PASSING OUT PARADE : INS RAJALI
An impressive passing out parade was held today to mark the graduation of the 76th Helicopter Conversion Course at Naval Air Station Rajali, Arrakkonam wherein 09 Navy Pilots and 06 Coast Guard Pilots were awarded “Wings” by Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, AVSM, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Eastern Naval Command. The Pilots underwent rigorous training for 21 weeks in flying and aviation subjects at the Helicopter Training School INAS 561 (HTS). The School has passed out over 500 pilots for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard till date and is commanded by Commander Divesh Khorana. The school was based at Kochi till 1992 and thereafter shifted to INS Rajali at Arakkonam which is the largest operational air base of the Navy. The base is commanded by Captain Raghunath K Nair.
The Governor of Kerala Rolling Trophy for the best all round trainee pilot was awarded to Lt Vaibhav Gupta. The flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Rolling Trophy for the trainee pilot standing first in order of merit in flying was awarded to Lt Vaibhav Gupta. A book prize for standing first in ground subjects was awarded to Lt A Kulkarni.
OFFICER CADETS COMPLETE TRAINING
95 Officer Cadets of the 81st Integrated Course of the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard successfully completed their afloat training onboard the First Training Squadron today, at Naval Base, Kochi. The Passing Out Parade was reviewed by Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Chief of Personnel of the Indian Navy. 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 Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Al Jubail as part of the their training curriculum. During these visits to the Ports of friendly foreign countries, the cadets interacted with their counterparts in these countries and also visited their training facilities. The First Training Squadron comprising of Indian Naval Ships, Tir, Krishna, Tarangini and Indian Coast Guard Ship Veera is commanded by Captain Sanjiv Issar.
Vice Admiral Muralidharan, who incidentally is the first Commandant of Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, began his address to the Parade by complimenting the cadets for choosing the Profession of Arms, considered a noble calling since times immemorial. He also dwelt upon the rigours of sea training pointing out that such baptism by fire is imperative as; the sea is an unforgiving task master.
Cadet Tapesh Singh was awarded the Chief of Naval Staff Trophy and Binoculars for standing first in overall order of merit. Cadet Sandeep Kumar Khuntia received the Telescope for the Best All Round Cadet. Assistant Commandant Rahul Lodhi was awarded the trophy for standing first in the order of merit from Indian Coast Guard. The cadets would now join the frontline ships of the Western and Easter Fleet and Coast Guard Ships for the next stage of training. The Passing Out Parade was witnessed by a large number of senior officers including Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikhande and proud parents of the successful cadets.