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Indian Navy Commissions INS Jatayu at Minicoy, Strengthening Foothold in Lakshadweep Island

March 6, 2024 Photo(s): By PIB, indiannavy / X
(Above) Indian Navy Commissions INS Jatayu at Minicoy, the southernmost island of Lakshadweep.

INS Jatayu was commissioned at Minicoy island, Lakshadweep in presence of Admiral R. Hari Kumar, the Chief of Naval Staff, Administrator of Lakshadweep, Praful K. Patel, Vice Admiral V. Srinivas, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command on March 6, 2024. This milestone event strengthens Indian Navy's foothold in the Lakshadweep island while extending capacity building, operational reach and sustenance in the region. The establishment of Naval Base at Minicoy will augment connectivity with the main land focusing towards comprehensive development of the islands. INS Jatayu will be functioning under the operational control of Naval Officer in Charge (Lakshadweep), Southern Naval Command.

In an impressive commissioning ceremony, the Chief of Naval Staff was presented a 50 men Guard of Honour. Commander Vrat Baghel, the first Commanding officer of the unit recited the invocation in Sanskrit followed by the reading of commissioning warrant. After the unveiling of commissioning plaque, the Naval Ensign was hoisted to the tune of National Anthem. With the last note of the National Anthem, the commissioning pennant was broken on the mast. The commissioning ceremony was attended by Vice Admiral Sanjay J. Singh, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Naval Command, senior Naval officers and distinguished guests.

Another step towards Navy's efforts to incrementally augment security infrastructure at the strategically important islands.

On completion of the commissioning ceremony, Maritime Operations Center at Minicoy was inaugurated. The Chief of the Naval Staff, interacted with the officers and men of the unit and commended them on this momentous occasion. INS Jatayu will play a significant role in Indian Navy's operational surveillance while embracing the vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region).