Visakhapatnam: Indian Navy has signed a contract for the construction of eight Missile cum Ammunition Barges (MCA) with Visakhapatnam based M/s Secon.

Delivery of Barges is scheduled to commence from July 22. The Missile Cum Ammunition Barges will be inducted into the Indian Navy to undertake the mission needs for embarking/ disembarking Missile, Gunnery and ASW Ammunition. The project adds another milestone to the Make in India initiative of the Government of India.

Meanwhile, Turkish shipbuilding firm Anadolu Shipyard will assist Visakhapatnam-based Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) with the transfer of technology to build five mammoth fleet support vessels for the Indian Navy.

The project, estimated to cost between $1.5 billion and $2 billion will involve the transfer of technology from Anadolu Shipyard, part of the TAIS consortium of Turkey, with which HSL signed an agreement for technical collaboration last year.

HSL is expected to deliver the first fleet support vessel (FSV) to the navy within four years of the go-ahead, with the other ships to be delivered at the rate of one every 10 months to 12 months. The vessels will be 230 meters long and have a displacement of 45,000 tonnes. FSVs carry fuel and other supplies for warships.

Rear Admiral Tarun Sobti takes charge

Rear Admiral Tarun Sobti took over the Command of the Eastern Fleet, the Sword Arm of the Eastern Naval Command, from Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan on Tuesday. The change of guard took place at an impressive ceremony held at the Naval Base, Visakhapatnam.

Rear Admiral Tarun Sobti was commissioned into the Indian Navy on July 1, 1988, and is a specialist in navigation and direction. The Flag Officer is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Collège Interarmées de Défense, Paris, France and College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai.

During Tarun Sobti's illustrious career spanning 32 years, he served as navigating officer of INS Kirpan, commissioning navigating officer of INS Mysore, Direction Officer on INS Viraat, and Executive Officer of missile destroyer INS Delhi. His sea commands include those of missile vessel INS Nishank, missile corvette INS Kora and missile destroyer INS Kolkata of which he was the commissioning Commanding Officer.

Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan would be taking over as the Deputy Commandant of the prestigious tri-services institution National Defence Academy at Khadakvasla, Pune, shortly.

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