December 2018

White Shipping - Information Exchange

  1. ‘White Shipping’ information refers to the information on merchant shipping. This information is available primarily through the Automatic Identification System (AIS), which are equipment fitted on merchantmen with more than 300 Gross Registered Tonnage as mandated by the International Maritime Organisation. The AIS information from ships comprises name, MMSI number, position, course, speed, last port visited, destination etc.

Sitharaman inaugurates Information Fusion Centre for IOR

Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, the Honourable Raksha Mantri, launched the Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) today, 22 Dec 18, at Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) Gurugram. Apart from representation by officials from the MoD, MEA, MHA, Ministry of Shipping and the NSCS, Ambassadors and Resident Defence Attaches of partner countries also participated in the event.


Defence Production Corridor - Tamil Nadu making right moves

 Tamil Nadu defence production corridor or Tamil Nadu Defence Production Quad comprises Chennai; Coimbatore and Salem; Hosur and Tiruchirapalli  ‘Greater Chennai’ including the manufacturing zones of Avadi, Ambattur, Sriperumbudur and Oragadam, could become a major defence cluster with potential of creating 10 lakh jobs and attracting investments of over Rs. 60,000 crores over a 15-year period  The government is on mission-mode and wants to achieve a turnover of Rs. 1,70,000 crores (USD 26 billion) in defence goods and services by 2025

Indian Navy inducts fifth LCU-IV

 Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, AVSM, VSM, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, commissioned IN LCU L55 into the Indian Navy today at Port Blair. IN LCU L55 is the fifth ship of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class to be inducted into the Indian Navy. The ship has been indigenously designed and built by M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. The Commissioning of IN LCU L55 is yet another manifestation of the country’s indigenous design and ship building capability. 

Why Woman Are Not Suitable for Deployment in Combat Arms

There is a debate on why a woman should not be deployed in combat arms. This issue needs to be looked at from the operational imperatives and service conditions rather than looking at it from a gender biased approach. It is important to understand how young officers are groomed to be able to lead their men till death, an ethos that requires a close physical and mental connection with the men. This connects come by living and competing with the men that a woman may find difficult to do so.