Chief of Naval Staff honours award winners at Naval Investiture Ceremony
Visakhapatnam, April 20, 2017
Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), conferred gallantry and non-gallantry awards on several recipients at the Naval Investiture Ceremony here today.
The annual event for the Indian Navy was held at Command Parade Ground, Eastern Naval Command (ENC).
Admiral Lanba was received at the parade ground by Vice-Admiral HCS Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command. The CNS inspected a 50-man Armed Guard and reviewed the platoons of Naval and DSC personnel drawn from various ships and establishments of the ENC.
Admiral Lanba said that the occasion was of special significance as it formally acknowledged the commendable gallantry as well as devotion to duty of fellow shipmates. He also thanked the family members of the award winners for their support to the service personnel in their performance of duty.
The core values -- Duty, Honour and Courage -- form the fundamental traits expected from all naval personnel. The award winners have displayed these and many more qualities such as patriotism, courage, fighting spirit, integrity sincerity, perseverance, discipline humility and selflessness that have come to define the service.
He also said that he firmly believed that it is the team work and never-say-die attitude of naval personnel that has made the Indian Navy a strong and capable maritime force in the world today. The leadership, foresight and devotion to duty displayed by naval personnel has enabled a steady growth of the service and transformed it into a blue water navy.
Lt Cdr Vikash Kumar Narwal, Lt Cdr Neeraj Kumar, Veer Singh Chief Petty Officer Clearance Diver I and Rakesh Kumar Hull Artificer-4 (posthumously) were awarded Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry) for their indomitable courage, conspicuous gallantry and outstanding professionalism.
Other awards presented included eight Nao Sena Medals for Devotion to Duty, sixteen Vishisht Seva Medals, Sarvottam Jeeven Rakshak Padak awarded to Cdr Shishir Kumar Yadavannavar (posthumous), Jeeven Rakshak Padak to Lt Cdr Kapil Kumar Shishodia and Mr. Neelkant Ramesh Harikantra LASCAR-1. Captain Ravi Dhir Medal was awarded to Aravind Marisamy Master Chief Air Artificer II and Lieutenant VK Jain Memorial Gold Medal was awarded to Commander Ravi Kumar Singh.
The CNS also presented unit citation to two afloat units and six shore establishments who have delivered exceptional performance over the past one year. These include IN Ships Trikand, Sunayna, IN Air Squadron 312A, Command Clearance Diving Team, Mumbai, INS Eksila at Visakhapatnam, Naval Ship Repair Yard, Karwar, Base Victualling Yard, Kochi and INS Kardip in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Naval Dockyard, Mumbai and INS Shivaji at Lonavala, Maharastra were awarded the ‘CNS Trophy for Best Green Practices’ for the environment friendly / green initiatives.
Apart from the relatives of the award winners, the ceremonial parade was also attended by Flag Officers, Commanding Officers of various ships, submarines and establishments and a large number of service and civilian personnel and their families.