A newly constructed modern dive-training facility at the Diving School, of the Southern Naval Command (SNC) christened as the “Chiman Singh” Block was jointly inaugurated by Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, Chief of Staff , SNC and Chiman Singh, MVC, Petty Officer Clearance Diver (Retd), on 15 Dec 17 at naval base, Kochi.

National Defence Bureau,
Kochi, 15 December 2017
The facility is named after Chiman Singh, Petty Officer Clearance Diver (Retd), who was awarded the second highest gallantry award of the nation, the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The ceremony was attended in addition, by Rear Admiral K Swaminathan, Chief Staff Officer (Training) of SNC, Commodore VS Rawat, Principal Director Special Operations and Diving of the Navy at Integrated Headquarters of the ministry of Defence at New Delhi besides divers from all Commands of the Navy.


Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni presenting a memento to Chiman Singh, MVC
Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni presenting a memento to Chiman Singh, MVC

The facility, which has added a new chapter in the history of the Diving School, houses a state of the art Recompression Chamber complex, a laboratory as well as modern stores and will make dive training at the Diving School comparable with the best in the world. Speaking on the occasion, Rear Admiral Nadkarni extolled the bravery of Shri Chiman Singh and exhorted everyone to take motivation from such brave acts. He reiterated that it was only apt that a new diving facility is dedicated to a brave diver and expressed confidence that the naming of the block would inspire many generations of young naval personnel to bring honour to themselves, the service and the country.

Chiman Singh was a young diver in the rank of Leading Seaman when he participated in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Deployed off the Bangladesh coast, he displayed unparalleled gallantry in the face of the enemy in rescuing several of his colleagues, despite being severely injured. The sailor was eventually taken prisoner-of-war (POW) and released on culmination of the war. The sailor was awarded MVC for his courageous actions. This is the highest gallantry award ever received by a naval person. He was also recognized by the Government of Bangladesh for his actions during the War of Liberation and honoured with the “Friends of Bangladesh Liberation” award in 2013.

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