Nivedita Ganguly

Rare moments for students on board INS Rana

  • Five ships participate
  • Missile firing exercises not demonstrated this year

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The caressing sea breeze and calm seamless stretches of the Bay of Bengal were shattered as the helicopter broke the silence with a breathtaking feat of the sonar dunking demonstration. As INS Rana sailed majestically and unhurriedly on the Bay of Bengal, the 50-odd mediapersons along with a bunch of enthusiastic school students experienced some rare moments on board the ship. The day-at-sea programme conducted by the Eastern Naval Command as part of the Navy Week Celebrations saw some of exciting naval exercises being demonstrated by the naval personnel at the sea off Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. The five ships that participated in the exercise were INS Rana, INS Ranjit, INS Jyoti, INS Kirch and Kulish.

    The azure waters of Bay of Bengal, some 40 km. off the coast, gave one the feeling of being lost in the middle of nowhere. The cheerful group of media persons and students onboard INS Rana seemed to enjoy the company on board as they made themselves comfortable tucking into the refreshments provided. Soon the action began with the Naval personnel showing their prowess with weapons by firing a light machine gun to target an illumination motor bomb.

    Jackstay operation

    A Chetak helicopter enacted a `search and rescue' operation. The naval personnel came down from the helicopter like a hero to save `the man in distress'. More action followed as naval personnel demonstrated `jackstay' operation, an exercise to shift men and material from one ship to another with the help of a rope. Earlier onboard INS Rana, Rear Admiral D.K. Joshi, Flag-Officer-Commanding Eastern Fleet, gave away prizes to winners of the painting contest.