September 14, 2016: In a new initiative to integrate and empower senior sailors, Western Naval Command, is conducting the maiden Master Chief Petty Officers (MCPOs) Conference at Mumbai from 14 to 15 Sep 16. The conference was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command this morning.
MCPOs are the senior-most rank sailors in the Navy, and thus have significant experience. The first ever conference of sailors with rich expertise and experience is aimed at participative management, with analysis and views being put forward in professional and frank manner. The conference is covering the entire spectrum of Naval Operations, HR issues, Technical and Administrative challenges, Maintenance philosophies and harnessing of Information Technology. MCPOs from Naval Units in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Karnataka, are participating in the conference as delegates. The conference is also being managed by senior sailors, including preparation of agenda, presentations, discussions, and issue of proceedings.
In his opening remarks, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra stressed the importance of empowerment at all levels, including intellectual empowerment. He urged the participations to contribute effectively through objective analysis and discussions.
The conference is planned to be conducted on an annual basis.