Naval Investiture Ceremony Conducted at Kochi

Naval Investiture Ceremony Conducted at Kochi

The Naval Investiture Ceremony for 2018 was held at Southern Naval Command (SNC), Kochi on 03 April 2018. Admiral Sunil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), on behalf of the President of India, conferred various Gallantry and non-Gallantry Awards, announced on the Republic Day this year to meritorious naval personnel  as well as citations to naval units, which had distinguished themselves during the past year.

Admiral Sunil Lanba Inspecting the Guard of Honour

A 50 men Guard of Honour was paraded during the impressive ceremonial parade, held as part of the ceremony, which was inspected by Admiral Lanba prior to reviewing the parade comprising 24 platoons of naval personnel, drawn from various ships, training schools and establishments of SNC. On completion of the review, the CNS awarded the medals and citations to the proud recipients. A total of 38 medals which included 4 Nao Sena medals for gallantry, 13 Nao Sena Medals for Devotion to Duty and 16 Vishisht Seva Medals for distinguished service besides two Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak and one Jeevan Raksha Padak for courage displayed in saving lives, one Captain Ravi Dhir Memorial Gold Medal for promoting innovativeness in Flight Safety and Lieutenant VK Jain Memorial Gold Medal for best applied research in naval technology were presented.

Admiral Sunil Lanba Reviewing the Ceremonial Parade

The CNS also presented unit citations to five operational units: INS Tabar, INS Kirch,  INS Sharda (ships), INS Sindhugosh (submarine), and Indian Naval Air Squadron 310; as well as four shore establishments: INS Shivaji at Lonavala, Naval Aircraft Yard, Goa, INS Kattabomman, Tirunelveli and INS Jarawa in Andaman & Nicobar Command, for delivering exceptional performance over the past one year. Naval Ship Repair Yard, Kochi and INS Tunir at Karanja, Maharashtra were awarded the ‘CNS Trophy for Best Green Practices’ for their environment friendly, green initiatives.

Speaking on the occasion, Admiral Lanba said that the occasion is of special significance, as it allowed the Navy to formally acknowledge conspicuous acts of gallantry, as well as devotion to duty, of fellow shipmates. He thanked the family members of the award winners for their support to the service personnel in their performance of duty. He added that the Indian navy is acknowledged the world over as a professional force primarily due to the contributions of the men and women in service and not merely due to the sophisticated equipments held. He hoped that  the example set by the award winners would inspire everyone else to achieve excellence in their respective field.

The ceremony was also attended by Flag Officers, Commanding Officers of various ships and establishments and a large number of service and civilian personnel and their families apart from close relatives of the award winners.

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The names of award winners are:-
    Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry)
    Lieutentant Pushpinder Tyagi
    Jaskaran Singh, Chief Mechnician
    Siba Thekho Pao, Petty Officer
    Azhar Azharuddin, SEA II CD III
    Nao Sena Medal  (Devotion to Duty)
    Rear Admiral Dalbir Singh Gujral
    Rear Admiral Rajaram Swaminathan
    Commodore G Prakash
    Commodore Sanjeev Sharma
    Commodore Ankur Sharma
    Commodore Nelson D’Souza
    Captain Sandeep Singh Sandhu
    Commander Sunil Kumar Raghav
    Lieutenant Commander Chandraveer Singh Yadav
    Lieutenant Hari Prasath Nagrajan
    Lieutenant Shashank Tewari
    Hari Om, Petty Officer (GW)
    Avinash Bawane, Medical Asst. I
    Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM)
    Rear Admiral V Raja Sekhara Rao
    Rear Admiral Surendra Ahuja (Retd)
    Commodore Arvind Singh Rana
    Commodore Vinay Kumar
    Commodore Joginder Chandna
    Commodore CS Baburaj
    Commodore J Harsha Vardhan
    Commodore Himanshu Shrikrishna Sapre
    Commodore Vitthal Ram Peshwae
    Commodore Vikram Menon
    Commodore Telidevara Venkat Naga Prasanna
    Commodore KM Ramakrishnan
    Commodore Arjun Dev Nair
    Captain Biplab Hota
    Surgeon Commander Rajesh Pandey  
    Dharam Pal Master Chief Petty Officer LOG(F&A) I    

   Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak
    Bhanu Chandra Pandey Petty Officer (UW)
    Ravi Gorle, Petty Officer COM (Tel)

    Jeevan Raksha Padak
    Pradeep Kumar, SEA I

    Captain Ravi Dhir Memorial Gold Medal
    Commander JPS Hanspal.

    Lieutenant VK Jain Memorial Gold Medal
    Lieutenant Commander Ajay Kumar Tiwari