Yesterday while my wife and myself were out celebrating our 26th Wedding Anniversary one day early, and I might add; we were out looking at some show-homes to get some ideas to consider what we could do once we both decide to retire in a few years if that is even possible? Anyway what was definitely the high-lite of viewing these homes was the meeting of a Gent who is of an East Indian background. This fellow by the name of Ravi Gill through conversation mentioned he served in the Indian Navy.
Mr. Gill reached the rank of Lieutenant and had a special assignment of training sailors for amphibious deployment. I marveled at his stories as he described his role as a frogman and amphibious assault leader. His crew were first overboard to check for any type of charges that could of been secured to watercraft whether their own ship or other ships during a mission. The second crew were then dispatched to clear any charges that could have been attached magnetically by an enemy. Dangerous work to say the least however he assured me they were highly trained by Royal Navy specialists.
The above crest is of the Shardul Class Landing Ship Tank (L). The Shardul class landing ships are large amphibious warfare vessels built at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. Kolkatta. They are an evolution of the Magar class amphibious landing ships.The class has an indigenous content of over 90% with state-of-the-art equipment.
The above picture is an L-16 Shardul Landing Ship. Mr. Gill told me that the staffs he trained were specially trained marines who would get into the assault boats you see on top of the deck of the Ship Tank and then be deployed on land or wet operations. Mr.Gill's direct report was a Vice Admiral on the operation side of things. It was interesting that Mr. Gill said he finally got bored of serving in the Navy and decided to resign. He then packed up his family and moved to Canada to start a new life. He started out as a contractor with a brother and built new homes in Edmonton for a few years until the crash of 2008. So now he sells new homes for a private builder and is an area sales manager. I felt very honored to meet a man of his caliber, a commissioned Naval officer, who served his country and Indian Navy faithfully ... For Honour's Sake ...Jeff