Admiral RK Dhowan PVSM AVSM YSM ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff will be visiting Southern Naval Command, Kochi on 12 Jun 14 to present awards to winners of Gallantry and Distinguished Service Awards. The Presidential Awards for naval personnel are announced on 15 Aug and 26 Jan every year. These awards are presented to the recipients by the President bi-annually during the Defence Investiture Ceremony (DIC) and annually by the Chief of Naval Staff during the Naval Investiture Ceremony (NIC).
On this occasion, the CNS will present awards to winners of Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) and Vishisht Seva Medal. In addition best performing operational units (ship/ submarine/ air squadron) as well as shore establishments of the Indian Navy will be presented with a ‘Unit Citation’ by the CNS. The Unit citation is awarded to a ship/ submarine/aircraft squadron or shore establishment in recognition of the ‘outstanding service of a collective nature in peace and less than war conditions’. The Capt Ravi Dhir Memorial Medal will also be presented to the air station/squadron adjudged best in promoting flight safety over the last year.
Later in the day, the CNS will chair the Annual General Body Meeting of the Naval Group Insurance Fund (NGIF) and Indian Naval Benevolent Association (INBA). Various aspects pertaining to insurance and welfare schemes for Naval personnel would be discussed during the meeting. Whilst the primary function of the NGIF is to provide life insurance cover for naval personnel, the INBA - which is a benevolent association that looks after the welfare of our personnel and families, is involved in a number of welfare activities that have a profound impact on the well-being of the naval community. These include rehabilitation of naval widows, financial assistance for special children, grants for personnel affected by natural calamities and merit scholarships for education of deserving children of naval personnel.
The Annual General Body Meeting will be attended by senior representatives from all the naval commands besides administrators of the funds and about 500 members stationed at Kochi.