An impressive ceremonial parade was held in the Naval base this morning in honour after which the traditional ‘Pulling Out’ ceremony was held in which Soni was ceremonially pulled out in a jeep by Flag Officers and Commanding Officers of Ships and Naval establishments of Kochi.
Throughout the ‘Pulling Out’, the men of Southern Naval Command sounded an emotional ‘Teen Jais’ for their Commander-in-Chief.
In his farewell address, Soni praised every member of the Southern Naval Command, both uniformed and civilian personnel, for their outstanding contribution in meeting the goals set during last two years.
Soni had assumed charge of the Southern Naval Command on May 31, 2012. Under his leadership various infrastructure projects for the Navy’s future requirement were initiated in Kerala and Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands, a Naval release said.
Being the primary training command, the Vice-Admiral was instrumental in showcasing the image of Indian Naval Training to its ASEAN neighbours through the ASEAN expedition of INS Sudarshini from September 15, 2012 to March 25, 2013.
Vice-Admiral SPS Cheema will assume Command of Southern Naval Command later this month.