SOURCE : LIVE MINT
About ten days before this, two people were killed and seven injured aboard INS Sindhuratna after a fire in the submarine. Much has been written on the economic mismanagement by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over the last ten years. But as the country gets ready for an epic electoral battle, the gross negligence of India’s defence preparedness under its longest serving defence minister is a far more worrying trend. A defence minister is not just another minister sitting in a dandy office in Delhi. Continue reading
SOURCE: DNA INDIA
The ministry of defence (MoD) on Sunday allayed fears on the future of the nuclear submarine project at the naval Ship Building Centre in Visakhapatnam after the ‘accident’ on Saturday in which a civilian worker was killed.
Scientific adviser to MoD and DRDO chief Avinash Chander told reporters that it was an industrial accident and an inquiry had been ordered Continue reading
It was the first time the legendary Russian Sukhoi-30 Flankers flew in American airspace, and it kicked up a controversy. In August 2008 India sent its top of the line Su-30MKI fighter to participate in Exercise Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas. Known for its complex war gaming, Red Flag involves simulated air combat and coordination between friendly air forces. In 2008 the participants included the French and South Korean air forces. Continue reading
Questions till now were being raised on the lack of proper quality controls, safety audits, accountability and monitoring during construction and refit of conventional warships and submarines after a series of accidents over the last several months. But now, even the construction of nuclear “platforms” is under the scanner. Continue reading
SOURCE: SUNDAY GUARDIAN UK
A frontline Indian Navy destroyer came very close to colliding with an American ship during a joint India-United States naval exercise. This has been disclosed by a US Navy officer on a public blog and in a follow-up AMA (Ask Me Anything) session between his readers and the author. The officer has also been severely critical of the professional standards of the Indian Navy. The blog was taken off after the Indian Navy took severe exception to the damning disclosure. The Sunday Guardian has a copy of the contents of the blog. Continue reading
SOURCE: EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE
One worker was killed and two injured in an accident on Saturday at a shipbuilding centre in Visakhapatnam where India is building its first of three nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. The mishap comes just a day after a gas leak on an under-construction ship at the Mazgaon dock killed a Navy officer. Less than two weeks ago, two officers were killed in a fire aboard INS Sindhuratna, which had been refitted and was being sea-tested. Last year, 18 crew members were killed in an explosion on the Sindhurakshak. While industrial accidents can occur in the manufacture of anything, from a spacecraft to a screwdriver, it cannot be ignored that there have been too many accidents in Indian Navy of late. Continue reading
The defence ministry on Sunday rejected speculation that the work on the under-construction nuclear submarine at Visakhapatnam would be affected by the mishap that occurred on Saturday in which a civilian worker was killed.
The ministry added that an inquiry has been ordered by the department of defence R&D to investigate the accident. The defence ministry on Sunday stated that the mishap at the nuclear submarine at Visakhapatnam was not connected with any nuclear-related activity and would not adversely affect the project or the Navy. Continue reading
In the wake of a series of accidents suffered by the Indian Navy, former navy chief Arun Prakash said on Sunday that a study should be done to find out if something is wrong with the force.
Talking to IANS, Admiral (retd) Prakash said that while many of the accidents were minor, a larger study is needed to see if there is something wrong with one of the aspects. Continue reading
SOURCE : TNN
The spate of incidents dogging the Indian Navy is a “very serious issue”, said Rao at a media conference on Sunday. The meet was held a day after a worker was killed and three seriously injured at the Ship Building Centre of the Eastern Naval Command on Saturday in the third accident in two weeks involving the Indian Navy. Continue reading
SOURCE : ECONOMIC TIMES
The crisis in the Indian Navy has showcased two contrasting perspectives. On one hand we have the binding ethos of our armed forces, and on the other is the disconnect between the ministry of defence and the security forces, which are its constitutional responsibility. Continue reading
SOURCE : PTI
Air Marshal Daljit Singh will be accompanied by his wife Harjeet Kaur, president, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional). Continue reading
SOURCE : PTI
CBI in the next couple of days will register a preliminary enquiry into alleged bribery in a Rs 10,000 crore deal for supply of aircraft engines to state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited by London-based Rolls Royce.
The agency had received a complaint from the Defence Ministry to look into the supply of aircraft engines to HAL and is scrutinising the documents, highly placed sources said. Continue reading