Paradip, Nov 24 (LocalWire): Enthusiastic visitors including a sizeable number of school children on Sunday had a memorable experience as they witnessed the prowess of the country’s naval forces.
Two war ships, INS Rana and INS Ghadiyal, were thrown open today in Paradip.
The objective of such exercise is to give the people the exposure to naval operation, said navy officials.
‘Both the warships armed with formidable array of weapons, sensors and anti-ship sea-skimming missiles in their armouries and guided-missile corvettes stood tall and majestic as visitors were able to see and understand the various aspects of a naval ship from very close proximity,’ said Rituraj Sahu, Naval officer-in-charge (Odisha).
‘We intend to make people aware of the navy’s preparedness to safeguard the country’s security and sovereignty.
Besides exposure, exercise of this nature is also aimed at imbibing patriotic spirit in youths,’ he added.
‘There was heavy rush of enthusiastic people. The crowd mostly comprised school children and youths of 18-25 age group,’ he concluded.
For many, it was a lifetime experience to catch a glimpse of a fleet of two warships from close quarters.
‘It was an exhilarating experience. I had earlier seen a merchant ship at Paradip port. But for the first time, I boarded a warship.
I had read about the strength and capabilities of the Indian Navy.
I could visualize navy’s might today after boarding on the warships,’ said a resident of Paradip port town, Rashmi Ranjan Rout.