Monday, February 28, 2011

SUBMARINE OPERATIONS: STRATEGIES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

 
I have received a firsthand report from Mr. D.H. Rao, Chairman of the Naval Philatelic Society of India and a veteran Maritime philatelist who was especially  invited by the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi to exhibit his philatelic collections on "Submarines and Maritime history of India".
Here is the report (unedited version)of Mr. D.H.Rao .
 
 NAME  -  SUBMARINE OPERATIONS: STRATEGIES FOR THE 21ST CENT..
VENUE - INDIA HABITAT CENTER
ORGANISED BY - NATIONAL MARITIME FOUNDATION .
DATE - 16 - 17TH FEB. 2011.
 
WELCOME ADDRESS BY      -  ADM [RETD] ARUN PRAKASH
INAUGURAL ADDRESS BY   -  ADM NIRMAL VERMA, CNS
DIFFERENT SESSIONS          -  16TH FEB
                                                      SUBMARINE OPERATIONS  - 4 PAPERS
                                                      SUBMARINE CONSTRUCTION- 3 PAPERS
                                                   - 17TH FEB
                                                     SUBMARINE RESCUE & SAFETY - 3 PAPERS
                                                     SUBMARINE ACQUISITION,TRAINING & ASW - 3 PAPERS
                                                     NUCLEAR SUBMARINE OPERATIONS - 3 PAPERS
TOTAL NUMBER OF PAPERS READ -16
VALEDICTORY ADDRESS -     ADM [RETD] V S SHEKAWAT
CONCLUDING REMARKS -    CMDE [RETD] C UDAY BHASKAR.     
PAPERS WERE PRESENTED BY A HOST OF INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE EXPERTS FROM
CHILEAN NAVY,ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY,SWEDISH ARMED FORCES,FRENCH NAVY,
BRAZILLIAN NAVY,JAPANESE MARITIME SELF DEFENCE FORCE, NETHERLANDS NAVY,
US NAVY,RUSSIAN NAVY, BESIDES OUR INDIAN NAVY"S EXPERTS.
MOST REMARKABLE WAS THE PRESENCE OF CMDE[RETD] K SUBRAMANIAM, THE FIRST
SUBMARINER TO COMMAND INDIA'S FIRST SUBMARINE - INS KALVARI.
ADDED INTEREST WAS THE PHILATELIC EXHIBITION BY THE CHAIRMAN, NAVAL
PHILATELIC SOCIETY, MR D H RAO, WHO WAS SUDDENLY INVITED TO EXHIBIT HISMARITIME
 HISTORY OF INDIA AND TWO FRAMES ON -THIRD DIMENSION [INDIAN NAVAL SUBMARINES].
AFTER THE INAUGURAL OF THE SEMINAR, ADM NIRMAL VERMA,CNS, REQUESTEDCMDE[RETD]
 K SUBRAMAINIAM TO INAUAGURATE THE PHILATELIC EXHIBITION. MUCHAPPRECIATION WAS
 THERE FROM THE EMINENT VIPS.
THE SEMINAR PROCEEDINGS WERE EXCELLENT, ADHERING TO TIMINGS.
TWO DAYS FLEW BY, AND DINNER ON THE 15TH AND 16TH GAVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO
GET AUTOGRAPH FROM ALL THE SPEAKERS, INCLUDING, THE CNS AND ADM ARUN PRAKASH
AND ADMIAL SHEKAVAT. I GOT AT LAST AUTOGRAPH OF ADM SC CHOPRA., ON FLEET REVIEW
COVER OF 1989..
THE ORGANISERS PREPARED FEW SPL. COVERS FOR THIS EVENT, AND THEY SPARED, ABOUT
20 COVERS FOR MY SPECIALISED PASSION -FOR GETTING THE AUTOGRAPHSOF ALL THOSE

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