Indian Navy Current Affairs - 2020

Foundation Stone for Lighthouse at Dhanushkodi laid

On February 18, 2020, foundation stone for a 50-metre high foundation stone laid at Dhanushkodi in Rameswaram. This is the fifth lighthouse in the region

Highlights

The light house is to be built at a cost of Rs 8 crore rupees. The lighthouse is to be located opposite to the old church that was destroyed in a cyclone in 1964. It will facilitate navigation to 33 to 37 km from the sea shore.

A radar is to be fixed at the top of the light house for surveillance. The light house is to completely operate with solar energy.

Significance

The lighthouse will help to guide fishermen and will also act as tourist attraction. The Light house is also important for the naval commands. There are four Naval Commands namely Western Naval Command, Eastern Naval Command, Southern Naval Command and Andaman and Nicobar Naval Command.

The INS Rajali and INS Agrani Naval Stations in Tamil Nadu operate under Southern Naval Command and the light house will be of great help for them.

Dhanushkodi

Dhanushkodi is an abandoned town at the southern tip of India. The town was completely destroyed by the Rameswaram Cyclone in 1964. The town is separated from the mainland by Palk Strait.

Chief of Navy Admiral Karambir Singh visits Myanmar

The Chief of Indian Navy Admiral Karamvir Singh is to visit Myanmar between February 17, 2020 and February 20, 2020. During his visit, he will hold discussions with his Myanmar counterpart to enhance bilateral maritime relations between the countries

Highlights

The Admiral is to interact with the trainees of the National Defence College in Nay Pyi Taw and will also visit Training command of Myanmar Navy.

Significance

It is important for India to strengthen its bilateral ties with Myanmar especially in the field of maritime because of strategic location of the country in Indian Ocean. Also, Myanmar is a member of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium.

Sittwe Port

India has constructed Sittwe port, a deep water port in Myanmar in 2016. The port along with the Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Project is considered as an alternate to access North East India. So far, the Siliguri corridor is the only way through which the Indian mainland is connected with the North East.

Therefore, it is important for India to secure the route to promote trade and transport through the route.

Indian Ocean Naval Symposium

The IONS is a series of biennial meeting among the states of Indian Ocean Region. The symposium acts as a forum to strengthen maritime security cooperation. It consists of 24 members and they are grouped into 4 sub regions. The South Asian Sub region includes India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Seychelles. The West Asian Sub region includes Oman, Iran, Saudi Arabia and UAE. The East African Sub Region includes Kenya, Mauritius, France, South Africa, Mozambique, Eretria, Tanzania. The South East Asian and Australian Sub Region includes Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar and Malaysia.