The Indian Navy has launched 'Operation Sankalp' in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman as a measure to ensure the safety of Indian ships.
The stealth frigate of the Indian Navy, INS Talwar is presently deployed for Operation Sankalp, the third consecutive year of Indian Navy presence in the Gulf region, with the objective of safeguarding India's maritime interests.
The Indian Navy had launched Operation Sankalp in the Gulf region on June 19, 2019, following the deteriorating security situation in the region following attacks on merchant ships in the Gulf of Oman.
It was started to ensure the safe passage of Indian flag ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz.
The operation is carried out in collaboration with stakeholders including the Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Shipping, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Under this, the Indian Navy is constantly monitoring the situation in the Gulf region. It maintains a presence in the region to ensure the security of maritime trade as well as the security of Indian flag merchant ships.
Also called the Arabian Gulf, it is a shallow marginal sea in the Indian Ocean located between the Arabian Peninsula and southwestern Iran.
Its length is about 990 km and its width ranges from a maximum of about 340 km to a minimum of 55 km in the Strait of Hormuz.
Gulf of Oman
The Gulf of Oman is located in the northwestern part of the Arabian Sea between the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula (Oman) and Iran.
It is 560 km long and connects to the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz.
It provides the only gateway into the Persian Gulf from the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.
It is a shipping route for the oil-producing region around the Persian Gulf.
By admin: June 21, 2022
New Advanced Light Helicopter Squadron 840 CG inducted in Indian Coast Guard
Stockholm-based defence think tank SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) claimed on June 13 that India had 160 nuclear warheads as of January 2022, indicating India's expansion of nuclear arsenal.
India's nuclear stockpile increased from 156 in January 2021 to 160 in January 2022.
Nuclear stockpile of neighbouring countries
Pakistan's nuclear stockpile remains at 165 in January 2021 and January 2022.
In January 2021 and January 2022, China had 350 nuclear warheads.
China is nearing substantial expansion of its nuclear weapons arsenal, satellite images indicate, including the construction of more than 300 new missile silos.
India and Pakistan appear to be expanding their nuclear arsenals, and both countries introduced the new type of nuclear system in 2021 and continue to develop it.
Countries with nuclear weapons
As per SIPRI, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea have nuclear weapons.
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. It is funded mainly by the Swedish Government.
A multinational peace exercise "X Khan Quest 2022" involving military contingents from 16 countries was held in Mongolia.
The Indian Army is represented in the exercise by a contingent of Ladakh Scouts.
The exercise was inaugurated by Mongolian President Ukhnagin Khuralsukh.
X Khan Quest
Khan Quest is a multinational peacekeeping mission organised in Mongolia.
This includes a United Nations Peacekeeping Mission command post exercise in the Five Hills Mountain Training Area of the Mongolian Armed Forces and a United Nations Peacekeeping Operation (PKO) mission field training exercise.
The exercise is designed to improve peacekeeping capabilities, strengthen military ties and enhance the UN principle PKO competencies of all participants.
The military exercise will enhance the level of defence cooperation between the Indian Army and the Armed Forces of the participating countries, especially Mongolia, thereby enhancing the bilateral ties between the two countries.
Nomadic Elephant is another military exercise that is conducted between India and Mongolia.
By admin: June 8, 2022
Govt changes Service rules to make retired officers eligible for CDS post
The Central Government has made a major change in the rules for appointment to the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The government has amended the service rules of the Army, Navy and Air Force.
What are the new rules?
Under the new rule, now retired chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force or serving lieutenant general rank officers can also become CDS.
Age should be less than 62 years at the time of appointment.
Thus, under the new rules, the way has been cleared for the second best active rank officers of the three services to become CDS.
General Bipin Rawat was appointed as the country's first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) after retiring from the post of Army Chief.
The post of CDS has been lying vacant since the death of General Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu in December last year.
About Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)
CDS is the head of Indian Armed Forces and the highest-ranking officer of the Indian Armed Forces.
The President of India is the supreme commander of the armed forces.
General Bipin Rawat was the first Chief of Defence Staff.
He assumed office on 1 January 2020.
CDS post was created on 24 December 2019.
CDS is a member of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, National Security Council, Defence Acquisition Council, Defence Planning Committee, Nuclear Command Authority, Defence Cyber Agency and Defence Space Agency.
List of Chiefs of the Indian Defence
Army Chief - General Manoj Pande
Navy Chief - Admiral R. Hari Kumar
Air Force Chief - Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari
By admin: June 6, 2022
Chinese astronauts enter Tiangong space station module after successful launch
As part of India-Bangladesh bilateral defence cooperation, a joint military training exercise Ex SAMPRITI-X is being conducted at Jashor Military Station, Bangladesh from 5 June to 16 June 2022.
Exercise SAMPRITI is an important bilateral defence cooperation organised by the two countries alternately.
It aims to strengthen and broaden the aspects of interoperability and cooperation between the two armies.
Its aim is to understand each other’s tactical drills and operational techniques.
Exercise Ex SAMPRITI-X
During this joint military exercise, the armies of the two countries will share expertise in multiple scenarios of terrorism, humanitarian aid and disaster relief and UN peacekeeping under the mandate of the United Nations.
As the exercise progresses, a joint tactical exercise will be conducted in which the joint combat exercise of both the troops will be practised.
The exercise will culminate with a final verification exercise in which soldiers of both the armies will jointly practice counter-terrorism operations in a simulated environment.
The exercise is an opportunity for cultural understanding besides strengthening trust and cooperation between the armies of both nations.
Both the armies will benefit from each other's experience from this exercise which will further contribute to peace and stability in the region.
By admin: June 4, 2022
INS Akshay and Nishank decommissioned after 32 years of glorious service