New Delhi, 01 November 2006
between the Indian and US navies is jokingly referred to as
‘incestuous’, mainly because of the Malabar series of exercises,
which are of a very close professional order with inter operability
between the two navies. IN officers embark on USN ships and USN
officers are on the IN ships –– our mid level officers will learn
much from the USN, as we did in the past form the RN and Russian
Navies –– for the IN to become one of the foremost Navies in the
A crew of 300 IN
officers and sailors under command of Capt B S Alhuwalia, were
presently in Norfolk USA to take over the LPD USS Trenton and the 8th
Exercise in the Malabar series commenced from 24 Oct off Goa.
Missile fitted ships INS Mysore, Beas and Ganga, supported by tanker
Shakti, submarine INS Shankul, CG ship Samar and aircraft under the
Fleet Command of a navigation specialist RADM Anup Singh, exercised
with the US Navy’s Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG-05) comprising
the landing platform helicopter and dock ship USS Boxer, cruiser USS
Bunker Hill, destroyers Benfold and Howard, US Coast Guard Cutter
Midgett, Canadian Frigate Ottawa, nuclear powered submarine USS
Providence and a P3C Orion AWACS aircraft operating from Goa. For
the first time the two navies exercised expeditionary operations off
the Konkan coast and INS Gharial an LST exercised landing
operations. Admiral William J Fallon, US Pacific Fleet Commander
flew in with his staff to discuss issues to step up cooperation, PSI
and future strategy as the USN wants to have an Indian officer
posted at Hawaii. Fallon was the Chief guest at the Indian Navy–Army
Polo match in New Delhi.
The LPD Boxer
with two ships were in Mumbai since 30 Oct with games, parties and a
Golf match against the IN at the US Club, which is India’s Pebble
Beach. All arrangements for security, ship chandelling and supplies
and boat transfers were ably conducted by a retired naval diving
officer and the crews were big spenders.
enjoying hosting the ships companies and all this augurs well for
the IN –– if the Navy can pick up USS Boxer at the same price as the
USS Trenton, the IN will benefit.
were announced –– the new CNS Admiral Sureesh Mehta took over on 31
VAdm Nirmal Verma will be the new VCNS in a month.
VAdm Vijay Shankar
is Strategic Force Commander and looks
after Nuclear Command. Air Marshal Raj Kumar
takes over the Strategic Forces Command
in Andaman & Nicobars and
Kaushiva has taken over NDC from him. VAdm AK Singh is now C-in-C
Eastern Naval Command.
New brooms sweep clean and we congratulate
and salute the new Chief in South Block. If the Admirals cooperate
there is little the Navy cannot achieve.
We also extend
our congratulations to ACM S P Tyagi, who assumes charge as the
Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee.
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