The President of Indiaand the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Force, Ram Nath Kovind presented the President’s Colour to Indian Naval Aviation at INS Hansa, Dabolim, Goa. The President’s Colour is the highest honour bestowed on a military unit in recognition of its exceptional service to the nation which is given in recognition to exceptional services for the nation during the time of peace and war.
i.A ceremonial parade with a 150-man guard of honour was presented to the President during the event.
ii.A special day cover and Book titled- ” Fly Navy, Fly” was released by the President and Chief Post Master General, Maharashtra and Goa .It narrates about the transformation journey of Indian Naval Aviation.
iii.In 27 May, 1951, the Indian Navy received the first President’s Colour by the President Dr. Rajendra Prasad. It was the first armed force to receive this award.
Subsequent recipients of the President’s Colour in the Navy include Southern Naval Command, Eastern Naval Command, Western Naval Command, Eastern Fleet, Western Fleet, Submarine Arm, INS Shivaji and the Indian Naval Academy.
iv.Naval Aviation boasts of nine Air Stations and three Naval Air Enclaves, along the Indian coastline and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The Navy’s aviation arm came into being with the acquisition of the first Sealand aircraft on January 13, 1951 and commissioning of INS Garuda, at Kochi on May 11, 1953.
The” Make in India”- indigenisation efforts of the Indian Navy in making defence equipment and weapons was appreciated. As inductions of Advanced Light Helicopters and Dornier and Chetak aircraft manufactured indigenously by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
About the Indian Navy
The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy. The Chief of Naval Staff, a four-star admiral, commands the navy.
Founded- 26 January 1950
Commander-in- Chief– President Ram Nath Kovind