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Navy operational demo draws huge crowds

The Navy's demonstrates a rescue operation. Photo: H. Vibhu

The Navy's demonstrates a rescue operation. Photo: H. Vibhu  

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Two-hour demonstration a show of Indian Navy’s preparedness

The entire spectrum of Naval operations at sea unfolded before thousands of people who assembled along the Marine Drive coastline at Kochi on Sunday.

The two-hour-long demonstration of Indian Navy’s prowess included special operations by marine commandos from air and water, simulation of VBSS (visit, board, search and seizure) operation, helobatics by Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) and a warship formation led by INS Kolkata, the largest indigenously built warship of the Navy. There was also landing of a Seaking helicopter on a moving warship and firing of weapons.

Warships Tir, Sharda, Sarvekshak, Kuthar, Kabra, Kalpeni and sail training ship Sudarshini too participated in the exercise and showcased the operational preparedness of the Navy. The demonstration commenced with marine commandos delivering the programme schedule to Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam, who was the chief guest at the function. A flypast by 15 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft of the Navy including the latest P8-I set the tempo for the rest of the demonstration. 

Coastal security and force-protection capabilities were demonstrated by a group of six Fast Interceptor Crafts (FIC) that carried out various manoeuvres. A continuity drill was performed by two contingents from INS Dronacharya, exhibiting discipline and skill in weapon handling. 

The demonstration concluded with the ceremonial sunset ceremony which included the Beating Retreat performed by the Naval Band. This was followed by the lowering of the national Tricolour and Naval Ensign, after which all warships sailed past the gathering with their silhouette illuminated.

People thronged Subhash Park and Foreshore Road to see the demonstration in close proximity, with many people climbing atop trees to get a better view. The annual demonstration is organised as part of the Navy Week celebrations.

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