Kochi: Vice Admiral KN Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, on Thursday reviewed the preparedness of the operational units of Southern Naval Command at sea.
The Vice Admiral is retiring from Naval Service after nearly 40 years of service on May 31.
Eight ships from Southern Naval Command participated in the manoeuvres held off Kochi coast during which the ships displayed their operational prowess for their Commander-in-Chief. INS Tir, the senior ship of the 1st Training Squadron based at Kochi was the Flag Ship of the Commander-in-Chief.
Dorniers, Seakings, Chetaks and Dhruvs (ALH) were the naval aircraft from INS Garuda which took part in the event.
Vice Admiral Sushil also addressed the men onboard the ships and exhorted them to always keep the Naval Ensign flying high and remain sharp and ready to defend the interests of the Nation.
A doyen submariner and among the pioneers who inducted the modern Shishumar Class submarines in the Navy, the Vice Admiral was the first Inspector General Nuclear Safety of Indian Navy. He had laid the ground work for induction of advanced nuclear submarines like INS Chakra, a Defence press release said.