The tough training schedule, working as a team in various projects, playing together, exercising jointly and living all together for four years bonded us well. We became Partners for ever. The exact origin of term ‘Partner’ is difficult to ascertain. It may be attributed to the interdependency among artificer apprentices in the training school barracks. Perhaps it was due to sharing a double decker bed where a senior occupied the lower bunk and the junior slept in the upper bunk. The senior guided his junior in-service operations, class studies, project works, sport, day-to-day activities.
We stood for each other in difficult times and in happy times. The bond was (and still is) unique, and we called each other PARTNER. Later instead of addressing a senior as ‘Sir’, we addressed each other ‘Partner’. It created a deep attachment without discrimination of class, seniority or achievement, which continued from training establishment to the active service and beyond it to the retired life. We are Engineers educated in different Indian Navy Engineering Schools for 4 served in Indian Navy with pride.
January 18 each year is the ‘Partner’s Day’.