SP's Naval Forces - June-July 2021

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    INDIAN NAVY / FORCE PROJECTION
    Indian Navy’s Quest for an Expansive & Stronger Role in the Region
    By Commodore G. Prakash (Retd)

    India being a net provider of security in the region, needs to play to her strengths (capability) rather than to her relative weaknesses (capacity).

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    CHINESE NAVY / STRATEGY
    Expanding Global Maritime Footprint of China
    By Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha (Retd)

    China’s Military Strategy Paper says it is necessary for China to develop a modern maritime military force structure commensurate with its national security of strategic SLOCS and overseas interests and participate in international maritime cooperation so as to provide strategic support for building itself into a maritime power

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    CHINESE NAVY / MODERNISATION
    China’s Naval Capabilities & Implications for the Indo-Pacific
    By Saloni Salil

    Naval power in combination with Land & Air power continues to be a critical facet of any nation’s national security. The race to control the seas has dominated the 21st century and China seems to be acing it.

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    BI-LATERAL / CHINA-PAKISTAN
    Pearl in the String
    By Lt General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier had some misgivings on the economic viability of CPEC and that it represents a debt trap but on May 24, 2021, he met China’s Ambassador to Pakistan and reiterated the highest priority accorded by his government to the CPEC

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    SUBMARINES / MADE IN INDIA
    Project-75 (India) - One Last Chance?
    By Commodore G. Prakash (Retd)

    This could be India’s last chance to acquire the capability to design and build submarines because countries like China and South Korea, that started along with us in a common quest to design and build modern submarines, have left us far behind

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    SUBMARINES / MADE IN INDIA
    MoD Issues RFP for Construction of Six P-75(I) Submarines

    As a major initiative towards ‘Make in India’, Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued Request of Proposal (RFP) for the first acquisition programme under the Strategic Partnership Model for construction of six AIP fitted Conventional Submarines named Project 75 (India) [P-75(I)] for the Indian Navy, on July 20, 2021.

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    EXCLUSIVE TO SP’S NAVAL FORCES

    WEAPON SYSTEMS / MISSILES
    Saab RBS15 Missile Family: The Winner’s Choice
    By Commander Soumitra Sahai (Retd)

    Modern militaries are increasingly looking towards incorporating smart weapons and systems into their arsenals, leading to the adaptation of cruise missile technology to an increasing number of battle spaces

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    BI-LATERAL / INDO-US
    Indo-US Maritime Exercise – Important Lessons
    By Commodore G. Prakash (Retd)

    The two important lessons from this exercise are the dire need for the Indian Navy to have at least two operational aircraft carriers all the time and the role of shore based IAF airpower for the future Maritime Theatre Command

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    NEWS
    MH-60R Acceptance Ceremony

    Indian Navy acept ed th e first two of its MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) from US Navy in a ceremony held at NAS North Island, San Diego on July 16, 2021.

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    NEWS
    NUSHIP Stalwart Arrives at HMAS Stirling

    After a 30 day transit across the world’s oceans, NUSHIP Stalwart arrived safely at Fleet Base West in Western Australia on Monday, June 21, 2021.

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    NEWS
    Indian Navy Expands Maritime Reconnaisance Capabilities with Delivery of Tenth Boeing P-8I

    Boeing is continuing to expand Indian Navy’s long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare capabilities with the delivery of the country’s tenth P-8I.

  • NEWS
    Navantia Australia Delivers Australian Sovereign Sustainment Capability to Navy

    Navantia Australia has upped the ante in predictive maintenance and defect analysis with the recent installation of a Through Life Support Facility at Garden Island East, Sydney NSW, Australia.

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    Appointments

    Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh, assumed charge as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff on June 1, 2021...,
    Vice Admiral Dinesh K. Tripathi, assumed charge as Chief of Personnel on June 1, 2021...,
    Vice Admiral Sandeep Naithani, assumed charge as the Chief of Materiel, on June 1, 2021...

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    Editorial
    By Jayant Baranwal, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

    The lead article in this issue focuses on India’s role in the Indo-Pacific region. Commodore Praksah (Retd) analyses the voids and suggests ways to go forward.