Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar has been introduced the 2019 Alexander Dalrymple Award in recognition of his “excellent contribution” to Indian hydrography and throughout the broader Indian Ocean area, official sources stated right here on Monday.
First awarded by the UK Hydrography Workplace (UKHO) in 2006, the award is called after the primary hydrographer of the Admiralty. Recipients are chosen for his or her efforts in elevating the requirements of hydrography, cartography and navigation all over the world.
Vice Admiral Badhwar, who joined the Indian Navy in 1982, has in depth hydrographic surveying expertise, together with work within the Gulfs of Kutch and Khambhat, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands – extensively recognised as a number of the most difficult environments to survey on the planet.
In his position as India’s nationwide hydrographer, Vice Admiral Badhwar has been a key member of the Worldwide Hydrographic Organisation’s capability constructing sub-committee since its creation. He additionally leads the Indian Naval Hydrographic Workplace’s regional capability constructing programmes.
The UKHO stated his contribution to the sustainable improvement of Indian Ocean coastal economies was recognised in 2019, when he acquired the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for ‘distinguished service of an distinctive order throughout peacetime’.
Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes, UK’s nationwide hydrographer, stated: “Vice Admiral Badhwar is a real champion of the hydrographic occupation. He has helped to unlock the financial potential of marine geospatial knowledge and additional hydrographic science in each India and the broader Indian Ocean area”.
“The necessary capability constructing contribution of our pals and companions on the Indian Naval Hydrographic Workplace, who work in live performance with the IHO, helps to usher in a safer, extra affluent and extra sustainable world”.
Vice Admiral Badhwar stated on receiving the award: “This recognition wouldn’t have been potential with out the assist of my colleagues within the Nationwide Hydrographic Division, who labored tirelessly in the direction of attaining the objectives set forth by the United Nations and IHO”.