Aerobic show by Sagar Pawan team members highlight of the event
Governor to be the chief guest at the Navy Day fete on December 4
Rehearsals started by greeting the Vice-Admiral with rocket and water bombs
VISAKHAPATNAM: The display of three-dimension power of Indian Navy particularly the aerobatic show by Sagar Pawan – the Formation Aerobatic Team from Goa – kept the spectators mesmerised on Wednesday.
The rehearsals conducted for the Navy Day programme on Friday enthralled hundreds of people, who thronged the beach road to witness the fighting ability of the Navy.
The aerobatic display by Sagar Pawan comprising four HJT-16 Kiran Mk-II fighter aircraft indigenously built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited charmed the people by keeping them clapping and capturing visuals of memorable event with still and video cameras. Sagar Pawan in India and Blue Angels in the US were the only active fixed wing formation teams of respective navies specialising in aerobatic display.
Low-flying close to the shore, skilful manoeuvring by forming columns and splitting into four separate directions to take several daredevil loops led by Commanding Officer Yashwant Karkare were the highlights. Vice-Admiral Anup Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, graced the occasion during the rehearsals. Governor N.D. Tewari will be the chief guest at the Navy Day fete on December 4. Navy Day is celebrated to commemorate the attack on Karachi Harbour in 1971 during India-Pakistan war.
The rehearsals started by greeting the Vice-Admiral with rocket and water bombs. Para jumpers and ski divers also displayed their skills. Eight Marine Commandos specialising in amphibious operations positioned skilfully at designated places with brilliant manoeuvring after they were dropped from mid-air with parachutes by fighter aircraft.
The day’s show also consisted of column formation by INS Jalashwa, INS Rajput and Ranjeet who displayed their multi-mission capability by firing torpedoes, rockets and missiles, mock-up enemy attack by simulating a rig and setting on fire by the commandos, who were slithered out of helicopters and Gemini boats, landing of helicopters on the decks of warships and the demonstration of INS Sindugosh – a submarine known for its killer punch.