KOCHI: The gates of Southern Naval Command have been thrown open to public from Friday to Sunday as part of the Navy Fest 2015, an annual fair held as a prelude to the Navy Week celebrations.
Three warships, at present docked here, are open to public in addition to the naval air station, INS Garuda, where Naval aircrafts have been kept on display for the public. A fly past demonstration which will be held at 11 am and 4 pm besides motorcycle performance at 11:30 am and 4 pm, everyday, are the highlights of the fest.
Thirty two stalls have been set up. These include 11 professional stalls by various departments of Southern Naval Command, including training schools such as Navigation and Direction, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Signal School and INS Dronacharya, Naval Ship Repair Yard, Naval Aircraft Yard and Naval Armament Depot.
The fest was inaugurated by Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Naval Command Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba. The Admiral’s spouse Reena Lanba, who is also the president of the southern region of Naval Wives Welfare Association (NWWA) and senior officers of Southern Naval Command were present.
The Admiral also inaugurated an All-India Military Photo Exhibition which is being held in association with Ernakulam Press Club. Visitors can view the exhibits from 10 am to 6 pm till Sunday.