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23 mars 2015 1 23 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
India Developing Network of Coastal Radars

Indian PM Narendra Modi inspects the Guard of Honour, at the Ceremonial Reception, in Seychelles on March 11.(Photo M.Asokan -Indian Prime Minister's Office)


March 20, 2015 By Oscar Nkala – Defense News


GABORONE, Botswana — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has activated the first of the Indian Navy's planned 32 coastal surveillance radar (CSR) stations in the Seychelles, marking the beginning of the rollout of an Indian-led maritime surveillance project set to have stations in the Seychelles, the Maldives, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.


Modi activated the radar system during his recent tour of the Seychelles as he visited key Indian Ocean region allies in a move some military strategists view as an effort to forge a strong alliance to counter aggressive expansion by the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in the region since October.


Addressing senior Indian Navy and Seychelles Coast Guard officers during the commissioning, Modi said India's plan includes setting up radar stations in the Seychelles, Mauritius and the Maldives. Negotiations to set up at least 10 more in Sri Lanka are ongoing.


He said the CSRs will improve the operational capabilities of the maritime security forces of partner nations and the overall security of the exclusive economic zones which make up the region's "blue economy."


"We regard Seychelles as a vital partner in our Indian Ocean neighborhood. Our relationship is unique and special. It is founded on a deep sense of mutual trust and confidence. Our security partnership is strong and has enabled us to fulfill our shared responsibility to advance maritime security in the region," he said.


"It is a privilege to be a partner of the Seychelles in the development of its security capabilities. We also hope that Seychelles will soon be a full partner in the maritime security cooperation between India, Maldives and Sri Lanka," Modi said.


Regional defense analysts say that once completed, the 32-station surveillance project will enable the Indian Navy, through its allies, to monitor the movements of all ships operating in the Indian Ocean.


Modi pledged to donate a second Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft to boost the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the Seychelles Coast Guard.


India donated the first Dornier (Do 228) aircraft and some naval vessels to the Seychelles in mid-2013. Seychelles President James Michel said the stations are proof of his country's exemplary defense and security relationship with India.


"Everybody recognizes India's footprints on many facets of our economic, social and cultural development. We have an exemplary partnership in the defense and security sectors.


"This is very much reflected in our fight against piracy and the joint patrolling of our oceans and also the training of our defense personnel. We are very encouraged by the willingness of the government and people of India to work with us in the context of the development of our blue economy,"


In addition to the newly commissioned CSR on the main island of Mahe, more will be installed on the smaller islands of Farqhuar, Astove and Assumption. All are expected to be commissioned into service between July and August.


In neighboring Mauritius, Modi signed an agreement to set up eight Indian-controlled CSR stations and pledged to continue strengthening the Mauritius Coast Guard with new aircraft, naval vessels and Indian training for its seamen.


The IOR surveillance project is widely seen as India's response to China's aggressive new operations in the region. In January, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense said it will step up the deployment of Navy vessels in the area to protect its security and economic interests while contributing to regional international anti-piracy operations.


The Indian move follows recent reports suggesting that China is pushing for the establishment of at least 18 deepwater ports with African and Asian littoral states to set up bases and maintenance yards for vessels.

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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 07:35
photo customs.gov.au

photo customs.gov.au



3 April 2014 naval-technology.com


The Sri Lankan Navy has received the first Australian Customs and Border Protection Vessel (ACV), Corio Bay, at a flag transfer ceremony in Cairns, Australia.


Provided by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), the Bay-class patrol vessel has been renamed the Republic of Sri Lanka Navy Ship Oshadi.


The ACBPS national director of border force capability Nigel Perry said that the flag transfer ceremony marks the passing of responsibility, authority and accountability of command from one state to another.


As part of this process, ACBPS Marine Unit Officers trained Sri Lankan Navy personnel in day-to-day operational aspects and ship maintenance.

"During the course of its 14 years as a customs vessel, Corio Bay completed 3,759 sea days and steamed 284,026nm."


"The training was comprehensive. It included activities ranging from deck work, familiarisation of electronic systems and equipment on board, to undertaking operational drills," Perry said.


"It was a highly successful 17-day training programme, which allowed crews from both nations to exchange knowledge and experience of operating in the maritime environment.


"During the course of its 14 years as a customs vessel, Corio Bay completed 3,759 sea days and steamed 284,026nm."


The highly agile and responsive vessel will complement the Sri Lankan Navy's existing fleet, while conducting search and rescue missions more effectively, covering a large area of the Indian Ocean.


It had been designed to perform strategic patrols, tactical surveillance and enforcement for various agencies to address the eight maritime security threats within and beyond Australia's 200nm Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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22 novembre 2013 5 22 /11 /novembre /2013 17:40
Le grand navire de lutte anti-sous-marine Admiral Panteleïev

Le grand navire de lutte anti-sous-marine Admiral Panteleïev


VLADIVOSTOK, 22 novembre - RIA Novosti


Cinq navires de la flotte russe du Pacifique, qui participaient à une mission en Méditerranée, rentrent à leur base à Vladivostok, a annoncé vendredi le porte-parole de la flotte Roman Martov.


"Le grand navire de lutte anti-sous-marine Admiral Panteleïev, les navires de débarquement Admiral Nevelskoï, Peresvet, le remorqueur de sauvetage Fotiï Krylov et le pétrolier Petchenga feront une escale à Colombo (Sri Lanka) le 24 novembre", a indiqué le porte-parole.


Ces navires ont quitté le port de Vladivostok le 19 mars dernier. Pendant leur mission de huit mois, ils ont traversé les océans Pacifique et Indien, les golfes Persique et d'Aden et les mers Méditerranée, d'Arabie et Rouge. Les navires ont fait des escales à Bur Safaga (Egypte), à Salalah (Oman) et à Limassol (Chypre), ainsi qu'à Novorossiïsk, au bord de la mer Noire.


"A l'heure actuelle, trois autres groupes navals russes comprenant dix navires de la flotte russe du Pacifique sont en mission dans l'océan Indien et en Méditerranée", a ajouté M.Martov.

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21 novembre 2013 4 21 /11 /novembre /2013 18:35
Iran Deploys Submarine to India & Sri Lanka


November 21, 2013 By Zachary Keck - thediplomat.com


A submarine-escorted naval fleet set sailed from southern Iran for Mumbai and Colombo on Wednesday.

As if Asia’s waters weren’t crowded enough with subsurface vessels, Iran has deployed one of its heavy submarines to South Asian waters as part of a larger naval fleet, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency, which has close ties with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

On Wednesday afternoon, Fars quoted Admiral Siyavash Jarreh, the Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy for Operations, as saying, “The (Iranian) Navy will dispatch the ultra-heavy Tareq-class submarine, ‘Younus’ as part of the Navy’s 28th flotilla of warships to the countries of East Asia.”

The report said that the 28th flotilla left a southern port in Iran hours after Jarreh made the announcement. Fars also reported that Admiral Jarreh had said Iran’s Alborz destroyer and Bandar Abbas helicopter-carrier warship would be accompanying the Younus submarine on the voyage.

Despite Jarreh’s claims that the 28th flotilla was headed to East Asia, the Fars report quoted him as saying, “The Navy’s 28th Flotilla will berth at Mumbai and Colombo ports during its voyage.” In other words, the 28th flotilla seems to be headed to South Asia — India and Sri Lanka in particular.

The purpose of the voyage is unclear, although Fars referred to it as a “crucially important extraterritorial mission of the Iranian Navy.”

Tasnim News Agency, which was established last year to report on the Arab Spring, also carried a report on Jarreh’s comments. It quoted Jarreh as saying that the flotilla’s mission is to make its “mighty and constant” presence felt in international waters. Jarreh apparently added that the flotilla would also “convey the message of peace and friendship” along the way.

The Iranian Navy seems to keep a flotilla constantly deployed, although most of them do not venture farther than the Gulf of Aden and Mediterranean Sea. Still, the trip itself is not unprecedented for Iran’s navy. Indeed, according to Indian news reports, the Bandar Abbas itself made a port call in India back in 2006. Iran’s regular naval forces, rather than the IRGC Navy, are in charge of these longer deployments, which have included port calls in China and Russia.

The more frequent deployments around the Gulf of Aden do not usually have a submarine escort, at least one that is usually announced. However, the inclusion of the Tareq-class submarine on this mission could very well just be due to the fact that it has little other purpose. Iran has three such Tareq-class submarines, which are really 877EKM Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines that Iran purchased from Russia in the late 1980s and 1990s. Although it reportedly paid about US$600 million for each of them, they are uniquely unsuited to Iran’s maritime environment. Specifically, the Persian Gulf’s shallow depth means the heavy submarines cannot operate in most of it.

The three heavy submarines have long been based in Iran’s Bandar Abbas port and are operated by Iran’s regular Navy. Some reports have suggested that Iran is building port facilities for them at its Chabahar Port, which is located in the deeper waters of the Gulf of Oman. Voyages east to the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean are thus some of the only occasions in which the Tareq-class submarines can be utilized.

The naval fleet’s voyage to South Asia comes as the P5+1 and Iran are holding another round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. This week also saw Iran claim to launch a new strategic drone.

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19 juillet 2013 5 19 /07 /juillet /2013 09:58
Londres vend des armes à la Syrie

18/07/2013 Par Florentin Collomp Correspondant à Londres


Selon un rapport parlementaire, le Royaume-Uni a autorisé des exportations de matériel militaire à plusieurs pays sensibles dont l'Iran, la Syrie et la Chine.


Alors que David Cameron vient d'abandonner sa proposition d'armer les rebelles syriens, le Royaume-Uni a-t-il livré des composants permettant de fabriquer des armes chimiques au régime de Bachar el-Assad? Un rapport parlementaire révèle l'exportation par le pays de 12,3 milliards de livres (14 milliards d'euros) d'armement à 25 nations figurant sur sa propre liste de régimes sensibles.


Selon le comité de contrôle des exportations d'armes de la Chambre des communes, du fluorure de sodium, qui peut servir à la fabrication d'armes chimiques, a été exporté vers la Syrie ces deux dernières années. Des véhicules tout-terrain et des pièces de sonars ont également été vendus à Damas. Londres vient par ailleurs d'annoncer l'envoi de tenues de protection contre les armes chimiques aux insurgés syriens. Le gouvernement assure qu'aucun équipement «de nature à être utilisé pour faciliter la répression interne», «provoquer ou prolonger des conflits régionaux ou internationaux» n'est concerné. Mais la logique commerciale semble l'emporter sur les droits de l'homme: sur les 27 régimes à caractère sensible désignés par le Foreign Office, seuls la Corée du Nord et le Soudan Sud n'ont pas de contrat d'armement avec la Grande-Bretagne.


Fusils d'assaut au Sri Lanka


Plus de 3000 licences d'exportations de «produits stratégiques sous contrôle», qui peuvent avoir un double usage civil ou militaire, ont été signées ou renouvelées. L'Iran a bénéficié de 62 contrats, essentiellement pour du matériel cryptographique. La Russie reçoit du matériel biotechnologique, des fusils, des systèmes d'armes guidés par laser et des drones. La Chine a acheté pour 1,4 milliard de livres d'équipements, alors qu'il existe un embargo européen sur les livraisons d'armes à Pékin. Des fusils d'assaut ont été exportés au Sri Lanka, malgré les rapports sur la répression. Israël représente plus de la moitié des montants vendus à l'étranger.


Président de la commission parlementaire, l'ancien ministre de la Défense, John Stanley, s'est dit «stupéfait» par cette «somme gigantesque» - il a d'abord cru que «quelqu'un avait ajouté des zéros»! Il demande au gouvernement des «clarifications» sur l'utilisation possible des produits autorisés à la vente par les fournisseurs britanniques dans certains régimes douteux. «Le gouvernement doit reconnaître le conflit inhérent entre la promotion soutenue des exportations d'armes à des régimes autoritaires tout en critiquant en même temps leur non-respect des droits de l'homme», souligne le député.

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26 juin 2013 3 26 /06 /juin /2013 10:35
Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani

Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani

Jun 26th, 2013 news360.lk


Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani will arrive in Sri Lanka on Thursday to further enhance military ties between the two nations.


The three day visit to the Island will be Kayani’s second visit to the country.


During his stay in Sri Lanka, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani will meet the top military leadership of the country.


A statement from the Pakistani embassy in Colombo said the visiting military leader will hold discussions on matters of professional interests with Secretary Defence Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa.


He will also review the Passing out Parade at Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyatalawa on 28th June 2013 as the Chief Guest of the event.


“The visit of Pakistan’s Army Chief will provide both sides an opportunity to review ongoing cooperation and collaboration, and to discuss ways to further broaden and deepen this relationship”, the Pakistani embassy statement further announced.

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15 juin 2013 6 15 /06 /juin /2013 16:35
Sri Lanka – China relations elevated to a “Strategic cooperation partnership”



Beijing, 05 June, (Asiantribune.com):


President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to elevate Sri Lanka and China relations to a “strategic cooperation partnership” at the summit talks between the two Presidents during President Rajapaksa’s State Visit to China from 27th – 30th May 2013.


During the warm and friendly discussion between the two leaders, President Rajapaksa reiterated Sri Lanka’s support for the One-China Policy and President Xi Jinping stated that China was strongly opposed to foreign countries interfering in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs.


Also during the discussion both leaders endorsed the early establishment of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries to further enhance mutually beneficial trade. Towards this end an MoU was signed for the immediate constitution of joint committees to initiate this process. With the advent of an FTA, it is expected that market access would be provided in China for Sri Lankan apparels, tea, rubber, gems & jewelry, light industry products etc.


Many Agreements in the fields of political, trade, economic & investment, fisheries, defence-related science & technology and youth were signed during the visit.


Chinese President Xi Jinping assured China’s continued support for future developmental projects in Sri Lanka. China pledged a grant assistance of RMB 200 million to be utilized for the building of an international convention centre in Kandy and an arts theatre in Anuradhapura.


Upgrading of the Colombo National Hospital and the Colombo North General Hospital at Ragama; the extension of the Southern Expressway from Matara to Kataragama and the extension of the Beliatta Kataragama railway track would also receive Chinese assistance. The construction of new water supply schemes for Attanagalla, Minuwangoda and Kurunegala will also commence shortly. The construction of the Colombo – Jaffna Expressway (through Kurunegala) was endorsed during the discussion with an estimated private investment of US$ 1500 million. A US$ 400 million road rehabilitation programme will also be undertaken to complete the remaining national road network including roads in the Jaffna Peninsula and connecting roads to the A9 highway. China also agreed to support Sri Lanka tourism authority to promote the country amongst Chinese tourists to increase arrivals from China to 100,000 by 2015.


Endorsing President Rajapaksa’s rural development and economic programme (Divinaguma) initiative, President Xi Jinping offered agriculture equipment and small machineries to Sri Lanka as a means for further capacity building.


In further strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of education a new university township development for Moratuwa University and the development of the National School of Business Management at Homagama were finalized. Other areas discussed for collaboration were the fisheries sector and youth cooperation.


Prior to the official talks between the two Presidents, the Chinese President Xi Jinping held a welcome ceremony for President Rajapaksa at the Square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People. Present at the ceremony were Mme. Peng Liyuan, wife of President Xi Jinping, Yan Junqi, Vice Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Yang Jiechi, State Councilor, and Chen Xiaoguang, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. President Xi Jinping and Mme. Peng Liyuan also hosted a dinner banquet for President Rajapaksa, Mme. Rajapaksa and the delegation.


During the visit, President Rajapaksa also had a bilateral meeting with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao. Vice President Li requested President Rajapaksa to encourage young parliamentarians of Sri Lanka to visit China on Familiarization Programmes on a regular basis with a view to ensuring the continuity of the warm and friendly relations between the two countries. Following the meeting the Chinese Vice President hosted President Rajapaksa, Mme Rajapaksa and the delegation to a luncheon banquet. During the talks with Prime Minister Li Keqiang, both sides spoke highly of the traditional friendship between the two countries and the Chinese Prime Minister reiterated China’s support for future developmental projects in Sri Lanka including the Hambantota Industrial Zone.


President Rajapaksa also addressed the distinguished gathering of prominent leaders from foreign governments, the services sector, the business world and academia at the opening ceremony of the Global Services Forum, “Beijing Summit”, organized by UNCTAD together with the Ministry of Commerce of China and the Beijing Municipal Government. The Forum, organized on the occasion of the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing and was presided over by Prime Minister Li Keqiang of China. The Forum was a unique platform for promoting trade in services and fostering sustainable development.


During the visit President Rajapaksa also addressed the 2013 International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) Special Conference on “Promote Green Development & Build a Beautiful Asia Together” organized by the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the Shaanxi Provincial Committee of the CPC in Xian. The ICAPP is a forum of political parties from Asian and Oceanic countries and attracted representatives from about 50 political parties from Asian countries and many observers from Latin American and African political parties. While visiting Xian, President Rajapaksa, Mme. Rajapaksa and the delegation were hosted to a dinner banquet by the Governor of Shaanxi Province.


President Rajapaksa paid a visit to the Lingguang Temple in Beijing on the first day of his visit and paid homage to the precious tooth relic housed at the Temple and exchanged views on religious and cultural cooperation between the temple and Sri Lanka with the Chief Priest of the Temple. The Chief Priest of Lingguang Temple blessed President Rajapaksa and Mme Rajapaksa and for the peace and prosperity of Sri Lanka.


The President of EXIM Bank and the Chairman of China Development Bank paid courtesy calls on President Rajapaksa during the visit and pledged their support and cooperation of the two institutions towards the developmental process in Sri Lanka.


On the sidelines of the visit, a Sri Lanka – China Business Forum was held with the participation of top Sri Lankan and Chinese business entrepreneurs. External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris addressed the gathering and provided an overview of the investment and economic opportunities in Sri Lanka. Minister Peiris also addressed a press conference in Beijing with the participation of about 60 foreign and local journalists.


President Rajapaksa, accompanied by the Vice Mayor of Beijing also visited the Sri Lanka Pavillion, organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka at the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka.


At a brief ceremony held at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing, President Rajapaksa received statues of the Chinese Buddhist monk Fa-Xian and the Chinese navigator Admiral Zheng – He donated by the President of the International Tour Management Association of China, Zhao Xian Zhang for the proposed Sri Lanka – China cultural museum in Galle.


First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa held warm and friendly talks with the First Lady of China Peng Liyuan and the President of the All China Women’s Federation Shen Yueyue who is also a Vice Chairperson of the National People’s Congress of China.


The two countries issued a Joint Communiqué at the end of the visit.


President Mahinda Rajapaksa was accompanied by First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa; Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris; Minister of Traditional Industries & Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda; Minister of Construction, Engineering Service, Housing & Common Amenities Wimal Weerawansa; Namal Rajapaksa M.P.; Monitoring M.P. of the Ministry of External Affairs Sajin de Vaas Gunawardena, A.H.M. Azwer M.P.; Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga; Chief of Staff to the President Gamini Senarath; Secretary to the Ministry of Finance & Planning P.B. Jayasundera; Secretary to the Ministry of Highways R.W.R. Premasiri; Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to China Ranjith Uyangoda and senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs of Sri Lanka.

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3 juin 2013 1 03 /06 /juin /2013 07:35
China to train Lankan army, to provide military technology

Jun 01, 2013 brahmand.com


BEIJING (PTI): Firming up its ties with Sri Lanka, China has granted fresh development loan worth USD 2.2 billion for infrastructure projects and agreed to provide defence technology as well as training to the island nation's army.


Both sides agreed to further deepen defence cooperation and maintain exchanges between the two defence ministries and would continue to carry out cooperating in defence technology, personal training and other fields, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei told media briefing here on Friday.


He was replying to questions on the just concluded visit by Sri Lankan President Mahenda Rajapaksa during which both the nations signed a defence agreement besides a host of deals to beef up infrastructure projects in the country, deepening China's foothold there.


Hong did not disclose the details of the agreements including the one related to development of Colombo port and read out some of the highlights from joint statement issued by both the countries.


According to Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G L Peiris, China has offered USD 2.2 billion worth of new loans.


The countries agreed on USD 1.5 billion investment of private sector in the northern express highway linking Kandy in the central part of Sri Lanka to Jaffna in the north, he earlier told the media here.


The two sides agreed on the extension of a railway, the southern highway and the development of the port of Colombo, Peiris said.


This is in addition to the construction of Hambantota Port with the multibillion dollar assistance of China.


According to reports in Sri Lankan media, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Rjapaksa during their meeting that China will explore the possibility of establishing an industrial zone in Hambantota.


China will support Sri Lanka to develop capabilities in satellite communication, space technology and maritime industries, he said.


Hong said China has become major development partner of Sri Lanka and has played very important role in recent years.


Both sides agreed that terrorism, separatism and extremism have posed severe threat to regional security and would carry out practical cooperation to jointly tackle the three forces, he said.


"In a nutshell President Rajapaksa's visit has elevated our bilateral strategic partnership. This kind of partnership will promote bilateral political mutual trust and common development and will maintain regional peace and stability," Hong said.


"This kind of cooperation is not targeting against a third country," he said when asked about concerns in India that the deepening cooperation between the two countries was aimed at containing India.


Hong also recalled Li's recent "successful" visits to India and Pakistan which showed that China is actively involved in friendly cooperation with the South Asian countries.


"This cooperation will give rigorous boost to regional peace stability and development and will bring benefit to people of China and South Asian countries," he said.

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