4th of December is the National Day and to commemorate the day, Indus Valley World School, arranged for a trip to the Kidderpore Dock to witness a short drill on the artillery used by the navy. A group of 109 enthusiastic students accompanied by five teachers left the school premises at 8:45 am. The children got a chance to board two warships fitted with all arms and ammunition – INS Kirch – Sword to Victory and INS Sumedha – Always alert always ready. The officers of the Navy explained everything patiently and with elaborate demonstrations. Sub Lieutenant Mohit Kumar and Pawan Kumar took care to see that all the curiosities of the children were satiated.
INS Kirch has been serving India’s pride since 22nd January 2001 and is equipped with 16 missile launchers, guns with a range of 5 km to 1300 km. INS Sumedha was launched on 14th march 2014 and serves chiefly as patrolling ship and is mainly assigned for UN peace – keeping missions. The students listened enthralled to the Officers. Some even shared their desire to be a part of Indian Navy. At 11:30 am the children boarded their buses back to school enriched with information from a world that they were not very well aware of. This trip also filled within them an urge to serve their country.