President's Colour to be awarded to Naval Academy on Nov 20

Kochi, Nov 17 (PTI) President Ram Nath Kovind willaward the Presidents Colour to the Indian Naval Academy at afunction at the Ezhimala Naval Academy in Kannur on November20.

The Presidents Colour is the highest honour that isbestowed upon a military unit, a defence press release saidhere on Sunday.

Before the country became a republic, the militarycustom was to parade the Kings Colours a regimental flag -on special ceremonial occasions.

On February 27, 1951, the Commander in Chief of theIndian Navy, Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Parry had written to theDefence Minister that 'it would be a privilege of which theservice would be extremely proud, if the President wouldhonour the Indian Navy by presenting it, a special flag whichwould be paraded on important occasions in a ceremonialparade.' Following this, Indian Navy became the first among thethree services to be presented with the Presidents Colour onMay 27, 1951 by the then President of India Rajendra Prasad.

The Presidents Colour has thus far in the IndianNavy been awarded to Southern Naval Command, Eastern NavalCommand, Western Naval Command, Western Fleet, Eastern Fleetand the Submarine Arm.

Award of the Presidents Colour to Indian NavalAcademy is a recognition of the yeoman service rendered by theinstitution in training and shaping Indian Naval officers overthe last 50 years at three different locations - Kochi, Goaand Ezhimala, the release said.

The Naval Academy was first established at atemporary location in Kochi in 1969.

With the increase in strength of the trainees, theNaval Academy was relocated to INS Mandovi in Goa in 1986.

The Indian Naval Academy found its permanent home atEzhimala, Kerala, and was inaugurated on January 8, 2009.

The event on Wednesday, November 20, would bemarked by a parade by the cadets of INA, and would be attendedby several dignitaries including the Governor of Kerala, Chiefof the Naval Staff, Members of Parliament, State Ministers andSenior Officers of the Indian Navy, the release said.

A Special Postal Cover would also be released tocommemorate the occasion, it added. PTI TGBNVG NVG