Bay News Network, Visakhapatnam: Indian Naval Ship Circars celebrated its 73rd Anniversary here on Wednesday. Initially established as a small base by the Royal Indian Navy in December 1939 shortly after the outbreak of World War II, the role of Circars has changed over the years from coordinating naval operations, functioning as a repair organisation and being an establishment for Boys’ training, to its present status of being the premier Depot Ship of the Eastern Naval Command. The establishment currently provides administrative and logistics support to as many as 44 naval units in and around Visakhapatnam, catering to an approximate strength of over 3500 personnel. To commemorate the occasion on the day, personnel of INS Circars and allied units participated in a host of activities including a ‘barakhana’ for all civilian employees and a get-together for service personnel and families. Traditional cake-cutting by Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, AVSM, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command took place on 12 Dec 12 at INS Circars. Decked as per the theme of 12.12.12, the naval base wore a festive look, with a large number of serving and retired officers present. The occasion was also marked by the release of an in-house Hindi magazine ‘Circars Vaani’ by Commodore Saleem M Anwer, Commanding Officer, INS Circars who stated that the depot ship is fully prepared to meet all challenges pertaining to its assigned role of supporting Eastern Naval Command in keeping with its motto ‘positive and proactive- always’.