December 22, 2020

Santosh Patnaik
Visakhapatnam: Ministers and MLAs of Odisha were mesmerised as they witnessed a Day-at-Sea exclusively conducted for them by onboard ships of the Eastern Fleet of Indian Navy off Paradip on Tuesday.

According to a release issued by headquarters of Eastern Naval Command, the event was organized by them as part of 50 glorious years of victory of the 1971 Indo-Pak War celebrations. It was aimed at introducing the maritime domain to the peoples’ representatives of the Odisha.
As many as 90 MLAs, one Member of Parliament along with officials from the State and District Administration embarked four major combatant ships of the Eastern Fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.

The event was with strict adherence to all COVID-19 protocols.

The guests embarked onboard ships included the Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro, Deputy Speaker Rajnikant Singh, Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Naik, and several Ministers. The Naval Officer-in-Charge (Odisha) was also in attendance.

The day-long event witnessed participation IN Ships Jalashwa, Shakti, Shivalik, and Sahyadri collectively demonstrating the capability to undertake a wide spectrum of maritime operations ranging from benign roles such as Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions to the entire ambit of maritime conflict. Two of these ships, Shivalik and Sahyadri have been designed and constructed indigenously, showcasing the warship building capability of the nation.

The Day-at-Sea included live demonstrations on weapon firings, combat drills, joint manoeuvres, maritime interdiction, replenishment at sea, naval aviation and search and rescue operations (SAR).

The event gave a closer glimpse of the roles and operations of the Indian Navy whilst concurrently highlighting the importance of Blue Economy and challenges of the maritime domain, both at and from the seas.
The event also holds significance considering the impetus being given to developing port facilities by the state including inland ports and associated infrastructure under the aegis of Project Sagarmala.

During the event, the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet highlighted the initiatives by the Indian Navy in working tandem with the State administration to enhance awareness of the general populace towards coastal security. He also thanked the guests for taking out time to attend the event.

He expressed confidence that close interaction between the Indian Navy, State administration and all stakeholders in the maritime domain would pave the way towards enhancing the efforts for securing our coast.

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