Berhampur, Oct 6 (LocalWire): The INS Chilika, the training establishment of the naval personnel near Khordha, was awarded the coveted “Unit Citation” by the Chief of Naval Staff for 2019.
Commodore Rituraj Sahu, Commanding Officer, INS Chilika received the ‘Unit Citation’ award from vice admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command at the Naval Investiture Ceremony held on Monday in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
INS Chilika has received the prestigious award for the third time this year.
Earlier it had received the award in 2005 and 2012.
In Military parlance, a ‘Unit Citation’ is a special “hard-earned” recognition awarded to a Naval Unit which has performed exceptionally well in the service of the Nation and has excelled in its Line of Duty.
This Citation is a reflection of the professionalism, teamwork and the camaraderie of all personnel onboard INS Chilika in meeting their roles and responsibilities said a press release by the unit on the occasion.
The INS Chilika has provided qualitative training to more than 6600 new candidates every year.
The unit has successfully achieved its core role to mould and transform raw recruits into capable “Sea Warriors” with the Core Naval Values of “Duty, Honour and Courage”, sources said.
The unit has made its mark always making timely relief efforts in the state during cyclone “Titli” in 2018 and “Fani” in 2019 to provide much-needed succour to local personnel.