The Indian Navy Mountaineering Team from Naval Base INS Shivaji achieved a remarkable feat by conquering the challenging 16,207 Ft Goechala pass Sikkim in enduring adverse weather and rugged terrain.
The team led by Cdr Pramod Bhandirge was ‘Flagged Off’ by Commanding Officer INS Shivaji by handing over a ceremonial Ice Axe on 21 Sep 2023 at Lonavala, Maharashtra. A highly experienced and balanced team of ten members was shortlisted and trained for the expedition which required sheer determination, team spirit and logistic support. The team experienced many difficulties and challenges en-route wherein they fought against nature’s fury, negotiated rough terrain, withstood heavy rains and climbed in pitch darkness but the sheer determination of the valiant climbers and the cohesive team effort brought laurels for the Navy.
The expedition has shown that given an opportunity, Naval team is capable of reaching any height in any terrain under any circumstances. It not only symbolises personal triumph but also the Indian Navy’s unwavering pursuit of excellence, reinforcing its reputation as a formidable force both on land and at sea.