New Delhi, Naval Investiture Ceremony to felicitate naval personnel who have demonstrated gallant acts, leadership, professional achievements and distinguished service of high order was conducted at Varunika Auditorium, INS India, New Delhi on February 3.
Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), on behalf of the President of India, conferred the Gallantry and Distinguished Service Awards announced on Independence Day 2021 and Republic Day 2021 to the recipients.
A total of 14 medals which included two Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), five Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), Five Vishisht Seva Medal (Long Meritorious Service), One Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak and One Jeevan Raksha Padak (for acts of courage and self-sacrifice) were awarded.
The event is traditionally conducted as a ceremonial parade centrally for all awardees of the Indian Navy. However, in view of the prevailing pandemic, the Naval Investiture Ceremony is being conducted locally by each Command of the Navy. The award ceremony was witnessed by a limited number of senior dignitaries of the Indian Navy, spouses and families of the awardees.