The Indian Navy had shown exemplary courage in controlling the menace of piracy in the Indian ocean in the last two years. Navy personnel were awarded the President’s Gallantry and Non-Gallantry awards at a naval investiture ceremony held at the Eastern Naval Command.
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The chief of Naval Staff said, “The menace of piracy had come down to a large extent in the Indian ocean, particularly at the Lakshadweep islands from 2010 due to the measures initiated by the navy on anti-piracy operations,”. He said the naval ships and the men had intercepted several pirate trawlers and mother ships near the Lakshadweep coast. “At present there was no piracy problems in the Indian ocean due to steps initiated by the Indian navy,” he said.
The importance of the Eastern Naval Command has increased manifold and many projects were coming to the Eastern naval command. Under project 17, INS Shivalik, INS Satpura, had already commissioned and INS Sayadri will be commissioned soon. Earlier, the Naval Chief took the salute at a parade comprising 24 platoons and inspected a 50 men armed guard and reviewed the platoons of naval personnel drawn from various ships and establishments of the ENC.
Flag Officer Commanding-in Chief, Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officers, Commanding Officers of various ships and establishments and a large number of service and civilian personnel and their families attended the function.
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