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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.

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.