‘Ships First’ is the message from Indian Navy Chief Admiral Kumar

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Indian Navy Chief Admiral Kumar on farewell visit at Kochi base.
Indian Navy Chief Admiral  R Hari Kumar,  along with his spouse  Kala Hari Kumar, President of Navy Welfare and Wellness Association (NWWA) were on farewell visit to Southern Naval Command (SNC), Kochi from 3 to 6 Apr 24. During the visit, Adm Kumar interacted with the officers and sailors of command  on ‘Connect with CNS’ forum at Sagarika auditorium in Kochi  Naval Base.  The interaction was attended by personnel of various units of Southern Naval Command including outstation units.

Various contemporary issues of Operations, Training, Human Resource development, digitisation and other transformation initiatives of the Indian Navy were discussed and concerns raised were addressed. In another event, the Naval Chief interacted with the defence civilians of Kochi. He acknowledged their invaluable role as a formidable workforce supporting the Indian Navy’s high tempo of operations.

A new NWWA Kendra housing office space, conference hall and welfare facilities such as class rooms, yoga/ wellness rooms under one roof were inaugurated by Kala Hari Kumar, in the presence of Admiral R Hari Kumar  on 5th April. Subsequently, an ECHS outreach programme named ‘SAMPARK 3.0’ was also flagged off by Adm Kumar. Under this programme, a team comprising officers and sailors of Naval Head Quarters and Southern Naval Command will tour different polyclinics in Kerala over 8 days and interact with veterans and veer naris at remote locations.

Furthermore,  Admiral R Hari Kumar visited his alma mater, INS Dronacharya and interacted with the staff and trainees and participated in the ‘Drona Gaan’. Adm Kumar  visited the Training block where he served as the Training Commander from 1997-1999.

Admiral R Hari Kumar  also visited HQ Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), where he was the 16th FOST from 2013-14. During his address, he exhorted the HQST team to remain focused on SHIPS FIRST approach and provided professional guidance.

According to a press release,  a new ‘Married Accommodation’  for DSC personnel named ‘Kulwant Singh’ block in the memory of LNK Kulwant Singh Sen Medal  (Posthumous) was inaugurated by the Chief of Naval Staff . The building with 74 splendid dwelling units and modern amenities symbolises Indian Navy’s unwavering commitment to the wellbeing of personnel.

A traditional ‘Bara Khana’ on the occasion of the farewell visit of the Naval Chief  was organised at INS Garuda. Admiral R Hari Kumar  interacted with personnel of Dakshini Nausena Kamaan Parivaar and urged them to perform their duty with courage and work together as a team safeguarding the nation’s maritime interests.