM, NM, VSM Project Director, Ship Building Centre, Dr. Samir V. Kamat, Distinguished Scientist & Director General, Naval Systems & Materials (NS&M), DRDO, Dr OR Nandagopan, Outstanding Scientist & Director, Naval Science & Technological Laboratory and other dignitaries from DRDO were present. Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, BDL, Shri N P Diwakar, Director (Technical), BDL and other senior officials from the Company were also present. Varunastra or the Heavy Weight Torpedo has been designed and developed by NSTL, Visakhapatnam. BDL, being the Production Agency, is manufacturing Varunastra at its Visakhapatnam Unit for the Indian Navy. This product is also being offered for export. BDL is associated with DRDO for its various Missile Programmes. BDL is the Production Agency for Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM), for which, trials were conducted successfully recently. BDL is also the Production Agency for Astra Air- to- Air Missile System and has commenced manufacturing of these missiles. The missile system will be fully indigenous and has been developed by the DRDO for the Indian Air Force. Dr Satheesh Reddy, Chairman DRDO during his address appreciated the synergy between all stakeholders, especially the design agency NSTL and the production agency BDL in completion of the manufacture of the first Varunastra. He also brought out that BDL should gear up for new programs of ALWT and EHWT. Commodore Siddharth Mishra, CMD BDL brought out that BDL is poised to take on the manufacture of futuristic weapon systems. Towards this the BDL team is committed to hone new skills and create the necessary infrastructure.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Indo-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT)

The 30th edition of India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy underway from 18 - 20 November 2020. Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karmuk, an indigenously built Missile Corvette and His Majestys Thailand Ship (HTMS) Kraburi, a Chao Phraya Class Frigate along with Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both the navies are participating in the CORPAT. As part of Government of Indias vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), and other capacity building and capability-enhancement activities, on their request. India and Thailand have especially enjoyed a close and friendly relationship covering a wide spectrum of activities and interactions, which have strengthened over the years. To reinforce maritime links, the two navies have been carrying out CORPAT along their International Maritime Boundary Line twice a year since 2005, with the aim of keeping this vital part of the Indian Ocean safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade. CORPAT builds up the understanding and interoperability between navies and facilitates institution of measures to prevent and suppress Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing, drug trafficking, maritime terrorism, armed robbery and piracy. It further enhances the operational synergy by exchange of information for prevention of smuggling, illegal immigration and for conduct of SAR operations at sea. The 30th Indo-Thai CORPAT will contribute towards Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate interoperability and forge strong bonds of friendship with the Royal Thai Navy.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Diesel Loco Shed Developed by Sensor Based Hand Wash, Sanitizer and Thermal Scanner

Diesel Loco Shed of Waltair Division did yet another innovative invention for contactless operation of hand wash, thermal scanning and hand sanitizer dispensing. DLS, Visakhapatnam has fabricated these dispensers based on sensor operation with in-house expertise to avoid physical contacts among the users. Diesel Loco Shed, Visakhapatnam did many innovative fabrications, to combat the spread of corona virus infection, like Med-robot to assist hospital staff to serve COVID patients, sensor based sanitizing tunnel, Ultra Violet radiation based disinfection sanitizers for Currency notes, Paper sanitizers and Tool sanitizers, room sanitizers etc. The auto hand wash booth made with- 12 V DC Solenoid Valve, Ultrasonic sensor with control unit and Switching Mode Power Supply (SMPS) unit for getting regulated 12 V DC voltage. The thermal sensor is made with- LCD screen showing the temperature, Thermal sensor, Ultrasonic sensor with control unit, Switching Mode Power Supply (SMPS) unit to get 12 V DC regulated power supply. The auto hand sanitizer equipment made with- 12 V DC pump, Ultrasonic sensor with control unit, Container for sanitizer , Switching Mode Power Supply (SMPS) unit to get 12 V DC regulated power supply. Under the guidance of Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava, Divisional Railway Manager, Waltair and under direct supervision of Shri Santosh Kumar Patro, Sr. Divisional Mechanical Engineer (Diesel) this innovative project was completed and kept the DRM office, Dondaparthi for usage of staff and visitors.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh inaugurates NCCs month-long Constitution Day Youth Club Campaign

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh inaugurated a month-long nationwide Constitution Day Youth Club activities programme organised by the NCC through a Video Conferencing. The aim of the programme is to mobilise youth to spread awareness about the Indian Constitution amongst the people across the nation. In his inaugural address Raksha Mantri exhorted the youths of the country to understand the spirit of the constitution and work sincerely to realize its ideals. He said our Constitution was shaped after years of intense discussions and deliberations. The preamble of our constitution begins with "We" and it thus, depends upon all of us how we take our country and our system forward. He said we need to make people aware of their rights as enshrined in the constitution but at the same time make them aware of their duties also as both rights and duties are linked to each other. Without fulfilling duties one cannot enjoy his/her rights, he added. Rajnath Singh said through this campaign, people should be made aware that the Constitution guides their lives through its core values of discipline, unity in diversity, freedom, equality, sovereignty and social solidarity. This is necessary to build a New India, he added. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju also spoke on the occasion. The month-long campaign will be undertaken by the youth organisations of the country i.e. National Cadet Corps(NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), The Bharat Scouts and Guides, Hindustan Scouts and Guides Association and Red Crossfrom 18 Nov to 13 Dec 2020. The Key Objectives of the campaign are to spread awareness amongst the masses, about the basic tenets and the spirit of the Indian Constitution, to include awareness of fundamental duties enshrined in the constitution of India, Qualities of responsible and productive citizen, Importance of the Constitution of India and to spread the message of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on equality and affirmative actions.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Phase 2 of Exercise MALABAR 2020 in western Indian Ocean

The second phase of Exercise Malabar 2020 will be conducted in the Northern Arabian Sea from 17 to 20 November 2020. Taking forward the synergy achieved in the recently concluded Phase 1 of Exercise Malabar 2020, which was conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 03 to 06 November 2020, this phase will involve coordinated operations of increasing complexity between the navies of Australia, India, Japan and the United States. Phase 2 of Exercise MALABAR 2020 will witness joint operations, centered around the Vikramaditya Carrier Battle Group of the Indian Navy and Nimitz Carrier Strike Group of the US Navy. The two carriers, along with other ships, submarine and aircraft of the participating navies, would be engaged in high intensity naval operations over four days. These exercises include cross-deck flying operations and advanced air defence exercises by MIG 29K fighters of Vikramaditya and F-18 fighters and E2C Hawkeye from Nimitz. In addition, advanced surface and anti-submarine warfare exercises, seamanship evolutions and weapon firings will also be undertaken to further enhance inter-operability and synergy between the four friendly navies. In addition to Vikramaditya and its fighter and helicopter air-wings, indigenous destroyers Kolkata and Chennai, stealth frigate Talwar, Fleet Support Ship Deepak and integral helicopters will also participate in the exercise, led by Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet. Indigenously built submarine Khanderi and P8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft of the Indian Navy will also showcase their capabilities during the exercise. US Navys Strike Carrier Nimitz will be accompanied by cruiser Princeton and destroyer Sterett in addition to P8A maritime reconnaissance aircraft. The Royal Australian Navy will be represented by frigate Ballarat along with its integral helicopter. JMSDF will also participate in the exercise. The Malabar series of exercises, which began as an annual bilateral naval exercise between India and the US in 1992, has seen increasing scope and complexity over the years. The 24th edition of MALABAR, which is being presently undertaken, highlights enhanced convergence of views amongst the four vibrant democracies on maritime issues, and showcases their commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Prerna Sthal dedicated to the Work Force of Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam

Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Naval Command dedicated the ‘Prerna Sthal’ to the Work force of Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam at a ceremony attended by senior Naval Officers, Captains of the industry, dignitaries from Visakhapatnam and the Work Force of Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam on 12 Nov 20. The Prerna Sthal (Motivation Centre) has been created with in-house efforts of the Naval Dockyard and is aimed as a symbol of the pride in self-reliance and a motivator for achieving Aatma Nirbhar Bharat in repairs and refits of ships and submarines. The Prerna Sthal comprises a 30.5 m high National Flag Mast, inclusive of a 20x30 feet National Flag, unknown workers statues, and an arc-shaped building housing the capabilities of the Yard and its development over the ages. This ceremony kick starts the Golden Jubilee Year of the Naval Dockyard which will commence from Mar 2021.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Railway over head Equipment commissioned in Vizag steel plant

In a move to enhance the transportation of steel material from Central Dispatch Yard of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, the 9.33 Track Kms of Railway operated track in the steel plant area got electrified, which was commissioned today by Shri P K Rath, CMD, RINL and Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava, Divisional Railway Manager, Waltair. The 25KV AC powered Over Head Electrification (OHE) works at the Central Dispatch Yard of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant comprised of implanting 255 electric masts and electrification of 9.33 Track Kms in that area. This will facilitate easy movement of rakes for the transportation of steel products from the yard directly by Railways. Central Dispatch Yard is a unique project of RINL which improves the in-bound and out-bound logistics. Equipped with state of the art facilities like unloading area, stacking area etc it will facilitate smoother operation of logistics at a single location and faster movement of rakes.The inaugural function was witnessed by high level dignitaries from Railways and Steel Plant.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

RINL-Vizag Steel conducts off-site mock drill

Visakhapatnam steel plant conducted Off-site Mock Drill under the guidance of J Shivasankara Reddy, Joint Chief Inspector of Factories (JCIF) on 09th November, 2020 at Madhina Bagh, Islampet village near Steel Plant with Scenario of Chlorine leakage from the toppled toner on the Road. RINL/VSP provided the emergency services like checking and arresting of Chlorine gas leakage, Medical assistance, Ambulance and FMD. Fire & Rescue services by CISF, RINL-VSP wing. NDRF provided the search & rescue operation. Mutual Aid partners of RINL/VSP namely NTPC & Hinduja Power Plant actively participated in the Mock Drill. Local Residents of Madhina Bhag and village Secretary, Village President, participated in the Mock drill enthusiastically. The Off-site Mock Drill was well organized by Safety Engineering department of RINL/VSP. A review meeting was conducted at the spot by JCIF along with GM(S&E) I/c, MSV Krishnaiah and valuable suggestions were given to villagers in handling the emergency situations. Factories department appreciated the efforts of RINL/VSP for organizing such public awareness program.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Mission Sagar -II handing over food aid to Eritrea by INS Airavat

In continuation of the ongoing humanitarian mission Sagar-II, Indian Naval Ship Airavat arrived at Port Massawa, Eritrea on 06 November 2020. The Government of India is providing assistance to Friendly Foreign Countries to overcome natural calamities and COVID-19 pandemic, and towards the same INS Airavat is carrying food aid for the people of Eritrea. The Mission Sagar-II is aligned with Prime Minister’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) and reiterates India’s position as a dependable partner in Indian Ocean Region (IOR) with Indian Navy as the principle maritime agency and first responder in the maritime domain. The mission also highlights the importance accorded by India to relations with her maritime neighbours and further strengthens the existing bond. The Indian Navy is progressing this mission in close coordination with the Ministries of Defence and External Affairs, and other agencies of the Government of India. INS Airavat is indigenously built and was commissioned on 19 May 2009. The ships primary role is amphibious operations and is also well suited for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Fire Breaks Out at Visakhapatnam Steel Plant

A major fire broke out at Visakhapatnam Steel Plant due to a turbine oil leak in the TPP -2 . As per reports the steel plant officials immediately called the fire fighting units and the fire was immediately contained and extinguished. It is said that a 1.2 megawatt electric motor was completely gutted in the fire causing a Rs 2 crore damage.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

First phase of Malabar naval exercise begins in Bay of Bengal

The 24th edition of the MALABAR naval exercise is scheduled in two phases in November 2020. Phase 1 of the Exercise MALABAR 20 involving participation by Indian Navy (IN), United States Navy (USN), Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is set to commence off Visakhapatnam in Bay of Bengal from 03 to 06 November 2020. MALABAR series of maritime exercises commenced in 1992 as a bilateral IN-USN exercise. JMSDF joined MALABAR in 2015. The 2020 edition will now witness participation of the RAN in this joint maritime exercise. Phase-1 of MALABAR 20 will witness the participation of Indian Navy units with United States Ship (USS) John S McCain (Guided-missile destroyer), Her Majestys Australian Ship (HMAS) Ballarat (long-range frigates) with integral MH-60 helicopter, and Japan Maritime Self Defence Ship (JMSDF) Onami (Destroyer) with integral SH-60 helicopter. The Indian Navy participation in Phase 1 will be led by Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. Indian Navy units participating in the exercise include destroyer Ranvijay, frigate Shivalik, Off-Shore Patrol Vessel Sukanya, Fleet Support Ship Shakti and submarine Sindhuraj. In addition, Advanced Jet Trainer Hawk, long-range maritime patrol aircraft P-8I, Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, and helicopters will also be participating in the exercise. The exercise, being conducted as a non-contact, at sea only exercise in view of COVID-19 pandemic, will showcase the high-levels of synergy and coordination between the friendly navies, which is based on their shared values and commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order. MALABAR 20 Phase1 would witness complex and advanced naval exercises including surface, anti-submarine and anti-air warfare operations, cross deck flying, seamanship evolutions and weapon firing exercises. Phase 2 of MALABAR 20 is scheduled to be conducted in the Arabian Sea in mid-November 2020.