Indian Navy opens new diving facility at Kochi 

A new dive-training facility has been officially opened at the Indian Navy’s Southern Naval Command (SNC) complex at Kochi.

The Chiman Singh Block houses a recompression chamber complex, a laboratory and modern stores.

It is named after Chiman Singh, Petty Officer clearance diver (retired), who was awarded the second highest gallantry award of the nation, the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

Deployed off the Bangladesh coast, Shri Chiman Singh was a young diver who displayed unparalleled gallantry in the face of the enemy in rescuing several of his colleagues, despite being severely injured.

He was also recognised by the government of Bangladesh for his actions during the War of Liberation and honoured with the Friends of Bangladesh Liberation award in 2013. 

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