Maharashtra CM, MPs, MLAs and Senior State Govt Functionaries Embark Naval Ships off Mumbai

Maharashtra CM, MPs, MLAs and Senior State Govt Functionaries Embark Naval Ships off Mumbai

Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command hosted Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, Chairman of the Legislative Council, Shri Haribhau Bagade Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, along with other MLCs and MLAs and senior state functionaries onboard Indian Naval Ships of the Western Fleet on 04 April 2018.

Presentation on WNC by RAdm Rajesh Pendharkar CSO(Ops)

The visitors were given a detailed briefing on the role and scope of operations of the Western Naval Command and an Operational Demo was conducted for the embarked personnel. The exercises and live demonstration included submarine demo by recently commissioned submarine INS Kalvari and missile demo by INS Vidyut. In addition, Search and Rescue demo by SAR helicopters, provided a clear insight into the complexities of rescue operations at sea, especially in higher sea states. The shipborne Anti-Submarine Warfare Seaking and AEW Kamov helicopters and the MiG 29K carrier borne fighter aircraft participated in an impressive Air Power Demo.

Anti Piracy demonstration by MARCOS

Underway replenishment between IN ships Vikramaditya and Kolkata

The visitors were given a tour of the operational facilities and interacted with the ship’s company of INS Vikramaditya over lunch, to get a first-hand exposure and sea experience on range and scope of activities undertaken by the Indian Navy at sea. Addressing the crew of INS Vikramaditya, the Hon'ble Chief Minister congratulated the Navy for its gallant service to the nation and acknowledged the professionalism and fortitude of naval personnel in a challenging environment at sea. He appreciated the Armed Forces' role in safeguarding the territorial, maritime and economic interests of the country and said that he and his colleagues were privileged to have spent a day at sea with the Western Fleet.

Honorable CM Shri Devendra Fadnavis addressing the crew of INS Vikramaditya

Honorable CM Shri Devendra Fadnavis interacting with the crew of INS Vikramaditya during lunch time

Honorable CM Shri Devendra Fadnavis witnessing the Air Power Demonstration onboard INS Vikramaditya

All dignitaries witnessing the Air Power Demonstration onboard INS Vikramaditya

Naval Air Power Demonstration onboard INS Vikramaditya