The Navy leg of the Defence Correspondents’ Course (DCC)-2013, being held by the Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence under the aegis of the Eastern Naval Command commenced at Swarna Jyoti conference hall on 19 Aug 13.
Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command was the Chief Guest at the inaugural session that was also attended by Shri. Nungsang Ao, Director (Public Relations) and other members of the Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence.
Delivering the inaugural address, Vice Admiral Verma stressed on the need to acknowledge that media and the military are the quintessential pen and sword that contribute in making our national security more robust. The Chief of Staff urged the candidates to avail the opportunity to equip themselves for authentic reporting of Defence matters.
The month-long course, comprising attachments with the Indian Army, Navy and the Air Force is being attended by 30 members of the media chosen from across the country. The DCC is an annual event conducted to enable the correspondents of both print and electronic media to appreciate various facets of the Armed Forces and thereby facilitate objective reporting by them in the course of their professional careers. Apart from interactive lectures and presentations, the 10-day Navy leg comprises visits to various ships and defence establishments in and around Visakhapatnam, and a ‘Day at Sea’ onboard ships of the Eastern Fleet.
Press Release, August 22, 2013; Image: Navy