With an endeavor to provide a forum to the junior officers to put forth their views on aspects ranging across professional, technical, training and personnel issues, a Junior Officers Leadership Seminar was conducted by Eastern Fleet at Samudrika Auditorium on July 18-19, 2018. The seminar inaugurated by Vice Adm MS Pawar, Chief of Staff Eastern Naval Command (ENC) was attended by Rear Adm Suraj Berry Asst Chief of Naval Staff (HRD) Integrated HQ Ministry of Defence(Navy), other Flag Officers, Commanding Officers of Ships and Submarines, Director C-LABS, representatives from Naval Headquarters, other Commands and junior officers upto the rank of Lieutenant Commanders, Master Chief Petty Officers and Chief Petty Officers representing all important branches of the Navy.
The two-day seminar conducted under the aegis of HQENC included seven papers presented by junior officers from different fields of the Navy and included contemporary topics such as, "Leadership Challenges in Ensuring Combat Worthiness of Legacy Ships", "Grooming and Cultural Orientation in the International Environment", "Leading Civilian Technical Work Force", "Managing Operations/Administration in Remote Air Base", "Inspiring Personnel to perform non-Core Functions", "Managing Technology and Tasking of Strategic Vessels" and "Sailors' Expectations from Leaders".
Welcoming the delegates and participants, Vice Adm Pawar reiterated that as young leaders one should 'command' respect and not 'demand' it by following the time tested principle of 'Service before Self' enshrined in the ethos of our defence officers since inception. The presentations and deliberations resulted in invigorating discussions which were moderated by prominent senior naval officers. The proceedings of the seminar were summed up eloquently by Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. An audio visual presentation of the lecture on leadership by the late Admiral RL Pereira, the former Chief of the Naval Staff was also played and as always made an impact.