Haldia: The Indian Army Sunday undertook a challenging wind sailing expedition from Haldia on the east coast up to Porbandar on the west. The expedition is aimed at fostering spirit of adventure among the young soldiers of Indian Army and spreading awareness about Ocean pollution by collecting samples of polluted water from seas, it said.
The team led by Major Alok Kumar Yadav would complete the expedition in about 45 days. On Sunday, 30 marine officers, 20 associates, 5 female officers, 8 to 10 sailors particiapted in this expedition with the ship called Bavaria.
The team would touch all major parts along the Indian coast line including Vishakhapatnam, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Mangaluru, Goa, and Porbandar, the release said. Contingency planning, Safety at Sea, Distress management and Team Building are other aspects which were undertaken during the gruelling training of the sailors, it added.
The operation of the Indian army started from Haldia port. The campaign will end in Porbandar. The Indian army’s IT jan Paramjit Singh flagged off the expedition.