Every year, Navy Day is widely known on December 4 to mark the daredevil assault by the Indian Navy on Karachi Naval Harbour in 1971. Because the nation marks 50 years for the reason that 1971 conflict, The Indian The Press Reporter spoke to Commodore Arvind Rawal, Commanding Officer of INS Shivaji, the premier technical coaching institute of the Indian Navy situated at Lonavala in Pune. Alumnus of each Nationwide Defence Academy and INS Shivaji, the Commodore has had difficult tenures at sea, ashore and abroad, and was Further Principal Director at Directorate of Marine Engineering, Naval Headquarters, earlier than assuming the command of INS Shivaji. Excerpts.
Q: Inform us in regards to the Navy Week and occasions within the run-up to the Navy Day. This 12 months it’s particular because the nation marks 50 years for the reason that 1971 conflict.
A: This Navy Day is actually particular. The Navy Week at INS Shivaji began with a medical camp for defence civilians, the populace from Kurvande village which we’ve got adopted and different underprivileged individuals. Apart from checking for his or her primary well being markers, we distributed masks, sanitisers and medicare kits amongst them. We additionally held a boat-pulling regatta, which came about at INS Shivaji after a substantial hole. We have now additionally carried out the Shivaji half marathon. On Saturday, a wreath-laying ceremony is deliberate together with a continuity drill by the sailors together with hornpipe dance by cadets of the Sea Cadet Corps. There have been intensive outreach programmes for varsity and faculty college students in Pune, briefing them about avenues within the Indian Navy.
Q: Unfold over a big space, INS Shivaji is a close-knit household. How did COVID-19 have an effect on the routine at INS Shivaji, particularly the coaching? What modifications have been made?
A: As a station, INS Shivaji is an enormous household of effectively over 5,000 individuals staying on the campus. These embrace 1,200 trainee sailors, 100 plus workers officers, 200 trainee officers, 450 civilians and their households. In dormitory based mostly lodging with a group kitchen, there was a risk of issues getting uncontrolled. We needed to be strict about our interface with the group exterior. Strict quarantine and sanitisation protocols have been put in place. 100 per cent of the bottom is double vaccinated at present. In actual fact, anyone who has interacted with us has been vaccinated by us — informal labourers, Army Engineering Providers personnel, postmen or e-commerce supply executives.
Within the case of coaching, we shifted to on-line courses; coaching movies have been ready, and inside LAN was used. Open-air areas used for drill and actions have been transformed into school rooms. Trainees have been segregated as per coaching modules as an alternative of trainees from totally different programs residing collectively.
Q: Inform us about new additions being made to coaching services at INS Shivaji?
A: Centre of Marine Engineering and Expertise (CMET), Centre of Excellence (COE) and the Nuclear Organic Chemical Defence (NBCD) College are the mainstays of coaching at Shivaji. Coaching infrastructure and coaching aids are being constantly augmented on the three faculties. We have now an LM2500 marine fuel turbine coaching facility developing at CMET; we’re planning to have an electrical propulsion lab. At NBCD College, we’ve got a few of the greatest simulators. We have now plans to additional increase these services to be able to align with future coaching necessities of the Navy.
Q: What are futuristic avenues in marine engineering that the INS Shivaji is specializing in?
A: In marine engineering, we’re seeing an upward pattern in tools well being monitoring mechanisms together with augmented actuality, synthetic intelligence, machine studying and large knowledge evaluation. All of the initiatives performed by scholar officers over the previous few years are based mostly on these up to date applied sciences. We’re additionally evaluating the adoption of those applied sciences onboard.
Q: Simulators are key to modern-day defence coaching. Inform us in regards to the simulators you have got.
A: INS Shivaji has been on the forefront of inducting simulators. We have now land-based coaching simulators, which replicate equipment management rooms of our P-17, LST (L) ships. We even have simulators for Russian Talwar class, Tabar class ships. Officers and sailors are each skilled on these simulators. We even have the INS Vikramaditya coaching simulator, which is preparing and is more likely to be commissioned by the tip of December.
Q: The coaching regimes of defence coaching institutes are rigorous in nature. Do you assume there’s a must recalibrate these regimes?
A: Coaching is an important peacetime exercise for armed forces. Trainees come to us on the age of 18-19. It is vitally necessary for us to each bodily and mentally situation them to adapt to the service lifestyle. In the previous few years, the Armed forces have themselves realigned and recalibrated bodily and psychological conditioning regimes consistent with scientific ideas and greatest practices being adopted globally.
Q: How does INS Shivaji collaborate with different establishments such because the Faculty of Army Engineering (CME), other than different defence and educational establishments?
A: CME and us have loads of interface of NBC (Nuclear, Organic and Chemical) associated coaching. There are loads of school exchanges and scholar exchanges. INS Shivaji has an MoU with IIT Bombay for M Tech in Thermal Engineering. We even have an MoU with IISc Bangalore the place we’re co-developing sure applied sciences, which might lastly discover their method into the Navy. We even have an MoU with the CSIR lab.
Q: Just lately, a drone was noticed close to INS Shivaji and a case was filed with police. Did it immediate any safety change at INS Shivaji, which is a delicate institution?
A: We have now a fringe of greater than 15 kilometres. We have now perimeter-intrusion detectors and partitions with different digital detection programs. Together with bodily safety, we’ve got watchtowers and varied safety formations. So far as drones are involved, it’s extra necessary to sensitise the group round us and the native police. And that we’ve got performed. We have now put up boards in areas frequented by vacationers. We have now requested native police to sensitise shopkeepers about this side.