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MI-17 V5 fire fighting operations in Visakhapatnam.

MI-17 V5 fire fighting operations in Visakhapatnam

MI-17 V5 fire fighting operations in Visakhapatnam. Massive and widespread forest fires had been devouring the pristine forests 30 Kms east of Visakhapatnam and causing widespread destruction to the flora and fauna. On request from the State Administration, four of the newly acquired IAF MI-17 V5 helicopters were pressed into action at Visakhapatnam using the Forest Fire Fighting Equipment, euphemistically called “The Bambi Bucket” having a capacity of 3500 ltrs of water each.

A Scintillating joint Band Performance by the Royal Air Force And Indian Air Force Mesmerises audience at India Gate

A Scintillating joint Band Performance by the RAF And IAF Mesmerises audience at India Gate

A Joint Public Performance by Royal Air Force Band of England and Indian Air Force Air Warrior Orchestra Symphony (AWSO) was organized at India Gate today to commemorate the contribution of the Indian Soldiers for the war effort of during World War-I. The two bands were be conducted by Squadron Leader G Jayachandran and Flight Lieutenant Richard A Murray.

Visit of the Chief of Air Force, South Africa, Lt Gen Fabian Zimpande (Zakes) Msimang

Visit of the Chief of Air Force, South Africa, Lt Gen Fabian Zimpande (Zakes) Msimang

The Chief of Air Force, South Africa, Lt Gen Fabian Zimpande (Zakes) Msimang calling on the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, in New Delhi on October 28, 2014.

Visit of Commander of Srilanka Navy Chief Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera

Visit of Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Chief Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera

Vice Adm Jayantha Perera Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy inspecting the Guard of Honour at South Block, New Delhi on Monday, 27 Oct 14.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with our brave Jawans at Siachen

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with our brave Jawans at Siachen

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi sharing sweets with Indian Army Jawans on the occasion of Diwali, at Siachen Base Camp on October 23, 2014. The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh is also seen.

PM’s address at the Combined Commanders Conference

PM’s address at the Combined Commanders Conference

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi posing for a group photo with the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Shri Arun Jaitley and the three Service Chiefs, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Admiral R.K. Dhowan and General Dalbir Singh, during Combined Commanders’ Conference, in New Delhi on October 17, 2014.

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meets the Marshal of the Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh during Air Force Day celebration at Air House on 08 Oct 14.

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meets the Marshal of the Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh.

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meets the Marshal of the Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh during Air Force Day celebration at Air House on 08 Oct 14.

The Chairman and CEO of The Boeing Company, Mr. W. James McNerney meeting the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.

The Chairman and CEO of The Boeing Company, Mr. W. James McNerney meeting the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.

The Chairman and CEO of The Boeing Company, Mr. W. James McNerney meeting the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New York on September 29, 2014.

Air Chief visit to the United Kingdom

Air Chief visit to the United Kingdom

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) meeting his counterpart Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulsord at MoD main building in UK on 10 September 2014 during his 4 day UK visit.

INS Sumitra commissioned by Admiral RK Dhowan at Chennai

INS Sumitra commissioned by Admiral RK Dhowan at Chennai

INS Sumitra commissioned by Admiral RK Dhowan at Chennai. INS Sumitra is the first major ship being based at Chennai in recognition of the growing importance of the region and enhanced surveillance needs. The primary role of the ship is to undertake surveillance of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) besides other operational tasks such as anti-piracy patrols, fleet support operations, maritime security of off-shore assets and escort operations of high value naval platforms.

INS Kamorta commissioned into the Indian Navy.

INS Kamorta commissioned into the Indian Navy.

The first indigenously built stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette ‘INS Kamorta’ was commissioned on 23 August 14 by the Honourable Raksha Mantri, Shri Arun Jaitely at an impressive ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. INS Kamorta is first of the four ASW Stealth Corvettes designed by the Navy’s in-house organisation, the Directorate of Naval Design (DND), under Project 28, with an indigenous component of about 90%. Measuring 110 meters in length, 14 meters in breadth and displacing 3500 tons, the ship can achieve speed of 25 Knots. The ship is fitted with Anti-submarine Rockets and Torpedoes, Medium and Close-in Weapon Systems and indigenous surveillance radar Revathi. The ship is also capable of carrying an integral ASW helicopter. The commissioning of INS Kamorta has added a new dimension to the ASW capability of the Indian Navy and in particular, the Eastern Fleet. The multifarious missions that can be undertaken by the ship truly reflect the enhanced multi-dimensional capability of the Indian Navy.

 INS Kolkata commissioned into the Indian Navy.

INS Kolkata commissioned into the Indian Navy.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kolkata into the Indian Navy at a glittering ceremony, at the Naval Dockyard, in Mumbai on August 16, 2014. The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri K. Sankaranarayanan, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Prithviraj Chavan, the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Shri Arun Jaitley and other dignitaries are also seen.

General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff

General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff

General Dalbir Singh took over as the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army, in New Delhi on July 31, 2014.

 Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, new Chairman, Chief of Staff Committee (COSC)

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, new Chairman, Chief of Staff Committee (COSC)

The outgoing Chairman, Chief of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh handing over the COSC baton to the new Chairman, Chief of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, in New Delhi on July 30, 2014.

IAF receives its sixth C-17 Globemaster III

IAF receives its sixth C-17 Globemaster III

The IAF received its Sixth C-17 Globemaster III. On its arrival, the Defence Minister Arun Jaitley visited the Airbase and familiarized himself with the aircraft. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha conducted the Hon’ble minister through the aircraft and briefed him on the Strategic Capability and Role of the aircraft. This aircraft will enhance the operational potential of the IAF with its payload carriage and performance (about 75 Tones) and would augment the strategic reach (about 4500 Kms) of the nation during Operations, Disaster Relief or any similar mission.

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.