Indian Navy’s Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM , YSM, ADC, visited Visakhapatnam on 29 October 14, and reviewed the cyclone affected naval areas in the aftermath of Hudhud.
On arrival, Admiral Dhowan was briefed by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, FOC-in-C Eastern Naval Command on various relief activities and initiatives undertaken by the Command since 12 October 14. On completion of the briefing, the CNS visited the naval facilities at Visakhapatnam including Naval Air Station INS Dega, Naval Armament Depot, Base Victualling Yard, Materials Organisation, Ship Building Centre, Naval Dockyard and residential areas of officers and sailors.
Later in the day, Chief of the Naval Staff interacted with the officers, sailors and defence civilians of the ENC. Speaking to them, the Admiral complimented ENC and all its personnel for ensuring high standard of preparedness prior to and during the cyclone, resulting in minimum damage to naval assets including ships, submarines and aircraft.
The Admiral launched Tree Plantation Drive of the Navy this afternoon with the aim to plant 100,000 trees. Addressing the media personnel, the Admiral reiterated the Navy’s commitment of restoring the pristine green cover of Visakhapatnam in a shortest possible time, wherein, the Navy shall plant two trees for the loss of each fallen tree.
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