The Standing Committee of Defence (SCOD), comprising of eighteen (18) Members of Parliament, visited the Naval installations at Goa from 04 to 06 Feb 15, as part of a Study Tour. The purpose of the visit was to obtain an on the spot assessment and real-time appreciation of various Naval and Defence related issues.
The delegation, headed by Maj General BC Khanduri, AVSM (Retd) was flown out in a smart convoy of Naval helicopters from the Naval Air Base at Dabolim, to embark the Aircraft Carrier, INS Vikramaditya, at Sea, where they were received by Vice Admiral Anil K Chopra, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, the Flag officer Commanding in Chief, Western Naval Command. Following this, the delegation was demonstrated a charged up display of combat readiness and Fleet Operations at sea, both by warships and Naval aircraft. The SCOD was then briefed comprehensively about the role and functions of Naval and Maritime assets.
Following this, the delegation visited the Coast Guard Headquarters, and the National Institute of Hydrography, located within Naval premises at Vasco da Gama. The latter is a premier training institute of worldwide acclaim, manned and run in a professional manner by the Indian Navy. Here the SCOD delegates were briefed about the importance of this Institute, and they interacted with the trainee Officers and Sailors from Indian Navy as well as those from friendly foreign nations.