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On 25th July 2012 the 70th issue of the SeaGull was formally released in a ceremony held at Hotel Pancharatna in Pune. It was a proud moment for Cmde Vir and the editors who nursed the Seagull through the successive years, sometimes under very trying circumstances. When the first issue of SeaGull was released on 1st may 1995, under the editorship of Capt RN Gulati, the 70th milestone must have seemed too far beyond the horizon.
 
But sheer grit and determination of the IMF and its editorial teams kept the SeaGull alive through difficult times and helped it to grow in stature. Today, we can say with pride that the SeaGull has arrived.
 
The occasion was attended by IMF council members and the designers / printers of the SeaGull represented by Mr Ajinkya Ghate, Mr Rahul Kothe and Mr Parmeshwar. This was also the occasion for the release of the Lighthouse, the flagship journal of the Ocean Savers of India edited by Mrs Dipti Chitnis.
 
Remembrance Day was observed at the Seamen's War Memorial in Mahatma Gandhi Udyan (Bund Garden), Pune on Sunday 11th November, 2012 with the wreath laying ceremony, in memory of Indian Seamen who manned merchant ships and craft during the First and Second World Wars. In so doing 7955 of them lost their precious lives during enemy action at sea. These seamen are remembered with utmost gratitude by the citizens of India, for their courage and valiant contribution at grave risk in keeping India’s seaborne trade and commerce flowing in those difficult times and in helping to safeguard freedom worldwide.
 
The chief guest on this occasion was an eminent person from Indian Shipping fraternity, Dr Sujata Naik-Tolani, Chairperson of Tolani Shipping Company and VC of the council of Tolani Maritime Institute, Talegaon. Twelve wreaths were laid by the: Chief Guest, Indian Merchant Marine; Indian Navy; Indian National Ship Owners Association (INSA); The Company of Master Mariners of India (CMMI); PMC; Tolani Maritime Institute; British Merchant Marine; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Ocean Cadet Academy; Ocean Savers of India; IMF.
 
Interviews given by Cmde Rajan Vir (Retd.). President Indian Maritime Foundation, on contemporary naval issues. Watch at the following Links.
1. http://indiapostlive.com/scrap-vikrant/
2. http://indiapostlive.com/indian-navy-well/
 
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