The Indian Navy celebrates the Navy day on 4th Dec every year owing to the success of its attack on karachi harbour in 1971 war.
We(Ravi,Tushar,Prashant and myself) got to visit the navy harbour in mumbai on 8th Jan 2005(Sunday). It was a event for the friends and families of the officers and sailors.One of Prashant’s friend(Amit) is in Navy.He is a lieutenant. So, we got the invitation thru’ him.What more one can ask for….we got the chance to get on India Navy’s Aircraft carrier, the INS-VIRAAT. As the name itself suggets….its really a Viraat ship :-)…..
We entered the harbour at aroung 6.30am. Then thru’ a small ship, we went to the Viraat. As i climbed the steps of the ladder i was really excited…as i was entering the best ship of my Navy. Then there the officials welcomed us. We also met Lieutenant Amit there.
He took us to the main hall where the Breakfast was arranged. It was a huge hall. In the way towards the hall ,i could see many doors leading to diff areas of the ship, ladders for going to the down floor of the ship, pipes, wiring etc…..(I recalled the movie titanic 🙂 )…
Then after having the breakfast we were taken to the Deck of the ship thru a Lift…It was a very bigsize lift…since it is used to carry the aircratfs and other helicopters. It was a amazing feeling as we moved on to the deck….There we could see the run-way of the planes and also 4 planes a 4 helicopters. Then we sat on chairs which were arranged for the next programme…..Then at around 9, we got the demo of the Helicopter…I had to keep hands on my ears as there was tremendous sound as it started.Then after that we went to the other side of the ship where we got the demo of Sub-marine…It was a thrilling event to watch. Then again back to the deck. and then came the most awaited event of the programme, the Air-Craft launch……I really can’t express in words the feeling of that moment….It was just Amazzzzzzzzzzing…..There was a huge sound as the planes started and then as we watch them closely…..vvvrrrrrooooooommmmmm………they took off in a flash….Wow…..certainly thrilling….
Then after that we could see the other ships that were present there(10 ships in total, 5 in each row…)…This time the planes were given a target by the helicopter throwing some marking in the sea…and then the planes shot missiles….wow….i had just watched in on Tv…but to see the live demo was something fantastic….Then demo of vertical landing of the planes was given…..it was mind-blowing…..
and now it was lunch time…had some great food on the ship…..and now it was time to come back…we waited for the launch…and as we moved in the launch towards the harbour, i watched the ship…she was standing in style…as if telling me that dont worry son…i am there to protect our land……Unknowingly i did a salute to it…..
The most pathetic scence of the day was on the deck…As the planes / helicopters start..there is a big amount of suction …the officials repeatedly told the people on deck to remove there caps and loose items like that ..still people were not in mood of listening to them…..also as they said to switch off the mobiles…still many were not interested in that and were eager to take the photos…..and at the time prashant just said to me – “THIS IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WE CIVILIANS, AND THE FORCES”…such a lack of discipline…
Newaz, this was an experience to cherish of a life time…because not many get a chance to get onto the ship and watch the performance of the Navy….
Salute to my Navy and all the Officers !