Armed Forces
On the 18th Raising Day of HQ Integrated Defence Staff (IDS), Chief of IDS Lt Gen Satish Dua laid wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate to pay homage to the martyrs. Senior officers of the Army, Navy and the Air Force of the IDS were also present during the ceremony.
HQ IDS was raised on October 1, 2001 and during 17 years, this 'Tri-Service Entity' with an overarching aim of 'Victory Through Jointness' has led in the conduct of Disaster Relief Operations, Tri-Service Exercises, both within the Services and outside with the friendly foreign countries, training leaders of the Tri-Service Institutes and strengthening of the intelligence gathering structure of the nation. In the forefront, the IDS is spearheading realization of Defence Cyber Agency, Defence Space Agency and Special Operations Division for the three Services.
On this day, the HQ also conducted a number of events for the troops and the families of IDS. Conveying his compliments on the occasion, Lt Gen Dua exhorted all ranks of the 'Purple Fraternity', colour of joint Manship of the three Services, to continue to strive in keeping with the highest ideals of the Armed Forces and wished them for a great future ahead.
- PRO Defence
18th Raising Day of HQ IDS
Director General Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Shri Rajendra Singh welcoming Commandant, Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) Major General Nguyen Van Son before the High Level meeting between the two Coast Guards.
Chief of Integrated Defence Staff Lt Gen Satish Dua paying homage to the martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate.
A state-of-the-art ship of Indian Coast Guard named ICGS Vijaya at Paradwip has joined the northeast fleet. She will be deployed extensively for exclusive Economic Zone Surveillance and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard Charter.
ICGS Vijaya, the second in the series of 98 m Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), was commissioned by Mr Sanjay Mitra, Defence Sectretary, in the presence of Director General Rajendra Singh, Indian Coast Guard in Chennai.
Designed and built indigenously by Larsen & Toubro, the OPV is fitted with advanced technology navigation and communication equipment and sensors. It is fitted with a 30 mm gun and will also get a 12.7 mm gun with fire control stystem.
ICGS Vijaya will enhance the Indian Coast Guard's operational capability to discharge its multifarious maritime tasks. The induction of this patrol vessel will give a fillip to the maritime protection of the Eastern seaboard in general and north Bay of Bengal, maritime states of Odisha and West Bengal in particular.
- PRO Kolkata
ICGS Vijaya Joins Coast Guard North East Fleet
A High Level Meeting between Coast Guards of India and Vietnam was held at Coast Guard Headquarters under the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2015. Director General Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Shri Rajendra Singh led the Indian side while Commandant, Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) Major General Nguyen Van Son led a six member Vietnamese side.
During the meeting, both sides agreed to strengthen mutual cooperation in accordance with the provisions of MoU. Sharing of best management practices and augmenting operational level interaction were also agreed upon.
Relations between the two Coast Guards go back a long way with ICG ships visiting Vietnam for professional interactions since 2001. This meeting is in continuation of the efforts by the Governments of the two countries to enhance cooperation between the Coast Guards in the field of maritime safety and security at sea.
The Commandant along with the delegation travelled to Chennai to take part in the welcome ceremony of the first Vietnam Coast Guard Ship to India and also participated in the joint exercise held in Chennai on October 4, 2018. The VCG ship CSB 8001 arrived in Chennai for professional interaction and participated in the joint exercise.
The meeting was significant in providing added impetus to the already existing professional relationship between the Coast Guard of India and Vietnam.
- PRO Defence
High Level Meeting Between Indian and Vietnam Coast Guards
The sixth edition of IBSAMAR, a joint Multi – National Maritime Exercise between the Indian, Brazilian and South African Navies, was held at Simons Town, South Africa from October 1-13, 2018. The last edition of IBSAMAR (IBSAMAR V) was conducted off Goa, from February 19 – 26, 2016. The aim of the exercise is to undertake collective training for participating navies, building interoperability and mutual understanding as well as sharing of best practices.
The Indian Navy was represented in IBSAMAR VI by Guided Missile Frigate Tarkash, Guided Missile Destroyer Kolkata, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I, Seaking and Chetak helicopters as-well-as a MARCOS contingent. The Commanding Officers of the IN Ships called on the Chief of Fleet Staff of the SA Navy as-well-as a few other senior officers and the Magistrate and the Commissioner of Simon's Town. A reception was hosted onboard the Brazilian Naval Ship BNS Barraso in the evening.
The exercise included both harbour and sea phases with various navigation and seamanship evolutions, surface weapons firing, force protection exercises, antipiracy exercise, anti-air and anti-submarine exercise as-well-as flying operations. Apart from professional activities, sports and social engagements were also held.
- PRO Navy
IBSAMAR-VI held at Simons Town, South Africa
115 Recruit trainees from No 1 Training Centre of ASC Centre and College joined the Ranks of the Indian Army and attained status of a regular soldier at an impressive attestation parade held at the ASC Centre and College in Bengaluru. In keeping with the age old military tradition, these recruits were administered the oath of allegiance and devotion of duty by the Regimental Religious Teachers.  Passing out Parade-cum-oath taking ceremony marks the culmination of rigorous Basic Military Training and Department Technical Training at the Centre.
Colonel Biju Paul, Deputy Commandant of No 1 ASC Training Centre reviewed the Parade. In his address, he urged the young soldiers to stand by the basic soldierly ethos of "Imandari", "Wafadari" and "Bahaduri". He complimented the young soldiers for their impressive turnout and drill.
He conducted the lineyard wearing ceremony alongwith the parents. He also presented GAURAV PATHAK to the parents of the newly passed out soldiers.
Technical Recruit Manik Barik was the Parade Commander and also adjudged the Best Recruit of the batch.
It was indeed a proud moment for the kith and kin of these recruits who had come from far flung areas to witness the eventful ceremony in which their wards participated.
- PRO Bengaluru
Attestation Parade Held at ASC Centre and College
INSV Bulbul entering Mangalore harbour
Lt Gen Sanjiv Chopra, Director General Health Services (Air Force) & Colonel Commandant, Army Medical Corps (AMC) visited AMC Centre & College, Lucknow. Lt Gen Sanjiv Chopra paid tribute to the brave soldiers of AMC who made the supreme sacrifice in their line of duty, in a solemn ceremony by laying a wreath at "SHRADDHANJALI" the cenotaph of the War Memorial at AMC Centre & College.
An impressive Guard of Honour was presented to Lt Gen Sanjiv Chopra at AMC Stadium. The contingent was commanded by Lt Col Anuj Aggarwal of No 2 Technical Training Wing, AMC Centre & College. It was marked by customary elegance and military precision.
The General Officer was conducted by Maj General Atul Bajpai, Officiating Commandant, AMC Centre & College and Officer-in-Charge of AMC Records.
- PRO Lucknow
Lt Gen Sanjiv Chopra visits AMC Centre & College, Lucknow
The sixth Convocation Ceremony of the Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT) was held on October 3, 2018, at naval base Kochi. A total of 76 officers and sailors of the Indian Naval Air Arm were awarded MTech (Aeronautics) and BSc (Aeronautics) degrees in Mechanical, Electrical and Avionics discipline. The Chief Guest for the ceremony was Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command (SNC), while Dr J Letha, Vice Chancellor, Cochin University of Science and Technology graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour. The Chief Guest also released NIAT's biennial Technical journal, "Take Off" during the ceremony. The ceremony was attended by many senior functionaries of CUSAT besides naval personnel of SNC.
Rear Admiral Nadkarni, in his address, commended NIAT for growing from strength to strength in the last 62 years of its existence. He stated that the Institute had distinguished itself in training air technical sailors to carry out comprehensive and quality maintenance of naval air assets. The Chief Guest also expressed his sincere gratitude to CUSAT for the whole hearted cooperation and academic support that they had extended to various training units of the Southern Naval Command, through the MoU signed in 2002, especially in recognizing the efforts of trainees in their pursuit of academic excellence by the award of formal degrees. R Adm Nadkarni also congratulated all awardees on being conferred with the Post Graduate and Graduate Degree in Aeronautics and urged them to discharge their professional duties with professionalism, diligence and zeal so as to ensure comprehensive maintenance support for the Naval Air Arm.
NIAT is recognised as "Centre of Excellence for Aeronautical Science and Technology" of CUSAT as a training institute.
- PRO Kochi
Convocation Ceremony at Naval Base, Kochi
As part of a range of activities to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Western Naval Command, a Sailing Expedition onboard LC 40 Class sailboat, INSV Bulbul, was undertaken between September 26 to October 8, 2018. The Sailing Vessel successfully completed the Expedition and proudly entered the port of New Mangalore on October 8. The expedition covered the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka on the Western Seaboard. During the expedition, 'Bulbul' made stops at the ports of Porbandar, Mumbai, Goa and Mangalore. Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command, a keen yachtsman himself, also embarked the sailing vessel on the leg from Mumbai to Goa to motivate the crew.
Whilst at sea, the crew spent approximately 3 to 4 days per leg. They were exposed to the vagaries of nature and were required to sail the yacht using only winds for propulsion. Due to the limited space onboard, the crew survived on dry provisions and a limited quantity of fresh water. The non-availability of bare necessities like electricity, fresh water for taking bath or fresh provisions for meals made the voyage challenging for the crew. Further, encounters with rains, thundershowers at sea and strong winds generated by passing weather systems added to the complexity of survival at sea which the crew handled with aplomb.
- PRO Mumbai
WNC Golden Jubilee Sailing Expedition Concludes at Mangalore
A cycle rally team comprising of one officer, one JCO and nine Jawans of Ladakh Scouts Regiment was flagged-off from Leh by Lt Gen YK Joshi, GOC, Fire and Fury Corps and Colonel of the Regiment, JAK RIF & LADAKH SCOUTS on October 5, 2018. The brief ceremony was organised at the precincts of the pious Hall of Fame and was attended by a large number of serving officers and Veterans of the Regiment.
The rally is being undertaken to commemorate the Infantry Day and shall cover a distance of 1345 kilometres from Leh to New Delhi. Besides inculcating the spirit of adventure and courage, team will pay tribute to martyrs at all the major War Memorials enroute, interact with the Veterans and spread awareness about the organisation amongst the youth. The rally will culminate at India Gate on October 27, 2018.
- PRO Srinagar
GOC Fire and Fury Corps Flags off Ladakh Scouts Cycle Rally
A Cycle Rally to promote spirit of adventure and awareness was undertaken by Madras Regimental Centre (MRC) under the aegis of Infantry Directorate, IHQ of MoD (Army). The aim of the rally is to commemorate the occasion of celebrating Infantry Day on October 27, 2018. The team of 10 cyclists lead by Capt Shubham Singh was flagged off from Thangaraj stadium, MRC, Wellington on September 28, 2018 by Brigadier SK Sangwan, Commandant MRC.
The cycle rally team covered a distance of approximately 2,741 kms from Wellington to New Delhi over a period of 30 days.
The team traversed through seven states & visited important places enroute such as, Mysuru, Bengaluru, Belgaum, Kolhapur, Satara, Pune, Mumbai, Surat, Vadodara, Udaipur, Ajmer & Jaipur. The team also undertook awareness campaign on joining Indian Army, Swachh Bharat & Women empowerment.
Such rallys are regularly undertaken by the Army in order to increase awareness in the areas and to project positive image of the Armed Forces to the general public. In addition the rally is aimed at instilling a sense of adventure, camaraderie and espirit-de-corps amongst the participants.
- PRO Chennai
Madras Regimental Centre Undertakes Cycle Rally as Part of Infantry Day Celebration 2018
Cycle Rally Flagging off by Brigadier SK Sangwan, Commandant, The Madras Regimental Centre.
In its efforts to contribute towards 'Swachhata Hi Seva' campaign and 'Swachhata Pakhwara', a "Run for Health and Fun" was organized on September 30, 2018 at Headquarters Maintenance Command, Vayusena Nagar, Nagpur.
The Run was flagged off by Air Marshal Hemant Sharma Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, HQ Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force in the presence of other Senior Officers of Maintenance Command. The Air Warriors along with their families enthusiastically participated in the four km run. This was followed by participants actively taking part in the Zumba dance which was organised by the Station. A short talk on health and fitness was delivered by Sqn Ldr Nitesh Bhargava, a medical officer, to sensitise Air Force personnel and families about lifestyle related issues and how to make exercise a part of daily routine.
The Aim of the Run was to make the personnel and their families aware of the health benefits of regular exercise. Also it was emphasised that "A healthy body leads to a healthy mind.
- PRO Nagpur
"Run For Health and Fun" at Nagpur
A Seminar on Remotely Piloted Aircraft system (RPAS) was organised by Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering. In his Keynote address, Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh, Commandant of MCEME laid stress on significance of future technologies in RPAS and their significance in Military perspective. He also emphasised on development of suitable echo system under "Made in India" specifically in the context of Indian Army. The Seminar was participated by highly qualified and esteemed speakers from Indian Institute of Technology, DRDO and officers from the field Army with vast experience. The presentation and discussion was an amalgamation of knowledge on the subject and experience wherein pioneers and current developers of autonomous RPAS, Professor C Venkatesan from IIT Jodhpur, Dr Abhishek from IIT Kanpur and Professor Ramakrishna from IIT Chennai discussed about the latest technologies while the DRDO scientist and officers from the field Army brought out operational capabilities and exploitation of RPAS. The Seminar was a great platform to generate awareness among the student officers about the capabilities of RPAS and explore their Military applications in the Indian Context.
- PRO Secunderabad
Seminar on Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Organised at MCEME
Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh, Commandant of MCEME delivering keynote address at a Seminar on Remotely Piloted Aircraft system organised at MCEME Auditorium.
The General KV Krishna Rao inaugural memorial lecture was held at the Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi on October 7, 2018. The inaugural lecture was delivered by distinguished diplomat Mr G Parthasarthy, IFS. He articulated on 'India's Security & Foreign Policy Challenges' and elucidated on the varied dimensions of national security against the backdrop of current geopolitical milieu. General KV Krishna Rao memorial lecture will be held annually featuring emerging challenges to the national security.
General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, delivered the keynote address and highlighted General KV Krishna Rao's role in nation building. 'Shankhnaad', a military tune eulogizing the valour of Veer Mahar soldiers, was also dedicated to the Nation. The tune has been written by Brigadier Vivek Sohal (Retired) and composed by Dr (Mrs) Tanuja Nafde.
A large gathering of serving officers and the veteran community attended the event. The occasion was a unique blend of sharing of personal experiences and leadership style of General KV Krishna Rao by a congregation of prominent speakers and heralded the need for ideation on contemporary national security issues in future.
- PRO Army
General KV Krishna Rao Inaugural Memorial Lecture
On October 8, 2018, Indian Coast Guard Region (A&N) conducted a Maritime Search and Rescue Workshop for all stake holders present in A&N Region. The workshop was inaugurated by Shri Chetan Bhushan Sanghi, Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar in the presence of Inspector General MV Pathak, Commander Coast Guard Region (A&N). The event witnessed participation of multiple Maritime - Search and Rescue (M-SAR) stake holder organizations.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest praised the dedication and commitment of Coast Guard towards rendering selfless service. He also highlighted the need to strengthen the M-SAR infrastructure and refine the procedures in light of the planned expansion of the maritime sector in the A&N Islands. He also emphasized on the need to maintain the synergy achieved between all stake holders to realize a prompt response to any incident at sea.
The workshop was aimed at identifying the gaps between the 'expectations and capabilities' and thus was structured to present varied perspectives from the M-SAR service provider, Administration and the Maritime Industry.
Participants from M-SAR stake holder organizations, maritime industry, DGS/MMD, DGCA/AAI, DSS, PMB, Indian Registry of Shipping, Department of Fisheries, ISTRAC, INCOIS, DMA, CISF, Customs, Andaman Merchant club, Rep of sport fishing club etc, actively contributed to the discussions during the event.
All the participants & stake holders opined that the workshop was unique and beneficial for both the M-SAR service provider as well as the maritime industry. On conclusion of the workshop, Inspector General MV Pathak, Commander Coast Guard Region (A&N) felicitated all the distinguished panelists.
It is opined that such interactions enhance the interagency cooperation and pave way for confidence building between the stake holders.
Indian Coast Guard Conducts Maritime Search and Rescue Workshop
Directorate of Resettlement Zone (North) (DRZN) established DGR stall in Veteran's Rally organised at Srinagar and Doda on September 23 and 29, 2018 respectively. This was part of the 'Awareness Drive' carried out by DRZN as its pro-active step in maximum outreach to veterans to assist and enable them in decision making process towards second career opportunities.
Director, DRZ (North) addressed the gathering of Veterans/ Veer Naris/ Widows/ Dependents and explained them in detail about the various DGR employment and self-employment schemes to avail benefits of the schemes. Self Employment schemes which offers veterans certain amount of flexibility and a chance to be their own boss was highlighted. Self employment opportunities include schemes for Coal Loading & Transportation, ESM & Widows/Disabled Tipper Attachment scheme, Mother Dairy Milk Booth & Safal vegetable shop and management of COCO outlets and CNG station. In addition entrepreneurship schemes under Pradhan Mantri Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) in conjunction with Dist Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) was also covered for those veterans desirous of setting up their own business venture with the help of soft loans.
Information Brochure and leaflets on the various DGR schemes were also distributed amongst the Veterans and were encouraged to avail benefits of the schemes.
- PRO Udhampur (Offg.)
Directorate of Resettlement Zone (North) (DRZN) Outreach Towards Veterans
Army Public School, RK Puram, Secunderabad organised Self Defense program for girls, in the school grounds. A total of 1000 girls took part in it and they were trained by Mr Ravi, the Karate champion. Various techniques and stunts were taught to the girls and important tips were given to them on how to defend and protect themselves in every situation. The school conducts this program regularly to empower and educate girls to be bold, confident and face life courageously.
Speaking on the occasion, the school Principal, Mrs Usha Rani said that living safe and free from violence is everyone's right and reducing violence is everyone's responsibility. It is always better to stop something bad from happening than to deal with it after it happened. One of the best forms of self defence is Personal Protective Measures. This self defence training is to help deal with assailants who have dangerous weapons, improving one's chances of staying safe.
- PRO Secunderabad
APS RK Puram Organises Self Defence Programme for Girls