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Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha reviewing the Graduation Parade

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha reviewing the Graduation Parade

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha reviewing the Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Hyderabad on 21 June 2014. Congratulating the passing out course, the Air Chief said, “It is a matter of great honour to review the Combined Graduation Parade and welcome these fine men and women into the Indian Air Force as military leaders and aviators. My congratulations to the officers who have been awarded the President’s Commission this morning, an honour which you have earned through hard work and on successful completion of a demanding training curriculum. My felicitations to the six officers of the Indian Navy for earning their coveted ‘Wings’.

Air Chief on a sortie in Basic Trainer Pilatus PC7 MKII

Air Chief on a sortie in Basic Trainer Pilatus PC7 MKII

Air Chief on a sortie in Basic Trainer Pilatus PC7 MKII. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on a sortie in the Basic Trainer Pilatus PC7 MKII Aircraft at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Hyderabad on 20 Jun 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the cockpit of MiG 29K.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the cockpit of MiG 29K.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the cockpit of MiG 29K.

INS Sahyadri makes Port call at Darwin, Australia

INS Sahyadri makes Port call at Darwin, Australia

Covering a distance of almost 3500 nautical miles (6500 Km), Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri, an indigenously built guided missile stealth Frigate, arrived today at Darwin, Australia. This is the second visit of the ship to Australia, having participated earlier in the International Fleet Review conducted at Sydney in Oct 13. During her stay at Darwin, the ship would undertake operational turn around while the ship’s crew would participate in various events like professional interaction, sports events and social fixtures. INS Sahyadri’s port call at Darwin will serve to reinforce naval ties between the two countries. The overarching aim of this visit is to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two navies and the countries in general. The multi role stealth frigate, boasts of an array of weaponry in her arsenal. Long range anti-ship missiles, medium and short range surface to air missile augmented by powerful guns of different calibres provide a formidable shield against all types of threats. Two integral multi-role helicopters carried by the ship act as force multipliers in all maritime scenarios due to their versatility and endurance. Commissioned on 21 Jul 12, INS Sahyadri, is presently being commanded by Captain Jyotin Raina, and is manned by 25 officers and 255 sailors of different specialisations/branches.

Chief of the Air Staff briefs Defence Minister

Chief of the Air Staff briefs Defence Minister

Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley being briefed by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on the Air Force Operational preparedness and capabilities at Air HQ (Vayu Bhavan) on 06 Jun 14.

Indo-French Air Exercise at Jodhpur

Indo-French Air Exercise at Jodhpur

A four aircraft formation of IAF Su30 MK-I and MiG 27 (Upg) aircraft along with two FAF Rafale aircraft carrying out manoeuvers during the ongoing Exercise Garuda-V on 06 Jun 14.

Indo-French Air Exercise at Jodhpur

Indo-French Air Exercise at Jodhpur

IAF Sukhoi 30 and FAF Rafale aircraft lined up during the ongoing Indo-French Air Exercise Garuda-V at Jodhpur

The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhavan meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhavan meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhavan today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at South Block, on May 29, 2014. It was courtesy meeting with the Prime Minister.

SIMBEX 2014

SIMBEX 2014

SIMBEX 2014. The 2014 edition of the ‘SIMBEX 14’ series of annual bilateral naval exercises between the Indian Navy (IN) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), is being conducted in the Andaman Sea from 22 May to 28 May 14. Hosted by IN, SIMBEX 14 will be the 21st in the series, designed to enhance inter-operability and mutual understanding between the two navies.Bilateral Naval cooperation between the two navies was first formalised when RSN ships began training in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) with the Indian Navy in 1994. SIMBEX is an acronym for ‘Singapore Indian Maritime Bilateral Exercise’. Since its inception in 1993, SIMBEX has grown in tactical and operational complexity. It has transcended the traditional emphasis on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) to more complex maritime exercises, involving various facets of naval operations like Air Defence, Air and Surface practice firing, Maritime Security and Search and Rescue Operations. Both navies derive considerable value form the conduct of SIMBEX. Inter-operability between the two navies has matured to a point where Standard Operating Procedures for the conduct of exercise have been formalised. This year, the Indian Navy is being represented by IN ships Kuthar and Karmuk from the Eastern Naval Command. In addition, a Maritime Patrol Aircraft and a Helicopter each from Andaman and Nicobar Command is also participating in the exercise. The Singapore Navy is represented by the missile corvette, “Valour’ and the patrol vessel, ‘Independence’. The RSN ships are making a port call at Port Blair form 22 to 23 May 14 for harbour phase of the exercise. The ships will sail for the sea phase on 24 May 14 and will be visiting Port Blair again from 26 to 28 May 14 for debrief and closing ceremony of the exercise.

Chinese Navy Ships at Visakhapatnam

Chinese Navy Ships at Visakhapatnam

Chinese Navy Ships at Visakhapatnam. Two ships of the PLA Navy, Zhenghe and Weifang, with Rear Admiral Han Xiaohu, Commander PLAN Training Ship Task Group, and Rear Admiral Li Jianjun, Assistant Chief of Staff and Political Commissar of PLA Dalian Naval Academy embarked, arrived Visakhapatnam today, 17 May, on a four-day maiden visit to the Eastern Naval Command. The visit will encompass interaction between personnel of both the Navies in various professional, cultural, social and sports events. Apart from engaging in friendly basketball and football matches with the Eastern Fleet teams, the PLA Navy personnel will also visit places of interest in Visakhapatnam. The Admirals of the PLA Navy are scheduled to call on Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command.

Exercise Sarvada Vijay

Exercise Sarvada Vijay

Exercise Sarvada Vijay. Air Matshal RK Sharma, Vice Chief of Air Staff and Lt Gen Arun Kumar Sahni, Army Commander South Western Command visited the Ex Sarvada Vijay military training exercise area in Western Rajasthan .Synergy between Army and Air Force in launching coordinated air-land battle and the ability to orchestrate battle in network centric environment were successfully validated.

Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM takes over as new Chief of the Naval Staff

Admiral RK Dhowan PVSM, AVSM, YSM takes over as new Chief of the Naval Staff

Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM the CNS paying tributes to the Unknown Soldier at Amar Jawan Jyoti at New Delhi.

The statue of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

The statue of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

The statue of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. The statue of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw was inaugurated by Gen Bikram Singh COAS at the Manekshaw Center on the 100th Birth Anniversary of Field Marshal. Brig Pantaki, who was ADC to Field Marshal, and his family members were also present during the ceremony.

Guard of Honour to Air Vice Marshal of The Royal Air Force of Oman (CRAFO)

Guard of Honour to Air Vice Marshal of The Royal Air Force of Oman (CRAFO)

Air Vice Marshal Matar Ali Matar Al-Abaidani, Commander, The Royal Air Force of Oman (CRAFO) reviewing the guard of honour during call on at Air HQ (VB), New Delhi on 01 Apr 2014

Last respects to the Crews of C-130J

Last respects to the Crews of C-130J

Last respects to the Crews of C-130J. Last respects to the Crews of C-130J. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha paying his last respects to the Crews of C-130J at ceremonial function held at Air Force Station Hindan on 29 Mar 2014.

Last respects to the Crews of C-130J

Last respects to the Crews of C-130J

Last respects to the Crews of C-130J. Family members paying their last respects to the Crews of C-130J at ceremonial function held at Air Force Station Hindan on 29 Mar 2014.

Wreath Laying Ceremony.

Wreath Laying Ceremony.

Wreath Laying Ceremony. Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Commandlaid wreath on Wreath Laying Ceremony was conducted at Indian Naval Hospital Ship ‘Asvini’ in honour of Lieutenant Commander Kapish Singh Muwal and Lieutenant Commander Manoranjan Kumar on 28 February 2014.

TROPEX 2014

TROPEX 2014

Admiral DK Joshi, Chief of the Naval Staff and Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, FOCINC East witnessing flying operations onboard INS Viraat during the ongoing month long major exercise of the combined Eastern and Western Fleets in the Bay of Bengal.

AW189 Achieves EASA Certification

AW189 Achieves EASA Certification

AW189 Achieves EASA Certification. AgustaWestland’s new generation AW189 medium twin engine helicopter has been issued with type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 7th February 2014. After successfully completing the Type Board Meeting last September, EASA completed the final validation activities of the first fully representative production aircraft. Delivery of the first two AW189s in offshore configuration to Bristow Group is imminent.

Indian Army saves life of a pregnant woman in J&K...

Indian Army saves life of a pregnant woman in J&K...

Indian Army saves life of a pregnant woman in J&K... This picture was taken during heavy snowfall in J&K. More there 60cm of snow fall in single night that blocked all roads in J&K…There comes our brave Jawan to save a pregnant woman in extreme conditions. Yasmeen Beguam wife of Parvez Ahmed Naiku of village Walkul, in remote Lolab Valley, in North Kupwara district will never forget the nightmare which almost brought her and yet to be born child’s life to peril. With fresh snow rendering interior roads, un-trafficable and no vehicles plying, had it not been for the troops of 28 Rashitriya Rifles, she would have lost her and the would be baby’s life. During the day, the lady developed extreme labour pain.. In this conditions the ward member of the village contacted the Army post for assistance. The troops immediately swung into action. Quick Reaction Medical team was moblised, snow clearing activity undertaken and Yaseen Begum with two ASHA activist were successfully evacuated to Bock Hospital Sogam. This saved the life of the mother and the baby.

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