Armed Forces
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman released a coffee table book on the Department of Defence Production (DDP), titled 'A journey towards self-reliance'  on October 27, 2017. The first ever coffee table book on the department, it chronicles the post-independence years of development, indigenisation and production of arms, ammunition and defence equipment, with a view to achieve self-reliance for the Armed Forces of India.
Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, in her message printed in the book says, "The coffee table book is a noteworthy initiative of DDP to compile success stories of projects of OFB/ DPSUs, transcending from the stage of inception to execution."
A similar view is echoed by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr Subhash Bhamre who in his message says, "I am pleased to learn that DDP is bringing out a "Coffee Table Book" highlighting inception of OFB/ DPSUs, production of wide ranging products at various units, indigenization efforts as well as the Corporate Social Responsibilities."
The contents of the book are a remarkable collection of past and current defence equipment produced in India. Avid readers will find themselves immersed in a world of illustrations and remarkable photographs, captured at 'the' moments, and revealing relevant texts, which will be of interest to the 'defence technology-savvy' Indians.
The book epitomises the visionary approach of the Government of India seeking to establish India as a global manufacturing hub, under the 'Make in India' initiative. It lends credence to the sincere efforts put in by thousands of unknown faces, to mould and shape the Indian defence industry.
- Mattu JP Singh
pic: Rakesh Kumar
RM releases Coffee Table Book on Department of Defence Production
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman releasing first-ever Coffee Table Book on Department of Defence Production titled 'A Journey Towards Self-Reliance' in South Block, New Delhi on October 27, 2017. Also seen in the picture are Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr Subhash Bhamre and Secretary (Defence Production) Shri AK Gupta among other senior officers.
Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) visited Kochi on October 12, 2017 to review the progress of construction of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC)- "Vikrant" at the Cochin Shipyard Ltd. (CSL), Kochi. On his arrival, he was received at the naval air station, INS Garuda by Vice Admiral AR Karve, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Southern Naval Command.
At the shipyard, the CNS accompanied by the FOC-in-C (South) and other senior officials of the Navy took a walk around of the ship to get a firsthand appreciation of the progress of work onboard wherein he was briefed on the various construction activities. Later, the CNS had discussions with Shri Madhu S Nair, Chairman and Managing Director, CSL.
Keel of the IAC was laid in Feb 2009 and the ship was launched in August 2013. Work on the hull structure is nearing completion and outfitting activities on various equipment and systems are progressing at present.
- Cdr Sridhar Warrier
Chief of the Naval Staff reviews Progress of Vikrant
Australian Naval Ship HMAS Toowoomba was on a four day goodwill visit to Port Blair. The frigate of ANZAC Class arrived at the Haddo Wharf on October 12, 2017. On arrival, the Commanding Officer of HMAS Toowoomba called on Senior Officials of Andaman & Nicobar Command. During their stay at Port Blair various social interactions, sports events and joint exercise were held between the Indian Navy and Australian Navy. The ship departed from Port Blair on October 15, 2017.
- Col A Dikshit
Australian Ship visits Port Blair
A delegation comprising of  twenty Officers from the prestigious College of Air Warfare, Secunderabad of the Indian Air Force visited the Secretariat of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) at Jakarta, Indonesia. The visit of the delegation to Jakarta was to enable the officers to have a better appreciation of the importance of the region and enhance regional cooperation through bilateral interactions. As part of the visit to ASEAN, the delegation was given a detailed briefing on the role and relevance of ASEAN with its focus on One Vision-One Identity-One Community. The briefing also emphasised the strong bond between India and ASEAN with emphasis on the ASEAN - India partnership for peace, progress and shared prosperity through mutual cooperation. The briefing was followed by an interactive session which witnessed mutual exchange of ideas towards better understanding of the role, tenets, and vision of ASEAN. Multiple issues regarding ASEAN Regional Forum and ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting were also discussed.
- B Satheesh Kumar
IAF Delegation visits ASEAN Secretariat
Air Vice Marshal P Subhash Babu, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Financial Planning), Air HQs, New Delhi visited Kakinada, East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh to participate in the closing ceremony of National Integration Camp of NCC. He was the Chief Guest in the function held at JNV, Peddapuram, Kakinada. Addressing NCC cadets he congratulated the cadets from various states from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Nagaland to Mumbai who had the opportunity to stay together, play together learning each others' customs, traditions and culture. He felt that such integration camps bring people together and make them appreciate the cultural, linguistic diversity of the nation.
Earlier, NCC cadets presented Guard of Honour to Air Vice Marshal. Cadets from different states staged colorful cultural performances of their respective states that enthralled the audience. The Chief Guest gave away prizes to the winners in various competitions held during the camp. Besides distinguished guests, large number of students, academicians, armed forces participated in the closing ceremony of the National Integration Camp.
- B Satheesh Kumar
Air Vice Marshal P Subhash Babu visits Kakinada
Indian Naval Academy (INA) cadets won seven medals including two Gold, one Silver and one Bronze in individual category and two Gold in team category in recently concluded Army Equestrian Championship (AEC) 2017, which is considered to be one of the toughest competitions in the country in the field of equestrian sports.
The event was held at Meerut in October 2017. Over 250 Equestrian riders from various military academies including National Defence Academy, Indian Military Academy, Boys Sports Company (Remount and Veterinary Corps), National Cadet Corps, Army Service Corps, participated in the competition organised by Remount and Veterinary Corps Center and College, Meerut cantonment.
- Lt Cdr RG Ajith
Outstanding Performance of the INA Cadet in the Army Equestrian Championship (AEC) 2017
To commemorate the 55th year of "The Battle of Nam-Ka-Chu", a Cycling Expedition by 2 RAJPUT comprising of three Officers, two JCOs and 15 OR was conducted from October 16 to 20, 2017. The Cycle Expedition was flagged off by Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Strike 1 at Mathura on October 16, 2017. The five day Cycle Expedition traversed through Agra, Firozabad, Shikohabad, Mainpuri, Fatehgarh & Shahjahanpur which are the important catchment areas for recruitment of RAJPUT troops, and terminated at Shahjahanpur covering a total distance 336 Km. During the course of the Cycling Expedition, the team interacted with school and college students to spread awareness about the battle and narrate the valiant effort by Indian Army in safeguarding the territorial and national integrity of the nation. The team also interacted with the veterans and ex-serviceman to address their grievances.
The Nation recalls 1962 as the year during which it fought a major war with China. The war commenced at the dizzy height of Dhola Post during which 2 RAJPUT fought valiantly wherein 4 Officers, 11 JCOs and 270 OR of the Battalion laid down their lives on October 20, 1962. The battle fought by 2 RAJPUT stands testimony to the saga of "Collective Valour and Self Sacrifice".
- Gargi Malik Sinha
Indian Army Commemorates 55th Year of "Battle of Nam-Ka-Chu"
The Closing Ceremony of the 56th Annual Athletic Meet of Sainik School Kazhakootam was held October 7, 2017 at school campus. Smt Padmini Thomas, Former President of Kerala State Sports Council & Arjuna Awardee, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
The impressive events included a well coordinated march past and scintillating displays by the School Band as well as the Kungfu club. Shivaji House emerged as the senior Champions, with Cadet Vikas Kumar being adjudged the best athlete. Patel House and VKKM House emerged champions in the junior and sub-junior categories with cdt Sameer Kumar and cdt Shiva Kumar B bagging the Best Athlete Award in the respective categories. The Chief Guest, speaking on the occasion, expressed her delight for having been able to make it to the famed soil of this premier institution of which she had heard a lot. Quoting from own experiences she emphasized the role of hard work & determination in achieving goals, thus creating wonderful citizens and successful careers.
Officiating Principal Lt Col B Girish Kumar welcomed the gathering and Vice Principal Lt Commander Parichay Kalra proposed vote of thanks.
- Dhanya Sanal K
Annual Athletic Meet concludes at Sainik School Kazhakootam
A group of 19 High School children (boys) along with 2 teachers from Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir visited Bengaluru from October 9 to 12, 2017 as part of Capacity Building Tour (CBT), under Operation Sadbhavana, organized by the Indian Army and coordinated by the Headquarters Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area.
The students arrived in Bengaluru on October 9, 2017, visited Army Public School, Rashtriya Military School, Visvesvaraya Industria and Technological Museum, Aquarium Art Gallery, M Chinnaswamy Stadium and Vidhana Soudha. They also visited Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area and met Major General KS Nijjar, General Officer Commanding of Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area.
The main focus of the boys exclusive CBT was to increase their awareness about the latest advancement in the field of science and technology, software Industry, business management, hospitality and service industry.
The interaction of children from terror affected regions of Jammu and Kashmir with large cross section of the society helped bring about a significiant attitudinal awaking amongst the participants. The CBT will not only assist the children of this remote area to become better citizens but will also motivate them to assist in the overall development of the region and the country.
- Sivaram Pailoor
Kashmiri students visit Bengaluru
A 15 member mountaineering team comprising of two officers, one Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and twelve Other Ranks (OR) of Army Ordnance Corps (AOC) successfully completed the 'AOC Expedition to Traill's Pass' recently. The Traill's Pass is the high-altitude Himalayan mountain pass at the height of 5400 meters located between Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot peaks in Uttarakhand state. The team was felicitated by Brigadier PK Sharma, Commandant, AOC Centre in Secunderabad Cantonment.
In continuation of the revered tradition of mountaineering in Army Ordnance Corps, a trekking expedition was organized by AOC Centre, under the aegis of Southern Command on September 2017 to 'Traill's Pass' that connects the Milam and Pindari glaciers. It is one of the most venerated and challenging trekking expeditions in the Himalayas.
The team, under the leadership of Major Chirag Chatterjee was flagged off by the Commandant, AOC Centre on August 7, 2017. After a brief period of training and acclimatization at Dharchula, the team started the arduous expedition on September 5, 2017 from Loharkhet in Uttarakhand. The team finally hoisted the tricolours on Traill's Pass at 0940 hours on September 19, 2017 and successfully completed the expedition upon reaching Munshiyari on September 22, 2017.
The team became the sixteenth team in the world and the first amongst the Indian Armed Forces to achieve this feat.
- B Satheesh Kumar
AOC successfully completes Himalayan Mountain Pass Expedition
Army Public School, Tezpur was awarded the Overall Excellence Trophy in Senior Secondary School Category for the academic session 2016-17. The award was presented to this premier educational institution during the Eastern Command Chairmen & Principals' Meet- 2017 that was held in Tezpur on October 10-11, 2017. Hosted by Army Public School Tezpur, the Meet was attended by the nominated Chairmen & Principals of various Army Commands of the country and the Chairmen & Principals' of 22 Army Public Schools of Eastern Command.
The Meet was chaired by Major General Alok Raj, Chief of Staff, HQ Gajraj Corps & Patron Army Public School, Tezpur. Brig Tushar Roy, Chairman Army Public School, Tezpur delivered the welcome address at the Meet that was also attended by Colonel Deepak Gupta, Director Schools, HQ AWES and Colonel AGS Koijam, Director, AWES HQ Eastern Command.
A number of agenda points on school issues related to acadmics & co-curricullar activities were discussed on both the days by the forum. The Meet culminated with a cultural programme by the students of Army Public School Tezpur, that paid rich tributes to the river Brahmaputra. It was followed by the closing address of the Chairman and vote of thanks to all the delegates for their gracious presence and cooperation by Mrs Banani Hazarika, Principal Army Public School Tezpur. The programme also saw the presenting of awards in various disciplines to the schools. Army Public School Kalimpong was awarded the Excellence Trophy in Senior School Category and Army Public School Tezpur emerged as the winner of overall excellence Trophy in Senior Secondary School Category for the academic session 2016-17.
- Lt Col Sombit Ghosh
APS, Tezpur awarded Overall Excellence Trophy
The 75th Corps Day of the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, popularly known as Eagles, was celebrated at Lucknow Cantonment on October 15, 2017. Lieutenant General BS Negi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Central Command, in his special message to the Eagles fraternity of Surya Command extended his felicitations and good wishes to all Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers, Other Rank, civilian employees of the Corps, both serving and retired and their families.
Lt Gen Negi exhorted all Eagles for contribution in achieving and maintaining a high level of mission readiness in the myriad weapon systems and equipment in Surya Command Theatre. He expressed confidence that the Corps will rise to the occasion, as it always has and meet the challenges posed by the cutting edge technologies and intricacies of present day equipment and weapon systems.
In tune with the traditions of the Indian Army, a solemn wreath laying ceremony was held at the Central Command War Memorial 'SMRITIKA' which was attended by all serving Eagles. Major General JS Sidana, Major General Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (MG EME), Central Command, paid homage and tribute to all martyrs by laying a wreath.
- Gargi Malik Sinha
75th EME Corps Day celebrated
Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P has assumed charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff from Vice Admiral Karambir Singh AVSM at a formal ceremony held at South Block, New Delhi.
Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar is an alumni of the National Defence Academy. The Flag Officer was commissioned in the Indian Navy on July 1, 1981 and is a specialist in Missiles & Gunnery. He has had the distinction of having commanded six sea going platforms which include the guided missile corvette Kulish (commissioning), the guided missile frigate Talwar, the guided missile destroyers Mumbai and Mysore. The officer has done the Naval Higher Command Course and is also an alumni of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
His important assignments include Director Maritime Warfare Centre, Visakhapatnam, Commanding Officer of INS Dronacharya, Kochi, Chief Staff Officer (Operations) of the Western Naval Command, Mumbai.
He was promoted to Flag Rank in September 2009 and as a Rear Admiral, his assignments included Assistant Chief of Personnel (HRD) at Naval Headquarters, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF) and Chief of Staff of Southern Naval Command. On promotion to the Rank of Vice Admiral on December 1, 2013, he was appointed as the Commandant of the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala and thereafter has completed two joint service tenures as Principal Staff Officer at Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff, tenanting the billets of Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations) and Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Policy Planning & Force Development).
- Capt DK Sharma
Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, AVSM VSM assumes charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff
Lt Gen Saranjeet Singh, YSM, assumed command of the elite White Knight Corps on October 11, 2017 from Lt Gen AK Sharma, YSM, SM.
Lt Gen Saranjeet Singh, YSM, was commissioned in 1981 into the SIKH Light Infantry Regiment. The General officer is an alumnus of DSSC, Wellington, Army War College, Mhow and National Defence College, New Delhi. He is well versed with the terrain and existing operational dynamics of the area South of Pir Panjal having commanded a Brigade and a Division, in this region.
The General officer has also held various operational and staff appointments in field formations and also had tenures in Perspective Planning Directorate and Military Operations Directorate at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army). He has been an instructor at NDA, Khadakwasla, Army War College, Mhow and a Team Leader at Army Training Team in Botswana. He has also had a tenure in Perspective Planning Directorate and Military Operations Directorate at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army). Before taking charge of White Knight Corps, the General officer was Chief of Staff at South Western Command. The General officer has been decorated with YSM and GOC-in-C Western Command Commendation Card.
- Col NN Joshi
Lt Gen Saranjeet Singh assumes Command of White Knight Corps