President's Standard Awarded to 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron

December 8, 2021 Photo(s): By PRO (Navy)

Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, awarded the President's Standard to the 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron, also known as the Killers Squadron of the Indian Navy, at an impressive ceremonial parade held at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai on December 8, 2021. A special day cover and a commemorative stamp produced by the postal department were released to mark the occasion.

The ceremony was attended by Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Governor of Maharashtra, Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command and several other civilian and military dignitaries.

The 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron is based at Mumbai and comprises missile vessels Prabal, Pralaya, Nashak, Nishank, Vipul, Vibhuti, Vinash and Vidyut.

The Killers Squadron traces its genesis to the 1971 War when Osa I class missile boats, newly inducted into the Indian Navy from the erstwhile USSR, participated in Operations Trident and Python that were decisive in enabling the Indian Navy dominate operations in the Arabian Sea. The attacks on Pakistan naval units and Karachi harbour during the two operations effectively nullified the Pakistan Navyís war-waging potential and earned these missile vessels the sobriquet ĎKillersí.

The year 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the victory in 1971 War and is also the 50th year of the Killers Squadron. The Squadron remains at the forefront of Indiaís seaward defence on the Western seaboard.

The Presidentís Standard ceremony witnessed an immaculately conducted ceremonial parade that began with the naval armed guard presenting a salute of arms to the President and was followed by the presentation of the Standard. The ceremony concluded with a Continuity Drill performance by naval personnel and an operational demonstration by MARCOS and naval helicopters.

Ram Nath Kovind, President of India is accorded a Guard of Honour during the award of Presidentís Standard to 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron
Ram Nath Kovind, President of India inspects the Guard of Honour during the award of Presidentís Standard to 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron
The Presidentís Standard is laid on the drums prior to the consecration ceremony
Ram Nath Kovind, President of India awardsthe Presidentís Standard to 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron in presence of CNS Admiral R Hari Kumar, FOC-in-C West Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh and Captain K22 Commodore Dalip Singh
Ram Nath Kovind, President of India addresses the gathering during the award of Presidentís Standard to 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron
Continuity drill in progress by the sailors of 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron
An ALH demonstrates winch operations for SAR demo in the naval dockyard during the ceremony
A special day cover is released by Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, to commemorate the award of Presidentís Standard to 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron
Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of Naval Staff presents a memento to Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India