The Gunnery Symposium 2023 was conducted at INS Dronacharya, the Navy’s Center for Excellence in Gunnery and Missile Warfare under the aegis of Headquarters Southern Naval Command on 13 & 14 Nov 23. 

The Symposium is a significant event conducted once in every three years providing a platform for experts from the Gunnery field to present their research papers on matters related to future technologies and operational exploitation of sensors. The event was marked with the presence of Adm R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff as the Chief Guest who is also a Gunnery Specialist. In addition, VAdm MA Hampiholi, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command and several senior officers and Gunnery specialists from the Indian Navy’s Fleets and frontline ships also attended the symposium. 

The governing theme for this year’s Symposium was ‘Emerging Technologies in Gunnery and Missile Warfare’ and several papers were presented by the eminent panelists. Next-Gen Missions and Technologies, Modern Navy’s quest for niche technologies and Training for a Future-Proof Force were some of the topics discussed during the symposium. A ‘Compendium of Papers’ presented during the symposium was also released. 

The event is being hosted as part of centennial celebrations of Late Admiral R L Pereira (Retd) former CNS who was himself a proud Gunner.