On the occasion of Republic Day, a Ceremonial Parade was held at the Parade Ground at INS Circars on Tuesday. Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Vice-Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, took the salute and inspected a 50-men Armed Guard and later reviewed twelve platoons comprising of naval personnel drawn from all ships, submarines, establishments, and Defence Security Corps.
Chief of Staff of ENC, Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta was the Conducting Officer of the Parade, and Cdr Ravi Kiran was the Parade Commander. The Parade was attended by all Flag Officers, Commanding Officers of various ships, submarines, and establishments at Visakhapatnam. The parade concluded with the singing of the National Anthem. Addressing the personnel on parade, the Commander-in-Chief extended his Republic Day greetings and complimented the men and women on parade for their immaculate turnout and smart drill.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Admiral Jain emphasised the significance of Republic Day and how India became the Sovereign Republic by adopting the Indian Constitution which was drawn from the best practices from across the world by the framers of the Constitution headed by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. He highlighted the four guiding principles of our Constitution which are justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity, and the importance of being aware of our fundamental rights and duties enshrined in the Constitution that we must abide by. He also highlighted the restrictions in the fundamental rights imposed on armed forces personnel to ensure discipline and efficient discharge of their duties while safeguarding national security.
Vice Admiral Jain appreciated the efforts of all personnel of ENC particularly from the medical fraternity and the healthcare workers in limiting the impact of Covid amongst the naval community. He also complimented all personnel for maintaining a high tempo of operations by ships, submarines, and aircraft squadrons in meeting all challenges on the Eastern Seaboard despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. He congratulated all frontline units for successful weapon firings and ensuring ordinance on target always. As part of the Republic Day celebrations, all naval ships at Visakhapatnam were also ‘dressed overall’ with various signal flags displayed from their main mast to the front and rear flag poles.
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