Leading up to the Navy Day on 04 December, the Navy holds a string of events aimed at showcasing the ‘Silent Service’ and for raising awareness among citizens. The Eastern Naval Command too has scheduled a series of activities as part of the Navy Day- 2015 events. These activities spread out over two months, provide an opportunity to local populace to have a closer interaction with the navy.
The celebrations started with a Blood Donation Camp organised by the Station Health Organsiation, Visakhapatnam on 08 October 2015 in collaboration with INHS Kalyani, KGH, and AS Raja Voluntary Blood Bank, Visakhapatnam. Rear Admiral Sanjay Mahindru, Flag Officer Submarines inaugurated the camp by donating blood. There was an overwhelming response from volunteers amongst the uniformed and Defence civilians, and their family members, wherein 138 personnel donated blood.
Even as the ships of the Eastern Fleet have started visiting ports to conduct ‘Day at Sea’ and ‘Ships Open to Visitors’ along the coast of Tamil Nadu, Odisha and West Bengal in the run up to the Navy Day, a painting competition for children is being held at Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium on 25 October 15. Over 1500 students including those from schools for special children are expected to take part in the event. An ‘Outreach Program’ will be undertaken on 30 October, wherein a medical camp will be held at the Integrated Vikalangula Ashram Pathshala, Atchutapuram.
Other events being held in November this year include a Vizag-Navy Half Marathon on 15 November and a second Blood Donation Camp is scheduled to be conducted on 19 November 15. In addition ships visits by school children and organised groups is planned on 26-27 November 15 and followed by a ‘Day at Sea’ for school children and media personnel the next day, i.e. on 28 November 15 onboard ships of the Eastern Fleet. ‘Visits to INS Dega and Naval Ships’ for special children are slated for 19 November and 27 November respectively.
Navy Day - 15 Major Activities at Vizag
08 October Blood Donation Camp
25 October Painting Competition for children
30 October Community Outreach programme – Medical Camp at Integrated
Vikalangula Ashram Pathshala, Atchutapuram
15 November Vizag-Navy Half Marathon
19 November Blood Donation Camp
19 November Special Children visit INS Dega
26-27 November Ships open to School Children
27 November Special Children visit Fleet Ship
28 November ‘Day at Sea’ for school children and Media personnel