The Lighthouse Motor Cycle Expedition organised by Western Naval Command (WNC) in association with Royal Enfield as part of their Golden Jubilee celebrations came to a close on May 22, 2018 at INS Netaji Subhash, with the rally being flagged in by Commodore Suprobho K De, Naval Officer-in-Charge (West Bengal). The expedition set course from the Jamnagar base under the WNC on May 1, 2018 and journeyed all along the coastline, touching all the light houses enroute. The expedition was aimed at spreading awareness about coastal security.
There are 20 Naval officers including women riding Royal Enfield Himalayan bikes. The riders covered a total distance of 7516 kms in 22 days in five distinct legs. To cover such a long distance, the expedition was designed in a relay-type fashion to permit maximum participation - four riders have driven the entire course from Jamnagar to Kolkata. Rear Admiral Philipose G Pynomootil, the Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area (FOGA) led the last leg of the expedition from Digha to Kolkata. Two young officers from the destroyer ship INS Kolkata were also part of the expedition team.
Speaking at INS Netaji, Rear Admiral Philipose stated that locals and fishermen living along the coastline of the country constitute a vital link in the coastal security infrastructure and need to be continuously senstitised about this aspect. He also brought out how the expedition has enabled the riders to explore the rich maritime heritage of our nation.
Members of the expedition team interacted with the fishermen community at Digha beach to convey the message on coastal security.