Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh on Thursday said his force is alive to various threats in the maritime domain including from China and is fully ready to deal with them.
Addressing a press conference on the eve of Navy Day, he said the Navy has a standard operating procedure in case there is any infringement in the Indian Ocean region, in a veiled reference to the Chinese challenge.
Referring to the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, the Navy chief said the Indian Navy's surveillance aircraft P-8I and Heron drones are deployed in the region.
"Whatever we are doing is in close coordination with the Army and the Indian Air Force," he said.
The Army Day celebrations began in Delhi. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General MM Naravane, IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh paid tributes at National War Memorial. Army Day is celebrated on Jan 15 every year. On this day in 1949, Field Marshal KM Cariappa became the first Indian to take charge of the Indian Army.
The Indian Armed forces celebrated Veterans’ Day 2021. A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the newly created Victory at Sea Monument ‘Gaurav Stambh’ in Mumbai. All three service chiefs lauded the contribution of veterans and said that they are committed to protecting their interests. ‘Some of our veterans have expressed disappointment that 50 years celebration of the 1971 war is not being given importance. This year will be celebrated as 'Golden Victory Year' to mark 1971 war victory and various programmes would be organised across the country like exhibition, parade among other things,’ Army Chief general MM Naravane said. IAF Chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Navy Chief Karambir Singh also expressed gratitude to veterans for the service to the nation. The day was chosen as recognition of the services rendered by the first Commander-in-Chief of Indian Armed Forces, Field Marshal KM Cariappa, OBE who retired on this day in 1953. Watch the full video for all the details.
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While addressing at the event in the national capital on the occasion of 'Veterans' Day', Chief of the Naval Staff in Indian Navy, Admiral Karambir Singh said, "It is a matter of great pride and honour for me to get an opportunity to speak to our veterans on the occasion of Armed Forces Veterans' Day and at the very outset I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all veterans for their service to the nation." "All of us who are in uniform and service today gratefully acknowledge that the multidimensional and credible force that we are today is due to the vision, perseverance and fortitude of our veterans," Indian Navy Chief added.
As the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive began on January 16, Indian Navy officers received their first shot in Visakhapatnam. Navy officers cherished the historical moment. A total of 1,91,181 beneficiaries were vaccinated for COVID-19 on day 1 of the massive nationwide vaccination drive.
India's preparedness to deal with all possible challenges in the maritime domain, including contingencies from peace to war-time, was tested in a two-day multi-agency military exercise that covered the 7,516 km-long coastline and exclusive economic zone, officials said on Thursday. The second edition of exercise 'Sea Vigil', which concluded on Wednesday evening, particularly focused on the efficacy of the measures initiated to plug gaps in the coastal security set up following the Mumbai terror attack in 2008, they said. The Indian Navy said the "envisaged objectives" of the exercise were met by the whole-hearted participation of all stakeholders. The exercise involved deployment of the entire coastal security apparatus and more than 110 surface assets of the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard participated in the exercise that was billed as India's largest coastal defence drill, the officials said.
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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh laid foundation stone of new Army Hospital of Central Command in Lucknow on January 16. He was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Army Chief General MM Naravane. This 'Super Specialty' hospital equip with about 900 beds capacity to server Army jawans. Soldiers and ex-servicemen and their families will be able to get better treatment facilities in Lucknow.
The Indian Army has decided to induct women as pilots in its aviation wing and the first batch is likely to be admitted for training in July. Addressing a press conference ahead of Army Day on January 15, Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane said he had issued instruction a month ago to induct women in the flying branch of the Army. As of now, women are allowed in air traffic control and ground duties in the Army aviation wing. “The Adjutant General's branch, the Military Secretary branch and the Aviation Directorate have arrived at a consensus that women officers can be there in the flying branch for flying duties,” the Army Chief said. “The next course will start in July and women officers will definitely be admitted into it for pilot training. After one year's training they will be able to join frontline operations units for flying duties,” he added. Watch the full video for more.
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Authorities in Madrid have drafted in the army in an effort to clear roads, airports and train tracks. At least four people have died and thousands of travelers have been left stranded after the Spanish capital was blanketed with an unusual amount of snow.
This bittersweet collection of vintage photographs show how U.S. Military Service men and women found solace in Christmas celebrations at the height of World War Two. Mostly pictured in far-flung locations, the brave members of the Navy, Army, Marine, & Air Force are seen making the best of their situations with turkey meals and the festooning of any available trees with decorations.
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The Indian Air Force has expressed objections against the trailer of an upcoming Netflix movie, AK vs AK. IAF is miffed at how actor Anil Kapoor 'inaccurately' wore Air Force uniform in the film. IAF also took objection to the 'inappropriate' language used in the trailer of the film. The Air Force has tweeted about the film, asking for the scenes to be removed. In the trailer, Anil is seen shooting for a film while wearing an IAF officer's costume. The actor later took to Twitter to share a video and explain his stance on the matter. In the video, Anil said it was never his or the makers' intention to hurt anyone's feelings. Anil explained how he plays a distraught actor in the film, wearing an IAF uniform.
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Eastern Naval Command (ENC) Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Vice Admiral AK Jain said that the focus of the Indian Navy is on maritime domain awareness considering the security threat in the Indian Ocean Region. ”Security threat in the Indian Ocean out at sea has gone up. So our entire focus has been on maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean Region. We maintain surveillance with P-8Is, Dornier aircraft and helicopters 24x7. We are getting four more P-8Is,” said AK Jain on the occasion of Navy Day. President Ram Nath Kovind extended his wished on the occasion of Navy Day. PM Modi also wished all the valorous navy personnel and their families. Navy Day is celebrated on December 4 every year. Watch the video for more.
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To mark Navy Day, Indian Navy ChiefAdmiral Karambir Singh extended a message to veterans. Navy Chief said, "We remember you this day and grateful for your service to the nation. We may be physically separate but always socially connected and all our veterans are in our hearts on this day. As we commemorate Navy Day celebration of Navy's achievements would be incomplete without acknowledging your vision and efforts which helped shape Navy of today."
Tributes were paid Saturday to the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on the 16th anniversary of the tragedy that killed around 200,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and nine other countries.
Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain on December 03 said that the security threat in the Indian Ocean region has gone up which has forced the Navy to put all its focus on maritime domain awareness there. "The security threat in Indian Ocean has gone up. So, our entire focus has been on maritime domain awareness in Indian Ocean Region. We maintain surveillance with P-8Is, Dornier aircraft and helicopters 24x7. We have eight P8Is and are getting four more of them. They all are going to use for maritime domain awareness closer to the coast," said Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain.
Asserting that the made in India light combat aircraft Tejas is far better and advanced than the Chinese-Pakistani JF-17 fighter jets, Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria on Thursday said the latest Indian jet would be better equipped to carry out Balakot-type airstrikes. the Air Chief said the 83 indigenous fighter jets to be inducted into the force would also be equipped with homegrown weapons such as the Astra beyond visual range air to air missiles and other standoff weapons. "Indian aircraft Tejas is far better and advanced than the Chinese and Pakistan joint venture JF-17 fighter," Bhadauria said when asked to compare the Indian fighter with the JF-17. Watch the full video for more details.
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