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The Indian Navy base on Minicoy Island, Lakshadweep, soon to be christened INS Jatayu, has unveiled its official insignia. The emblem, to be formally inaugurated next week by Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff, features a powerful image – Jatayu, the courageous vulture from the Ramayana, alongside a lighthouse.

Jatayu, revered for his loyalty and valiant sacrifice, attempted to rescue Mata Sita from the clutches of the demon king Ravana. The insignia draws a symbolic connection between Jatayu’s unwavering defense and the role INS Jatayu will play in safeguarding India’s maritime interests.

The lighthouse, a universal symbol of guidance and safety, complements the image of Jatayu. It reflects INS Jatayu’s commitment to ensuring the security of vital sea lanes and infrastructure in the Lakshadweep archipelago.

This unique insignia signifies the Indian Navy’s dedication to upholding its dharma – its righteous duty – to protect the nation. It is a fitting emblem for a base poised to play a critical role in India’s maritime defense strategy.