In what is perhaps a first for a Navy Chief, Admiral R K Dh-owan addressed all naval personnel stationed in the Capital on his first working day Monday, driving home the point that the image of the force has been dented by the spate of accidents and that everyone needs to work as a team to get things back on track.
Admiral Dhowan, who held three sessions in the morning to address all officers, personnel of other ranks as well as civilian staffers, said the Navy was a professional force and that remedial measures were being taken to ensure that frequent accidents do not occur in the future.
Explaining that safety audits had been conducted and things were being put in place, the officer said the Navy was still considered to be one of the most professional forces in the world. Dhowan, who will over the next few weeks travel to all commands of the Navy, told personnel posted in the Capital that they needed to be even more accountable and should “wait for another day” to share what they think were the shortcomings.
The Navy chief in his address said the Naval HQ needed to work harder to support its men who were operating ships, submarines and aircraft and professional advice on files should be forthcoming.