VISAKHAPATNAM: Vice Admiral (retd) Vinod Pasricha, former Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) was presented with the ‘Individual Achievement Award’ instituted by the UK-based World Ship Trust for his efforts in establishing South East Asia’s first submarine museum, INS Kursura at Visakhapatnam.
The award was presented by ENC Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Vice Admiral Satish Soni at a function held near the Kursura Submarine on the Beach Road here Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral Satish Soni said that it was befitting that a submarine museum was set up in Visakhapatnam as it is the home of submariners who get trained here. However, he felt that it is unfortunate that for a country with such rich maritime history, we do not have a single model of the ships used by our ancestors.
Vice Admiral (retd) Pasricha, expressing his gratitude to the World Ship Trust for the award, said that the award was for all the people who made the feat possible and listed out a number of persons responsible for making the submarine walk on the beach and become immortalised.
Recalling the efforts that went into making the submarine museum happen, he said that a local had filed a public interest litigation in the High Court stating that the project would threaten the nesting of Olive Ridley turtles on the beach.
However, he recalled the services of professor Prasad Reddy and thanked him for the scientific studies he provided which proved that the project would have at most damaged one nesting site, following which the Navy project resumed.