INS Venduruthy, the Flag Ship of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief celebrated its Seventieth Anniversary on 21 Jun in a well attended function at the Naval Base.Speaking on the occasion the Commanding Officer of INS Venduruthy, Commodore MR Ajay Kumar traced the origin of the Naval Base from 31 Aug 1939 when a small naval contingent was placed in Cochin under a Royal Indian Navy officer who assumed the duties of Naval Officer-in-Charge, Cochin. The contingent was tasked to cater to the requirements of Local Naval Defence, running a Port Wireless Signal Station and an Examination Service. The present day INS Venduruthy was commissioned as HMIS Venduruthy on 23 Jun 1943 and with Independence was renamed as INS Venduruthy. Since then Venduruthy has continued to grow, modify and beautify over the years.
The Commodore said that today, INS Venduruthy as the Flag Ship of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, has burgeoned into the largest establishment of the Indian Navy and provides logistics and administrative support to 73 units. Within its four walls the Naval Base houses the Headquarters of Southern Naval Command, Ships, Air Base, Repair Yards, Hospital, Professional Schools, accommodation for married and in-living Officers & Sailors, Shopping Complex and a host of other facilities.
The Minister for Fisheries, Ports and Excise, Shri K Babu graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion the Minister expressed his happiness at the important role played by INS Venduruthy in maintaining a link between the Navy and the civil administration. The reliable role played by the establishment in providing assistance to the government agencies during various natural disasters was specifically appreciated by Shri K Babu. The Minister also appreciated the major role played by the Navy in coordinating the Coastal Security requirements in Kerala and the help accorded for putting in place a strong and reliable network where various agencies like the District administrations, the Marine Police, the Fisheries department and the port authorities can discuss and go ahead together.
The Minister also highlighted the extensive discussion held by the Navy and the State Government and said they are vigorously pursuing a major role for the Navy in the Vizhinjam Port project. The Honourable Minister also presented Proficiency Certificates and Cash Awards to the sailors and Defence Civilians of Venduruthy.