Highlights:

  • Shri Ram Nath Kovind and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces bestowed the President’s colour to Indian Naval Aviation at INS Hansa, Goa
  • The President’s Colour is bestowed on a military unit, to mark exceptional service rendered to the Nation, both in peace and war
  • Indian Navy was the first Indian Armed Force, to achieve the President colour from Dr Rajendra Prasad on 27 May 1951

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces bestowed the President’s colour to Indian Naval Aviation at INS Hansa, Goa on 06 Sep 2021. To recognise the momentous occasion, a ceremonial parade with a 150 men Guard of Honour was conferred to the President.

Along with the President of India, Shri PS Sreedharan Pillai, the governor of Goa; Dr Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister of Goa; Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for Tourism, Port Shipping and Waterways; Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, Flag officer Commanding-in-chief Western Naval Aviation and other civil and military dignitaries were present at the ceremony.

The President’s Colour is bestowed on a military unit, to mark exceptional service rendered to the Nation, both in peace and war. Naval Aviation has acclaimed itself with notable and gallant service to our Nation over the last seven decades. As far as the reports are concerned, the Indian Navy was the first Indian Armed Force, to achieve the President colour from Dr Rajendra Prasad on 27 May 1951.

The recipient of the President’s Colour in the Navy involves Southern Naval Command, Eastern Naval Command, Western Naval Command, Eastern Fleet, Western Fleet, Submarine Arm, INS Shivaji and the Indian Naval Academy. Award of the President’s Colour to Indian Naval Aviation is symbolic of the yeoman service provided during peace and combat.

At present, Naval Aviation comprises nine Air Stations and three Naval Air Enclaves, along the Indian coastline and the Andaman and Nicobar Island. In these past seven decades, it turned into a modern, technologically advanced and highly potent force with over 250 aircraft consisting of Fighters, Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft, Helicopters and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). Naval Aviation assets are now efficient in undertaking missions along with the entire gamut of military operations. It stands to be an important component of the main role of the Indian Navy that includes Military, Diplomatic, Constabulary and Benign.

While addressing the occasion, the President recollected the glorious contribution of INS Vikrant along with its integral aircraft that played a major role in the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971. He further added that Naval aircraft have also been at the forefront of numerous peacetimes as well as Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations, facilitating relief not only to our countrymen but also to our friendly foreign nation.

The President hailed the indigenisation efforts of the Indian Navy in keeping with the Atma Nirbhar Bharat vision of the government. Furthermore, he upheld the significant progress in aviation technology, providing state-of-the-art indigenous weapons, sensors and data suites for Naval aircraft. He also congratulated the officers, sailors, veterans and all serving Naval Aviators.

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