The much-awaited Naval NCC's sailing expedition, named Lachit 1, after the Great General of Assam Lachit Borphukan is underway on the Brahmaputra. The expedition was flagged off on October 16 by ADG NCC Northeast Region Major General Bipin Bakshi at Biswanath Ghat, once an important naval position of the Ahom Kingdom. The ten-day-long expedition will culminate on October 25 at Pandu, where the famous Battle of Saraighat was fought between the Ahoms and the Mughals.
On Tuesday, the expedition reached Kathani Palaguri at 4 pm. During the initial days of the sailing, the NCC naval cadets got embedded into the groove of the strenuous of negotiating the river current, while listening to the melodious song, “Maha Bahu Bramhaputra”, by the legendary jewel of Assam, Bhupen Hazarika. The cadet also honed their skills in seamanship, marine communication, navigation and search & rescue. The cadets planted about 50 saplings at Tezpur and got a rare opportunity to understand the ecosystem of the Brahmaputra river.
The expedition thus helped the NCC cadets in developing camaraderie by inculcating a spirit of adventure, leadership and team spirit. The expedition has also nurtured a sense of social responsibility amongst the cadets and given them an opportunity to gain an insight into the tribal way of life. A large number of locals including womenfolk, elders and children gathered to observe and cheer them up all along the route. During the journey till now, the NCC cadets of the expedition team have interacted with the riverine populace at Biswanath Chilalli, Tezpur and Singer. They also undertook special talks on environmental protection, maintenance of health and hygiene, substance abuse and digital payment initiatives implemented by the Govt of India. The Cadets were tanned but excited and were buzzing with enthusiasm and vigor. In the words of the participating Cadets in the expedition team, “ …the Expedition is really a lifetime Experience and totally Unmatchable…”
From here, the expedition will sail again covering areas of, Kura, Amingaon and finally reach their destination at Pandu Port, Guwahati on October 25 at 10 am, where they will be flagged in by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.