THE STRATEGIC SCENARIO IN THE INDO- PACIFIC IS IN NAVY DAIRY-2018 WITH SURVEYS BY UDAY ON IOR – SHASHANK & ALAM (RUSI) ON JAPAN & PAKISTAN & PRASUN ON IRAN AND AUTHOR ON CHINA’s MARITIME AMBITIONS

THE FUTURE & MODERN INDIAN NAVY –NAVY DAIRY 2018 –Forwards by Navy and CG Admirals. Variety Book Depot and Bahri Booksellers Delhi Rs 200. Bulk 30% discount for Services and institustions. Kotah House Rs 100/-

Economy makes the mayor run,  and China’s economy is five times India and the nation has risen, all people can read, cry and sing in one language in competition with nationalism spurred by President Xi Jinping’s China Dream. 

India has got  wrapped in unhealthy politics of religion and grab for power, at the expense of Governance. But India has maritime geography, massive capable youth  if trained and democracy and friends all over the world and needs to take advantage with a strategy, which India lacks.  Continue reading

MRS SITHARAMAN LAUNCHED INDIA’S SECOND NUCLEAR SUBMARINE AT SBC VISHAKAPATNAM AND NAVY’S SUBMARINE ARM CELEBRATED ITS GOLDEN JUBLIEE

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Indian Navy’s submarine arm  celebrated 50 years  of Golden service to the nation  on 8th December,  commemorating the  date in  1967 when  India’s first Foxtrot  class submarine  INS  Kalvari, was commissioned at Vladivostok. Concurrently,   Navy’s  first of six modern Scorpene class  silent killer submarines (SSK)   to be named   INS Kalvari, was handed over to  the Navy by the builders Mazagon Docks at Mumbai with French SM-39 under water launched missiles, advanced Subtics  computer control,   and fitted with German SUT-B (interim)  torpedoes.  The crew is awaiting  commissioning,   possibly by the Prime Minister,  but a Submarine Day commissioning was missed.

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BZ NAVY MDSL & DCNS — PM COMMISSIONED KALVARI ON 14TH DEC KNOWN ONLY AS “TO COME TO MUMBAI BASIS” – MEDIA SHOULD NOT HAVE DRAGGED NAVY IN TO POLITCS BUT “SMELL THE COFFEE” –AN ANALYSIS

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“ There was only,  need to know “The Date of INS Kalvari Commissioning invite and Chief Guest name was kept in wraps for  14th Dec  an  important Unclassified Non Nuke Submarine Event. It Was Telecast Live On DD on 14th And Navy & MDSL  Made All Arrangements as Ordered”. Bravo Zulu.

The commissioning was done by  PM Modi donning a Navy Brass Cap CNS Admiral Sunil Lanba gave him  after campaigning in Gujarat, and he went back to Gujarat to cast his vote. IAF flew hin in minutes. This to media  came out as a  political move of chess –if so , why drag in the Navy into this. Indians are argumentative and national security is critical so Indians will have to get used to how the BJP-Hindutva Government has decided to work. Results will take time to emerge.

Smell the coffee of the times.  Navy obeyed the order and did a good job to assemble all those MoD thought fit and we are lucky we have such an  obedient, responsive  and capable Armed forces.

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INDIA’S FIRST MILITARY LITFEST WAS A GRAND SUCCESS THANKS TO PUNJAB GOVERNOR HON’BLE VPS BADNORE , CM CAPT AMARINDER SINGH & FM MANPREET SINGH BADAL’s TOUCHES & THEIR KNOWLEDGEABLE ATTENDANCE !

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The state and the people of Punjab have always considered themselves to be    the guardian of India’s  challenging land borders with Pakistan and have invariably supported the Indian Army  with the maximum entry of officers and jawans in service of the nation. It is with that in mind that former Member of Parliament Governor of Punjab Hon’ble Shri VP Singh Badore educated at Mayo College Ajmer mooted the idea to host India’s first Military Literature  Festival (Milfest-5-9 Dec 2017) in  the Union Territory of Chandigarh he administers and IDF salutes his thought.

The idea was taken forward by the  Doon School educated Hon’ble Capt Amarinder Singh the Chief Minister of Punjab,  author of seven war books and Finance Minister  Manpreet Singh Badal both from Doon School and authorities on military subjects in their  own rights.  Lt Gen TS Shergill  was made the Adviser to Milfest and meticulous planning began  to make it world class,  and Guardsman Lt Gen Surinder Singh GOC-in-C Western Command with his resources and enthusiasm and Punjab Government rose to the occasion. A long list of speakers was chosen and five from abroad for three concurrent sessions daily on the sprawling Lake View Club next to the picturesque Sukhna lake. Continue reading

PAK ARMY CHIEF BRIEFS BRASS ON ‘MILITARY DIPLOMACY’AFTER GEN MATTIS VISIT- PAK NAVY LAUNCHES 600 TON PATROL CORVETTE- IT’S NO FAILED STATE OR IS IT ?

IDF finds many in Indian media write without research in how Pakistan works,  and TV especially Republic and Times Now invite Pakistani guests on their shows and belittle them and the word ‘bloody’ has been uttered at each other by ex service media experts, the cue taken from PM  vacate to bloody well POK and stop CPEC which the Army sees as a strategic and economic need to ward India, damn the debt like india did with the Soviet Union in Rupee Rouble trade and Soviet Union evengave us oil from Iraq. We forget.

COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa chairs 206th Corps Commanders Conference. ─ Photo courtesy ISPR

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A SALUTE TO THE INDIAN NAVY ON NAVY DAY 4TH DECEMBER –WISHING ALL IN THE NAVY HAPPY NAVY DAY

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The Navy is 65,000-strong and is commanded by Admiral Sunil Lanba (Specialist Navigator) and has three Commands–Eastern
(Vishakapatnam), Western (Mumbai) and Southern Command (CochinTraining command).  The Navy has two major Dockyards at Mumbai and Vishakapatnam and new ones coming up at Karwar (Phase II) and Rambhilli South of Vishakapatnam (Varsha-Submarines). There is one Tri-Service Command for the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.  Navy is the main component.  IAF assets are at Nicobar.

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SINGAPORE PLANNED ITS MARITIME FOREIGN POLICY FOR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIA AND ECONOMIC TRUCK WITH CHINA—PLANNING HAS PAID OFF –CREDIT INDIAN NAVY ON NAVY DAY 4TH DEC ???

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Singapore’s Deputy PM Teo Chee Hen Ex Harvard & former CNS of the Republic of Singapore Navy and ex Defence/ Finance and Education Minister,   a close confidant of world’s longest serving PM of a democratic nation the  brilliant PM Lee Kuan Yew,  always told all visiting Admirals and Navy DAs, “ A benign  in Strategic Understanding between nations is the key to balanced trade and Defence exchanges”. 

 Navy never forgot that,  and forged SIMBEX and has played 17 unbroken very advanced Simbexes even in South  China Sea under China’s nose and got Army to keep Singapore’s  light AMX India sold as second hand tanks,  and personnel at Ahmednagar on Indian soil even when non aligned. 

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hens. Photo courtesy: Defence Ministry

Singapore  signed  agreements with  IAF to  use and exercise at Kalaikunda and showed IAF what its F-16s can do, well aware PAF has F-16s. Singapore has no air or land space and used Taiwan but was diversifying and needed India. Naval DAs and High Commissioners in Singapore played up, against a reluctant MEA.   

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DUBAI FORESAW CHANGE IN AVIATION BUSINESS– DUBAI AIR SHOW-2017 WAS MORE COMMERICIAL THAN DEFENCE– HAS INDIA MISSED THE AVIATION & MRO BUS– DID INDIA’S AVIATION MINISTRY SELL OUT TO MIDDLE EAST LINES ?

Ranjit B Rai from Dubai Air Show .

This is an overview Part 1 of Dubai Air show after joining the dots of a news report on Aviation consultant Deepak Talwar and his NGO who was an Aviation Middle Man Consultant in UPA Times and helped Aviation Minister allot slots to Mid East airlines in the “Indian Open Skies policy”. It drove Indian Airlines and Air India down. Feed back welcome.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai inaugurated the 15th Dubai Air Show from 12th November in cool sunny weather in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces who visited India as guest of PM Modi and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. Abu Dhabi is cash rich with oil and supports the Emirates but has a healthy competition with Dubai which allows excellent and a freer tourist regime and for holidays, Conferences and employment. Beer was freely served at the show, not allowed at Indian shows easily. Continue reading

IOR – PACIFIC NEEDS A BIGGER INDIAN NAVY TO DETER PLA (N) AS XI JINPING ASSURES CHINA “WORLD CLASS STATUS” AT 18TH CPC’ & TO TRUMP CHINA USA TILLERSON HUGS INDIA IN 100 YEARS PARTNERSHIP —IT’S HOBSON’S CHOICE FOR INDIA

This is an IDF analysis  on the advances and expansion of the PLA (Navy) and President Xi Jinping’s ambition laden speech at CPC on his re-election on 18th Oct. 

This post is to unfold to ‘Thinking  Indians’ that if China’s aggressiveness is  to be tempered  and deterred in the decades ahead, a beefing up of the fine Indian Navy is overdue. It can be the democratic world’s insurance. 

Rightly USA looks to India with askance and sops, but still worries about Pakistan, China’s ally. Its Hobson’s choice for India’s foreign policy makers stepping out of the baggage of Non Alignment with a powerful self thinking PM Modi looking  a little burnt out on TV to many. He works hard with dedication and is not a easy delegator, and IDF notes has never taken a holiday or cared for family.  Modi is amazing and as a big buyer of wares the world panders to India. Wait till we become sellers.   Continue reading

WHAT WAR ON TWO FRONTS ENTAILS – IS NAVY WITH 67,000 & 134 SHIPS AND IAF ON SAME PAGE OR NEEDS TWO NAVIES — WILL USA & JAPAN SUPPORT WITH INTEL CYBER & MARITIME & SATLLITE RECONNAISSANCE ? A LA MALABAR

This is an IDF Analysis of the Army Chief’s declaration  that India’s  Army should be ready for a two front war, possibly   after assessing the  manner of China’s dire threats in the Docklam plateau to teach India a lesson. Few know India proved Chinese are no longer 6 feet tall, but as media is free in India, critics were many, shouting War Drum Beats. 

China warned India  to remember 1962 ! Very strong words no Army Chief could have tolerated. So was it semantics or a message to the Chinese to beware  India’s  Army,  Navy and Air Force.   PM and RM need to say something  to the nation too, as they did well with NSA FS and his team.  Semantics builds morale. 

IDF Salutes the Indian Army that timely and successfully  halted  and held PLA Road Building party for 71 days that was  brazenly building a road in Bhutan, with no heed to that small nation’s protests reminding China of its agreements for status quo. Continue reading