A photo tribute to my friend, Rear Admiral Satyendra Singh Jamwal, who was tragically killed in a range accident in Kochi last week. The photographs are from the commissioning of the frigate, INS Beas, at Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata, in 2005. Captain Jamwal was the commissioning CO of the Beas, and I covered the event for NDTV.
The photos were sent to me by one of the officers in the crew of the INS Beas. A portion of his tribute to his skipper is enclosed below:-
"I am sending some photographs of RAdm Jamwal taken whilst on board Beas.... He was one of the hardest task masters to come across but if I had to go to war I would feel safest with a man like the late RAdm SS Jamwal. It's Navy's loss. I remember how happy he was when I met him at his residence for lunch. It had been indeed so humble of him as - Chief of Staff - to invite his ship mate over for lunch at home. The family seemed so happy at the table. Ther's so much to say and all of us - the Beas crew - feel bereaved... I wanted to post the pics on the WWW but decided against it. Wish you could do it."