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Kargil Vijay Diwas

Kargil Vijay Diwas

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, the Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha laid wreath, at Amar Jawan Jyoti, on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas, in New Delhi on July 26, 2014.

Exercise INDRA

Exercise INDRA

Exercise INDRA. Indian Navy Personnel on the deck of Varyag during Exercise INDRA - 2014 at Vladivostok, Russia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the soldiers and officers at Badami Bagh Cantt

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the soldiers and officers at Badami Bagh Cantt

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the soldiers and officers at Badami Bagh Cantt. in Srinagar, on July 04, 2014. Praising the Indian defence forces, Prime Minister said that strong armed forces were necessary for an atmosphere of peace, amity, harmony and brotherhood in the country, and this was the foundation on which India would achieve new heights of development. Therefore, Shri Modi said, he accorded highest priority to modernization of the defence forces. Modi also said the spirit of sacrifice and selflessness of the defence forces was an inspiration for all Indians. Prime Minister reiterated his Government`s commitment to building a National War Memorial, in memory of soldiers who had laid down their lives for the motherland. He also paid homage at the martyrs memorial at Badami Bagh cantonment.

Senior Chinese military official meets Indian Army Chief

Senior Chinese military official met Gen Bikram Singh

Senior Chinese military official met Gen Bikram Singh. Gen. Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), met with Chief of the Indian Army Gen. Bikram Singh, who is also chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of the Indian Armed Forces, in Beijing on July 3, 2014. Gen. Bikram Singh expressed that India attaches great importance to the India-China relations and is willing to deepen the pragmatic cooperation in various fields and strengthen communication at various levels with China, which is important in keeping peace and tranquility in the border areas.

Naval Commanders' Conference

Naval Commanders' Conference

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, with Navy chief Admiral RK Dhowan during photo session of the Naval Commanders Conference in Delhi.

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.

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