About sixteen missing mariners including three Indian nationals have been rescued from the international waters near Malaysia, on August 26. The swift rescue operation was carried out successfully by the Indian coast guard. Notably, the coordination of three nations in the Indo-pacific region (India, Singapore and Malaysia), has increased the capabilities of Indian coast guard. Further details on the matter are awaited.
MK Stalin, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, urged on July 4 that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar take urgent steps for the immediate release of 12 Indian fishermen detained by the Sri Lankan Navy. Seven of the 12 detained Indian fishermen are from Tamil Nadu, while five are from Puducherry. He also stated Tamil Nadu fishermen had lately started fishing following a 61-day yearly prohibition that concluded on June 15.
Sri Lankan Navy apprehended 51 individuals on July 3 who were trying to illegally migrate from Sri Lanka to Australia by sea. Due to the country's ongoing economic crisis, this was the fourth such instance in the previous week. On July 2, a team comprising the Navy, Sri Lanka Coast Guard, and police apprehended 24 people near Marawila on the western coast, all of them accused of illegally migrating to Australia.
Courtesy: India Today
India and France began their five-day mega naval exercise in the Arabian sea, on March 31. The excercise is carried out annually, and this is the 20th edition of 'Varuna' exercise. According the Indian Navy, ships, submarines, maritime patrol aircrafts, fighter aircrafts and helicopters of both the navies will take part in the exercise. Also, the Varuna exercise, is reportedly a key factor in strengthening ties between the countries… read-more
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Commander of Royal Navy Oman (CRVO) Admiral Saif Bin Nasser Bin Mohsin Al Rahbi, is on a visit to India. The Navy informed, Oman Navy Commander is in India from February 13-14, to consolidate bilateral relations with Indian Navy, aiming defence cooperation. R Hari Kumar, the Naval Commander Chief of India received Saif Bin. He is scheduled to visit Mumbai Dockyard and discuss bilateral relations.
India successfully test-fired a naval variant of the advanced supersonic BrahMos cruise missile on January 11. The Defence Research and Development Organisation said the missile hit the designated target "precisely", while Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the successful launch of the missile reconfirmed the robustness of the Indian Navy's "mission readiness". Reportedly, BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russian joint venture can be launched… read-more
Over a dozen shipowners paid about $300,000 apiece to the Indonesian navy to get their ships released. Reportedly, the ships were illegally anchored near Singapore in Indonesian waters. As per the shipowners, payments were given in cash to naval officials or by bank transfer to intermediaries. ''It's not true that the Indonesian navy received or asked for payment to release the ships,'' said Arsyad Abdullah, Indonesian naval fleet commander… read-more
The Indian government has appointed the new Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice-Admiral Satish Namdeo Ghormade following the retirement of Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar on July 31. Reportedly, Ghormade had earlier served as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff at the headquarters. Besides, he has been serving the Navy since 1984. Moreover, the President of India awarded him the Nau Sena Medal in 2007.
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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
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The Indian authorities have stated that Sri Lanka has released 14 more fishermen on March 27 after releasing 40 on March 26. Reportedly, the 54 fishermen were earlier arrested and five trawlers were seized on March 24 by the Sri Lankan Navy for crossing and fishing in the International maritime borders. The Indian High Commission to Sri Lanka said that bilateral mechanisms are being utilised to solve the humanitarian issue.
Courtesy: The Indian Express