Chilika, 16/11 : As the nation celebrates 50 glorious years of 1971 war victory as ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ and 75th year of Independence as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, a 5075 km bike expedition named ‘Swarnim Vijay Yatra’ was flagged off from INS Chilka today .
The bike expedition team led by Lt Cdr Sandeep Tomar comprising Officers and Sailors of INS Chilka and INHS Nivarini are on an endeavour to cover 5075 km signifying ’50’ yrs and ’75’ yrs, crossing seven states including four north eastern states bordering Bangladesh.
The aim of the expedition is to spread awareness among the local populace enroute about the role of Indian Navy in national security, national prosperity and also to create awareness about its role in naval operations which were decisive in the victory of the 1971 war.
The team will be visiting places to pay homage to martyrs of 1971 war as well as educational institutions including colleges and schools during the two week long expedition. Interactive sessions on career avenues in Indian Navy are also planned to be spread by the expedition team at these locations.
The expedition is being organised by Indian Navy in collaboration with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and M/s Royal Enfield India Ltd.