CAPTAIN (I.N.), IS IT A RANK?

Captain (I.N.) (Captain (Indian Navy) There is, of course, no such rank. However, just like all morals, ethics and virtues are acceptable societal attributes if the majority thinks so, in the armed forces too, the majority service in manpower, Army that is, decides on what is an acceptable rank of the other service (in this case Navy) when they too have a rank spelled and pronounced exactly the same way […]

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JOIN THE NAVY, SEE THE WORLD; JOIN THE NAVY, MEET THE GIRLS

“Join The Navy See The World” “Join The Navy Meet The Girls” The above two slogans were very prevalent (in the US Navy at least and by imitation in our Navy too) during our impressionable days and helped some of us to quickly make up our minds as to which service to join. And then, we got on to sailing, bunks, holy-stoning the decks and looking at miles and miles […]

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THE BEST AZAADI (INDEPENDENCE) POEMS

These historical poems and poets contributed not just towards India’s independence but also filled us with sense of pride and awe at the task ahead to make India the best nation on earth. I provide you these poems in their original language, in Hindi, their transliteration and finally their meaning in English. #1 Poem: I start with our National Song or Geet: Saare Jahan Se Achha… Let me begin with […]

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VEERU, WATER TANK AND SOO-SIDE

In the year 1999, the Navy decided to send me to command the Navy’s largest establishment area-wise, the Very Low Frequency Station INS Kattabomman. Now, being a Punjabi, I had tough time explaining to my larger family and friends in Punjab the name of the establishment that I was going to command. For them ‘katta’ clearly meant a male-calf of a buffalo and they joked that I was the most […]

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NAVY AND STAFF-CARS

The Navy owns ships, submarines and aircraft. But, to commute on land you require road transport. That’s where the Navy finds itself totally at sea. We envy our Army counterparts whose jeeps, jongas and Ambassador cars look ‘battle-worthy’ from outside and are fitted with the latest luxury items inside if the allotment is even for a unit Officer-in-Charge. The one Achilles Heel of the Navy personnel has always continued being road […]

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