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Indian Navy team scales Everest
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May 18, 2004 15: 58 EST
Surgeon Lieutenant Viking Bhanoo, a navy doctor, planted an ice axe with the Indian tricolour and the Indian Navy's flag atop the summit. Leading Medical Assistants Rakesh Kumar and Vikas Kumar and three porters also summited.

A second summit attempt is likely to be made Wednesday by three naval personnel and three porters. This group comprises the expedition leader, Commander Satyabrata Dam, Lieutenant Commander A. Kankan and Lieutenant Lijo Stephen Chacko.

Speaking on the occasion, the Indian Navy chief, Admiral Madhvendra Singh, said: "The spirit of adventure has always been predominant among seafarers and it is this spirit that has taken the Indian Navy mountaineers, who include seven submariners, from the deep blue seas to the top of the world."

The Indian Navy team kicked off their expedition in early March off the coast of Goa in a Russian EKM submarine, 250 ft below the surface, with the defense minister of India in attendance to flag the team. Commander Satyabrata Dam will lead the 14-member expedition on Everest’s North side.

Image of Everest and Indian Navy flag from ExWeb files.
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