Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval
Command reviewed the Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief
(HADR) Exercise at Naval Base Karwar near Goa on the West Coast.
The exercise which has been conducted by the Western Naval Command of India
Navy required large scale mobilization of resources and coordination with
The exercise on a Tsunami scenario is being used to validate the resources
available with various organizations and bring out common standard operating
procedures. Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, witnessed an operational demonstration
and inspected the Camp site at RT Beach, Karwar and Static Display. He will
also review the results of the exercise tomorrow, on May 20.
The series of actions undertaken in the operational display were structured
around how relief activities are organised. In a calamity like a Tsunami, the
available infrastructure is expected to be disrupted. Therefore the operational
demonstration started with the aerial reconnaissance mission over land and sea
conducted by a Naval Dornier Aircraft.
The Aircraft also demonstrated the capability of deploying life-rafts to
save people who have been washed into the sea due to a tsunami. With the
information available from the Dornier mission, rescue of survivors were
exercised by Chetak helicopters and boats.
Harbours play an important role in providing relief to areas affected by
disaster as road and rail networks are invariably disrupted. Moreover ships
provide the highest cargo lift capability over other modes of transportation.
The demonstration thus focused on how a harbor is restored. The process
involves underwater survey by survey boats, clearing of underwater debris by
divers and firefighting and pollution control capability by coast guard ships.
Once the harbor was cleared, two ships simulated relief material being landed
The static display focused on type of relief material provided ashore by
various organizations. Stalls by Army, Navy, Air Force, Armed Forces Medical
Corps, National Disaster Relief Force, State and district administration, BSNL
and Red Cross provided a glimpse of what to expect from other organizations to
the participants of the exercise.
Vice Admiral Girish Luthra thereafter inspected the sample relief camp
site. The relief camp site which was open to pubic over the last two days
displayed all the facilities which will be required to provide succor and
relief to the people and distribute the relief material provided from the ship.
The camp was also used to validate the multi agency coordination and support
annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise is
being conducted by the Indian Navy at Karwar from May 18-20 , under the aegis
of the Western Naval Command.