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Marching Contingent

The Naval Contingent comprises 96 Men, three Platoon Commanders & one Contingent commander.
Details about the contingent and the preparations, sentiments etc as described by the Contingent Officers:-
*_Lt Cdr Aanchal Sharma_* is an Observer Officer, posted at INAS 314. She was commissioned in Jun 2016. She describes the preparation and the sentiments of the contingent -  *_“The hard work and tough schedule in the last two months has paid off and if you see the contingent today, it is full of passion and pride and each individual has a sense of honour to be marching in front of our Supreme Commander, The President of India. The enthusiasm and energy of the contingent is unparalleled. It is indeed an honour to be leading the Indian Naval Contingent”_*
*_Lt Cdr Kushal Agarwal_* is an Air Electrical Officer, posted at INS Rajali. He was commissioned in Jul 2013. Talking about the contingent & practice he said – *_“Our contingent comprising 96 men, 03 platoon commanders & the Contingent Commander has put in months of dedicated practice to achieve highest degree of refinement and coordination in our drills. A regular day of practice starts well before sunrise with warmups, standing & marching drills followed by the March past practice, under the supervision of our highly qualified Gunnery/Drill Instructors. We are ready and raring to March past the Saluting Dias of the Honorable President of India on the Tunes of One of the Finest Military Marching Band playing "Jai Bharati"- especially on this historic Republic Day as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.”_*

1. The tableau being paraded at RDP-22 is in pursuance of the Navy Week theme of Indian Navy - Combat Ready, Credible and Cohesive. Concurrently, the nation is also celebrating 75 years of Independence as Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav., which finds a special mention in the tableau as Navy’s contribution to our freedom struggle.

The design concept and details of the tableau as described by the Tableau Officers:-

*_Lt Preeti_* is an Education Officer, posted at INS India. She was commissioned in Dec 2019. Describing the Naval Tableau being paraded this time she says – *_“The tableau of Republic Day Parade 2022 of Indian Navy is in pursuance of the Navy week theme of Indian Navy 'Combat Ready, Credible and Cohesive'. The tableau endeavours to highlight Indian Navy's sustained focus on ‘AatmaNirbharBharat' initiatives maintaining combat readiness in service of the nation and Navy’s contribution to our freedom struggle. It also showcases the multidimensional capabilities of Indian Navy”._*
*_Lt Mayank Bhagour_* is an Aviation Officer, currently posted at INS Rajali. He was commissioned in Jul 2019. He gave the details of the Naval Tableau – *_“The forward part of the tableau depicts the Naval uprising of 1946, an event which contributed in India's struggle for Independence. The rear section of the tableau illustrates the 'Make in India' initiatives of Navy particularly for the period 1983 to 2021. The model of indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant with Light Combat Aircraft in air takes the center stage flanked by models of indigenous missile Corvette Kora, the Destroyer Visakhapatnam, Frigate Shivalik on left and P-75 submarine Kalvari, frigate Godavari and destroyer Delhi on the right side. Frames on the lower section of the trailer depict construction of Indian Naval platforms in India.”_*

*Naval Band* 

The world-renowned brass band of the Indian Navy *led by Vincent Johnson, Master Chief Petty Officer Musician I Hon SLt (Sub Lieutenant)* – More info about the MCPO and some of the Tunes which will be played:-
For Vincent Johnson MCPO (Musician) I Hon Sub Lt, *this would be the 18th time he would be marching down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade on 26 Jan 22*.

He will lead a 72-men naval band as its drum major in front of the President of India, with millions watching India’s most loved ceremonial event.

_From Sydney to Mauritius and St Petersburg to Edinburgh, Vincent Johnson has led the Indian Navy band at various military events across the world, but if there’s a celebration that’s closest to his heart, it’s the Republic Day parade_.
*The Tunes being played in this RD Parade*:-
1. Indian Fleet – भारतीय बेड़ा
2. Silver Jubilee - रजत जयंती
3. INS Vikrant
4. Blue Field - नीला क्षेत्र
5. INS India
6. Jal Nidhi
7. Swarn Jayanti
8. Jai Bharati 
9. Sare Jahan Se Achha

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