Junior Officers Leadership Seminar Held at Visakhapatnam
With an endeavour to provide a forum to junior officers to put forth their views on aspects ranging across professional, technical, training and personnel issues, a Junior Officers Leadership Seminar was conducted by Eastern Fleet at Samudrika Auditorium on 18 July and 19 July 2018. The seminar was inaugurated by Vice Admiral MS Pawar, Chief of Staff Eastern Naval Command (ENC) and attended by Rear Admiral Suraj Berry Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Human Resource Development), Flag Officers, Commanding Officers of ships and submarines, Agrani, Director CELABS, representatives from Naval Headquarters, other Commands, junior officers upto the rank of Lieutenant Commanders, Master Chief Petty Officers and Chief Petty Officers representing all important branches of the Navy.
The seminar conducted under the aegis of HQENC included seven papers presented by junior officers from different fields of the Navy and included contemporary topics such as, “Leadership Challenges in Ensuring Combat Worthiness of Legacy Ships”, “Grooming and Cultural Orientation in the International Environment”, “Leading Civilian Technical Work Force”, “Managing Operations/Administration in Remote Air Base”, “Inspiring Personnel to perform non-Core Functions”, “Managing Technology and Tasking of Strategic Vessels” and “Sailors' Expectations from Leaders”.
Welcoming the delegates and participants, Vice Admiral Pawar reiterated that as young leaders one should 'command' respect and not 'demand' it by following the time tested principle of ‘Service before Self’ enshrined in the ethos of defence officers. The presentations and deliberations resulted in invigorating discussions which were moderated by senior naval officers. The proceedings of the seminar were summed up eloquently by Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. An audio visual presentation of the lecture on leadership by late Admiral RL Pereira, the former Chief of the Naval Staff was also played and as always made an impact.