Transition to Eminence: The Indian Navy 1976-1990

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Lancer Publishers, 2005 - History - 432 pages

This volume of the navy's history covers the period from 1976 to 1990. It examines the navy's success in keeping abreast of advances in technology in step with progressive self-reliance. In a decade and a half of innovation, the navy equipped its indigenously built frigates, corvettes, and other vessels with combinations of the latest available weapons and equipment from the Soviet Union, from Europe, and from indigenous sources. A tiny “ship design cell,” which in 1965 was designing yard craft, was by 1990 designing an aircraft carrier, submarines, and missile destroyers. The new acquisitions from the Soviet Union ranged from missile destroyers, conventional submarines, and long-range reconnaissance aircraft, to minesweepers. All these high-tech inductions needed to be operated and manned by better-educated and better-trained personnel. New maintenance, repair, and refit facilities had to be created. The increase in the volume of spares and the diversity of sources compelled modernization of the logistics system. This volume analyzes how these problems were tackled.

 

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Contents

Dedication
13
Glossary
22
Features of the Indian Ocean
28
COMMISSIONING COMMANDING OFFICERS
47
British Strategic Perceptions Regarding India in 1946
116
Excerpts From the Committees Findings
183
The Outcome of the Committees Report
190
Retrospect
191
NAVAL HYDROGRAPHY AND MARINE
230
NAVAL OCEANOLOGY METEOROLOGY 237 Aircrew Officers in Embarked Flights
237
American Indian Ocean Persian Gulf Policy
286
Training Equipment
291
Historical Reference Data
295
GALLANTRY AWARDS 1976 1990
312
MERGER OF SUPPLY SECRETARIAT
323
NAVAL CEREMONIAL
378

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194
Acquisition of Land
197
Firefighting Assistance
201
Naval Aid to Civil Authority
207
GOODWILL VISITS TO FOREIGN PORTS
215
Training Ships
223
NAVAL PHILATELY
386
THE NAVY AND THE SEA CADETS
392
Diego Garcia
402
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430
SAILING AND YACHTING
431
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Vice Admiral G. M. Hiranandani joined the Indian Navy in 1949, which included training with the British navy from 1949 to 1953. On retiring from the UPSC, as its officiating chairman in 1995, naval headquarters asked him to write the official history of the Indian Navy. He authored a trilogy: Transition to Triumph, covering the period 1965 to 1975, Transition to Eminence, covering the period 1976 to 1990, and Transition to Guardianship, covering the last decade of the twentieth century.

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