INS Valsura

Facts for Prelims:

INS Valsura

News: The President of India presented the prestigious President’s Color to the Indian Naval Ship Valsura.

About President’s colour:
• Highest award bestowed on a military unit in India in recognition of its exceptional services to the nation.
• Out of the three defense forces, the Indian Navywas the first Indian armed force to be awarded the President Color by Dr. Rajendra Prasad in 1951.

About INS Valsura:
• The name ‘Valsura’ was derived from two Tamil words, ‘Vaal’ (Sword) and ‘Sorrah’ (shark)
• It was considered appropriate due to variety of swordfish found off the coast of Saurashtra.
• In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Gujarat, Valsura performed remarkable outreach activity.
• Currently, the unit imparts quality training on contemporary and niche technologies through progressive augmentation of training infrastructure.
• It has also emerged as training destination for friendly Foreign navies.  

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