Andaman and Nicobar Command Current Affairs - 2019

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Landing Craft Utility L-56 Commissioned into Indian Navy

Landing Craft Utility (LCU) LCU L56 was commissioned into Indian Navy at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. Indian Navy Ship LCU L-56 is the 6th ship of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) MK IV class. Landing Craft Utility is 100th warship built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata. With this it has become 1st shipyard in the country to do so.

About INS LCU 56

It is an amphibious ship. Its primary role is transportation and deployment of Armoured Vehicles, Main Battle Tanks, Troops and Equipment from ship to shore.

Based in Port Blair: LCU L56 would be administered and based in Port Blair. It would be under Naval Component Commander (NAVCC) in Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC).

Advantages: Induction of LCU 56 will add to Maritime and Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) capability of ANC. Ship will be deployed for multi-role activities like Coastal Patrolling, Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, Disaster Relief operations, Beaching operations as well as Surveillance operations along Andaman and Nicobar Group of Islands.

Features: Displacement of 900 tonnes; Measures 62 metres in length and is fitted with two MTU diesel engines, which provide a sustainable speed of more than 15 knots. Ship is equipped with state-of-art equipment and is armed with two 30 mm CRN-91 guns manufactured by Ordnance Factory, Medak, in Telangana.

Ship is manned by a team comprising 4 officers and 56 sailors and is also capable of carrying 150 troops.

Indian Navy to host MILAN in March 2018

The Indian Navy is going to host 16 countries for multi-national 2018 MILAN exercise at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) islands from March 6 to 13, 2018. The eight-day mega naval exercise will be held under aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command with theme of ‘Friendship Across the Seas’.

Key Facts

Milan 2018 will witness diverse mix of professional exercises and seminars, social events and sporting fixtures. The interactions at event encompass sharing of views and ideas on maritime good-order and enhancing regional cooperation for combating unlawful activities at sea.

16 countries participating in this edition of exercise include Australia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Vietnam, Thailand, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya and Cambodia.

The social interactions planned in Milan 2018 include display by bands of the Indian Navy and Indian Army, ship visits and colorful cultural evenings. Milan 2018 aims to showcase the rich heritage and pristine natural beauty of A&N Islands to foreign visitors.

MILAN Exercise

MILAN is congregation of littoral navies conducted biennially by Indian Navy under aegis of the Andaman and Nicobar Command. It was first held in 1995. In the first edition, only four littoral navies had participated in it. Now it has now grown into prestigious international event and encompasses participation by maritime forces from not just Bay of Bengal and South East Asia but larger Indian Ocean Region (lOR). It provides effective forum to participating navies to come together to discuss common concerns in the Indian Ocean Region and forge deeper cooperation among friendly navies.