Transition to Eminence: The Indian Navy 1976-1990

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Lancer Publishers, 2005 - History - 432 pages
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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

EXTERNAL NAVAL PRESENCE IN
1
American Indian Ocean 8 Persian Gulf Policy
7
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NAVY TILL 1975
16
Overview of Naval Acquisitions from 1947 to 1975
25
Developments Between 1976 and 1990
29
Retrospect
32
TRAINING OF FOREIGN NAVAL PERSONNEL
36
WARSHIP DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
44
Developments After 1990
236
Operations Between 1987 and 1990
242
DEFENCE OF OFFSHORE ASSETS
249
Sailors
256
Retrospect
262
TRAINING
279
The Creation of Training Command in 1985
286
The 198689 Revitalisation of Training
287

Naval Interaction with the Department of Electronics
53
PROJECT 16 GODAVARI CLASS FRIGATES
64
Problem Areas
69
Indigenous Submarine Construction
74
The Considerations that led to the Selection of HDW
75
WARSHIP MODERNISATIONS 8 HALFLIFE
81
Policy Regarding Helicopters in Frigates and Destroyers
88
Helicopters
94
THE SUBMARINE
110
Nuclear Propulsion for Submarines
120
Indo Russian Relations and Naval Acquisitions
130
Excerpts From the Committees Findings 161 Exercise Brass Tacks 1987
183
The Outcome of the Committees Report 164 Relevant Excerpts From the Letters Exchanged
190
The Sequel to the Accord
191
Acquisition of Land 174 Field Marshal Manekshaw
197
Firefighting Assistance
201
INDIAN NAVAL OPERATIONS 1976 1990 181 Medical Assistance and Evacuation
204
GOODWILL VISITS TO FOREIGN PORTS
215
Training Ships
223
NAVAL HYDROGRAPHY AND MARINE
230
Retrospect
293
Historical Reference Data
299
THE FOURTH PAY COMMISSION
305
GALLANTRY AWARDS 1976 1990
312
THE NEW NAVAL ACADEMY AT EZHIMALA
323
Welfare Funds
330
THE EROSION OF LEADERSHIP VALUES 334
359
45 THE COAST GUARD
367
310
374
Changes Between 1970 and 1972 356 Decommissionings I
375
323
390
COMMISSIONING COMMANDING OFFICERS OF The Indian Naval Sailing Association
400
The English
406
51 THE NAVY AND THE SEA CADETS 392 The Japanese Navys Foray into the Bay of Bengal
413
Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Samudra 398 Iraq
419
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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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