Defence & Security Current Affairs - 2019

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Vice Admiral Cheema takes over as new Commanding-in-chief of Western Naval Command

Vice Admiral Surinder Pal Singh Cheema on 31 March 2015 took over the reins of the Western Naval Command as Flag Officer Commanding-in-chief.

He took charge from Vice Admiral Anil Chopra at a ceremonial parade held at INS Shikra in Mumbai. With this, he has the unique distinction of shouldering responsibilities as commanding-in-chief for the fourth time.

Earlier, Cheema while serving in Mumbai had commanded INS Nishank, INS Trishul and INS Virat. Prior to this appointment SPS Cheema was Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Naval Command.

Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba on 30 March 2015 had taken over charge as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Naval Command form SPS Cheema.

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Two interceptor boats, FPV commissioned into Indian Coast Guard’s Eastern Fleet

Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) named Anagh and Two Interceptor Boats named C-430 and C-417 on 29 March 2015 were commissioned into Indian Coast Guard’s Eastern Fleet.

They were commissioned by Lieutenant General Ajay Kumar Singh (retd), Lt Governor of Puducherry in a traditional ceremony with full military honours in Chennai.

These commissioned ships will enhance Coast Guard’s capability in furthering its mandate of maritime safety and security, environmental protection. It will also enhance the coastal security capability and add more teeth to its existing fleet on the Eastern Sea Board.

Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) Anagh

  • ICGS Anagh is a 50 meter long vessel, propelled by water jet high speed FPV with maximum speed of 33 knots and displacement of 290 tonnes.
  • It is capable to undertake various tasks such as surveillance, search and rescue operations, interdiction and medical evacuation.

Interceptor Boats C-430 and C-417

  • Both boats have an overall length of 27.8 metres and have maximum speed of 45 knots with displacement of 101 tonnes. They are incorporated with twin diesel engine with twin water jet propulsion.
  • They are capable of taking on coordinated operations with other sea-air units, besides surveillance, interdiction and search and rescue.
  • These boats are also fitted with state-of-the-art communication and navigational equipment along with main armament of 12.7 mm HMG (Prahari).

ICGS C-430 and C-417 have joined the fleet of 36 interceptor boats of Coast Guard.

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