INS Cankarso and INS Kondul, fifth and the sixth in a series of Water Jet Propelled Fast Attack Craft (WJFACs) of the Indian Navy were commissioned by His Excellency, Shri ESL Narasimhan, Honourable Governor of Andhra Pradesh, alongwith Vice Admiral Anup Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command today, 29 Jun 10, at an impressive Ceremony held at the Naval Base here.
On arrival at the Naval Jetty the Chief Guest was received by Vice Admiral Anup Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command. The Governor was presented a 50 men Guard and was introduced to the Ships Officers and Sailors. The inaugural address was delivered by Chairman and Managing Director, M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Limited, Rear Admiral (Retd) KC Sekhar. On completion, Vice Admiral Anup Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command gave the keynote address. Thereafter, Lieutenant Commanders Arun Bahuguna and Shashidhar R Patil, Commanding Officers INS Cankarso and INS Kondul respectively, read out the Commissioning Warrants, followed by hoisting of the Naval Ensign onboard for the first time and Breaking of the Commissioning Pennant with the National Anthem being played to mark the completion of the Commissioning Ceremony. Addressing the gathering later, the Chief Guest said the ships would provide the much needed coastal security cover against seaborne threats and enhance the coastal security of capabilities of the Navy.
Other Distinguished Guests present on the Occasion included Flag Officer Goa Naval Area, Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai, other Flag Officers, Commanding Officers and Senior Officers from Ships and establishments of the Eastern Naval Command. (Press Release)