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Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command (FOC-in-C ENC), along with Mrs. Sandhya Rao Pendharkar, President Navy Wives Welfare Association (Eastern Region) (NWWA(ER)), undertook a visit to INS Rajali at Arakkonam from June 5 to 7, 2024.

The visit focused on assessing the operational preparedness of the naval air station. FOC-in-C Pendharkar reviewed the infrastructure and facilities, ensuring their readiness for optimal functionality. He also interacted with officers, sailors, civilian staff, and Defence Security Corps (DSC) personnel, commending them for their dedication to duty and the exceptional performance achieved over the past year.

Furthermore, Vice Admiral Pendharkar received a briefing on the leased MQ-9B High-Altitude Long-Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) currently operated by the Indian Navy. These UAVs provide vital aerial surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, enhancing the Navy’s operational effectiveness.

This visit by FOC-in-C Pendharkar underscores the Eastern Naval Command’s commitment to maintaining a high state of operational readiness at its air stations. It also highlights the importance of the personnel at INS Rajali in contributing to the Navy’s overall mission.