Naval operations leave spectators spellbound
The citizens of Kochi were treated to a mesmerising display of the entire spectrum of naval operations here on Sunday.
‘Operations Demonstration 2016’ commenced with a marine commando delivering the programme schedule to the chief guest of the evening.
A flypast by 13 aircraft (helicopters and fixed wing) of the Navy including the latest P8-I from the Naval Air Station INS Garuda set the tempo for rest of the activities which lasted more than an hour.
It included demonstration of landing of a Seaking helicopter on a moving warship, firing of weapons, special operations by the marine commandos from air and water, simulation of VBSS (visit, board, search and seizure) operations etc and Helobatics by the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), a naval release said here.
INS Ranjit, one of the oldest destroyers in the Indian inventory, showcased the versatility of the naval fleet, even as the latest indigenously built INS Chennai stationed at the background bore testimony to the 'make in India' focus of the navy, it said.
The helicopter landing display onboard patrol vessel INS Sunayna and the sail training display by the sail ship INS Sudarshini provided the spectators a glimpse of the varied activities at sea.
A continuity drill performed by two contingents from INS Dronachrya stood out for its stunning and precise discipline and skills in weapon handling.
The demonstration concluded with the ceremonial sunset ceremony followed by the lowering of the National Flag and Naval Ensign after which all the warships sailed past the gathering.