Naval chief asks NDA cadets to carry forward jointmanship
The chief of naval staff admiral Karambir Singh on Saturday emphasised the importance of professional knowledge, honesty, integrity and intellectual curiosity among cadets while in service.
Speaking after reviewing the Passing out Parade (POP) at National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla, admiral Singh urged the passing out cadets to carry forward the spirit of jointmanship which is the need of the hour as the nature of warfare continues to evolve in the land, air, sea, space and cyber domains.
“The nature of war is changing and it is important to engage the adversary in all domains - land, sea and air, space and cyber and this is for this reason, the jointness among three services is far more important now than in the past. The armed forces are seeing landmark defence reforms with the establishment of department of military affairs, institution of chief of defence staff and soon to-be-formed theatre command,” said admiral Singh
The ceremonial Passing out Parade (POP) of 140th Course of NDA was conducted at Khetarpal parade ground on Saturday. The conduct of the parade was modified to ensure adherence of Covid-19 protocols.
The reviewing officer conveyed his appreciation to all cadets on parade for their impeccable turnout and smart drill. He also congratulated all the cadets of passing out course, medal winners and the champion squadron. He expressed that NDA is a unique military academy and attracts the best youth from across the nation and friendly foreign countries.
A total of 696 cadets participated in the parade of which 311 cadets were from the 140th course. The passing out course comprised 215 Army cadets, 44 naval cadets and 52 Air force cadets including 18 cadets from friendly foreign countries (Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Maldives, Bhutan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Fiji, Tajikistan and Myanmar).
Unfortunately, the parents of the passing out cadets could not be invited due to the unprecedented situations posed by Covid-19 and travel restrictions imposed across the nation. While the passing out cadets will be moved from NDA to their respective pre-commissioning training academies, the junior courses will resume their training of ensuing terms on June 7, 2021.
The awardees during the parade include battalion cadet adjutant Mausam Vats winning the president’s gold medal for standing first in the overall order of merit, divisional cadet captain Jaywant Tamrakar winning the president’s silver medal for standing second in the overall order of merit and battalion cadet captain Niraj Singh Papola winning the president’s bronze medal for standing third in the overall order of merit.
Golf squadron bagged the prestigious ‘chiefs of staff banner’, for being the champion squadron of the spring term 2021.
Earlier on Friday during the convocation ceremony at NDA, admiral Singh decided to push the envelope a little further when he did push-ups with cadets. The pictures of the navy chief doing push-ups with cadets soon went viral on social media, wowing netizens.
“It was the CNS who initiated the push-ups with cadets and we all joined in,” said NDA commandant Lt Gen Asit Mistry.