Nagpurian in Indian Navy team that excelled in Australia

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Sep 2018 10:19:25


Staff Reporter,

A 23-year-old Parth Chandrakant Ragit, who is serving as Lieutenant in the Indian Navy, has brought laurels to Nagpur. He has not only won kayaking event but also is a part of the Indian Navy team that has won the prestigious multi-activity event ‘Kakadu-2018’ in Australia.

Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sahyadri is on a visit to Darwin, Australia to participate in the 14th edition of ‘Kakadu-2018’ exercise. It has won ‘Kakadu-2018’ Cup, a multi-activity competition that included running, swimming, crossing land and water obstacles, and kayaking through a spirited performance, which saw participation of 23 teams from as many countries.

Lt Parth Chandrakant Ragit, who hails from Nagpur, was a part of the winning team. He won the kayaking event. His proud father Chandrakant Ragit, who is a lecturer at G H Raisoni Engineering College, told ‘The Hitavada’ that Parth was still at sea and he would be back by the end of this month. Parth’s mother Manjusha Ragit is a home-maker.
“For Parth, it is winning an exercise. But, for us, it is a moment of pride. It is creditable that in one year of his joining the Indian Navy, he got this opportunity to be a part of the winning team,” Ragit said. Parth passed out of National Defence Academy (NDA) and joined the Indian Navy.

Parth’s first posting is on INS Sahyadri. Four months ago, it left for Hawaii for a joint exercise RIMPAC-2018 involving various countries. INS Sahyadri is the ship that was deployed in South China Sea and Pacific for four months. Last week, he participated in Kakadu-2018 and stood first in kayaking, Ragit added. The exercise ‘Kakadu-2018’ started in the year 1993, and has developed into a prestigious multi-activity event hosted by Royal Australian Navy. The bi-annual event is supported by Royal Australian Air Force. This year, the exercise involved 23 countries and around 3,000 personnel from different teams. The exercise is conducted off the coast of Darwin and ashore.