Tri-Services Expedition Concludes
The maiden Tri-Services Expedition camp concluded at Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Visakhapatnam with a camp fire organised to mark the culmination on September 21, 2016. Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Chief of Staff, ENC was the chief guest for the occasion. 34 personnel including 6 officers and 3 JCOs from all three services participated in the four-week long expedition camp which was flagged off earlier by Major General Harish Thukral, GOC 27 Mountain DIV at Valley of Yumthang, North Sikkim on September 3, 2016. Sailing and diving part of the camp was conducted by ENC at Visakhapatnam. The expedition team was drawn from all across the country with an aim to foster the spirit of jointmanship and adventure.
The expedition commenced with the army leg included 50 km trekking and 180 km cycling in North Sikkim after a week of acclimatization. The team later undertook Para-sailing and power hand glider with the Indian Air Force at Bagdogra. The water-sports phase commenced at Visakhapatnam where the team members had the opportunity to learn sailing, kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling.
During the Naval phase, the members of the expedition had opportunity to sail on various kinds of boats including Enterprise Class, Laser Class and J-24 boats at Indian Naval Watermanship Training Centre (INWTC). They were introduced to kayaking and canoeing as well. Later, the expedition members were trained initially in scuba diving at the Command Swimming Pool followed by diving camp at Taripudi dam. On culmination of the camp, certificates and mementos were distributed by the Chief Guest to all the participants.
- Cdr CG Raju