U.S.President Donald J. Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law during a White House ceremony Dec. 12.
The act calls for $626 billion for the department's base budget and another $66 billion for operations. The act includes a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel.
The act authorizes the department to spend money but the appropriations bill--which actually provides the funds--is still in Congress. "This historic legislation demonstrates our unwavering commitment to our men and women in uniform--the greatest fighting force in the history of the world--and we're making it a lot better than even that," Trump said before signing the bill.
The president said the legislation "represents a momentous step toward rebuilding our military and securing the future for our children." Trump added, "In recent years, our military has undergone a series of deep budget cuts that have severely impacted our readiness, shrunk our capabilities and placed substantial burdens on our warfighters. History teaches us that when you weaken your defenses, you invite aggression." The president recalled George Washington's belief, that to be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace. "With the signing of this defense bill, we accelerate the process of fully restoring America's military might," Trump said. "This legislation will enhance our readiness ... and modernize our forces and help provide our service members with the tools that they need to fight and to win." #America#US#President#DonaldTrump#National#Defense#Act#WhiteHouse#ceremony#trump#navy#military#budget#congress#defence#defense#arm#power#might
46yrs of the history !
On this very date fourty six years ago in 1971 Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon of IAF No.18 Squadron solely defended Srinagar Air Base from Pakistan Air Force strike. His courage will always be cherished and remembered by all. He is a legend.
Seen here is a statue of Nirmal jit Shekhon along with a Folland Gnat Aircraft on display outside the District Court in Ludhiana, his home town.
Photo by @dipalay
INS Kalvari has been commisioned to the Indian Navy as a first non-nuclear submarine after seventeen years.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has commissioned the first of the six Scorpène-class submarines into the Indian Navy.
The INS Kalvari has been manufactured in Mumbai by Mazagon Dockyard Limited (MDL), building upon the design of DCNS – a French naval defence and energy company.
As for its technicalities, the INS Kalvari weighs 1,565 tonnes and is capable of reaching speeds of up to 20 knots (37 km/h) while submerged under water. The 221 feet long submarine boasts of a range of 6,500 nautical miles on the surface and 550 nautical miles when submerged. The two 1250 kW MAN Diesel Engines of the submarine run to charge its batteries rapidly. 360 battery cells, weighing 750 kg each, are used to power the Permanently Magnetised Propulsion Motor of the submarine.
After a gap of more than 17 years, INS Kalvari is the first conventional (non-nuclear) submarine to be inducted into the Indian Navy. With the Indian Navy’s submarine division celebrating its golden jubilee this year, the INS Kalvari is a technological marvel on many fronts and will certainly pave the way for India’s defence prowess even under water.