KATHMANDU, Apr. 3:The Indian Navy’s association with Mt Everest dates back to 1965 when Capt MS Kohli of the Indian Navy led the first successful Indian expedition atop the world’s highest peak. Thereafter, in 2004, the first all Navy Mt Everest expedition was flagged off from the Indian Navy Submarine Sindhuraj at 50 meters below the sea. The team went on from there to plant the Naval Ensign at 8848 meters. The Indian Navy is now launching its second expedition to Mount Everest in May this year. Accordingly, twenty four enthusiastic Naval climbers have been selected for this prestigious mission after a grueling selection process over the last two years. The team will depart from Kathmandu for the Base Camp on 04 Apr 2017.
The Indian Navy Team comprises of 12 x Officers, 04 x Junior Commissioned Officers and 08xOther Ranks. Commander Sanjay K Kulkarni is the Officer In Charge of the Expedition, while Surg Cdr IB Udaya and Lieutenant Commander Vinit Doshi are the climbing Team Leaders.
The Indian Navy expedition to the highest peak in the world complements another Naval expedition called Sagar Parikrama III (all women circumnavigation of the world by sea), which is presently underway, thus showcasing the multi-dimensional prowess of the Indian Navy through adventure activities. In keeping with the theme of the expedition, the Indian Navy Everest Expedition team had taken the Ceremonial Ice Axe with the Naval Ensign to the bottom of sea. The same Ice Axe will now be carried to the highest point on earth. Thus the theme for the expedition has been aptly termed as ‘Sagartal se Sagarmatha’ depicting the Indian Navy’s efforts to soar from the depths of the ocean to the summit of the world. The expedition was flagged off from Delhi on 23-24 March 2017 by the Chief of the Navy Staff, Indian Navy.
Charge d’ Affaires, Embassy of India, Mr Vinay Kumar, on 03 Apr 2017 met the Indian Navy team and wished them a successful expedition to Mount Everest. He said, “This attempt to summit Everest would be a step ahead in further strengthening the age old relations between our two countries. I hope this will revive trekking & tourism in Nepal & inspire many young people of India, Nepal & the rest of the world. I wish all the success to the expeditions.”