Southern Naval Command was privileged to host the Naval Investiture Ceremony 2014 today. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC inspected an impressive ceremonial parade and gave away President’s Gallantry and Non-Gallantry medals and awards for displaying extraordinary courage, distinguished service and devotion to duty.
The awards which were presented at this Ceremony included Three Nao Sena Medals for Gallantry, Eight Nao Sena Medals for Devotion to Duty and Sixteen Vishisht Seva Medals for distinguished service. Captain Ravi Dhir Memorial Gold Medal was awarded to one officer for enhancement of flight safety.
Lieutenant Commander Shailesh Tyagi, NM was awarded Bar to Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry) for the act of an extraordinary courage and undeterred attitude in a joint operation against militants in Jammu and Kahmir at Cherhar village. Whilst carrying out surveillance mission he and his team came under heavy fire and were injured. Even though injured, the Officer led his team and managed to ensure the safety of his injured team members and eliminated the hard-core militant.
The Nao Sena Medal for Gallantry was awarded to Commander KM Arun Kumar for displaying bravery during the rescue operations of crew of MV Asian Express. The Officer displayed exceptional courage, leadership and professional competence in rescuing twenty-two crew members in adverse sea and weather conditions from the sinking ship.
Krishna Kumar, Ag LS CD II was awarded Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry) for displaying exceptional courage in saving the life of seriously wounded pilot during a Helicopter Crash at Sea. Even though the sailor himself was injured in the accident; he without taking care of his personal safety rescued the unconscious pilot.
The Nao Sena Medals for ‘Devotion to Duty’ were awarded to Commodore Harendra Singh Chopra VSM, Commodore Bharat Bhusan Nagpal, Captain Mahadevu Goverdhan Raju, Surgeon Captain Promad Kumar Mishra, Captain Amit Gurbuxani, Captain (TS) G Rambabu, Surgeon Commander Gaurav Vohra, Mohammad Mastan Vali, MCPO II GI(S) in recognition to their distinguished service, exemplary qualities of leadership, planning, innovative skills, professional competence and Service before Self approach.
In addition, for rendering Distinguished service of an exceptional order and for significant contribution to the service, Vishisht Seva Medals were awarded to Rear Admiral Om Prakash Singh Rana, Rear Admiral Pradeep Joshi, Rear Admiral Ravindra Jayant Nadkarni, Commodore Krishna Mohan Pisapatti, Commodore Mohan Doss V, Commodore R Sreenivas Ratnam, Commodore Vijay Shankar Babeley (Retd), Commodore Anil Jose Joseph, Commodore Balbir Kumar Munjal, Captain Amol Murlidhar Sabnis, Captain Nirbhay Bapna, Surgeon Captain Shankar Narayan, Surgeon Captain Rahul Ray, Surgeon Captain Sundeep Bhandari, Naresh Kumar MCPO I PR I, Ram Raghu Nath MCPO I UC I (SSI).
Captain Ravi Dhir Memorial gold medal was awarded to Commander Shamit Biswas for his pro-active approach and initiative for rejuvenation of the Flight Safety Environment of INS Utkrosh.The unit citations to four afloat units (INS Ranvijay, INS Shardul, INS Sindhuvijay and INS Sudarshini) and four ashore units (NSRY (Port Blair), INS Rajali, NAY(Kochi)and INS Kadamba) were also presented.
The Admiral congratulated all the awardees and complimented the families and team members for providing support. The role of team work in accomplishing the goals was highlighted. The Naval Investiture Ceremony was also attended by the Flag Officers, Commanding Officers of the ships and establishments, families of the award winners and Defence civilian personnel and families.