Indian Navy undertakes sailing expedition at Chilika lake


Chilika: At least 50 trainees and instructors participated in the 84 km long two-day sailing expedition conducted from November 2018 at Chilka lake on Thursday and Friday.

The expedition was aimed at inculcating the spirit of adventure, esprit-de-corps, perseverance, exposure to a long sailing voyage, honing of sailing skills, improving seamanship knowledge and skills and testing grit of the trainees in adverse conditions.

The expedition was flagged off from Watermanship Training Centre (WTC), INS Chilka and ended at Satpada (Chilka lake mouth), routing via Nalaban Island.

At least 20 DK Whalers and six safety boats participated in the expedition, with each whaler manned by one instructor and 10 trainees of their respective division.

A camp was set up at Satpada, wherein Barakhana and a Campfire were organised. The trainees presented a lively cultural programme at the campfire, showcasing their artistic and musical talents. They also carried out ‘Shramdan’ at Chilka lake mouth beach as part of social responsibility. Commanding Officer, INS Chilka presented awards to winners of sailing expedition during the Anchoring-in Ceremony held at WTC on Friday.

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