Aircraft Yard receives ISO 9001
part of the setting up of world class aircraft maintenance facilities in
the Yard, the Naval Aircraft Yard (Kochi) set up a Quality Management
System certified under the ISO 9001:2000. The Yard was formally certified
as ISO 9000 compliant. The certificate was presented by M/s RINA, the
Italian Certification Agency of Company Quality Systems (CISQ) and the
International Quality Certification Network (IQ Net), to Cmde Koshy
Varughese, the Commodore Superintendent of the Yard. The entire Yard is
certified to the ISO 9001:2000 standard till September 2004.
Krishna Turns Six
Krishna, one of the ships of the First Training Squadron of the
Indian Navy, celebrated her sixth anniversary. The ship derived her name
from INS Kistna, a `Black Swan' type sloop specially built for the
then Royal Indian Navy by M/s Yarrow and Company Ltd, Glassgow. The ship
was originally a Leander class Frigate with the Royal Navy named HMS Andromeda.
The 1st Training Squadron (1TS) comprising INS Tir, INS Krishna and
the only Sail Training Ship of the Indian Navy INS Tarangini is
tasked with training of cadets.
51st Integrated Cadets Course, which passed out in May 1996 was the first
batch to be trained on board Krishna. Presently 33 cadets of 62nd
Course are undergoing training. The cadets training curriculum includes
port familiarization of all the major ports and most of the minor ports of
India and a goodwill visit to foreign ports. This is the second ship
bearing the name INS Krishna as the earlier one has since been
de-commissioned. The ship is under the command of Cdr Kushal Dang.
Eastern Naval Command hoisted the newly introduced Naval Ensign for the
first time at the Independence Day Parade held at the Naval Base,
Visakhapatnam. Vice Admiral John C DeSilva, Foc-in-C, Eastern Naval
Command and other officers in station saluted the new ensign and ushered
its flying on ships and establishments of the ENC. The previous ensign
with St George Cross was lowered, once for all, with full service
tradition and decorum.
this Independence Day onwards the personal flags of Admirals have been
bearing the Ashoka Lion perched on the anchor against the white
background. The present design of the naval ensign was evolved over
several years keeping in mind the simplicity and commonality with the
flags of the Indian Army and Airforce, and the use of traditional colours
associated with the Navy i.e., white and navy blue. The new distinguishing
flags of senior officers have started displaying the `Navy Crest' and the
appropriate number of `Star' signs depicting the rank of the senior
officer in lieu of the red St. George Cross.
"Slipway" built by the Director General, Naval Projects (DGNP),
Visakhapatnam for facilitating docking of medium and small sized naval
ships was inaugurated at the Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. Vice Admiral
John C DeSilva, FOC-in-C, Eastern Naval Command unveiled a plaque marking
the inauguration of the new facility at a colourful ceremony held at the
Naval Dockyard. This modern and state-of-the art complex, first of its
kind in the navy, will augment the existing facilities for undertaking
repair and overhauls of the naval vessels of tonnage upto 600 tons.
on the occasion, the FOC-in-C complimented the DGNP organisation for
construction of the impressive looking slipway. The FOC-in-C said that the
Slipway facility would be efficiently utilised for undertaking repairs of
small and medium craft of the Navy. He further said that the facility
could also be offered to outside agencies like Merchant Navy and
Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) for repairs of small craft and barges.
Assistant Commandants Course
35th batch of Assistant Commandants course passed out from the Coast Guard
District Headquarters, Fort Kochi. The officer trainees completed twenty
weeks of exhaustive training, both theoretical and practical afloat
training, onboard the Coast Guard training ship Varuna commanded by
DIG SPS Basra. Inspector General Prabhakaran Paleri, Commander, Coast
Guard Region (West) reviewed the passing out parade and gave away awards
and trophies. The `Sword of Honour' instituted by the Director General
Coast Guard (DGCG) for the Best All Rounder was awarded to Asst Comdt
Girish Dutt Raturi of the 31st course while Asst Comdt PV Gopal of the
35th course received the Overall Best Assistant Commandant during the
Phase - 1 afloat training.
Command Diving Competition
fourth Inter Command Diving Competition was conducted at the Diving
School, Kochi. The three Naval Commands, in rotation, hold this
competition annually. The aim of this event is to improve upon the
professional knowledge, skills and advancement in the field of diving
besides generating enthusiasm amongst divers and inculcate esprit de
corps. The competition included triathlon, quiz, air diving and oxygen
diving. While the competition appeared to be a closely contested one with
no clear winner till the last event, the Southern Naval Command finally
won with 81 points. Cmde A K Patnaik, Director of Diving at Naval
Headquarters, witnessed the competition and gave away the prizes.
Fleet Commander of Eastern Fleet
Admiral Pradeep Kaushiva took over as the Flag Officer Commanding of
Eastern Fleet from Rear Admiral Arun Kumar Singh.
graduate from the National Defence Academy at Khadakvasla, Pune, Rear
Admiral Pradeep Kaushiva was commissioned into the executive branch of
Indian Navy in January 1968. After initial specialisation in
Communications at Kochi, he held various staff, instructional and command
appointments. During his long and illustrious career, rear Admiral
Kaushiva commanded the missile vessel INS Veer, Coast Guard ship Vijaya
and the indigenous guided missile frigate, INS Ganga.
becoming a Flag Officer, Rear Admiral Kaushiva held the coveted
appointments as the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Information
Warfare and Operations) at the Naval Headquarters and the Deputy
Commandant of the National Defence Academy.
convention on Quality Circles of various work centres of the Naval
Dockyard, was held at Visakhapatnam. Thirtynine Quality Circle teams in
the engineering category and forty teams in the service category presented
case studies. They highlighted innovative techniques and fixtures
developed to improve the quality of the work performed by the production
centres of the yard. The presentations also facilitated a review of the
progress and improvements made at their respective work areas with an
overall aim to achieve quality output in respect of refits and repairs of
ships and submarines at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam.
Admiral Arun Saxena, Admiral Superintendent of Naval Dockyard,
Visakhapatnam who inaugurated the convention emphasised the importance of
Quality Circle movement in achieving total quality management.
this occasion, Mr Ashok Balwani, Regional Manager of M/s Det Norske
Veritas formally handed over the ISO 9001:2000 certificates to nine work
centres of the yard.
Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam received the ISO Certificate
on behalf of the yard.
Medical Car Rally
motor car rally comprising five medical officers, one lady nursing officer
and five sailors of the Naval hospital INHS Asvini, Mumbai, arrived
at Kochi after covering a distance of about 6600 kms. The rally was
flagged off from Mumbai to commemorate the golden jubilee of INHS Asvini.
team headed by Surgeon Commander V K Mohindra, passed through several
states touching the Metros of New Delhi, Kolkata, along the east coast to
Chennai, Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram via Kochi along the west coast
before returning to Mumbai just a day prior to the golden jubilee of the
oldest hospital of the Indian Navy. Aimed at spreading the message of ‘importance
of health and the spirit of adventure’, the team covered an average
distance of 600 kms per day. During their drive, the team had some
interesting experiences and even rendered medical assistance to accident
cases encountered enroute and also distributed literature on AIDS in
different languages to increase awareness amongst the people of these
yachting championship, Jal Praveen-2001 at the Southern Naval
Command concluded here amidst enthusiasm. This championship was held for
30 days during which seven teams competed in 20 races in enterprise class
yacht, 8 races in wind surfing and 3 races in water skiing. The races are
held in Ernakulam channel conducted by Seamanship School, a training
establishment of Southern Naval Command.
Admiral RP Suthan, Chief of Staff at the Southern Naval Command was the
chief guest on the occasion. The event was witnessed by a large gathering
of spectators who had assembled to cheer up their respective teams. The
Venduruthy /ND School team won the Enterprise class category and also the Jal
Praveen overall trophy, while Signal School bagged the wind surfing
trophy and ASW/Diving School carried away the trophy for water skiing.
This is the third consecutive year that the Venduruthy/ND school team has
won this event.
contingent of over four hundred naval personnel of INS Satavahana,
the premier submarine training establishment of the Indian Navy at
Visakhapatnam undertook a run-cum-trekking from the Naval Base to
Kailashgiri hill top. Theme of the event was "Run for Peace and
harmony". The naval contingent consisted of over 280 officers and
sailors of the 59th and 60th Basic Submarine Courses undergoing
specialised training for conversion into the Submarine Arm of the Navy and
accompanied by more than 100 instructional staff of the naval
this occasion, the Eastern Naval Command conducted many adventure
activities, with an aim to instil a spirit of adventure and endurance,
among naval personnel and prepare the under trainees to face the rigours
of submarine life. Rear Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma, Chief of Staff
Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command flagged off the team at INS Satavahana.
team covered a distance of 20 km following a route through the city and
finished at the Kailashgiri hill top by trekking. Capt SH Subramanian,
Commanding Officer, INS Satavahana gave away the prizes to the
inputs from Cdr
from Kochi and Cdr