Visakhapatnam: The Ramakrishna beach, popularly known as RK beach, in Visakhapatnam, reflected a war zone as well as a tourist spot on Wednesday. Thousands of Vizagites lined up at the beach to watch the annual operational display of the Eastern Naval Command’s might of Indian Navy on Navy Day Celebrations (December 4).
The Eastern Naval Command (ENC) displayed its maritime, air and onshore capabilities, putting forth the might of its fleet. Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was the chief guest for the event in Vizag city on Wednesday.
On display were Indian Navy’s premier warships carrying Indian flags onboard and launching dinghies with naval commandos who subsequently launched a mock attack on reaching the shore. It reminded us of the September 26 attack on Mumbai and the Indian Navy’s capability to repulse such an attack.
These commandos were joined in the sea by a few more orange-dressed naval commandos who were airdropped by a naval helicopter, making for a visual feast to thousands of spectators at the beach. A colossal blast close to the shore drew the attention of the public, even as the smoke emanating from the explosion went up in a perfect ring.
The Surya Kiran team of naval pilots drew massive applause from the public for their aerobatics. They started with the more regular patterns, later moving on to the visual intersections of the jets amidst the jubilant cries of the viewing public.
Then came the naval sea craft carrying tanks, which rolled out from the carrier, and were followed up by a stream of soldiers who again staged a tank-backed ‘attack’ on the ‘enemy’. Meanwhile, naval helicopters flew over the beach at a low level, close to the viewing public, leaving them in awe.
ENC chief, Vice-Admiral Atul Kumar Jain said that the ENC highlights Indian Navy’s operational capabilities and activities on the high seas with an operational demonstration to commemorate Navy Day on December 4, every year.
The Navy Day operation demonstration allows the public to have a closer glimpse at the multi-furious activities of the Navy and the challenges that naval personnel experience at sea.