Adm R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) visited Nagaland on Wednesday. This visit coincides with the ongoing activities being undertaken by the Indian Navy as a part of the outreach in the Northeast.
During the visit the CNS called on Neiphiu Rio, Chief Minister of Nagaland, and attended the Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama, which is located 121 km from Kohima, as the chief guest, and interacted with the Naval veterans.
The CNS also flagged-in the 3500-km Indian Navy Motorcycle Expedition at the Hornbill Festival. He also met Maj Gen Vikas Lakhera IG AR North and interacted with personnel in HQ IGAR North.
As a part of the Indian Navy’s Outreach programme in the North East a large stall has been set up at the Hornbill Festival. The focus of the stall is to provide local youth with information about the Indian Navy, its contribution to national security and the various opportunities for employment as officers and sailors.
A part of the stall was converted into an Audio Visual Room where movies highlighting the Indian Navy are being screened. Virtual Reality headsets are also available which provided the viewer with a life-like experience and a 3600 view of being on a ship (INS Kolkata) and an aircraft carrier (INS Vikramaditya).
Some interesting products exhibited at the venue are innovative solutions for Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security. In addition, an Indigenisation desk to interact with Industry/ Startups has been set up. The Indian Navy Band which performed at the festival, also gained immense popularity.
Also, motivational lectures on ‘Career in the Indian Navy’ were organised for approx 1300 school children in association with the State Education Department at Dimapur and Kohima.
The schools visited were GHSS Dimapur, GHSS Purana Bazar and Pranab Vidyapith HSS in Dimapur and Ruzhukhrie GHSS and Thenocha Memorial GHSS in Kohima. Meetings with the ESMs were also held on 15 and 16 November in Kohima
The Indian Navy also organised a multi-specialty medical and wellness camp at a remotely located district of Niuland in Nagaland, 35 Km from Dimapur on 29 and 30 Nov 2022.The medicines prescribed by the Specialists were distributed free of cost to the patients.
The Indian Navy Motorcycle Expedition was virtually flagged off from Guwahati on Nov 25 by the Chief of the Naval Staff, to coincide with Lachit Divas, the 400th birth anniversary of the famous Commander-in-Chief (Borphukan) of Ahom Kingdom. The team comprises 31 naval personnel including two women officers, spread over two phases covering a total distance of 3500 km in 21 days, according to a PIB release.