169 Officer Cadets of the Indian Navy, including 32 Assistant Commandants of Coast Guard, successfully completed their afloat training onboard the First Training Squadron on Friday. Their Passing Out Parade (POP) was reviewed by Vice Admiral K N Sushil, Flag Officer and Commander-in-Chief Southern Naval Command. Addressing the cadets, Admiral Sushil emphasized the significance of gaining sea legs and learning the profession.
The First Training Squadron comprises Indian Naval Ships; Tir, Shardul and Tarangini and Indian Coast Guard Ship Varuna and is commanded by Captain Sanjiv Issar. 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, a naval press release said.
During the POP, Cadet P Ashok Verma was awarded the 'Chief of the Naval Staff trophy' for standing 'First in Overall Order of Merit '. Cadet P R Jena received the 'Telescope' for the 'Best All Round cadet ' 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 Sportsman '. 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 the next six months.