President Ram Nath Kovind, presented the President’s Colour to the
submarine Arm of the Indian Navy on December 8 in Vishakhapatnam, the
headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that our maritime interests
are directly linked to India’s economy and security, and to the well-being of
our people. Over 90 per cent of India’s trade by volume uses the sea route.
This enhances the role of the Indian Navy not just in national security but in
the wider process of nation building. The Navy is India’s primary instrument of
sea power. It is also the guardian of our maritime interests, both military and
The President said that the sea is an unforgiving medium for those who do
not respect it. No one knows this better than the valiant submariners of the
Indian Navy, who operate their boats and perform their duties beneath the
waves. All of them carry out their professional responsibilities with great
skill and at grave risk. The nation is proud of their achievements and
appreciates their contribution to national security.
The President said that the Colour is being presented today to the
Submarine Arm of the Indian Navy in recognition of extraordinary service to the
nation, in peace and war, in the past 50 years. He congratulated submariners on
this achievement. He also paid homage to those Indian Navy submariners who have
laid down their lives in the service of India and acknowledged the sacrifice of
the families of submariners – past and present.