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Admiral R K Dhowan

Chief of the Naval Staff

Chief of the Naval Staff

Admiral RK Dhowan is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, the Defence Services Staff College and the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. His illustrious career began with being adjudged the ‘Best Cadet’ and winning of the coveted ‘Telescope’ during his sea training onboard INS Delhi. He was commissioned in the Navy on 01st Jan 1975 and went on to bag the ‘Sword of Honour’ for his

During the International Fleet Review, the navies of the world will come together at Visakhapatnam to strengthen bridges of friendship. We may be separated by geography,

About Ship

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Ship Pennant

Ship's Crest

CDR VIVEK KALIA

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Commanding Officer

Cdr Vivek Kalia graduated from the 92nd course of NDA and was commissioned on 01 Jul 98. He opted for Observer course in 2000. He was awarded Uttar Pradesh Trophy for being Best Observer trainee and Book prize for standing first in Ground subject during ab-initio Observer course. The officer has under gone qualified navigation instructor (QNI) course at AFS Begumpet in Jun 2004. The officer’s flyi

Team Gharial is a proud force which lives by its moto 'Always Ready' for every mission , every time. We the alligators aim to maintain, train and equip combat ready ship

About Chief of the Naval Staff

Admiral R K Dhowan

Chief of the Naval Staff

Chief of the Naval Staff

Admiral RK Dhowan is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, the Defence Services Staff College and the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. His illustrious career began with being adjudged the ‘Best Cadet’ and winning of the coveted ‘Telescope’ during his sea training onboard INS Delhi. He was commissioned in the Navy on 01st Jan 1975 and went on to bag the ‘Sword of Honour’ for his course. Consequent to earning his Watchkeeping Certificate on the erstwhile Delhi (the legendary Cruiser of the Indian Navy), his first tryst with navigation came when he was appointed the commissioning navigator of the minesweeper, Bhavnagar. He was baptised in the art of navigation when, as a young Lieutenant armed with a sextant and the keen eyes of an enthusiastic watchkeeper, he sailed the Bhavnagar from the port of Riga in the Baltic Sea to the shores of Mumbai. His passion for working in the bridge of a ship culminated in his specialising in Navigation and Direction. Post-specialization, he went on to navigate Talwar and Ganga, two frontline ships of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet. With the induction of the Sea Harrier jump-jets into the Navy, he was selected to undergo the Sea Harrier Direction Course at Yeovilton, UK. His tenures at Indian Naval Air Squadron 300 and the aircraft carrier Vikrant shaped the future of direction specialisation in the Navy. Important staff assignments held by him at Naval Headquarters during his illustrious career include Deputy Director Naval Operations, Joint Director Naval Plans, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy). The Admiral has commanded three frontline warships of the Western Fleet - the missile corvette Khukri, the guided missile destroyer Ranjit and the indigenous guided missile destroyer Delhi. He also had the proud privilege of commanding the Eastern Fleet as Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. Besides serving as Indian Naval Advisor at the High Commission of India, London, he has also served as Chief Staff Officer (Operations) of the Western Naval Command (based at Mumbai) and the Chief of Staff at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command (based at Visakhapatnam) and subsequently had the distinction of commanding his alma mater, the National Defence Academy, as the Commandant. The Admiral assumed charge as the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff in Aug 11 and was promoted to be the 22nd Chief of the Naval Staff on 17 Apr 14.

During the International Fleet Review, the navies of the world will come together at Visakhapatnam to strengthen bridges of friendship. We may be separated by geography, but we are certainly united through oceans. The visiting navies will also have the opportunity to display their professional skills as they may sail together for exercises to increase mutual co-operation and interoperability, with the underlying theme of keeping the global commons safe and secure in the 21st century.

About INS GHARIAL

INS GHARIAL INS GHARIAL
Length Beam Draught NRT GRT
17.5 3.5 1637 5455
INS Gharial is the second indigenously built landing Ship Tank (Large) of the Indian Navy, based on the design of Sir Lancelot. Gharial was ordered in the year 1985, built at Hindustan Shipyard and fitted out at GRSE, Kolkata. The ship was commissioned on 14 Feb 1997. Named after the large Indian fresh water crocodile found in the Ganges, INS Gharial in its primary role is designed to operate as an amphibious assault ship, with a capability to embark 15 tanks, ten Stallions/ 3 Tonner and about 210 troops. The ship has four LCAs for standoff beaching and assault and is also capable of embarking Sea King 42 C for induction/ de-induction of Special Forces. The ship can also perform the role of a fleet tanker. The ship has a compliment of ten officers and hundred and forty sailors. The ship is affiliated to the Mechanised Infantry Regiment of the Indian army.

Ship's Crest

Ship's Crest
Crest Photograph The Ship’s crest is Gharial, the famous fresh water Alligator found in the Ganges. It is known for its adaptability, agility and ferociousness. The same is imbibed in the crew of INS Gharial. The motto of the ship is “Always Ready” be prepared for any situation and adapt to any conditions.
The Ship’s crest is Gharial, the famous fresh water Alligator found in the Ganges. It is known for its adaptability, agility and ferociousness. The same is imbibed in the crew of INS Gharial. The motto of the ship is “Always Ready” be prepared for any situation and adapt to any conditions.

About Commanding Officer

CDR VIVEK KALIA

NA

Commanding Officer

Cdr Vivek Kalia graduated from the 92nd course of NDA and was commissioned on 01 Jul 98. He opted for Observer course in 2000. He was awarded Uttar Pradesh Trophy for being Best Observer trainee and Book prize for standing first in Ground subject during ab-initio Observer course. The officer has under gone qualified navigation instructor (QNI) course at AFS Begumpet in Jun 2004. The officer’s flying appointments include staff observe at INAS 310/Hansa, staff QNI at Observer School, INAS 550 and INAS 311. The officer has also undergone two years deputation to Maritime Air Squadron, NCG Mauritius as staff QNI. His sea Appointments includes Command of INS Gharial and Executive Officers of IN Ships Delhi and Karmuk. The officer’s staff tenures include JDNAS & JDOP (Aviation) at IHQ MoD(Navy). The officer is a graduate of DSSC wellington and was awarded MSc in Defence and Strategic studies.

Team Gharial is a proud force which lives by its moto 'Always Ready' for every mission , every time. We the alligators aim to maintain, train and equip combat ready ship which is capable of effective Amphibious operations , thus safe guarding the national maritime interest, while enduring the highest standard of morale and safety.As a team we believe in working hard and playing hard and always remain focussed in all our assigned tasks.

Participating Delegates

Achievements/Participation

INS Gharial post commissioning in Feb 97 has participated in many major operations representing the Indian Navy at International events. The ship has been deployed extensively and carried out numerous HADR operations viz. Ops Madad for Tsunami victims in 2004-05, logistic deployment at Galle in 2006, DR operations in Chittagong and provisioning of stores/ spares to Cambodia in 2008. The ship has also participated in many exercises with foreign Navies namely Slinex in 2001, Malabar in 2007, IFR at Pusan in 2008, and HADR exercise Rajdoot at Brunei in 2013- 14. The ship has also been involved in exercises of strategic value such as Agni III launch in 2010, PFR in 2011and participation in HADR camp in 2012. The ship has also undertaken extensive beaching operations as its primary role. For its achievements, the ship was awarded the “Best Amphibious Ship” trophy in 2011.

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