Indian Navy – career program

TO BE SECURE ON LAND WE MUST BE SUPREME AT SEA – Jawaharlal Nehru

And so it happened, 120 children (100 girls and 20 boys) accompanied by around 10 MAD volunteers laid seige on the Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy!

We started from the Travancore gate of the Naval base at 8:30, entering in batches!

The first activity was a visit to a naval warship, INS Sujata. Each group was taken through the ship, to the bridge and the helo deck which has space to land a helicopter. INS Sujata is an Off-shore Patrol Vessel. More for recce than actual combat.

Our next stop was INS Garuda, the naval airbase. There some of us got to see a plane landing at close proximity. We were given a guided tour of the Seaking helicopter and the Navy’s new unmanned surveilance planes. The pilot also took us through some of the theory behind planes and helicopters.

Finally we were taken to the Naval auditorium where two senior officers, including a Woman officer took us through an informative session on careers in the navy for girls and boys, and how to prepare for the same.  They stressed on the importance of being conversant in English. By this time the children were very excited and had plenty of questions for the presenters.The talk also covered the importance of the navy in peacetime, especially for a country with a 7600km long coastline.

The program ended with a thank-you speech by Amu of St Mary’s Convent. After this the Navy arranged refreshments for all of us.

All-in-all, it was a beautifully arranged and thought-through program. Unfortunately we could not take pics inside the base for security reasons.

Post-program revelries

While we waited for the bus to return for them, we took the boys of YMCA and Bal bhavan for lunch to Ceylon Bake house. We were all so famished, the food was over in seconds.

A special mention is due of all the volunteers who attended the program.  There was so much co-ordination involved, it was like a naval exercise in itself. :)

Eobin, Nikhil, Aparna, Niki, Bindia, Paul, Shahnaz, Ruth, Riz, Kutty Gayatri, Anupama THANK YOU!

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Comments

  1. says

    Yeah, I heard it was a great day.. Can’t believe I missed it.. :( Paul’s been telling me so over and over again to rub it in…

    I can’t believe nobody told me you guys were going to Ceylon either !! :D

    Anyhow, great job all you guys.. I’m sure the kids had a great, and informative, time.. :)

  2. says

    Yeah, I heard it was a great day.. Can’t believe I missed it.. :( Paul’s been telling me so over and over again to rub it in…

    I can’t believe nobody told me you guys were going to Ceylon either !! :D

    Anyhow, great job all you guys.. I’m sure the kids had a great, and informative, time.. :)

  3. Paul says

    Sanjana…You made the fun in the day disappear….You make it sound as though we were on a study tour…She hasn’t mentioned how much fun we had… :p
    U should make documentaries….!!

  4. Paul says

    Sanjana…You made the fun in the day disappear….You make it sound as though we were on a study tour…She hasn’t mentioned how much fun we had… :p
    U should make documentaries….!!

  5. says

    she was subjected to B School Education paul…she’s conditioned this way :p….but honestly..well written..covered all the aspects …and what I really liked about the whole thing was the way the boys were seriously talking about taking science after 10th..they were full of doubts when we sat down to eat..thats when i realised the importance of the whole exercise

  6. says

    she was subjected to B School Education paul…she’s conditioned this way :p….but honestly..well written..covered all the aspects …and what I really liked about the whole thing was the way the boys were seriously talking about taking science after 10th..they were full of doubts when we sat down to eat..thats when i realised the importance of the whole exercise

  7. Sanjana says

    we might need to check on the science bit. as far as i know all services req science in the mainstream roles. and all have non science options in logistic, supplies, education, legal depts.

  8. says

    we might need to check on the science bit. as far as i know all services req science in the mainstream roles. and all have non science options in logistic, supplies, education, legal depts.

  9. Hari says

    Taking the children to Naval base was a wonderful idea..The experience there would inspire the children..and maybe influence their future.

  10. Hari says

    Taking the children to Naval base was a wonderful idea..The experience there would inspire the children..and maybe influence their future.

  11. Tony Jose says

    It would have been better if we could teach our kids what peace is and what war is and what naval force is for.

  12. Tony Jose says

    It would have been better if we could teach our kids what peace is and what war is and what naval force is for.

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