Military

SEA VIGIL-22 Culminates

Exercise Sea Vigil-22, the two-day Coastal Defence exercise was conducted from 15-16 Nov 22. The conceptual and geographical expanse of Sea Vigil included contingencies ranging from Peace to War-time across the entire coastline and EEZ of the country. In addition, mitigation measures, on shore, in case of any breach in Coastal Security mechanism were also validated.

MALABAR 22 Culminates

The 26th edition of the multinational maritime exercise MALABAR 22 culminated in the seas off Japan on 15 November 2022. This edition also marked the 30th anniversary of the exercise and was hosted by the JMSDF. 

The Indian Navy was represented by Eastern Fleet ships Shivalik and Kamorta led by Rear Admiral Sanjay Bhalla, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. Malabar series of exercises began in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between the navies of India and US and gained further prominence with joining of the navies of Australia and Japan.

Rear Admiral Vineet McCarty new Commander of Sword Arm

The ‘Sword Arm’ of Indian Navy, the Western Fleet, underwent a change of guard on 15 Nov 22. A ceremonial naval parade was held at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, and the baton of the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet was handed over by Rear Admiral Sameer Saxena to the new Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Vineet McCarty.

Rear Admiral McCarty was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 July 1989. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and National Defence College, New Delhi.

Warship Production Superintendent (WPS) Conclave

Warship Production Superintendent (WPS) Conclave Chaired by Vice Admiral Kiran Deshmukh, Controller Warship Production and Acquisition (CWP&A) was organised by Warship Overseeing Team, Kolkata on 15 Nov 22. The Conclave was attended by RAdm Sandeep S Sandhu, ACCP & ACWP&A, Senior Officers from Warship Design Bureau and Directorate of Ship Production from IHQ MoD(N), all 07 Warships/ Submarine Production Superintendents and Officers of Warship Overseeing Team and Submarine Overseeing Team.

Western Air Commanders' Conference

The Western Air Command Commanders’ Conference was held on 10 and 11 November 2022 at New Delhi.  Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) was the chief guest during the conference.  On his arrival at Command HQ, the CAS was received by Air Marshal Sreekumar Prabhakaran, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command and was accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour.

Defence Minister Address Army Commander Conference

The Army Commanders’ Conference, an apex level biannual event, is being held in New Delhi from 07 to 11 Nov 2022. During the event, Indian Army's apex leadership is comprehensively deliberating upon all aspects of existing security scenarios and challenges for the present security apparatus. In addition, the conference is also focusing on issues pertaining to organisational restructuring, logistics, administration, human resource management, modernisation through indigenisation and induction of Niche technologies.

Ex Garuda VII at Jodhpur

Indian Air Force (IAF) and French Air and Space Force (FASF) are participating in a bilateral exercise, named 'Garuda VIl', from 26 October to 12 November 2022 at Air Force Station Jodhpur. In this exercise, FASF will participate with four Rafale fighter aircraft, one A-330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft and a contingent of 220 personnel. The IAF is participating with Su-30 MKI, Rafale, LCA Tejas and Jaguar fighter aircraft, as well as the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and Mi-17 helicopters.

29th Edition of SIMBEX’ - 2022

The Indian Navy is hosting the 29th edition of the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) from 26 to 30 October, 2022 at Visakhapatnam.

SIMBEX-2022 is being conducted in two phases – Harbour Phase at Visakhapatnam from 26 to 27,  followed by the Sea Phase in Bay of Bengal from 28 to 30. Two ships from Republic of Singapore Navy, RSS Stalwart (a Formidable Class Frigate) and RSS Vigilance (a Victory Class Corvette) arrived Visakhapatnam on 25 for participation in the exercise.