FORGOTTEN HEROES THE UNSUNG STORY OF LT CDR JAYANTO KUMAR ROYCHOUDHRY Vrc KNOWN AS ROY CHOU OF RIMC & NDA 14TH COURSE —A TOUCHING WAR STORY PART 1 OF 3

From Warring Nuclear Navies ——-Ranjit B Rai

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And ne’er brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot.

And days o’ auld Lang Syne.Robert Burns.

An unsung hero of the Bangla Desh war, known as ‘Navy Bahadur  in the Lebongsuburb of Darjeeling where he resides, and was given a small piece of land for his VirChakra. He left the Navy in a huff as this story tells in part 2 and thought he would build a few cottages for tourism as he taught us friends and Bashi Gupta of Tatas what Shikar is in Kerala’s luscious forests in the late 1960s. He loved the out doors as a sportsman ace shooter. But as he said, “These bl..dy politicians have never allowed a day of peace in Darjeeling and screwed Tourism. So I had to sail tramp ships to eke a living and there is no pension for me like you bug..rs get for pushing files”. Continue reading

AMPHIBIOUS OP BEAVER IN 1971 WAR WAS A FIASCO LESSONS TO BE LEARNT —LEAVE BEACHING POINT TO NAVY AND DISCUSS LANDING POINT —-THE NAVY HELD SWAY ON THE EASTERN SEABOARD

From Warring Nuclear Nations by Ranjit B Rai 

Op Beaver in East Pakistan was to enable landing of one company 1/3 Gurkha Rifles, two companies 11 Bihar, 881 Light Battery with ASC and medical platoons under Brig SS Rai, South of Cox’s Bazar to prevent escape of Pakistani stragglers. The Army Chief, as Chairman Chiefs of Staff, Gen Manekshaw suggested the operation which NHQ planned for 12th  December. But Chief of Staff Eastern Army Command Maj Gen Jacob took charge and nominated the beach which had a bar from his WW 2 experience. NHQ had little option. 

The Navy’s biggest Landing Ship Tank (LST) INS Magar was a make-shift tanker for INS Vikrant (Jugad), so 2 smaller LSTs INS Gharial (Lt Cdr Sharma) and Guldar (Lt Cdr U Dabir) were nominated. A merchant ship MV Vishwa Vijay, with no toilets or cooking for 1500 jawans, embarked troops at Calcutta in an amazing manner organized by the Army and were transferred the LSTs at sea and went well.  Continue reading

1971 WAR STORIES FROM PAKISTAN NAVY ADAPTED FROM ‘BUBBLES OF WATER’ BY RADM MIAN ZAHIR SHAH IN THE WESTERN SECTOR ——THAT IS WAR !

From Warring Nuclear Nations –India Pakistan.

HOW GHAZI WAS REPAIRED & SANK KHUKRI AND GOT AWAY.

Vadm AU Khan confirms Vadm Tasnim’s story ‘Repairing the air-conditioner’, on PNS Hangor. After a major breakdown of the air-conditioning, the submarine was expected return to the dockyard to be repaired to prevent electrical short circuits, overheating and deterioration of its abilities. But war was just been declared so Hangor decided to repair floating at night. While on surface, Hangor detected and classified an Indian warship on ECM at night.

Tasnim heard a call, “Captain on the Bridge”. LRO Bashir reported, ”Sir, I’ve just picked up a ship transmitting on CCN to Bombay. Strength is strong. The ship is close!” The warship definitely Indian Navy switched off her navigation lights and started challenging by flashing light. Ghazi made no reply, and curbed a submariner’s instinct to dive, a dead giveaway.

Tasnim decided to ‘charade a fishing vessel’, vented ballast tanks to sink down a bit, with only the conning tower showing, and with a sigh of relief, saw the IN ship (Possibly a Petya) turn away. The episode lasted 20 minutes. Eight days later, Khukri was sunk in retrospect, due to repairs to its air conditioner under Indian Navy’s nose ! Continue reading

ON 9TH DEC 1971 KHUKRI UNDER CAPT MULLA FELL PREY TO HANGOR UNDER CDR TASNEEM —-18 OFFICERS & 126 SAILORS PERISHED & 8 OFFICERS & 61 SAILORS WERE RESCUED

 

Mrs. Indrani Devi, wife of the Union Defence Minister, Mr. Jagjivan Ram, breaking a coconut against the prow of the third leander class frigate ‘Udayagiri’, to mark the launching of the frigate from the yards of Mazagaon Dock in Mumbai. Looking on from left are :- Mr. Jagjivan Ram, Admiral S.M. Nanda and Vice Admiral B.A. Samson on October 24, 1972.

THE RESEARCHED STORY AS USI MEA AND BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION CELEBRATED 1ST WORLD WAR ANNIVERSARY WITH LACS BUT NO CELEBRATIONS FOR THE 1971 WAR IDF REMEMBERS THE 144 MEN IN WHITE WHO PERISHED IN A WATERY GRAVE IN 1971 ——RIP

IDF from Warring Nuclear Nations –India & Pakistan and The History of the Pakistan Navy.

At sea, especially in war, the Captain is a lonely ‘Old Man’ as he is called. The Captain does not eat with his officers in the wardroom or his men but in the Captain’s Cabin and yet his team must act unhesitatingly without orders, in the spirit and manner their superior desires. The Executive Officer runs the ship in co-operation with the Head of Departments—E/L and Logistics on instructions of his Captain as the 24×7 hard taskmaster. The senior most officer is the President of the Wardroom which has a, “No Treating Rule.” This makes naval officers great man managers for post retirement jobs.

On 8th Dec 1971 India’s Naval war at sea was going well for India, with the first five days of the war bringing in measures of triumph —the two successful missile attacks on Karachi, the sinking of the Ghazi and the exploits of the INS Vikrant to hurt East Pakistan as reported in earlier posts. All this created a sense of over confidence in this small sea-going arm. The first major blow to the Indian Navy came on the fateful night of 9th December. It rocked the Navy when the reality of war hit the sea-going community at large. INS Kirpan was attacked by a torpedo which did not explode because its firing mechanism or proximity fuse did not activate or depth setting was wrong as late Capt DS Paintal Long TAS and this writer’s counterpart in the sister US Shipping Company WSC in Karachi th Vice Adm Ahmed Tasneem Ex VCNS PN who resembled Vadm Russi Ghandhi discussed on a visit to his father’s village in the 1990s in Delhi. INS Kirpan increased speed, dropped Depth Charges and left the scene soon after. Continue reading

4th DEC ACTION IN THE 1971 WAR IN THE BAY WAS SPEARHEADED BY INS VIKRANT’S PLANES AND MISSILE BOATS TOOK OFF FOR KARACHI WITH NO AIR COVER

Mrs. Indrani Devi, wife of the Union Defence Minister, Mr. Jagjivan Ram, breaking a coconut against the prow of the third leander class frigate ‘Udayagiri’, to mark the launching of the frigate from the yards of Mazagaon Dock in Mumbai. Looking on from left are :- Mr. Jagjivan Ram, Admiral S.M. Nanda and Vice Admiral B.A. Samson on October 24, 1972.

Extracts from Warring Nuclear Nations –India Pakistan.  Memories are made of this. 

The ferocious and rare White Tiger, painted across each flying fighter machine, gives its name to the British Seahawk Jet Fighter Squadron INAS 300 operating from INS Vikrant. The Cobras are the French built Alize Squadron INAS 310 flying off the Vikrant for ground and anti-submarine missions with latest ARRAR EW system which was  new to India when Vikrant first arrived and the Alizes few sorties for the Army ands Air Force in 1965. Ships got the UA8/9 more advanced system on INS Nilgiri. .

 

The Vikrant and the planes were received by Pandit Nehru in 1961 and writer was Acting Flag Sub Lt to FOCIF Radm BS Soman and went out with INS Beas with Custom officers to clear the ship and many transfer of residence and paying minimum duty as the Custom officers were kept in good spirits and access to the ship’s canteen, and learnt the vast powers a Custom Officer has. The cream of pilots were on board and Sea Hawks were commanded then by Cdr Acharya in 1961 and now led by Lt Cdr S. Gupta, an ex Doon School Alumni and the Alizes by Cdr (O) M.K. Roy in 1961 and led by late Lt Cdr Ravi Dhir. The Tigers were waiting to kill and the Cobras to bite.  Continue reading

2018 WAS A YEAR OF DROUGHT WITH NO NEW SHIPS FOR INDIA’S NAVY BUT OPERATIONAL TEMPO WAS NOT LACKING AND INS ARIHANT PROVED NAVY’S ROLE IN INDIA’S TRIAD

Ranjit B Rai
IDF Navy Week Musings with IDF’s Maritime analysis.

This post must begin on Navy Day which falls on 4th December with a statement of import, though the media has been less excited about Navy Week in its dissemination as its election time.

This is the Era of MARITIMIZATION and Navies world over are being beefed up and India cannot afford to lag as Navies are capital intensive and need long term planning. Indian Navy tries it best but delays, cost overruns and casualmess by MOD have plagued its expansion but has cut its coat well with the cloth given to it, and flown India’s flag high in over two score International and Tri Service exercises and HADR. The year 2018 was a more or less accident free, unlike other Navies. So it deserves a BZ on Navy Day !

The Navy has done with just 14% of the Defence Budget 2018-19 at Rs 40,4195 crores from a total of Rs 295,511 crores ($42.7Bill), only 1.4% of India’s GDP. The Air Force got 22%, the Army 52%. India’s maritime security needs more teeth, and larger budget allocations in the coming years. Before Army and Air Force feathers get ruffled IDF must explain. Continue reading

NAVY STRUCK KARACHI ON 4TH DEC 1971 & BY HAPPENSTANCE IAF HUNTERS SET KEMARI OIL TANKS ON FIRE “CHOTTE BRAHA NU EK STRIKE DE DE”…WAS THE KEY BY DEFACTO CDS SAM BAHADUR

IDF’s Unknown 1971 War Stories from NUCLEAR WARRING NTIONS 

India’s Navy is celebrating another Navy Week—2018-as a year of drought. The Navy decommissioned four ships and commissioned none reducing its ORBAT but INS Arihant joined India’s TRIAD and Navy conducted twelve major International and Tri Services exercises with a high tempo. 

Looking back in early 1971 the Indian Navy unknowingly struck gold when eight 240 ton Osa Class missile port defence boats arrived aboard Soviet heavy lift ships at Calcutta’s Kidderpore docks, before the 1971 war was even planned. Each boat carried 4 SS-N-2 Styx anti-ship radar guided missiles with 3 Russian 4000 hp M-503G diesel engines developed 35 knots at full power manned by crews in Vladivostok. The Rangout radar (NATO Square Tie) with directed power could detect surface targets at 40 miles beyond the Styx maximum missile range of around 30 miles. CPT’s 90 ton crane unloaded the boats at Kolkata for training ships INS Cauvery and INS Tir to tow the boats to Bombay.  Continue reading

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT INDIA’S UNDERWATER NUCLEAR CAPABILITY NOW THAT PM MODI HAS ANNOUNCED INDIA HAS COMPLETED IT’S TRIAD & SECOND STRIKE IS OPERATIONAL

IDF Update & Analysis

IDF offers an explanation of the Naval component of India’s Triad, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi proudly announced when he received INS Arihant on the 5th of November, 2018 at Vishakhapatnam. CNS Sunil Lanba and Vadm Retd PS Cheema Ex SFC are seen in the picture as the Captain presented a ship’s cap to PM who wanted to tell the world India’s triad was operational and neighbours not to blackmail India.

To prove India’s air, land and sea based deterrent and second strike capability, ‘In India’s No First Use’ policy the PMO and SFC would have discerned possible targets and listed them for each service’s to make their war plans and updated the War Book for support in their de-mated triad state for swift mating the bombs and missiles. SFC must have carried out trials table top exercises with the Nuclear Command Authority under NSA’s directions with a retired Navy Admiral in NSCS helping who was SFC and with NSA Menon traveled to sites. Continue reading

NASIM ZEHRA’S BOOK WITH MILITARY MAPS & OPERATIONS A LA KARGIL 1999 ADMITS IT WAS A “DISASTER FOR PAKISTAN”– IDF ASKS WILL MOD/MODI’S GOI RELEASE 1962 BLUNDERS & HENDERSON BROOKS REPORT–THE 1965 WAR WHY NAVY WAS LEFT OUT & KARGIL-TO LEARN LESSONS AS PAKISTAN HAS DONE

IDF repeats history repeats itself in current conditions, and Winston Churchill said, “History is invariably told by the persons who write it”. Churchill a former Military officer served in India and still owes the Bangalore Club a bill of Rs 13 ( worth Rs 5000 today) shown in the club’s foyer, went on to write the history of the World War 2 in six volumes to win the Nobel Prize. He had access to all records and also wanted to glorify Britain and to learn lessons.

On his death, Churchill was nationally honoured equal to Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, born on 29th September 1758 who died on 21th October 1805. Continue reading

HOW VULNERABLE IS INDIA TO CYBER WARFARE ATTACKS IS THE CHALLENGE FACING NATIONAL SECURITY PLANNERS.

Ranjit B Rai

The Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) held a two day long conference on Digital Age & Cyber Space from 28th August 2018 in New Delhi in partnership with  the Institute of Policy, Advocacy and Governance(IPAG) headquartered in Dhaka in Bangla Desh.  The aim of the conference was to, “Maximise Benefits, Minimise Risks and Unleash Creativity”, of the cyber domain and was addressed by nine Indian cyber experts and many more from think tanks in USA, Belgium UK, Singapore and France.

The speakers engaged with a lively audience, which included companies that work on cyber security for institutions, and Government, and professional virus solution providers and hackers in industry who also work for National Security. Cyber is a new speciality and jobs are well paid as work in Cyber challenges the practitioners who are expected to re-interpret the existing models of enterprise security, and to think out of the box.

At the outset it is known that India unlike China, lacks a national Internet network with large server capacity to make firewalls, restrict Google and Gmail like services, and yet provide its citizen’s internet, like China does through its Weinbao like services. China has set up internal gateways for security with fusion centres for intelligence and has a large budget for cyber operations and an army of young hackers. Cyber operations are getting connected with artificial intelligence (AI) for automatic surveillance of threats. Continue reading