Govt. sees major role for Navy in Vizhinjam project: Minister

INS Venduruthy, the base station of the Southern Naval Command here, celebrated its 70{+t}{+h}anniversary on Friday. Ports and Excise Minister K. Babu was the chief guest.

Founded on August 31, 1939, as a small naval contingent under a Royal Indian Navy officer who assumed the duties of Naval Officer-in-Charge Cochin, the contingent was originally tasked with local naval defence besides operating a port wireless signal station and an examination centre.

INS Venduruthy was commissioned as HMIS Venduruthy on June 23, 1943, which on Independence received its present name, said Commodore M.R. Ajay Kumar, who commands the station.

Cmde Ajay Kumar said as the flagship of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, INS Venduruthy over time expanded into the largest establishment of the Navy, providing logistics and administrative support to 73 units. The Naval Base houses the headquarters of command, ships, air base, repair yards, hospital, professional schools, accommodation for married and in-living personnel, shopping complex and a host of other facilities.

Mr. Babu recalled the role played by the station in coordinating the coastal security requirements of the State and in forming a network of various maritime and security agencies. He also highlighted the discussions held by the Navy on various issues and said the government foresaw a major role for the Navy in the Vizhinjam Port project.

  • Founded on August 31, 1939, as a small naval contingent

  • Commissioned as HMIS Venduruthy on June 23, 1943