Captain Krishna Swaminathan takes over Command of Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya

Captain Krishna Swaminathan takes over Command of Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya 
Captain Krishna Swaminathan has assumed charge as the second Commanding Officer of INS Vikramaditya, Indian Navy's new and formidable aircraft carrier today at Karwar. The ship was commissioned at Severodvinsk in Russia on 16 November 2013 and has since been commanded by Captain Suraj Berry, NM. 

Captain Krishna Swaminathan is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, United Kingdom, the College of Naval Warfare, Karanja, and the United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

Captain Swaminathan did his schooling from Bishop Cottons Boy's School, Bengaluru and Sainik School, Bijapur. He had previously commanded missile vessels INS Vidyut and Vinash, missile corvette INS Kulish and guided missile destroyer INS Mysore. He has a B.Sc. degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management from the Xavier Institute of Management, Mumbai, MA (Defence Studies) from King's College, London, M.Phil (Defence and Strategic Studies) from Mumbai University and has submitted his thesis on international relations to the Mumbai University for a Ph.D degree. He has been on the staff of the Western Fleet, an instructor at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and Director and Principal Director Naval Signals at Naval Headquarters. The officer was Naval Assistant to the Chief of the Naval Staff in his previous appointment.

About INS Vikramaditya. INS Vikramaditya, the flagship and centre-piece of the Navy's operations, is under the administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Mumbai and is part of the sword arm of Indian Navy viz. the Western Fleet.

Since arrival in Indian waters, several dignitaries have visited the ship. Shri Narendra Modi, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India had embarked the ship on 14 Jun 14 as a part of PM's Day at Sea and dedicated her to the nation. Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri Hamid Ansari visited the ship on 22 Sep 14 and Shri Manohar Parrikar, the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri witnessed operations onboard during TROPEX 15 on 13-14 Feb 15.

The ship is capable of operating MiG 29K/KuB fighters, Sea Harrier, Kamov 31, Kamov 28, Sea King, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and Chetak Helicopters from its deck. INS Vikramaditya is a significant accretion to the blue water capability of the Indian Navy and is very aptly described by its motto ‘Strike Far, Strike Sure’.


Chief of the Naval Staff Bangladesh Navy on a Four Day Official Visit to India 
Vice Admiral Muhammad Farid Habib, Chief of the Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy is on a four day official visit to India from 02-06 November 2015 to review the existing cooperation between both navies and explore future avenues. The Bangladesh Navy Chief was formally received by Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff and accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour at South Block lawns earlier in the day. Both the Chiefs had discussions on various issues during the day. The visiting dignitary had interactions with DG Coast Guard and senior officials of MoD thereafter. The BN Chief of Naval Staff is also scheduled to visit HQWNC (Mumbai) and Garden Reach Shipyard at Kolkata.

India-Bangladesh relations are based on historical legacy, culture and geography. India was the first country to recognise Bangladesh as a separate and independent state. India and Bangladesh’s geographical location presents an opportunity to develop mutual economies as well as enhance maritime security. In the last four and half decades, both nations have built a comprehensive framework to promote bilateral cooperation. The signing of ‘Land Boundary Agreement’ during the recent visit of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to Bangladesh as well as acceptance of maritime boundary delimitation decision by Arbitration tribunal indicates maturity of bilateral relations between both nations.

The naval cooperation between both navies span a wide spectrum of maritime activities that includes BN’s regular participation in multilateral naval exercise MILAN conducted by Indian Navy at Port Blair, Navy to Navy Staff Talks, cooperation in training as well as port calls by ships to each other’s ports. Regular exchange of naval experts and professionals ranging from young cadets to high-level officials provide opportunities for sharing of experience and best practices.

Bangladesh Navy has been an active participant in India initiated maritime construct Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and is scheduled to take over as Chairman of IONS from 2016-2018. Bangladesh Navy is also planning to send a ship as well as high-level delegation during the International Fleet Review in Feb 16 at Visakhapatnam.

The visit by Vice Admiral Muhammad Farid Habib, Chief of Naval Staff Bangladesh Navy is aimed at consolidating existing naval cooperation as well as exploring new avenues. Areas of cooperation that are proposed to be discussed during the visit of BN Chief of Naval Staff include, option of coordinated patrolling along International Maritime Boundary Line(IMBL), bilateral exercises between both navies, joint surveillance of Exclusive Economic Zone, cooperation in hydrography, exchange of White shipping information, measures to augment Maritime Security in Bay of Bengal, cooperation and collaboration in ship building as well as cooperation in development of Blue Economy. 

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