Andaman and Nicobar Command Current Affairs - 2020

DanX: Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Exercise

The second edition of the Defense of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 2019, a large joint exercise was conducted by the ANC (Andaman and Nicobar Command) between October 14 and October 18, 2019. Mobilisation and Field manoeuvres were carried out by the Indian Army, Coastal Guard, Air Force and Indian Navy to validate defensive plans of the ANC.

Apart from the forces of ANC the newly formed AFSOD (Armed Forces Special Operation Division) and accretional forces from the mainland comprising ships and aircraft also participated in the exercise.

ANC-Andaman and Nicobar Command

The command was created in 2001. It is the first and only tri-service command of the Indian Armed Forces based at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It was created to safeguard India’s interests in Strait of Malacca and in South East Asia. The ANC provides logistics and administrative support to Indian ships that are deployed in East Asia and Pacific Ocean.

AFSOD-Armed Forces Special Operation Division

It is the tri service of Indian Armed Forces. They carry out special operations. It draws personnel from all the three special warfare branches. The special warfare branches are organized, trained and equipped using unconventional tactics and techniques.

Special Forces of India

The special Forces of India are trained and equipped to conduct and support special operations. The branches of the Indian Special Force units include

  • The Para SF of the Indian Army
  • Commando Force of Indian Air Force
  • Part of the forces are also deputed in AFSOD
  • Special Group of the Research and Analysis Wing

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.