INDIA. Mumbai: On Wednesday, the “Naval Investiture Ceremony – 2022” was held at the Naval Base in Kochi, Kerala, to honour Naval officers who have displayed gallant acts, leadership, and professional achievements and outstanding service of a high order.
On behalf of the President of India, Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), presented the honorees with the Gallantry and Distinguished Service awards during the investiture event,” according to an official release.
The awardees awarded six Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry), eight Nao Sena Medals (Devotion to Duty), and seventeen Vishisht Seva Medals.In addition, on August 10, 2020, the “Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak” (posthumously) was handed to Ramavtar Godara’s father, COM I (EW). He made the ultimate sacrifice while attempting to save an unknown individual drowning in a water reservoir in Nagaur district, Rajasthan.
The CNS awarded the “Lt VK Jain Memorial Gold Medal” for pioneering research in weapon development and electrical engineering and the “Capt Ravi Dhir Memorial Gold Medal” for increasing flight safety during the ceremony. The “CNS Trophy for Best Green Practice 2021” was awarded to “INS Eksila” and “INS Hamla,” respectively, in the industrial and non-industrial categories.
The Indian Naval Ships “Tarkash,” “Nireekshak,” “Khanderi,” and “Astradharani” received “Unit Citations for Operational Units.”
The “unit citations” for shore establishments were given to the INS Angre, NSRY (Port Blair), INS Dega, and INS Hamla, all of which had outstanding accomplishments in the previous year.
“Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry)”: Capt Sunil S Korti, Cdr Dhanush Menon, Cdr Bipin Panikar, and Cdr Raj Krishna Manu. “Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak (posthumously)”: received by father of Late Ramavtar Godara, Com I (EW).
The ceremony was attended by the winners’ spouses and families and other top Indian Navy dignitaries.
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