The Mumbai’s Yellow Gate Police on May 21 filed an FIR against the captain of the wrecked P305 Barge on the complaint of P305 engineer. The report says that the captain proceeded further despite several warnings on Cyclone Tauktae. The Mumbai police said that few more will be arrested following the investigation. Reportedly, a Navy spokesperson stated that 51 bodies were found with 27 crew members still missing.
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After 41 years of serving for the Indian Navy, the first destroyer in the Navy, INS Rajput will be decommissioned at the Vishakhapatnam Naval Dockyard on May 21. Commissioned in 1980, the first vessel of Kashin-class destroyers was constructed in Ukraine. The decommissioning ceremony will be low-key due to the pandemic and will be attended by in-house sailors and officers. Notably, the vessel served both eastern and western fleets.
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The Indian and Indonesian navies on May 8 conducted military drills in the Southern Arabian Sea. The ‘Passage’ exercise focused to enhance interoperability and understanding between the friendly navies. While Indian Navy was represented by INS Sharda, an offshore patrol vessel, the Indonesian Navy was represented by corvette KRI Sultan Hasanudin. Notably, the Indian Navy regularly conducts ‘Passage exercises’ with navies of all-weather friend… read-more
Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya reported a minor fire on board on May 8 morning. While no major damages to the vessel and personnel were reported, the Navy has ordered for probe into the incident. Reportedly, the duty staff noticed 'smoke emanating from a part of the warship' and quickly extinguished the fire ensuring safety. The modified warship bought from India is currently at Karnataka's Karwar harbour.
Under Operation Samudra Sethu II, Navy’s INS Shardul vessel on May 4 set sail to Kuwait to bring medical oxygen containers. Reportedly, Indian Navy has deployed several ships to supplement the ongoing national mission ‘Oxygen Express’. Earlier, under Operation Samudra Sethu, INS Shardul was also used to bring ex-pats stranded in foreign countries during COVID. First of the Shardul class, INS Shardul is designed to carry tanks, trucks and… read-more
The Indian Navy has initiated the Samudra Setu-II operation to facilitate faster overseas transportation of liquid oxygen and other medical gear to aid India's COVID struggle. Reportedly, Indian Naval warships, including INS Kolkata, INS Airavat and INS Jalashwa have been sent offshore for the task. Meanwhile, INS Talwar will be bringing 40 metric tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) from Bahrain to Mumbai soon.
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India and France on April 25 commenced their 19th annual ‘Varuna’ joint naval exercise in the Arabian Sea. Eyeing chinese presence in the Indian Ocean region, the French Navy has deployed its nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ‘Charles De Gaulle’ and entire carrier strike group. To reinforce the joint capability, Indian Navy deployed guided missile stealth destroyer Kolkata, Kalvari class submarine and P-8I maritime patrol aircrafts in the… read-more
The Indian Navy on April 23 issued a Request for Information to foreign vendors and authorised leasing firms to lease 24 choppers. Seeking a five-year lease, the deal includes performance-based logistics support along with training of air and maintenance crew. Affirming on twin engine five-tonne chopper, the deal seeks choppers for search-rescue operations and medical evacuation at sea. The Centre has kept a deadline of June 18 for reply.
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The Indian Navy on April 20 handed over the Sri Lankan crew, arrested on April 19 with 300kgs of narcotics, to the Narcotics Control Bureau. Reportedly, the Navy busted an international smuggling racket that operated in the Arabian Sea on April 19, and seized narcotics worth Rs 3,000 crore from a Sri Lankan fishing vessel originating from Pakistan. The vessel… read-more
Following a patrolling operation on the Arabian Sea, the Indian Navy seized narcotic substances worth Rs 3000 crore from a fishing vessel on April 19. The INS Suvarna escorted the boat loaded with 300 kg narcotics along with crew to Kochi for investigation. Calling it a major catch in terms of quantity and cost, the Navy expressed concerns towards syndicate's involvement in "terrorism, radicalisation and criminal activities"
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