As part of the inaugural event of Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, INS Shivaji, the premier Training Establishment of the Navy has organised a motor car expedition which commenced on 26 March 2019 with the sole aim of increasing awareness among the youth about the Indian Armed Forces and Indian Navy in particular. The expedition also aims to connect with personnel of all three Services and Veterans to foster camaraderie.
The expedition is being undertaken by 14 naval personnel (09 officers, 03 sailors and 02 Defence Civilians) in 6 Mahindra SUVs and will cover a distance of 12000 Kms in 40-45 days. The expedition arrived in Kolkata on 13 April 2019 (Saturday).
After covering few iconic places of the city (viz. Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial), the Expedition Team was warmly welcomed at INS Netaji Subhas by Cmde Suprobho K De, the Naval Officer-in-Charge West Bengal. Subsequently the Expedition Team interacted with Service and defence civilian personnel over lunch.
INS Shivaji was established on 15 Feb 1945. Since then it has been imparting specialised Marine Engineering training including NBCD and Fire-fighting for over 9000 personnel of the Navy each year. The Establishment completes 75 years of glorious service in February 2020.