Gujarat: Shri Ram Nath Kovind, the Honble President of India and the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, has approved award of the prestigious Presidents Colour to Indian Naval Ship (INS) Valsura at Jamnagar, Gujarat on 25 March 2022. To mark this momentous occasion, a ceremonial parade with a 150-men Guard of Honour will be presented to the Honble President. Shri Acharya Devvrat, the Governor of Gujarat, Admiral R Hari Kumar, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command along with other senior civil and military dignitaries will be attending this historic ceremony.
This Presidents Colour is bestowed on any military unit, in recognition of exceptional service rendered to the nation, both in peace and in war. The Indian Navy was the first branch of the Armed Forces, to be awarded the Presidents Colour by Dr Rajendra Prasad, the then Honble President of India on 27 May 1951.
Established in 1942, INS Valsura is a premier training establishment of the Indian Navy. The establishment is entrusted with the responsibility of imparting training to officers and sailors of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and Friendly Foreign countries in Electrical, Electronics, Weapon Systems & Information Technology. INS Valsura has distinguished itself with notable and gallant service to the nation over nearly 80 years. The Ceremonial Parade will be telecast live on prominent news channels. The Ceremonial Parade will be followed by release of a Special Cover by the Honble President in the presence of other distinguished guests.