Republic Day Celebrations at Southern Naval Command
A Ceremonial Parade was held at the naval base, Southern Naval Command (SNC) to commemorate the nation’s 69th Republic Day. The parade was reviewed by Vice Admiral AR Karve, PVSM, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Southern Naval Command and comprised 24 platoons including six armed platoons. The President’s Colours awarded to the Southern Naval Command were also paraded on the occasion, accompanied by a 50 men Guard of Honour. The Admiral had earlier paid floral tributes to the martyrs at the War Memorial prior arriving on Parade.
The Parade was commanded by Commander Shyam Dhar. The Parade was accompanied by the SNC band playing stirring martial music. Vice Admiral Karve, while addressing the parade reminded everyone that the position of the navy as the net security provider of the region would constantly pose new challenges and that each one would have to measure up to it. The C-in-C complimented the well-coordinated and proactive actions taken during Cyclone ‘Okchi’ resulting in naval ships and aircraft saving the lives of many fishermen. He also emphasised the importance of safety and security, which needed constant and dedicated attention.
All naval ships at Kochi were also ‘dressed overall’ with various signal flags displayed from their masthead to both stem and stern (throughout from forward to aft) to mark the occasion. On the occasion of the Republic Day the award of Param Vishisht Seva Medal to Vice Admiral AR Karve, FOC-in-C (South) by the President was also announced.
Six additional Officers and one defence civilian of SNC have also been selected for distinguished service awards by the President as follows
(a) Rear Admiral M D Suresh, Nao Sena Medal, Deputy Commandant, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kannur
Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
(a) Commodore G Prakash, Commanding Officer INS Venduruthy
(a) Commodore Vinay Kumar, Commanding Officer, INS Hamla, Mumbai
(b) Commodore Joginder Chandna, Chief Staff Officer (Personnel & Administration) Headquarters, SNC , Kochi
(c) Commodore KM Ramakrishnan, Commodore in charge Work up, Indian Naval Workup Team (INWT), Kochi
(d) Captain Arjun Dev Nair, INA, Ezhimala, Kannur
(a) Shri P Xavier Joseph, Chargeman, Naval Ship Repair Yard, Kochi