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President’s Colour awarded to Indian Naval Academy

Awarding the President’s Colour
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Awarding the President’s Colour

President Ram Nath Kovind and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, awarded the President’s Colour to Indian Naval Academy (INA) on 20 November 2019. The President’s Colour - the highest honour that is bestowed upon a military unit - was received by Academy Cadet Captain Sushil Singh on behalf of the INA. A special postal cover was also released by the President to commemorate the occasion.

(In pic: Shri Ram Nath Kovind, the Hon’ble President of India and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces awarding the President’s Colour to INA.)

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50 years of Naval Academy
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50 years of Naval Academy

Kovind congratulated the INA, its present incumbents as well as past on completion of 50 years of Naval Academy. He said, “The fine parade this morning resonates well with the high reputation this Academy has earned for itself in a relatively short span of time. The President’s Colour should serve as the motivating symbol to inspire and mould a generation of officers that will pass out from this world class institution”.

(In pic: President Addressing the parade)

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Who were present
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Who were present

Arif Mohammed Khan, Governor of Kerala, Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, Kerala State Minister for Ports, Museums, Archaeology and Archives, Ramachandran Kadannappally, Vice Admiral AK Chawla, AVSM, NM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Naval Command, and other senior service and civilian dignitaries were present during the occasion. Indian Naval Ships Magar and Sujata and Indian Coast Guard Ship Sarathi were anchored off Ettikkulam Bay, to mark the occasion.

(In pic: Release of a special postal cover by the Hon’ble President on the occasion.)

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Recognition of the yeoman service
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Recognition of the yeoman service

Award of the President’s Colour to Indian Naval Academy is a recognition of the yeoman service rendered by the institution in shaping the leadership of the Navy by training naval officers over the last fifty years at three different locations - Kochi, Goa and Ezhimala.

INA, Ezhimala, over a period of 10 years has commissioned 5930 officers, into Indian Navy and Coast Guard including 531 women officers. INA has a present strength of 963 trainees including 44 women trainees and 26 trainees from friendly foreign countries.

(In pic: President inspecting the parade)

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Which units will be awarded?
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Which units will be awarded?

Navy was the first of the three armed forces to be awarded the President’s Colour on 27 May 1951. Besides the INA, Southern Naval Command, Eastern Naval Command, Western Naval Command, the Western & Eastern Fleet as well as the Submarine Arm are the units of the Indian navy to be awarded similarly.

(In pic: The President’s Colour awarded to INA being paraded in front of the President as part of the march past.)

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