The importance of aircraft carriers, search and rescue operations, refueling at sea, weapons fire, submarine operations, actions against the asymmetric threat at sea are some of the major aspects of which a New Delhi-based National Defense College (NDC) team witnessed the Arabian Sea along the west coast.
The 61st NDC National Security Studies Course, comprising 113 officers and led by Air Marshal D Choudhury, the commander, visited Goa, Karwar and Mumbai last week and witnessed the capabilities of the three-dimensional force of blue water – as part of their study tour and familiarization tour. It was a unique opportunity for them to witness the naval operations of Western Naval Command, the armed wing of the Indian Navy.
The NDC team consisted of officers from the Indian Armed Forces, the Indian Civil Service, and military and civilian officers from friendly foreign countries. The group, in addition to other warships and naval platforms, also boarded INS Vikramaditya.
The NDC is a world-renowned defense institute, focusing on “security” as a whole, rather than having a limited scope of “defense” alone. It is the highest institution of higher education, not only for the armed forces but also for civil servants.
During the visit, they met senior Indian Navy officers, including Rear Admiral K Swaminathan, WNC Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Mahesh Singh, the general officer commanding the naval area of Karwar and Captain CR Praveen Nair, Commander of INS Vikramaditya.
From September 13-15 in Mumbai, officers visited Western Naval Command Headquarters, Naval Dockyard, Mazagon Docks Ltd, Maritime Warfare Center and were briefed on the role and responsibilities of these organizations.
They also embarked on Western Fleet warships for a demonstration of combat and rescue helicopter operations, actions against the asymmetric threat by rapid attack vehicles, submarine operations, refueling at sea and gunnery exercises to gain first-hand experience in naval operations.
On September 16, the NDC team visited Goa and was briefed on activities in the Goa naval area. They were briefed on different types of aircraft and were brought to attend various aerial demonstrations, viz. flypast, sling and trap operations by MiG-29K at the Land Test Facility (SBTF). The officers subsequently visited the Naval Aviation Museum.
On September 17, the NDC team visited the Karwar naval facility and was briefed on the Seabird project. They boarded the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier for a guided tour and also received a demonstration of their abilities at the ship lifts installation at the ship repair yard.
The NDC, which was founded in 1960, provides a forum for holistic security studies for senior defense and civilian service officers from India and a number of friendly foreign countries. Focused on strategy, geopolitics, and the superior leadership of warfare, it seeks to equip decision-makers with the skills and knowledge necessary to assume leadership positions in national security and allied government organizations.