Defence & Security Current Affairs - 2019

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First battalion of Gorkha rifles celebrates Bicentenary year

First Battalion the First Gorkha Rifles (1/1 GR) on 24 April 2015 celebrated its Bicentenary at Pathankot, Punjab.

To mark this day, hundreds of serving and veteran Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks of the battalion both from India and Nepal attended the function.

Bicentenary celebrations of the battalion commenced with a solemn memorial service in honour of the martyrs.

About First Gorkha Rifles Battalion

  • The First Gorkha Rifles Battalion was raised on 24 April 1815.
  • It was raised from the remnants of Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa’s forces that had valiantly fought the British at the Malaun Fort near Shimla in the Anglo Nepal War of 1814-16.
  • Later the raising of battalion had signalled the birth of present day Gorkha Brigade which is also present in Bristish Army apart from Indian Army.
  • In last two Centuries, the battalion had shown its gallant actions in various fields of battle across the world including in two World Wars, the Indo-Pak wars and in the conflicts of the sub-conventional realm.
  • After independence, the Gorkha Regiments have been awarded numerous awards and medals. It includes 3 Param Vir Chakras, 33 Maha Vir Chakras, and 84 Vir Chakras.

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INS Visakhapatnam, stealth destroyer of Indian Navy launched

Indian Navy’s new stealth destroyer named INS Visakhapatnam was launched on 20 April 2015 at the Mazgaon Docks Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Visakhapatnam is the Kolkata-class warship and the first of P15-B stealth destroyers which is designed indigenously and fitted with advanced features. It is the largest destroyer commissioned in India.

Features of INS Visakhapatnam

  • The ship is designed by the Directorate of Naval Design, Indian Navy’s in-house design organization and made of entirely of Indian steel.
  • It is 163-metre-long vessel and weighs approximately 3,000 tons.
  • Propelled by four gas turbines, and capable to achieve maximum speed of over 30 knots at a displacement of approximately 7,300 tons.
  • Fitted with state-of-the-art weapons, advance Action Information System (AIS), Integrated Platform Management system (IPMS), sophisticated Power Distribution System (PDS) and a Combat Management System.
  • Also equipped with the Israeli Multi-Function Surveillance Threat Alert Radar (MF-STAR). MF-STAR will provide it with targeting information to 32 Barak 8 long-range surface-to-air missiles on board the warship. It will also be carrying 8 BrahMos missiles.
  • It has four 30 mm rapid-fire guns which will provide the ship with close-in-defence capability and also has an MR gun that will enable ship to provide effective naval gunfire support.

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