They are still some helicopter gun ships out there.
AS well as the Side mounted Machine gun.
These Choppers will primarily intercept what now.?
small pirate and infiltration vessels, that are not worth simply firing a cruise missile at.
Chopper saw action of the coast of Somalia against pirates at the end of last year. They successfully intercepted and thwarted many pirate attacks back then.
What exactly is the armament of the partol boat.
1x 50 cal machine gun and some missiles.
The most armed helicopters also have a similar armament.
Coast Guard gets new patrol vessel & Karwar gets new Coast Guard station
Karwar, November 4, 2009: The Government of India commissioned the Coast Guard station at Karwar in Karnataka today for strengthening maritime and coastal security. The station was commissioned ceremoniously by Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Director General Coast Guard. The station has been established based on the security assessment undertaken by the Government. Speaking on the occasion, Chopra said government was planning to establish fourteen more such stations to address the security along the western coast of India.
He said that the station will have two fast speedboats, to undertake search and rescue, close coast patrol and respond to emergency calls on as required basis. He said that Coast Guard had an additional responsibility post 26/11 incident which exposed the security gap along the shoreline. Outlining various responsibilities entrusted to the Coast Guard, Chopra said apart from providing humanitarian services like search and rescue operations, it was also responsible for ensuring the safety and protection of off- shore assets such as oil rigs, platforms and terminals within India's maritime zones, providing protection to fishermen in distress, taking necessary measures to preserve and protect the maritime environment, assisting the customs and other authorities in anti-smuggling operations, and collection of scientific data.
He said Coast Guard was closely working with various security agencies in all the states along the coast, and was enhancing its capabilities to ensure effective surveillance. Chopra said the Director General Indian Coast Guard has been designated as the Commander Coastal Command, with the responsibility for overall coordination between various Central and State agencies, in all matters relating to the coastal security.
The present force-levels and manpower are projected to double in a few years by graduated procurement, with proportionate corresponding infrastructure development and augmentation of the trained manpower, he said.
Chopra said that station will function under the operational command of Inspector General SPS Basra, Commander Coast Guard Region (West), while Commandant (JG) Anil Sharma has been appointed as the Commanding Officer of the station.
An off-shore patrol vessel (OPV), Vijit was also ceremoniously launched and commissioned by Ragini Chopra, wife of Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra at the Seabird Naval Base. The vessel was designed and built by Goa Shipyard limited (GSL) is well equipped with state of the art navigation and communication equipment automated by the Integrated Bridge System (IBS).
The vessel which is propelled by two engines is capable of operating advanced light helicopter (ALH) and also has a range of 4,500 nautical miles (NM) at a cruising speed of 12 to 14 knots is capable of pollution control against oil spillage and external fire fighting.
Others who were present on this occasion included IGP Western Range Gopal Hosur, deputy commissioner of Uttar Kannada N S Channappa Gowda, SP Raman Gupta and Commodore of Seabird Naval base Ashok Jaiswal.
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Mumbai, November 6, 2009
Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra said here on Thursday that the Coast Guard (CG) would be doubling its strength in four years and tripling it in the coming decade. He was speaking informally to the media aboard the Coast Guard ship Sankalp. The maritime agency of the Ministry of Defence was conducting the National Level Pollution Response Exercise (NLPRE) about 20 nautical miles from the Mumbai coast.
“We would be doubling the strength in all areas manpower, aircraft, platforms etc. Currently more than 50 ships are under construction in India,” Mr. Chopra said.
In the aftermath of 26/11, he said the CG and the Navy had enhanced their coordination and set up many mechanisms together. “When intelligence inputs arrive, we gear up for it. We are trying our best [to improve our structures]. All our services are involved in maritime security.’
Detection of suspicious ships
Chief Defence Public Relations Officer (PRO) Captain Manohar Nambiar said detection of suspicious ships depended largely on human intelligence and informant networks. The CG is making efforts to liaise with local fisher communities to benefit from the coordination in tracking suspicious activity. When asked about the trawler Kuber, which the 26/11 attackers had used, he pointed to the non-feasibility of constantly patrolling the 3,300 km western coastline. Officers said the CG conducted many operations in the ambit of maritime security. These included controlling oil pollution resulting from spillage and conducting search and rescue operations. The CG created a simulation of an oil spill and fire. In the oil spill containment operation, which lasted for about an hour and a half, two fire-fighting guns produced jets of water on either sides of the rescuing ship to douse the fire.
A Chetak and a Dornier aircraft were pressed into service to demonstrate the spraying of a chemical called oil spill dispersant (OSD), which reacts with the oil.
The towing away of the affected ship, the lifting of a yellow PC 3 bucket for spraying the chemical and a search and rescue operation, all formed part of the CGs repertoire.
G P Raj, Commandant CG in Andhra Pradesh said, “Transportation of oil by sea is very cheap. The oil from the Gulf travels along the Goa and Kerala coasts and passes through the Malacca Strait to reach Japan and the South Asian countries.”
Dr. J.S. Sharma, Deputy General Manager (Chemistry), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), said the increase in oil traffic had subsequently increase the risk of spillage.
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Off-shore patrol vessel launched - Hubli - City - The Times of India
KARWAR: An off-shore patrol vessel (OPV), Vijit which was indigenously designed and built by Goa Shipyard limited (GSL) was ceremoniously launched
and commissioned on November 4, by Ragini Chopra, wife of Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra, the director general of Indian Coast Guard (DGICG) at Seabird Naval Base ship lift at Karwar. The vessel was commissioned after chanting of Aditi Mantra, a prayer to God Varuna (rain God) for the safety of the crew members and workers on the shift.
Vijit is the second of new series of three OPVs being built by Goa shipyard for Indian Coast Guard. The 93.89 mtr long vessel is well equipped with state of the art navigation and communication equipment automated by the Integrated Bridge System (IBS).
Propelled by two engines, the new OPV is capable of operating advanced light helicopter (ALH). The vessel with an extended maximum range of 4,500 nautical miles (NM) at a cruising speed of 12-14 knots is also capable of pollution control against oil spillage and external fire fighting. The vessel has been equipped with one 30 nm CRN-91 gun and heavy and light machine guns for policing maritime zones. Machinery controls fitted in the vessel are on one net work system with multi function work stations ensuing quick response with a minimum number of personnel to man the ship.
Before the commissioning of the vessel, VA Anil Chopra who addressed the dignitaries who attended the launching function said the security of the coast is being enhanced after Mumbai attack and Coast Guard is working in that direction. He said Coast Guard is working with the co-ordination of different security agencies. It is first time in the history of India that ship is being launched from ship lift.
The MD of GSL Anantashayanam who addressed the gathering hoped for the greater co-ordination among GSL and Coast Guard.
09 Nov 2009, 15:14 HRS IST
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Paradip (Orissa), Nov 8 (PTI) As part of steps to galvanise coastal security after the Mumbai terror attack, the Indian Navy plans to set up a forward operating base in Orissa's Paradip, besides substantially expanding its fleet size to ward off any threat.
"At least six new medium and small warships will soon be commissioned to raise our fleet size for which orders have been placed," fleet commander of eastern naval command Rear Admiral P Murugesan told reporters during a demonstration and exercise by seven warships off the Paradip coast.
The entire coastline would be defended through fleet expansion of the navy, which now has about 140 warships of different categories with state-of-the-art gadgets.
Navy exhibits strength off Orissa coast- Hindustan Times
Seven Indian Navy ships displayed their strengths on Sunday in the Bay of Bengal, about 100 km off Paradeep port in Orissa.
This was done as part of the Navy Week celebrations.
“The Indian Navy has to protect the country’s coastal security and international trade at any cost,” Rear Admiral P. Murugesan said at a press briefing on board the INS Jalashwa, India’s first amphibious ship, referring to the Mumbai attacks in November last year and the hijack of commercial ships by sea pirates at the Gulf of Aden (in West Asia) by Somali sea pirates.
Paradip is located 124 km east of Bhubaneswar.
As part of its efforts to tighten coastal security, the Indian Navy plans to set up a base in Paradeep, Murugesan said. “A request has been made to the Orissa government for allotting land for the base,” he said.
He said that the Navy’s fleet would be expanded.
The Navy has about 140 ships in different categories with state-of-the-art gadgets.
The seven ships of the Eastern Fleet reached Paradeep, about 120 km east of Bhubaneswar, on Saturday.
About 7,000 visitors were present on the occasion.
On Sunday there were search-and-rescue demonstrations, helicopter operations, high-speed missile shows, underwater replenishment (from the INS Jalashwa to two other ships simultaneously at maximum speed), close-range anti-aircraft firing exercises and flag-past by naval aircraft and helicopters.
The idea was to instill confidence in people of about the country’s naval power, which is among the best in the world, having the capability to ward off any threat, Murugesan said.
The Indian Navy conducted naval operations at Kolkata last week with three ships.
Another round of operations will be conducted in Chennai next week.
German marine equipment makers eye Indian market
The German marine and offshore equipment suppliers are trying to make a strategic entry into the Indian ship building market with the defence ministry earmarking Rs 4,700 crore in 2009-2010 for acquiring naval ships.
A 16-member high level German delegation, which has made a presentation to the Garden Reach Ship Builders & Engineers (GRSE) on Tuesday and is slated to visit the Mazgaon Dock Ltd (MDL) on Wednesday is hoping to supply equipment to these government owned companies, already having orders from the defence sector.
Hauke Schlegel, MD, Marine and Offshore Equipment Industries, said the delegation will visit Kolkata and Mumbai with an aim to explore business and tie-up possibilities with Indian ship builders.
Although the delegation in Kolkata held meetings with 25 companies into the business of manufacturing ship building equipment, their main aim is to get a share of orders that GRSE and MDL are likely to place.
While the Indian Navy has already placed orders for ships worth Rs 1,400 crore with MDL, it has placed orders worth Rs 550 crore with GRSE.
Schlegel said the German marine and offshore equipment suppliers, which are a group of 400 ship building and equipment manufacturing companies with a $12.9 billion turnover, are looking at the possibilities of tie-ups with major ship builders or sourcing for them than forming joint ventures with the Indian medium and small scale enterprises, supplying equipment to major ship builders.
Schlegel said the German experience in China of forming JVs have been difficult with most German companies having to come out of the business within a year of forming JVs.
“The Chinese companies simply adopt technologies and start manufacturing on their own. So far as the experience of tying up with the Indian companies go, such things have not occurred. But we are cautious about forming JVs,” Schlegel said.
Rajesh Nath, director of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) in India, said more and more German engineering companies are willing to set up manufacturing facilities with a view to cater to the Indian market and the south Asian market as well.
Nath said cost of production in India is 60% less than that of Germany but low productivity brings down the cost advantage to below 20%.
However Indo- German trade grew by 11% at 13.4 billion Euros in 2008 calendar year despite the fact that economic meltdown was into the year for the last three months….
German marine equipment makers eye Indian market IDRW.ORG
Russian shipyard set to float out frigate for India in November
The Yantar shipyard in Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad is planning to float out the first of the three frigates being built for the Indian Navy at the end of November, a company spokesman said Tuesday.
Russia is building three Project 11356 modified Krivak III class (also known as Talwar class) guided missile frigates for the Indian Navy under a $1.6 billion contract signed in July, 2006.
“The first frigate in the series is expected to float out at the end of November,” Sergei Mikhailov said.
“Floating out does not mean that the sea trials will start right away. We still have to carry out post-construction work. The trials will start in 2010,” he added.
Mikhailov reaffirmed that the shipyard should be able to deliver all three vessels to the customer in 2011-2012.
The Talwar class frigate has a deadweight of 4,000 metric tons and a speed of 30 knots, and is capable of accomplishing a wide range of maritime missions, primarily hunting down and destroying large surface ships and submarines.
Russia has previously built three Talwar class frigates for India – INS Talwar (from the Hindi language meaning Sword), INS Trishul (Trident), and INS Tabar (Axe).
Indian President Pratibha Patil has named the new ships the Teg (Saber), the Tarkash (Quiver), and the Trikand (Bow).
All of the new frigates will be armed with eight BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles rather than 3M-54E Klub-N anti-ship missiles, which were installed on previous frigates.
They will be also equipped with a 100-mm gun, a Shtil air defense system, two Kashtan air defense gun/missile systems, two twin 533-mm torpedo tubes, and an anti-submarine warfare helicopter.
Russian shipyard set to float out frigate for India in November IDRW.ORG
India wants warships it lent to Sri Lanka back
The Indian Coast Guard is uncertain about getting back two warships that it leased out to the Sri Lankan Navy in 2007 on an annually renewable contract.
The two vessels, Coast Guard Ship (CGS) Varaha and CGS Vigraha, equipped with helicopters and rapid-fire machine guns, were leased out when Colombo was preparing for the offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
But now the Sri Lankan Navy appears to be clueless about the Coast Guard’s demand for returning the warships and renamed the Varaha as Sagara and the Vigraha as Sayurala.
Sri Lankan Navy spokesperson Captain Athula Senarath said on phone from Colombo that his country was grateful to India for making the two vessels available to it.
The government might find it hard to put diplomatic niceties aside to accommodate the Coast Guard. It also does not want to lose more ground to China and Pakistan, which have been catering to Sri Lanka’s military needs.
A senior defence ministry official, who did not wish to be identified, confirmed, “They (The Coast Guard) feel the Sri Lankan Navy doesn’t need the vessels, with the LTTE dead and gone.”
The source said the government was likely to provide new replacements to the Coast Guard for the ships given to Sri Lanka.
While the government has sanctioned 55 more warships and 45 aircraft for the Coast Guard after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, it is no secret that these assets cannot be inducted overnight.
“Orders have been placed with various shipyards, but deliveries will take at least two years to complete. In that sense, we are still grappling with a shortage of assets,” said a Coast Guard source.
The Coast Guard is responsible for securing territorial waters extending to 12 miles off the Indian shores. It does so under the supervision of the Indian Navy.
India wants warships it lent to Sri Lanka back IDRW.ORG
Navy to be equipped with MiG-29K jets
The Indian Navy’s long wait to induct new MiG-29 K combat jets will finally be over later this month as the first batch of four fighters arrives. The jets, ordered in 2004, were meant to operate from the new aircraftcarrier INS Vikramaditya, earlier known as Admiral Gorshkov, undergoing refitment at a Russian shipyard.The carrier operations of MiG-29s will take some time to realise as INS Vikramaditya’s delivery has been delayed substantially owing to dispute over the price of the ship. Till then, the MiG-29 K/KUB fighter jets would operate from the Naval aviation base at Goa.The base already operates Sea Harriers. The ageing Sea Harriers had worked for long without a carrier.Navy’s sole aircraft carrier INS Viraat is undergoing routine maintenance. The ship is likely to be back in service soon.The Navy has already named the MiG-29 K squadron ‘Black Panther.’ The pilots of this squadron were trained in carrier operations in the US and also in Russia. The carrier operations are one of the most complicated and require comprehensive training of pilots.The Naval pilots learned deck landing in the US. They were further trained to fly MiG-29s in Russia. The training was held on a Russian carrier where all aspects of the new aircraft were tested before taking the delivery.India had ordered 16 jets in 2004 as part of the Gorshkov deal of around $1.2 billion. The price of the contract is expected to be doubled as the Russians are asking more for the ship. Out of the 16, four will be MiG-29 KUB, a twin seater trainer aircraft. The rest would be single-seater MiG-29 K.The aircraft is capable of performing multi-role functions of providing air defence cover to warships and also take part in attack and air space domination roles by taking on air to ground targets. They will be equipped with advanced weapon systems and avionics.The MiG- 29 Ks are the maritime version of the MiG-29s which are being flown by the Indian Air Force primarily for air defence purposes.The IAF’s MiG-29 fleet is undergoing upgrading. The aircraft is in the last leg of its life span and needs to undergo drastic changes.
Navy to be equipped with MiG-29K jets IDRW.ORG
Sat, Nov 14 07:27 PM
Panaji, Nov 14 (PTI) Navy today launched an off-shore patrol vessel (OPV) that will be used for ocean surveillance and surface warfare operations to prevent infiltration and transgression of maritime sovereignty. The 105-metre-long vessel is built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), a defence yard located in Goa.
"This Vessel will be deployed for monitoring sea lines of communication, protection of off-shore oil installations and other important national assets,"a spokesman for the shipyard said. Besides, the vessel can also be deployed for escorting high value ships and fleet support operations.
Sporting a flight deck, the vessel supports embarkation and operation of an Advanced Light Helicopter. "Launch of this vessel is a milestone in the quest of the Indian Navy to provide foolproof security to the nation and assumes significance in the aftermath of the terrorist strike in Mumbai," he added.
The vessel was launched at Vasco by Rajni Bhasin, wife of vice admiral Sanjeev Bhasin, Flag officer Commanding-in-chief, Western Naval Command. .
ANY NEWS ON ARIHANTH..???
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A chain of radars, AIS to block sea route for terrorists
Panaji: A chain of radars and Automatic Identification System (AIS) would be deployed along the coast by next year to block the sea route for terrorists, a top official said.
"To tighten the security and ensure that no attempts are made by terrorists to use the sea route, the Indian Coast Guard has been given responsibility along with Director General Light Houses for establishing a chain of radars and Automatic Identification System along the coast," Vice Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin, Flag officer commanding in chief (western Naval command) told reporters here.
Talking to media on the sidelines of a function at Vasco this morning, he said the country has a long coastline and it is not possible for state governments, customs and immigration authorities to guard the coast.
Bhasin said the coast guard and marine police would expedite the pending orders for the ships in various shipyards. "By 2010, the defence forces would get large number of ships which were ordered four to five years ago," he said.
Talking about the high seas piracy, he said the threat is becoming very complicated. "If you remember few years ago, the only piracy was in the Malakha state. Now the threat has suddenly emerged in the gulf of Eden and in the vicinity of Somalia where large number of ships from different nations are operating," Bhasin said.
He said the Indian navy has been continuously on vigil in this stretch to ensure safety of the ships.
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Russia, India agree to sign new deal on aircraft carrier overhaul
BY : RIA Novosti
Russia will soon sign a new deal with India on additional funds to finish a refit of the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier, Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Sunday.
“The negotiations were uneasy but the Indian side treated with understanding the existing problems. They recognized the need to additionally finance the contract and in the near future this will be formalized,” Mikhail Zavaliy, Rosoboronexport director for special missions said at a major air show in the Middle East.
The Dubai Air Show is running on November 15-19 in the United Arab Emirates. Over 900 companies from about 50 countries, including 24 Russian firms, take part in the event.
Under the original $1.5 billion 2004 contract between Russia’s state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport and the Indian Navy, which includes delivery of MiG-29K Fulcrum carrier-based fighters, the work on the aircraft carrier was to have been completed in 2008.
However, Russia later claimed it had underestimated the scale and the cost of the modernization, and asked for an additional $1.2 billion, which New Delhi said was “exorbitant.”
After long-running delays and disputes, India offered in February 2008 to raise the refit costs for the aircraft carrier, docked at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia for the past 12 years, by up to $600 million.
Russia said it was not satisfied with the proposed amount and the issue of the additional funding remained unresolved until now.
Admiral Gorshkov is a modified Kiev class aircraft carrier, originally named Baku.
The ship was laid down in 1978 at the Nikolayev South shipyard in Ukraine, launched in 1982, and commissioned with the Soviet Navy in 1987.
It was renamed after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
In 1994, following a boiler room explosion, the Admiral Gorshkov sat in dock for a year for repairs. After a brief return to service in 1995, it was finally withdrawn from service in 1996 and put up for sale.
The ship’s displacement is 45,000 tons. It has maximum speed of 32 knots and an endurance of 13,500 nautical miles (25,000 km) at a cruising speed of 18 knots.
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