Kochi, Jan 26 (PTI) A ceremonial parade was held at the naval base, Southern Naval Command (SNC) here to commemorate the nation's 72nd Republic Day.
The parade was reviewed by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), SNC and comprised 12 platoons.
The President's Colour awarded to the SNC was also paraded on the occasion, accompanied by a 50 men Guard of Honour.
The Commander-in-Chief paid floral tributes to the martyrs by laying a wreath at the War Memorial.
All naval ships in harbour at Kochi were also 'Dressed Overall', with various signal flags displayed from their masthead to both stem and stern (throughout from forward to aft) to mark the festive occasion.
The parade, commanded by Commander Vinod Kumar, was accompanied by the SNC band playing stirring martial music.
Vice Admiral Chawla while addressing the parade, congratulated the personnel and their families on the Republic Day and said that it was a matter of pride for each Indian that we have grown as a country, which commands respect of the world's nations.
He reminded that the Armed Forces play a significant role in protecting the character and sovereignty of the country.
He also said that being the training Command, the SNC had a stellar role to play in shaping and sharpening the professional skills of a modern Indian Navy.
The Admiral also congratulated the SNC personnel who were conferred distinguished service and gallantry awards on the occasion.
The parade was conducted adhering to COVID protocols.
The award of distinguished service medals to four officers of the Southern Naval Command by the President of India was also announced by the government on the occasion of Republic day.PTI TGB SS PTI PTI