New Delhi: Indian Navy embarked on four significant expeditions to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Indo-Pak war. All the participants were felicitated by the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Robin Dhowan today at the Rajpath. The participants received a warm welcome from a large crowds gathered at the venue to celebrate the occasion.
Aim of the expeditions was to spread awareness about the role played by Indian Navy in the conflict amongst the local populace across the entire stretch from the Eastern sea front to the cost of Gujrat and northern region.
An eight member team of naval mountaineers led by Lt Commander S Karthkeyan scaled Mount Kun in the Zanskar region on the 10th of September. Mt Kun is a technical peak at a height of 7077 Meters. Arduous terrain, tough weather conditions and ice capes prone to crevasses and other hazards challenged the mountaineers for the entire route. This feat incidentally coincides with the Golden Jubilee year of the first ever successful mountaineering expedition to Mount Everest led by Captain M S Kohli of the Indian Navy.
A Joint Motor Cycle rally was organised from the coast of Gujarat. The 18 member team comprising members from all Naval stations in the Gujarat region was flagged off from Okha on 12th Sep by Lt Gen Mahipat Sinjhi, a 1965 war veteran. The team undertook the expedition from Dwarka to Delhi passing through Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Ajmer and Jaipur covering an approximate distance of 1500 kms in six days. The team also interacted with several 1965 war veterans and ex-servicemen en route.
The adventure enthusiasts from Delhi Naval Area embarked on a ten day cycle expedition from Delhi to Wagah border and back covering a total distance of about 1000 kms. The 14 member team led by Surg Cdr G Parthasarathy reached the Wagah border on 11th Sep and witnessed the Beating the Retreat ceremony. The team interacted with the local populace in Haryana and Punjab spreading the message about the 1965 victory and received a lot of public and media attention. The team was also felicitated at CRS University, Jind.