Paradip:22/12/20: A Day-at-Sea for members of the Odisha Legislative Assembly was organised onboard ships of the Eastern Fleet of Indian Navy off Paradip today. The event was organised by the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) as part of the Fifty Glorious Years of victory of the 1971 Indo-Pak War celebrations and aimed to introduce the maritime domain to the peoples’ representatives of the Odisha.
A total of 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 held with strict adherence to all COVID-19 Protocols.
Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro, Deputy Speaker Rajnikant Singh, Leader of the Opposition Pradipta Kumar Naik and ministers among other Member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly embarked on board the ships. The Naval Officer-in-Charge (Odisha) was also in attendance.
The day-long event witnessed participation of 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. Shivalik and Sahyadri ships 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 aimed to provide the distinguished guests 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.