Pune: President Ram Nath Kovind presented the President’s Colour to INS Shivaji in Lonavala, Maharashtra, today, 13 February. INS Shivaji houses the Naval College of Engineering which trains officers of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that INS Shivaji has distinguished itself with stellar service to the nation over the years. It has a proud record of professional excellence, and has discharged its responsibilities with distinction, Kovind remarked, adding that the nation salutes INS Shivaji for its dedication and devotion to duty. We are all proud of the achievements of INS Shivaji and appreciate its remarkable contribution to the Indian Navy, the President said.
Kovind said a nation’s maritime interests are usually also linked to its economy and the well-being of its people, noting that about 90% of India’s trade, by volume, is handled by sea routes, adding that this enhances the role of the Indian Navy not only in national security but also in economic security, and thus in the wider process of nation building.
The President said that, as a leading power, India plays a crucial role in shaping the global paradigm with respect to international security, trade, and commerce, and that country’s rise in the international order has been fuelled by many factors including the capabilities and valour of its armed forces. Kovind expressed confidence that INS Shivaji would continue to excel and grow in stature and accomplishments whilst discharging its role and responsibilities with professionalism and competence.
Watch President Kovind present the Colour to INS Shivaji in the tweet from Rashtrapati Bhavan below:
Last year, President Kovind had awarded the President’s Colour to the Indian Naval Academy (INA), which was received by Academy Cadet Captain Sushil Singh on behalf of the INA in a parade comprising 730 cadets of INA and a 150-man Guard of Honour.