169 Officer Cadets of the Indian Navy including 32 Assistant Commandants of Indian Coast Guard successfully completed their afloat training onboard the First Training Squadron today, at Kochi. The impressive passing Out Parade was reviewed by Vice Admiral K N Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Naval Command. Admiral Sushil in his address to the Cadets emphasized the significance of gaining sea legs and learning the profession.
The 24 weeks ship phase of the Officer training saw the future Officers of the Navy and Coast Guard being exposed to various facets of sea faring and life onboard a warship. In addition to port calls at various Indian ports on either coast, the ships of the Training Squadron also visited the Ports of Colombo, Trincomalee, Male and Port Victoria in Seychelles. These Port visits and the interactions thereof with the foreign Navies and cultures are expected to broaden the horizons and world view of these budding Officers of the leading Navy in the region.
Cadet P R Jena received the ‘Telescope’ for the ‘Best All round cade ’ and Cadet Harshit Bora was awarded the ‘ FOC-in-C East ’ rolling trophy for ‘ The Most Promising ’cadet. Cadet Ashish Manadoli was awarded the ‘FOC-in-C South’ rolling trophy for the ‘Best Sportsma ’. Asst Commandant Satish Kumar was awarded the trophy for standing first in the Order of Merit from the Coast Guard. The cadets will now join frontline warships of Western, Eastern and Coast Guard ships as Midshipmen for next six months.