Dec 4, 2020
An alumnus of NMAM Institute of Technology, Commander Ashwin M Rao received the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) commendation on Naval Day, 4th December 2020 for his innovations and indigenisation projects, technology demonstrations and training solutions for Indian naval aviation. His innovations are based on emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Sensor Integrations, Internet of Things and Image processing.
Working in the Indian Navy since 2005, he is currently serving at the Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology, Kochi.
Having taken command as Electrical Officer of INS Sharda in August 2016, he carried out major exercises for the Indian Navy both in Indian and International waters. In April 2017, he played a pivotal role in rescue operations saving four lives and a cargo ship that was under attack from Somalian pirates.