Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Indian Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma Visits Indonesia

The Chief of Indian Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma left New Delhi on a four day official visit to Indonesia from 10th Jan 11. Admiral Verma will call on the Indonesian Minister of Defence Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy Admiral Soeparno, Coordinating Minister for Legal, Political and Security Affairs Air Chief Marshal Djoko Suyanto and the Commander-in-Chief of the Indonesian National Forces Admiral Agus Suhartono.

During his four day visit the Admiral will visit various facilities of the Indonesian Army, Navy and Air Force and the Admiral will be visiting Bandung and Bali in addition to Jakarta.

The Indian Navy and the Indonesian Navy have a longstanding working relationship with high levels of mutual co-operation and understanding fostered through regular coordinated patrols and exercises such as MILAN. Consistent information sharing on matters pertaining to maritime security also contributes significantly towards the healthy relationship. The two navies also co-operate in intelligence sharing particularly with regard to anti-piracy operations.

Ind-Indo Co-ordinated Patrols (CORPAT) are conducted twice a year wherein ships from the two Navies undertake coordinated patrol of the International Maritime Boundary Line between India and Indonesia for two to three weeks. Indonesian Navy ships have consistently participated in the MILAN series of exercise conducted in the Andaman and Nicobar islands by the Indian Navy.

The Indonesian Navy's motto 'Jalesveva Jayamahe' meaning "Victorious on the Sea" in Sanskrit bears testimony to a 2000 year old historic and cultural link between India and Indonesia. It is interesting to note that the first Indian Traders, arrived in Indonesia in the 1st Century AD. Even today, symbolically, a ship starts from the port of Paradeep in Orissa to Bali on a voyage known as Bali Yatra.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Shree Mangal Chandika Prapatti

On the last Thursday i.e. 13th January 2011 Bapu has given detailed description of how Shree Mangal Chandika Prapatti by ladies (on the day of Makar Sankranti) every year. This being the first time of this event with inspiration from Param Poojya Aniruddha Bapu has released complete details with diagrams which will help all to understand in a simple way how this Prapatti can be performed.

To know more kindly refer the videographic presentation as under:

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Indian Navy to Commission Searcher, Heron UAV Squadron at Porbandar, Gujarat

Enhancing coastal surveillance capabilities to counter marine terror threats from Pakistan and pirate attacks on Indian vessels, the Navy is going to commission a squadron of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) at Porbandar in Gujarat on January 17.

The squadron will comprise Israeli-made Searcher and Heron UAVs and would help in enhancing our surveillance capabilities off the coast of Gujarat, Navy officials said here. The Indian Navy had commissioned its first UAV reconnaissance squadron at its base in Kochi in January, 2006 and is one of the few maritime forces to be using such equipment.

The Navy is also planning to acquire high-altitude long endurance (HALE) UAVs.

In an RFI (Request For Information) issued recently, the Navy has specified that it wants a platform with at least 25 hours mission endurance, an all up weight of no more than 15 tons, service ceiling of 40,000 feet and cruise speed of 100 knots. The Navy presently uses a small mix of Israeli Heron and Searcher Mk2 UAVs, and is making efforts to acquire shipborne unmanned rotorcraft.