SP's Naval Forces - October - November 2021

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    LEAD STORY
    Vice Admiral Hari Kumar Named New Navy Chief
    By Vishal Thapar

    Navigation of key procurements for naval modernisation to be high on agenda

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    SUBMARINES
    Submarine – The Force Multiplier
    By Admiral Sunil Lanba (Retd)

    With the commissioning of INS Arihant the country’s nuclear triad is in place with the second strike capability

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    SUBMARINES
    Submarines – The Growing Relevance
    By Vice Admiral K.N. Sushil (Retd)

    At present we have severe constraints both in conventional submarine as well as SSBN deployment capability. The absence of SSN imposes a serious capability deficit in our tactical choices.

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    SECURITY ALLIANCE
    Ruckus About AUKUS
    By Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha (Retd)

    AUKUS is a military alliance in which sensitive technology will be transferred by the US to Australia which has the potential of tilting the strategic balance in the region

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    FRIGATES
    Talwar Class Follow-on Frigates on Track
    By Vishal Thapar

    The first of the two follow-on Talwar class stealth frigates contracted to be supplied by Russia to the Indian Navy at a cost of $950 million was launched at the Yantar Shipyard at Kaliningrad on October 28 and named Tushil (Sanskrit for Shield).

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    INDO-PACIFIC
    AUKUS and QUAD: Beijing’s Response
    By Saloni Salil

    Beijing’s comments reflect its real fears, that the Biden administration is hurrying the confrontation with China and “preparations for war that began during President Obama’s time in the form of “pivot to Asia” was expanded on all fronts under the Trump administration

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    NAVAL TECHNOLOGY/WEAPON SYSTEMS
    Russian Export Grows Steadily

    The summer exhibition period 2021 has demonstrated strong demand for Russian weapons and military equipment.

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    EXERCISE
    Multilateral Exercise Malabar 2021

    The Indian Navy (IN) participated in the Second Phase of Multilateral Maritime Exercise Malabar along with the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF), Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the United States Navy (USN).

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    INDIGENISATION
    India Scraps Programme to Buy 13 BAE Mk-45 Naval Guns
    By Vishal Thapar

    Decisions aimed to boost Make in India agenda as part of approvals for acquisitions worth $1.1 billion

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    WEAPONS
    Lifting Ban on Leonardo Group Opens Door for Black Shark
    By Vishal Thapar

    Scrapping of ongoing tender could set back procurement process by a decade but re-entry of Italian giant opens door for emergency purchase

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    EXERCISE
    Maiden Exercise Konkan Shakti 2021

    The maiden India – UK Joint Tri-Service exercise Konkan Shakti was scheduled in India between October 21-27, 2021.

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    NEWS
    Indian Navy Participates in India, Singapore and Thailand Trilateral Maritime Exercise ‘SITMEX’

    Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karmuk, an indigenously built Missile Corvette is participating in the 3rd edition of India, Singapore and Thailand Trilateral Maritime Exercise SITMEX–21, from November 15 to 16, 2021 in Andaman Sea.

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    NEWS
    Appointments

    Vice Admiral Krishna Swaminathan assumed charge as Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command,, on November 4, 2021.
    Rear Admiral Lochan Singh Pathania takes over as Joint Chief Hydrographer, at the National Hydrographic Office, Dehradun.

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

    At the outset, SP’s Naval Forces congratulates Vice Admiral R. Hari Kumar on his appointment as the next Chief of the Indian Navy. Presently he is the FOC-in-C Western Naval Command & will take over as the 25th CNS of the Indian Navy on November 30.