Chief of Naval Staff vis­its Head­quar­ters East­ern Naval com­mand


Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) re­viewed a cer­e­mo­nial pa­rade held in his hon­our at INS Cir­cars Pa­rade Ground April 30, 2014. He in­spected a 50 men Armed Guard, and re­viewed the pla­toons of Naval and DSC per­son­nel drawn from var­i­ous ships and es­tab­lish­ments of the Com­mand. Flag Of­fi­cers and Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cers of var­i­ous ships and es­tab­lish­ments of East­ern Naval Com­mand were present on the oc­ca­sion.

Com­pli­ment­ing the of­fi­cers and men on a smart pa­rade, Ad­mi­ral Dhowan said that he felt priv­i­leged to be vis­it­ing the East­ern Naval Com­mand (ENC) the pre­mier Com­mand of the Navy, on his first visit in the present ca­pac­ity, as it was here that he had com­manded the Fleet and was the Chief of Staff ear­lier.

Dur­ing his ad­dress af­ter the cer­e­mo­nial pa­rade the Ad­mi­ral said that it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the men in white uni­form to en­sure that In­dia’s mar­itime in­ter­ests are pur­sued un­hin­dered, both in peace and war. This ne­ces­si­tates a multi-di­men­sional, com­bat-ready force, and the East­ern Naval Com­mand, with op­er­a­tions spread across the Bay of Ben­gal and the In­dian Ocean, is un­der­tak­ing these tasks ad­mirably, he said. Over the last two years, ENC has ac­quired three Shiva­lik class stealth frigates, P8I long range mar­itime pa­trol and anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare air­craft, hawk ad­vanced jet train­ers, nu­clear at­tack sub­ma­rine INS Chakra and a num­ber of fast in­ter­cep­tor craft. Also, Arihant is in the fi­nal phase of its har­bour tri­als and will shortly be put to sea; first of the four indige­nous P28 class ASW Corvettes be­ing built at the Gar­den Reach Ship­builders and En­gi­neers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata, will be join­ing the East­ern Fleet in the near fu­ture. He stressed that keep­ing these as­sets in a high state of com­bat readi­ness is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery man in uni­form.

Touch­ing upon the in­ci­dents which hap­pened in the re­cent past and have dented the im­age of the Navy, the CNS urged that we have to work to­gether to re­store the pride and pres­tige of the In­dian Navy and this would surely be pos­si­ble through ef­fec­tive team­work, dili­gent train­ing and strict ad­her­ence to pro­ce­dures. The Ad­mi­ral stressed on the im­por­tance of the di­vi­sional sys­tem in im­prov­ing qual­ity of life and con­tribut­ing to­wards a happy en­vi­ron­ment; he urged all men in whites to work with com­mit­ment, com­pas­sion, cred­i­bil­ity and in­tegrity (C3I) and work to­gether to take the In­dian Navy to greater heights and the pin­na­cle of pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

Later, Ad­mi­ral Dhowan vis­ited the Head­quar­ters, East­ern Naval Com­mand and held dis­cus­sions with Vice Ad­mi­ral Anil Cho­pra, Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief and was briefed on the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Com­mand. There­after, the Ad­mi­ral ad­dressed of­fi­cers, men and de­fence civil­ians of the Com­mand and vis­ited ships, sub­marines and es­tab­lish­ments.

Minu Dhowan, Pres­i­dent, Navy Wives Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion (NWWA), vis­ited the Navy Chil­dren School (Kinder­garten) at Dol­phin Hill, Sa­hara fa­cil­i­ties at Nau Sena Baugh and the NWWA Ken­dra, and in­ter­acted with the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee and ladies of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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