Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The tightly-guarded Naval Base and the adjacent air station here will be open to members of the public from November 20 to 23, in connection with the Navy Day celebrations.

Thus, people would be able to view warships at a close range. On December 4, they will also be able to witness the scintillating air display by Sagar Pawan – the aerobatics team of the Indian Navy based in Goa, said Cmde S. K. Jha, the Commanding Officer of INS Venduruthy and the Naval Officer-in-Charge, Kerala, while addressing mediapersons at the Ernakulam Press Club on Tuesday.

Entry to the Naval Base, to the ship jetties and the air-show will be free.

A fee of Rs 10 per head would be charged for those entering the Navy mela premises. This would be Rs 5 for students who come in groups. The mela has amusement games, food stalls and commercial stalls.

The Navy observes December 4 as Navy Day, to commemorate the role played by the Indian Navy in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war.

The bombardment of the Karachi harbour by Naval missile boats played a decisive role in India winning the war.

The Navy reaches out to citizens during the Navy Day celebrations. The theme for this year’s celebrations is ‘Goodwill across the oceans for peace and stability’. “This signifies the Navy’s role as an ambassador of the country for peace, friendship and stability in the region,” said Cmde Jha.

Football championship

The beating retreat ceremony would be held on December 4 and Governor R.S. Gavai will be the chief guest. The Navy band will perform at the Volvo Ocean Race village on December 6. They will also reach out to people at Thrissur, Kasargod, Payyanur and Alappuzha. The Navy Ball would be held on December 6.

Paying tribute to football lovers, the Navy will hold a football championship at INS Dronacharya, Fort Kochi, from November 22 to 30, jointly with the Ernakulam District Football Association.

Apart from a medical camp at Ezhimala (the site of the new Naval Academy), medical camps would be organised for Lakshadweep residents at Kadmat, Amini and Agati.