In­dian Navy Eyes the Third Pole

India Strategic - - INDUSTRY -

NEW DELHI. In­dian Navy’s sec­ond ex­pe­di­tion to Mount Ever­est was flagged off by Navy Chief Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, March 23 by hand­ing over the Cer­e­mo­nial Ice Axe to the climbers. These climbers have been se­lected from var­i­ous Ships, Sub­marines, Air­craft Squadrons and Es­tab­lish­ments of the In­dian Navy.

The theme of the Ex­pe­di­tion be­ing “Sagar Tal se Sagar Matha (from Seabed to Sum­mit)”, the Cer­e­mo­nial Ice Axe with the Naval En­sign was taken to the bot­tom of sea by div­ing off the coast of Kar­war and now it shall be taken to the high­est point on Earth, thus de­pict­ing Navy’s ef­forts to soar from depths of Ocean to the Sum­mit. The In­dian Navy’s as­so­ci­a­tion with the Hi­malayas dates back to 1965 when Capt MS Kohli of In­dian Navy led the first suc­cess­ful In­dian ex­pe­di­tion atop the world’s high­est peak. In 2004, the first all Navy ex­pe­di­tion was flagged off from In­dian Navy Sub­ma­rine Sind­hu­raj at 50 me­tres be­low the sea and went on to plant the Naval En­sign at 8,848 me­tres. The Navy is now look­ing at con­quer­ing glory by launch­ing a sec­ond ex­pe­di­tion to Mount Ever­est in May this year.

Ac­cord­ingly, 24 en­thu­si­as­tic naval climbers have been se­lected for this pres­ti­gious mis­sion af­ter a gru­el­ing se­lec­tion process over the last two years that in­cluded a month long rig­or­ous win­ter train­ing in De­cem­ber 2016 at the Army Moun­taineer­ing In­sti­tute lo­cated near the Si­achen Glacier.

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