Social Media, Smartphones Banned at Naval Bases, Docks & Ships: Indian Navy

Indian Navy has issued new guidelines regarding the usage of smartphones by Naval Officers. Accordingly, all Navy Personnel are banned from using social media and even smartphones at naval dockyards, bases, and onboard warships. This comes after 7 people were arrested for leaking sensitive information pertaining to warship location and strategies.

Crux of the Matter
  • Strict measures banning the use of smartphones or social media were announced by the Indian Navy. A senior Navy Personnel said, “All social networking platforms including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and other messengers from here on now will not be allowed at the naval bases and ships,”
  • Indian Navy, in conjunction with Central Intelligence agencies and Naval Intelligence, got hold of a racket that transmitted sensitive information through social media to enemy intelligence agencies.
  • Navy men had venereal conversations online with female accounts. Espionage was carried out through blackmailing the arrested Navy Personnel. Movement and position of warships were sought in return of not disclosing the chats.
  • These Navy men were also paid some amount every month through a hawala operator, who also transmitted information to and fro.
  • 3 Navy sailors from Vishakhapatnam, 2 from Mumbai naval base, and 2 from Karwar naval base were arrested by Andhra Pradesh Police.
Curiopedia

Indian Naval Accidents – Naval accidents have been attributed to ageing ships in need of maintenance (refit/repairs delayed in spite of laid down rules for refit cycles), delayed acquisitions by the Ministry of Defence, and human error. However naval commentators also argue that as India’s large navy of 160 ships clocks around 12,000 ship-days at sea every year, in varied waters and weather, some incidents are inevitable. Captains of erring ships are dismissed from their command following an enquiry. The accident on board the submarine INS Sindhuratna led to the resignation of the then Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral D K Joshi on 26 February 2014, who assumed moral responsibility for the loss. More Info

Union Cabinet Nod for Chief of Defence Staff

Narendra Modi led Union Cabinet gave a nod for the post of Chief of Defence Staff. The officer will be a four-star general but will have seniority over the heads of three armed forces. The CDS will provide jointmanship to the combination of armed forces.

Crux of the Matter
  • The post of the CDS received a green signal from the Union Cabinet. However, the name of the incumbent has not been announced yet.
  • CDS will deal with the integration of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. As a part of the integration, CDS will formulate joint commands and overlook the equipment purchases for the same.
  • CDS will also deal with the Cyber and Space related areas of the Tri-service.
  • CDS will act as the Principal Military Advisor to the Defense Minister. CDS will also be Military Advisor to the Nuclear Command Authority.
  • CDS will also look after the implementation of the Five-year Defense Capital Acquisition Plan (DCAP) and Annual Acquisition Plans (AAP).
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Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) is a proposed position for the combined chief of the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy. It was first officially suggested in 1999 following the Kargil War through the recommendations of the Kargil Review Committee. The official call was made public by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech on 15 August 2019. It is speculated that whereas the Defense Secretary will be the main “defence” advisor, the CDS will assume the role of being the main “military” advisory, acting as the single-point military adviser to the government and Prime Minister. India is the only large democracy which does not have a single point military advisor; with all P5 countries having one. More Info

Veteran Military Leaders of India Discuss the Requirement of Chief of Defence Staff

A panel discussion at the third Military Literature Festival held in Punjab talked about the need for the post of a Chief of Defence Staff in India. Considering the contemporary times, India needs a CDS and will get one in the coming days, said former Defence Secretary Shekhar Dutt.

Crux of the Matter
  • Lt Gen (Retd) Aditya Singh, Air Marshal (Retd) Manmohan Bahadur, former defence secretary Shekhar Dutt, advisor to British High Commission New Delhi Brig Gavin Thompson and Lt Gen (Retd) Sanjeev Langer were the panel members who discussed the importance and role of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in India.
  • Panel members agreed to the proposition that an apex body to assist ‘jointmanship‘ is required. CDS is aimed at providing joint military advice to the conflux of security services.
  • CDS would establish co-ordination between the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.
  • The position of the CDS would be a four-star official, who would be considered senior to the other three four-star officials of Army, Navy, and Air Force.
  • Comparing with security models of USA, France, China et al., Lt Gen (Retd) Sanjeev Langer proposed to depute armed forces permanently into the Ministry of Defence and let the CDS manage the conflux and its aspects of training, joint planning, modern warfare, budgeting, defence equipment purchases, et al.
  • A CDS will be in charge of devising warfare tactics and operational plans for Armed forces. Previously it was handled by the head of the Ministry of Defence.
Curiopedia

Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) is a proposed position for the combined chief of the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy. It was first officially suggested in 1999 following the Kargil War through the recommendations of the Kargil Review Committee. The official call was made public by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech on 15 August 2019. It is speculated that whereas the Defense Secretary will be the main “defence” advisor, the CDS will assume the role of being the main “military” advisory, acting as the single-point military adviser to the government and Prime Minister. India is the only large democracy which does not have a single point military advisor; with all P5 countries having one. More Info