Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM , YSM, ADC, the Chief of the Naval Staff visited Visakhapatnam today, 29 October 14, and reviewed the cyclone affected naval areas in the aftermath of Hudhud.
On arrival, Admiral Dhowan was briefed by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, FOC-in-C Eastern Naval Command on various relief activities and initiatives undertaken by the Command since 12 October 14. On completion of the briefing, the CNS visited the naval facilities at Visakhapatnam including Naval Air Station INS Dega, Naval Armament Depot, Base Victualling Yard, Materials Organisation, Ship Building Centre, Naval Dockyard and residential areas of officers and sailors.
Later in the day, Chief of the Naval Staff interacted with the officers, sailors and defence civilians of the ENC. Speaking to them, the Admiral complimented ENC and all its personnel for ensuring high standard of preparedness prior to and during the cyclone, resulting in minimum damage to naval assets including ships, submarines and aircraft. He highlighted the efforts of Command in early restoration of essential services such as road clearance, water/ electricity supply and basic amenities. He further lauded the unstinted efforts of Naval Air Station INS Dega for resuming air operations in less than 24 hours of the calamity and ensuring availability of runway to facilitate airlifting of relief material to Visakhapatnam from various parts of the country as also the early resumption of civil flight operations.