Stating that Indians are proud of the country’s Navy, Governor Satya Pal Malik said that India’s waters and land are safe as they are guarded by the Indian Navy round-the-clock.
The Governor was speaking as the chief guest on the occasion of Navy Day function held at Navy House based at INS Gomantak in Vasco. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Minister for Transport and Panchayats Mauvin Godinho, Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida, Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area Rear and Flag Officer Naval Aviation Admiral Philipose George Pynumootil, Sulakshana Sawant, Jennifer Almeida, Dempo Group of Industries’ chairman Shrinivas Dempo, airport director Gagan Malik, Deputy Inspector General of Indian Coast Guard Goa Region Himanshu Nautiyal and officials of Indian Navy were present on the occasion.
Navy Day is celebrated to commemorate the attack on the Karachi harbour during the Indo-Pakistan war on this day in 1971 by the Indian Navy.
The Governor said, “We are proud of the Indian Navy. India’s waters and states are safe as they are guarded by the Indian Navy. I wish the Indian Navy well.”
Chief Minister Sawant complimented the Navy personnel on the occasion and said, “It is a proud moment for me to attend this function along with the Governor Malik. The movie screened at the function itself has revealed that we all Indians are safe as our security is in the hands of the Indian Navy and therefore I salute the Indian Navy personnel for their efforts in safeguarding the country.”
Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area Rear and Flag Officer Naval Aviation Admiral Pynumootil said, “Under the Make-in-India concept of the central government, 40 ships and submarines are in order and are being constructed in various shipyards all over India. Warships of various sizes and types of aircraft carriers, submarines and fast-attack aircrafts are also being built in India. The Navy has contracted 12 Dornier’s and 16 advanced light helicopters (ALH) with Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd (HAL).”
“As the Navy grows, a significant number of ships are to be planned and constructed in Goa. The Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) will be constructing two state-of-the-art missile frigates projects,” stated Rear Admiral adding the naval base at INS Hansa has all types of aircrafts in its fleet.
The Rear Admiral also said that the Indian Navy has rescued over 14,000 people in ‘Varsha Rahat’ operation that was launched in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa. He informed that the Indian Navy is working in coordination with Centre and the state government in various fields.