National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 21 December 2017
Admiral Lanba held extensive discussions with senior officers of Southern Naval Command (SNC) and reviewed ‘Op Sahayam’, the Search and Rescue operation of SNC towards the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Ockhi’.
During the visit the Admiral also held discussions with Commander of Sri Lankan Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, WWV, RWP, USP, NDC, PSC, AOWC who was also invited for the FOST Silver Jubilee celebrations.
He also inaugurated the ‘New Vajra Enclave’- an officers residential complex of the Officer’s Mess of SNC and laid the foundation stone for a state of the art Navigation and Direction (ND) simulator at Navigation and Direction School on 20 Dec 17.
Besides this, the CNS visited all the latest facilities developed at naval base in recent times such as newly constructed Modern Dive Training Facility (Chiman Singh Block) at Diving School, the Observer School and the Naval Aircraft Yard (NAY).
Earlier, the foreign delegates,who joined on the second day of the seminar, were welcomed by Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in- C) Southern Naval Command.
In his closing address, the CNS complimented the speakers as well as the moderators during the international seminar- which was themed ‘Operational Sea Training: Sharing Best Practices’- for presenting their perspectives on issues of immediate and topical interest to the Navy.He gave special thanks to the foreign participants, underscoring the importance of foreign cooperation to optimally meet common challenges in the maritime domain.
Following the seminar, on 22 Dec 17, the foreign delegates visited the training facilities at the SNC and had interactions with the staff at the FOST Headquarters and Training .
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