New Delhi: President and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces Ram Nath Kovind awarded the President’s Colour to INS Shivaji, Lonavala, commanded by Commodore Ravnish Seth, on February 13.
The President’s Colour is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon any military unit and was received by Nishan Adhikari on behalf of INS Shivaji at an impressive ceremonial parade comprising 130 officers and 630 Sailors of the Indian Navy that also included a 150 men Guard of Honour.
Maharasthra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command Vice Admiral AK Chawla along with senior defence and civilian dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The President congratulated the officers and sailors of INS Shivaji for their impeccable turnout, smart drill and impressive appearance of the establishment. He also congratulated the personnel of INS Shivaji both past and present for the great service rendered to the nation for the past 75 years in pursuance of their duties.
INS Shivaji was established in 1945 and it is one of the premier training establishments of Indian Navy. The establishment has been entrusted with responsibility of imparting training to officers and sailors of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and friendly foreign navies in the domains of Marine Engineering. Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence including Damage Control and Fire Fighting, Main & Auxiliary Controls.
A Special Cover marking the Platinum Jubilee of INS Shivaji was also released by the President.