Indian Navy Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Training Facility
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba inaugurated Indian Navy’s state of the art Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Training Facility (NBCTF) at INS Shivaji, Lonavala. It has been named as ABHEDYA, which means impenetrable in the Sanskrit language. Admiral Lanba was on a two-day visit to INS Shivaji, on the occasion of the platinum jubilee of the establishment, wherein he commissioned Abhedya. The construction of this training facility started in March 2016. It was when the Goa Shipyard Limited signed the contract with the Indian Navy for the construction of the facility.
Why is it important for the Navy
This new Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Training Facility is certainly going to benefit and making the training personnel of naval ships easy. And that too in a real and practical scenario. This is because this new facility has nuclear, biological and chemical detection and protection systems also. And so it will provide realistic training to naval personnel in detection, protection against and decontamination of nuclear, biological and chemical agents.
The inaugural venue INS Shivaji is celebrating its platinum jubilee year in 2019-20. Admiral Lamba also released the platinum jubilee logo. The logo with the theme "Propelling the Indian Navy since 1945", for the premier technical training establishment. Admiral Sunil Lanba also said that the nuclear, biological and chemical training facility ‘Abhedya’ at INS Shivaji has special significance for the Indian Navy. Because now we will be able to provide holistic training in all three disciplines to our personnel on board a ship.
The simulators also have equipment like advanced sensors. These can detect and measure the exact contamination of NBC components in water and air. From now, it will help train naval officers and sailors. And the duration of the training can vary from two days to six months. It can vary depending on the courses – basic, advanced or refresher. In conclusion, we can say that this facility is going to boost the training in the Indian Navy in this nuclear age.
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