A solo cycling campaign was undertaken by Lieutenant Commander Manoj S Gupta of Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala from Kashmir to Kanyakumari from June 2 to July 18, 2018. The Kochi- Haripad leg of the expedition was flagged off by Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command on July 14, 2018. The officer transited through Haripad and Kazhakoottamen route to Kanyakumari.
Earlier, The officer was received by Capt PE Prasad, the Executive Officer of INS Venduruthy on his arrival to Kochi on July 13, 2018. The campaign aimed at creating awareness about the Armed Forces Flag Day, is observed annually in India on December 7th since 1949. On this day, small flags representing the three Services are distributed, in return for donations, which are utilised for rehabilitation of battle casualties, welfare and resettlement of ex- servicemen and their families.
The cycling expedition, originated in the famous Khardung La pass in Ladakh, the highest motorable pass in the world, on June 6, 2018 and terminated at Kanyakumari on July 16, 2018. Lt Cdr Manoj S Gupta braved diverse terrain, climates and intense rains to arrive here at the Naval Base, Kochi on July 13 after a strenuous 3700 km journey. The campaign is all the more creditable as the officer is undertaking it solo without any accompanying support team.