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Adding more teeth to its amphibious warfare capabilities, the Navy on Monday inducted a landing craft utility ship which will be deployed for a variety of activities including transporting battle tanks and other heavy weapons systems.

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India’s naval force will get a major boost with the inclusion of 22 Sea Guardian drones as the unmanned UAV will help to monitor Chinese activities in the Indian Ocean.

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After Crimea fallout, Russia and Ukraine suspended all defense ties which rendered the under-construction Admiral Grigorovich class frigates of limited operational use to Russian Navy until they were re-engined with Russian alternative which is expected to be ready only by 2020.

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Larsen & Toubro (L&T) today said it has delivered two high-speed interceptor ships to Indian Coast Guard at the Kattupalli Shipyard near Chennai.

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Goa Shipyard Limited’s quest to build 12 high-tech mine countermeasure vessels for $5 billion, which is already delayed, has hit a roadblock over the selection of propulsion engines.

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The Indian Navy is slated to commission the stealthiest diesel-electric attack submarine, the INS Kalvari, this month, currently undergoing the final stages of sea trials.

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The government has approved a 31,748 crore "definitive five-year action programme" for the Coast Guard, which is the defence ministry's smallest armed force after the Army, IAF and Navy but whose role has become crucial ever since the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai in 2008.

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The Indian Navy has approached a select few global manufacturers to buy heavyweight torpedoes for submarines. Heavyweight torpedoes are critical for submarines and the Indian Navy has an acute shortage of these torpedoes.

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Despite growing tensions with China, official sources said the Indian Navy would join the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in a maiden maritime search and rescue exercise to be chaired by Bangladesh at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in November this year.

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Indian Coast Guard ship 'Shaurya', the fifth in the series of six 105m Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), was commissioned in Goa by Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan today in the presence of Director General Rajendra Singh and other senior officials of the Central and state governments.

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