President awards the President's Colour to Naval Aviation in Goa

7th Sep,2021

President awards the President's Colour to Naval Aviation in Goa

On Monday, President Ram Nath Kovind granted the President’s Colour to the Indian Naval Aviation at a celebratory parade held at the INS Hansa base near Panaji in Goa.At the event, the Indian Navy gave president the guard of honour

Mr. Kovind, is on a three-day visit to Goa. In the presence of Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh ,Mr. Kovind awarded the president's Colour to the Naval Aviation.The President’s Colour is the prominent honour allocated on a military unit in acknowledgement of its exceptional service to the nation.A naval spokesperson said ,at a press release that the President's colour consists of a 36 inch by 48 inch white banner with the national flag in the canton and the State emblem embllished in gold at the centre. The elephant, representing strength, is placed diagonally opposite the national flag in the canton.

On the occasion, Mr. Kovind praised the navy saying that the Indian Navy has devoted remarkable effort in meeting all regional resolutions and furthering our diplomatic involvements with friends and partners in the Indo-Pacific.He added , With missions like the 'Operation Samudra Setu' and 'Mission Sagar', the Navy was a major device of India's COVID-19 outreach, giving helping hand and supporting maritime neighbours and partners in the Indian Ocean region.

Mr. Kovind also said the Naval Aviation has been at the lead of inducting women into the force.The President also applauded the Naval Aviation's contribution through various humanitarian assistance and disaster rescue operations during which it provided comfort to fellow citizens, like the recently conducted rescue operations off Mumbai during Cyclone Tauktae in May 2021.

It has also provided significant assistance to several neighbouring countries and nations in the Indian Ocean region, president added.The Navy received its first President’s Colour on May 27, 1951 by the then President of India, Dr.Rajendra prasad.The Indian Naval Aviation came into being with the possession of the first Sealand aircraft on January 13, 1951 and commissioning of the first Naval Air Station,INS Garuda on May11, 1953.Today, the Indian Naval Aviation owns nine air stations and three naval air enclaves along the Indian coastline and in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said the spokesperson.