Navy's South Pole expedition flagged in
A team of naval mountaineers, including Everest climbers, reached the geographic South Pole, reports HT Correspondent.india Updated: Jan 31, 2007 21:00 IST
Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh on Wednesday flagged-in the Indian Navy ski expedition, which culminated at the South Pole on December 28.
A team of naval mountaineers, including Everest climbers, reached the geographic South Pole after having ski traversed over a distance of 220 kms, lugging sledges weighing up to 120 kg.
Led by Commander Satyabrata Dam, the 10-member team took 16 days to achieve its objective, skiing for 12-14 hours daily in temperatures ranging from minus 10 degrees to minus 35 degrees.
The minister also felicitated two AFF (accelerated free fall) instructors of the navy who made history by undertaking training skydive in Antarctica with their student, Shital Mahajan.
Lieutenant Commanders Rajesh and MV Birajdar made Shital skydive holding her on either side from a height of 14,500 feet before landing at a temporary drop zone near Patriot Hill base camp in Antarctica.
Not only was this the first training jump in the `White Continent,' the navy officers are also the first submariners in the world to perform such a feet.