India and Saudi Arabia mark their first-ever naval exercise together as part of the growing defense cooperation. Indian Navy's guided-missile destroyer INS Kochi arrived in Saudi Arabia on August 9 for the "Al-Mohed Al-Hindi 2021" exercise. The warship carried out an exercise with the UAE Navy, Zayad talwar before reaching Saudi Arabia. Indian and Saudi fleet commanders held a meeting ahead of the exercise on August 10.
Courtesy: The Times of India
Days after subduing response from India over US warship trespass in India's Exclusive Economic Zone on April 7, the Chinese media urged India to re-evaluate relations with the US. While Pentagon deemed the US's actions to be valid under freedom of navigation, India expressed distaste and reported the matter through diplomatic channels. However, the US has not yet approved the United Nations Law of the Sea.
Courtesy: The Economic Times
After a 25-year gap, the Indian Navy has deployed four women officers on naval warships. An official from the Indian Navy stated that “two women officers…have been assigned duties aboard INS Vikramaditya and INS Shakti." Reportedly, the recent appointments were made at air traffic controller, logistics officers, and women doctor posts. Moreover, the inductions of women were first after the appointment of the first women crew in the 1990s.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times
After three years of getting decommissioned, the world's longest serving warship, INS Viraat, will be dismantled in Alang. The earlier plans to convert it to a museum was dropped following an expert committee's report. Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, "I pay homage to ex INS Viraat which served our nation for 30 glorious years." The minister added that a new warship is being built at the Cochin Shipyard.
Courtesy: The Hindu