Naval Investiture Ceremony At Naval Base In Kochi: 31 Medals Including Six Nao Sena Medal For Gallantry Awarded

As many as 31 medals including eight Nao Sena Medals for gallantry were awarded at the Naval Investiture Ceremony.

The Naval Investiture Ceremony – 2022 was held at Naval Base in Kerala’s Kochi to felicitate Naval personnel who demonstrated gallant acts, leadership, professional achievements and distinguished service of high order.

Indian Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar conferred the awards to the recipients on behalf of the President of India at the ceremony.

“During the ceremony, a total of 31 medals including six Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), eight Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 17 Vishisht Seva Medal were presented to the awardees,” the defence ministry said in a release.

In addition, the Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak (posthumously) was also presented to the Father of Ramavtar Godara, COM I (EW) who had made the supreme sacrifice while attempting to rescue an unknown individual drowning in a water reservoir in Nagaur district, Rajasthan on 10 August 2020. 

Here’s the link to the list of all awardees.

The Chief of the Naval Staff also presented the Lt VK Jain Memorial Gold Medal for pioneering research in the field of weapon improvement and Electrical Engineering and Captain Ravi Dhir Memorial Gold Medal for promoting Flight Safety during the event.

The CNS Trophy for Best Green Practice 2021 was awarded to INS Eksila and INS Hamla in the Industrial and non-industrial categories respectively.

“The Unit Citations for operational units category were awarded to Indian Naval Ships Tarkash, Nireekshak, Khanderi and Astradharini,” the release said. The unit citations for shore establishments were awarded to INS Angre, NSRY (Port Blair), INS Dega and INS Hamla that delivered exceptional performances over the past year, it added.

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