Thursday, May 29, 2008

INS Nirdeshak's hydrographic survey of Maldives

I don't know why the Ministry of Defence doesn't share pictures like these in a timely manner. Just look at these beauties. This is part of a set taken when Sandgayak-class survey vessel INS Nirdeshak conducted a hydrographic survey of Maldives in November 2007 -- six months ago! Didn't get a whiff of these pix at the time, and now found them unpublicised and buried on the rarely-visited Navy Hydrography site. The last one is from the aerial survey that the team undertook before embarking on the task. Anyway, hopefully more people will see these photos now that they're up here.

6 comments :

Ankur said...

A hard life, that job! Man - what a way to spend a few days in the Navy!

Anonymous said...

nice tropical vacation in paradise for the navy walas!! but i have heard these hydrography chaps do a superb job. for eg. the stuff they did for lanka, and remapping of andaman islands work.

Ankur said...

Anon: Please do share further. It would be wonderful to hear about this little-advertised branch of possibly the most forward-looking of our armed forces.

Ankur said...

Shiv: what do you make of the latest Scorpene fiasco? Do you any further info as to what is going wrong?

Also - if it is not too much hassle, could you investigate if these foreign suppliers have a contract stipulation to p!ss off the IN specifically, but only far enough to not be thrown off a project? The IAF has force level depletion coming to it for a *long* time - but to see the Navy facing the same is something new.

Shiv Aroor said...

ankur: yes, we've all been hearing about delays in the ToT for the scorpene production line for a while now. there have been some unforeseen glitches in the export licensing of certain electronic items (who would have thought!), but my sources tell me things are being ironed out, though there will almost definitely be a delay.

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