Port Blair, Dec. 6: As a part of Navy Week 2019, the Naval Component organised a variety of community outreach activities under the aegis of HQ Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC) to increase awareness about the Indian Navy. Indian Naval Ships were opened for visitors at Kamorta, Diglipur and Campbell Bay on 17th, 24th and 28th of November 2019 respectively. A large number of local residents, school children, civil authorities and government officials visited the ships at all these venues. The visitors were provided with a glimpse of roles and capabilities of the ships. Besides this, aspirants and school children were also explained about the procedures and eligibility criteria for joining the Indian Navy.

Concurrently, Multi-Specialty Medical Health Camps were organised by Indian Naval Hospital Ship (INHS) Dhanvantari at Kamorta, Diglipur and Campbell Bay. The Naval Bases INS Baaz, Kohassa and Kardip in conjunction with local Community Health Centres at each of these locations provided support for the medical team of five specialists comprising of Dental Surgeon, Psychiatrist, Medical Specialist, Ophthalmologist and Paediatrician. 792 patients of different age groups from different parts of Andaman & Nicobar Islands benefitted immensely from these medical camps.

A learning visit was organised for school children to NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose Dweep by the Naval Component on 24th of November 2019. A total of 103 students and seven teachers from Navy Children School, KendriyaVidyalaya No.2, Ummat Public School (Middle Point) and Austinabad School in addition to 79 cadets  from Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) were part of the visit. The visitors were conducted around the island by Mrs Anuradha, a veteran guide, who educated them with historical events associated with the island. Additionally, a visit onboard naval ships was also organised to inspire and motivate the young minds. As many as 184 students visited onboard Indian Naval Ship Saryu on 26th and 27th of  November 2019. Both these opportunities were gainfully utilised by students to enhance their knowledge while simultaneously having a fun time. 

In order to provide basic necessities, amenities and to encourage a better future for under privileged children, the Indian Navy at Port Blair visited two orphanages on 29th of November 2019. A Donation Camp for orphanages was jointly coordinated by Naval Wives Welfare Association (NWWA) (A&N Region) and Indian Naval Ship Battimalv. The Naval Community contributed generously with rations, stores, stationery, toys, cash, services for painting and carpentry and other articles of utility which were then gifted to SevaNiketan and PranavKanya Mission as a token of goodwill. Also, the children were acquainted with the prospects of joining the Indian Navy and eligibility criteria for entry through various schemes. The children also presented a cultural programme on the occasion.