Admiral R K Dhowan urges Naval Veterans to Contribute in Nation Building

Admiral RK Dhowan
Admiral RK Dhowan_

In a defence news update, the Chief of Naval Staff , Admiral R K Dhowan,PVSM, AVSM,YSM,ADC while speaking on the occasion of the 24th AGM of the Navy Foundation, held at Naval Base Kochi, emphasized the role and responsibilities of retired naval personnel in advocating the importance of maritime issues amongst civilian counterparts. He urged the retired naval officers to take lead in the matter as he felt that they contribute significantly in the task of Nation building. He also reiterated that the naval veterans form a large and rich source of knowledge and skill set which needs to be gainfully used for the betterment of the country.

The Navy Foundation is a philanthropic society which was formed in 1988 and registered with the registrar of societies. It presently has fifteen chapters across the country located in prominent cities of the country and is governed through four governing councils , North, South East , West based at Delhi Kochi Mumbai and Visakhapatnam respecvtively. The AGMs are held in rotation at locations where a chapter is present.

The Navy has signed an MoU with the ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship for utilization of the skill pool of the veteran community towards training and value additions in the civillan sector. It is intended to progressively undertake skill mapping of serving naval personnel for subsequent productive utilization even after active service.

The CNS departed Kochi on completion of the meeting after visiting important installations in the naval base including the newly commissioned and the country’s first Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS) where he was briefed on the operational capabilities. wishes the veterans the very best and hopes that the experience that they have in nation security and harmony can now be diverted to nation building.