Beautiful. I wish Indian's the very best. I do hope there will be exchange visits with the US.
Asia's biggest naval academy to be commissioned on Jan 08 in Kerala
Kannur, Jan 06: The Indian Navy's Ezhimala naval academy, regarded as the biggest offcers institution in Asia, would be dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on January 8.
The over Rs 720 crore world class project in Kerala's north Malabar coastline is unique in many ways as it is surrounded by picturesque seven KM stretch of beach as well as part of the serene backwaters and by seven hills.
The institution is now all set to commence various basic training programmes, including four-year B.Tech in Electronics and Communications, and Mechanical Engg in June for all newly inducted trainee officers.
The courses, recognised by the All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE) have been structured with the help of Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University
Many friendly foreign naval powers including Japan and Korea have evinced interest to join the training programmes at Ezhimala. The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sureesh Mehta had recently said that the Navy would accommodate foreign cadets within four years when things get stabilise in the new Academy.
The academic curriculum is tailored to keep pace with the technological advancement. The academy will also condition the young aspirants with mental and physical attributes enabling them to exercise self-discipline, perform efficiently under stress, think and react quickly and develop leadership qualities.
"The opening of this world-class academy would be a major landmark in India's naval history as well as the people of Kerala," Southern Naval Command Vice Admiral Sunil K Damle, who oversees the project implementation, said.
"Such a centre of academic excellence is sure to become the envy of Asia and source of immense pride for the State providing tremendous employment opportunities for the local population," Damle said.
Set up at the foot of seven hills of which 260 metre high Mount Dilli is the tallest, the sprawling academy is spread over an area of 2,452 acres with perimeter of 22 KM of which seven KM stretch is beach.
The serene Kavvayi backwaters forms part of the academy which also has large forest area with a variety of flora and fauna.
Ezhimala, the place where the academy is located, derived its name from the Malayalam word 'Ezhu Mala' which means seven hills. The union government approved the Navy's proposal to locate the academy at Ezhimala in 1982 following which Kerala came forward to provide the proposed 2,500 acres land and basic infrastructure for area development free of cost. The foundation stone for the Academy was laid by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on January 17, 1987.
With the cabinet approving the project in March 1995 to be executed in eight years, the actual works began in January 1998 putting an end to the uncertainties and litigations connected with the land acquisition that stalled the works for a while.
The Academy proposes to provide University education to its young officers in a military environment in view of the growing complexity of Navy's various responsibilities.
The subjects are categorised broadly into Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Meteorology, Oceanography and computers. Naval subjects are also covered during the training period.
Besides, the ongoing short term naval orientation courses for trainee cadets will continue with the academy completing seven passing out parades after the +INS Zamorin+, the base depot ship for the Ezhimala Naval Academy got commissioned in April, 2005.
INS Zamorin derives its name from Zamorins of Kozhikode (Calicut) -- the dynasty which ruled Kerala's Malabar region between the 13th and 18th century.
In addition to this, the academy is according highest priority to practical and hands-on training in Seamanship, Navigation, Watermanship or Damage Control and Fire Fighting.
The infrastructure set up in the academy has been mainly grouped into three zones -- training, administrative and accommodation zones.
The Academy's Main Building Complex has the Headquarters wing, Service and Technical Training wings, Laboratories, workshops, a library and a 1,736 seated auditorium. With facilities like schools and a hospitals in it, the Academy will be a self-contained township with all associated facilities after the ongoing works gets completed.
A large number of open spaces have been created to ensure adequate natural lighting and ventilation.Cadets accommodation has been connected to the Mess and infact to the entire training zone through covered links to ensure that training is not affected during the prolonged monsoon in the region.
The Zamorins had a strong fleet of warships, which under the stewardship of the famous Kunjali Marakkar, played a major role in ensuring that the Portuguese did not establish a foothold in Kerala.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Prime Minister inaugural speech at Naval Academy, Ezhimala
It is my great pleasure to be present here today at this magnificent campus overlooking the Arabian Sea. There could not have been a better place for the establishment of India’s Naval Academy. I am grateful to the Government of Kerala for having made this possible.
Today marks the realization of a dream of our late Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi who laid the foundation stone of this Academy. The decision to establish a world class Naval Academy was a truly forward-looking one. As I look at the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea before me and the Indian Ocean beyond, it is easy to see why the Indian Navy must have a much greater role in safeguarding the Nation’s vital security interests.
The Mumbai attacks have highlighted the need for heightened vigilance and response to asymmetric threats from the sea. We face such threats not only in the Arabian Sea but also in the Indian Ocean. There is a marked increase in the attempts by various terrorist and other groups to use the blue waters around India for nefarious purposes. This is a matter of concern. This emerging maritime security environment greatly enhances your responsibilities. We have a coastline of over 7600 kms. with over 1200 island territories spread across the Indian Ocean. We have a large Exclusive Economic Zone. We have a vital interest in the Indian Ocean and a close relationship with countries of the Indian Ocean Rim, and specially the Gulf region.
We should also recognize that there will be other competing interests whose maritime presence in the sphere of our interest and our influence will have to be carefully monitored.
The importance of the Indian Navy in safeguarding our vital security interests has thus become paramount. There can thus be no doubt that the Indian Navy must be the most important maritime power in this region.
It is essential for the Navy, the Coast Guard and the intelligence agencies to coordinate their efforts much more closely. We need to develop credible strategies to counter all threats from the sea. On its part the government will take all necessary measures to ensure that the Coast Guard and the Navy are fully equipped to protect the seas and oceans around us.
The Gulf is part of our extended neighbourhood, separated only by the Arabian Sea, of which the Indian Navy is one of the sentinels. India and the countries of the Gulf have a shared view of peace and prosperity in the region. Many of the Gulf countries look upon India as a friendly and benign neighbour on which they can depend in times of difficulty and need. Nearly five million people of Indian origin live here. I strongly condemn the hostilities taking place in Gaza and express dismay at the unfortunate killing of hundreds of innocent civilians. We call for the immediate cessation of hostilities so that a settlement based on dialogue can be arrived at. I reiterate our unstinted and unwavering support to the just Palestian cause This is an area of special priority for India and over the next decade and more this focus would only intensify further.
Another key role that the Indian Navy will play would be to safeguard the sea-lanes of communication, through which pass the bulk of our energy supplies and our sea-borne trade. As India’s oil and gas imports increase demands on the Navy will become further ****ounced. There is an inextricable link between our economic resurgence and our maritime power.
As economic power shifts to Asia, the demand for energy and the volume of trade passing through the Indian Ocean region will expand rapidly. This shift is being accompanied by the emergence of a host of threats that travel through the oceans.
These include the transportation of weapons of mass destruction, small arms and other weaponry through the oceans to the hinterland; the threat of piracy in international waters; organized crime; drug trafficking; environmental degradation; rising sea-levels; illegal migration and human smuggling.
The actions taken by the Navy recently to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia have been timely. I would like to commend the professionalism of the Navy, which has been widely acknowledged across the world.
Traditional naval powers continue to rely upon their sea-control assets while emerging powers are developing sea-denial capabilities. More and more resources are being spent on naval modernization and research and development for new ship designs and battle space dominance through information networking. Increasingly, space and information technology are being harnessed for enhancing naval capabilities. The ongoing Revolution in Military Affairs and network-centric warfare has also impacted on the navies as the joint-ness between the land, air and naval forces improves.
All this is leading to the emergence of a new international maritime order, one that is characterized by a great deal of flux. This will have major implications for India. The Indian Navy will be required to have capabilities to perform in the entire spectrum of conflict ranging from military missions and strategic deterrence to humanitarian assistance. As India moves ahead, it would need naval capabilities commensurate with its expanding national interests.
Today naval power is not just about fighting wars. It has an integral role to play in international diplomacy, commerce, energy supplies, exploitation of sea resources and ensuring order at sea. In such a scenario naval interactions have an important role to play. The large number of exercises that India has held in the recent years with several countries has resulted in greater exposure for the Indian Navy. They have enhanced the ability of the Indian Navy to operate with other navies to respond to common security threats.
Keeping the sea-lanes of commerce open, projecting power and maintaining strategic stability dictate that India should possess a strong blue water Navy. The sea is increasingly becoming relevant in the context of India’s security interests and we must re-adjust our military preparedness to this changing environment. We have in place an ambitious plan for force modernization of the Navy which will contribute to the Navy’s emergence as a three-dimensional force.
To face up to these challenges the Navy needs well trained manpower. I am confident that the Naval Academy will produce well rounded graduates with the latest scientific and technical skills, and a broad awareness of our national interests.
I congratulate all those who have contributed towards the creation of this institution. Such institutions are better known by the quality of their alumni than by their stone facades and I have no doubt that INS Ezhimala will, year after year, send out future generations of naval officers of whom the country will be proud.
Beautiful. I wish Indian's the very best. I do hope there will be exchange visits with the US.
These are signs as military watcher one should take note on where India is heading, a very positive step.
Last edited by Adux; 01-08-2009 at 09:28 AM.
This is great news indeed
the aerial pictures looks beautiful, especially the one with the Arabian sea as the backdrop
what is kerala??
Kerala is a state in India!! I live here, and Sujith is from here.
I have only one word for it it is simply breath taking....nice job Adux...
I will send my only kid there......I am planning ....
planning for a kid or planning to send him there lol
A naval academy without a jetty or pier or access to training vessels?
Kerala was the port-o-call for Chinese Adm. Zheng He treasure fleet in early 1400's.
Saudi Arabias Naval Academy in Dammam got unintentionally landlocked when they created a highway and made a land reclamation 1 kilometer wide from the original beach point.