Ship­wright School com­mis­sioned as INS Vish­wakarma


Ship­wright School, a premier tech­ni­cal es­tab­lish­ment and alma mater for Naval Ar­chi­tect Of­fi­cers, Ship­wright Of­fi­cers and Ship­wright Sailors of the In­dian Navy, was com­mis­sioned as In­dian Naval Ship Vish­wakarma by the Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan at a for­mal cer­e­mony held on Novem­ber 14, 2015, at Visakha­p­at­nam. Vice Ad­mi­ral Satish Soni, Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief East­ern Naval Com­mand, Vice Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief Southern Naval Com­mand, se­nior naval of­fi­cers and dig­ni­taries from the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion were present on the oc­ca­sion.

The event com­menced with an im­pres­sive pa­rade which was re­viewed by the Chief of Naval Staff. There­after, Com­modore Ajay Ghule, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer (Des­ig­nate), read out the Com­mis­sion­ing War­rant. The cer­e­mony was solem­nised by recita­tion of an in­vo­ca­tion in San­skrit.

Payal Soni, wife of Vice Ad­mi­ral Satish Soni, un­veiled the com­mis­sion­ing plaque and named the train­ing es­tab­lish­ment as ‘INS Vish­wakarma’. This was fol­lowed by hoist­ing of the naval en­sign and play­ing of the na­tional an­them, in ac­cor­dance with the time hon­oured cus­toms and tra­di­tions of the In­dian Navy.

While ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing Ad­mi­ral Dhowan em­pha­sised that the com­mis­sion­ing of INS Vish­wakarma would en­hance the Navy’s in-house de­sign and main­te­nance ca­pa­bil­i­ties. This would go a long way in trans­form­ing the In­dian Navy to a de­signer’s and builder’s Navy in keep­ing with the ‘Make in In­dia’ vi­sion. The Ad­mi­ral also high­lighted Navy’s com­mit­ment and re­solve for ‘Make in In­dia’. He stated that to­day, the In­dian Navy has tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced war­ships, which have been de­signed in-house by the Navy’s own War­ship De­sign Or­gan­i­sa­tion and con­structed by sev­eral In­dian ship­yards. He fur­ther added that com­mis­sion­ing of INS Vish­wakarma would en­hance pro­fes­sion­al­ism of young of­fi­cers and sailors who would train here to be­come war­ship de­sign­ers and hull main­te­nance tech­ni­cians of the fu­ture. He also lauded the func­tion­ing of train­ing es­tab­lish­ments un­der the Southern Naval Com­mand and the im­pe­tus Navy lays on train­ing of its per­son­nel. The Ad­mi­ral also em­pha­sised that qual­ity pro­fes­sional train­ing is the bedrock on which our war­ships, sub­marines and air­craft are able to ef­fec­tively carry out their oner­ous tasks. The Ad­mi­ral ex­horted the of­fi­cers and sailors, who would be pass­ing out from the por­tals of INS Vish­wakarma, to strive for ex­cel­lence in their pro­fes­sional fields and take the Navy to even greater heights.

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