Defence Current Affairs And Updates 15th May 2020

Commissioning of Seventh Ship of Landing Craft Utility MK-IV ‘INLCU L57’ (GRSE Yard 2098) at Port Blair

  • Lieutenant General PS Rajeshwar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Commander-in-Chief A&N Command, commissioned INLCU L57 into the Indian Navy at Port Blair.
  • INLCU L57 is the seventh Landing Craft Utility (LCU) MK-IV class to be inducted into the Indian Navy.
  • The LCU MK-IV ship is an amphibious vessel with a designated primary role of transporting and deploying Main Battle Tanks, Armoured Vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore.
  • The ship has been indigenously designed and built by M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. The commissioning of INLCU L57 is yet another manifestation of the country’s indigenous design and ship building capability.
  • Based at the Andaman and Nicobar Command, these ships can be deployed for multirole activities like beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.
  • The ship, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Harshvardhan Venugopal, has a complement of five officers, 45 sailors and is capable of carrying 160 troops in addition.

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh commissions Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Sachet’ and two interceptor boats

  • ICGS Sachet and two interceptor boats (IBs) C-450 and C-451 were commissioned in Goa via video conference from Delhi.
  • The ICGS Sachet, the first in the series of five offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) has been designed & built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) and is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment.
  • Praising the role of ICG guarding the coastline, Shri Rajnath Singh said, “As the fourth largest Coast Guard in the world, it has established itself as a reliable force. It not only protects our coastline and coastal community, but also protects economic activities, and maritime environment in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).”
  • The 105-metre-long ship ‘Sachet’ displaces approximately 2,350 tons and is propelled by two 9,100 KW diesel engines designed to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots, with an endurance of 6,000 nautical miles. The sustenance and reach, coupled with the latest equipment and systems, provides her the capability to perform the role of a command platform and undertake tasks to fulfil the ICG charter. The ship is designed to carry a twin-engine helicopter and four high speed boats and one inflatable boat for swift boarding and search & rescue operations. The ship is also capable of carrying limited pollution response equipment to undertake oil spill pollution response at sea.
  • ‘Sachet’ meaning alert is projection of will and commitment of ICG ‘to be ever vigilant for serving and protecting’ the maritime interest of the Nation. The ICGS Sachet is being commanded by Deputy Inspector General Rajesh Mittal and manned by 11 Officers and 110 men. It is for the first time in Indian maritime history that a ship was commissioned through digital medium, maintaining strict protocol of social distancing in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The IBs C-450 and C-451 are indigenously designed & built by Larsen & Toubro Shipyard Hazira and fitted with latest navigation and communication equipment.  The two 30-metre-long boats are capable of achieving speeds in excess of 45 knots and designed for high speed interception, close coast patrol and low intensity maritime operations. The quick response capability of the IBs makes it an ideal platform to respond and thwart any emerging maritime situation. The ships are commanded by Assistant Commandant Gaurav Kumar Gola and Assistant Commandant Akin Zutshi.
  • With the commissioning of these ships, the ICG has reached a landmark 150 ships & Boats and 62 aircraft. Further, 40 ships are in various stages of construction at different Indian Shipyards and 16 advanced light helicopters are under production at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bengaluru, which will provide the added strength to the surveillance capabilities of ICG to deal with the ever-dynamic maritime challenges.

Army plans to convert 61st Cavalry into armoured regiment

  • 61st Cavalry is the only active serving horse cavalry regiment in the world.
  • The aim was to transform the Jaipur-based 61st Cavalry into a combat force from its present role of it being largely ceremonial unit.
  • The cavalry’s 200 horses (some at Jabalpur and some at Delhi) will be retained.

India Signs Navy Chopper Deal With US, Weapons Still Being Negotiated

  • India has started the process of acquiring 24 state-of-the-art anti-submarine MH-60R warfare helicopters for the Navy from the US firm Lockheed Martin after signing a $905 million deal.
  • The MH-60R helicopters are meant to detect and, if necessary, engage Chinese and Pakistani submarines and warships in the Indian Ocean region.

IAF to buy 83 more Tejas fighters from HAL instead of foreign jets, CDS Rawat says

  • The decision is a set back for the likes of Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Saab AB who were in the race for the $15 billion order and another sign that India is abandoning costly foreign defense purchases which have been plagued by bureaucratic delays and a funding crunch.

The NATO Chiefs of Defence hold first virtual meeting in NATO Military Committee history

  • They discussed the Alliance’s ongoing missions and operations, future planning and requirements as well as the current global Covid-19 crisis, its impact on allied activities and NATO’s support to the response efforts.
  • After meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the 30 Chiefs of Defence reviewed NATO’s ongoing operational commitments, particularly the NATO Resolute Support Mission and the NATO Mission Iraq.

Remembering Field Marshal K M Cariappa

  • First Indian Commander in Chief of Indian Army (appointed in 1949).
  • He led Indian forces on the Western Front during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947.
  • Had a vision to improve defence and industry together.
  • Legend and visionary for generations to come.

REVIEW QUESTIONS

  1. ICGS Sachet was designed and indigenously by:
  2. Goa Shipyard Limited
  3. Mazagon Dock Limited
  4. Bombay Naval Dockyard
  5. Visakhapatnam Naval Dockyard

ANSWER: A

  • 61st Cavalry Regiment of Indian Army has its horses at:
  • Delhi and Agra
  • Jammu and Dehra Dun
  • Delhi and Jabalpur
  • Jammu and Jaipur

ANSWER: C

  • Commander in Chief of Andaman & Nicobar Command:
  • Lieutenant General PS Rajeshwar
  • Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar
  • Vice Admiral M. S. Pawar
  • CDS Bipin Rawat

ANSWER: A

  • LCU full form
  • Landing Cruise Utility
  • Landing Craft Utility
  • Landing Camouflaging Utility
  • Landing Correction Utility

ANSWER: B

  • INLCU L57 is indigenously built by:
  • Cochin Shipyard Limited, Cochin.
  • Mazagon Dock Limited, Mumbai.
  • Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Visakhapatnam.
  • Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata.

ANSWER: D

Hemanth Kasturi

    General Studies Tutor at SSBCrackExams, Graduate in Aeronautical Engineering, Cleared NDA, CDS, INET, AFCAT exams.

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