INS Dronacharya

The Indian Navy’s INS Dronacharya is a prestigious gunnery school located in Kochi, Kerala. The school has been in operation since 1975 and is responsible for training officers and ratings in various fields such as small-arms, naval missiles, artillery, radar, and defensive countermeasures. It recently received President’s Colour.

The President’s Colour

President’s Colour is the highest honor that the President bestows on a unit for exceptional service to the nation. The award is given in recognition of the unit’s outstanding performance in operational and training tasks.

Training for Excellence

INS Dronacharya has a state-of-the-art training infrastructure that includes simulators, computer-based training systems, and live firing ranges. The school has a team of highly qualified and experienced instructors who provide hands-on training to the trainees.

The school trains about 820 officers and 2100 ratings per year in different fields. Its curriculum includes theory classes, practical training, and live firing exercises. The training focuses on developing the trainees’ proficiency in operating and maintaining different types of weapons and equipment.

Apart from Indian Navy personnel, INS Dronacharya also trains personnel from Coast Guard, paramilitary, and police forces. The school has also trained naval personnel from friendly countries such as Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Mauritius.

Nodal Center for Training Sagar Prahari Bal

INS Dronacharya is also the nodal center for training Sagar Prahari Bal. Sagar Prahari Bal is a special force that was created to provide security to India’s offshore assets and the country’s exclusive economic zone. The force is responsible for safeguarding India’s offshore oil installations, ports, and other critical assets.

The school’s role as a nodal center for training Sagar Prahari Bal is a testament to its commitment to excellence. The school provides specialized training to the force, which includes swimming, diving, and other maritime-related skills.




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