Visakhapatnam: A seminar with the central theme "overhaul and indigenisation of marine gas turbines" and an industrial exhibition was organised to commemorate the silver jubilee year of Indian Navy’s INS Eksila. The programmes were inaugurated by Eastern Naval Command (ENC) commander in chief Vice Admiral H.C.S. Bisht here on Wednesday.
The seminar was attended by all the stakeholders representing the naval headquarters, Indian air force, PSUs, government organisations and lead industries, in addition to erstwhile commanding officers of the unit. A photo essay book ‘Propelling Ahead’, a kaleidoscope tracing the glorious journey of 25 years of INS Eksila, was also released by the Vice Amiral on the occasion.
Speakers from across the country shared their perspective of topics related to gs trbines during the seminar, which saw lively discussions and yielded some takeaways towards partnerships between the industry and the Navy which could confront the future challenges for maintenance of gas turbines. The technical exhibition showcased the capability of over 20 lead industrial houses and provided a valuable opportunity to the industries to showcase their capability for development of indigenous substitutes.
Eksila, located at Gajuwaka, Visakhapatnam, is the only naval establishment in South East Asia where "Men in Uniform" undertake major overhaul of marine gas turbines powering naval ships. The unit has witnessed an exciting phase of transformation in the last two and a half decades since her inception as marine gas turbine overhaul centre (MGTOC) on Oct 22, 1991. Significant strides have been made by the unit in embracing contemporary cutting edge technologies in the field of marine gas turbine maintenance, keeping in line with the Indian Navy’s commitment to ‘self reliance through indigenisation’.