Epaulettes shipped, 380 naval and coast guard cadets complete training, join as officers!


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At an impressive Passing-out Parade (POP) held at the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala here today, 380 cadets of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard passed through the portals of the INA, on successful completion of their training.  This POP marked the commissioning of the cadets of the 87th Indian Naval Academy Course (B Tech) Course into the Indian Navy here today morning.

The passing-out cadets belonged to the three different passing-out courses of the Autumn Term   2014, viz., the 87thIndian Naval Academy Course (INAC) BTech and MSc courses, the 18th Naval Orientation (Extended) Course and the 19thNaval Orientation (Regular) Course.  Also graduating and marching shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts were 43 female cadets from the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard.

The parade was reviewed by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan.  After the ceremonial review, the chief guest awarded medals to nine meritorious cadets. The Chief of the Naval Staff in his address congratulated the passing-out cadets. He advised the passing-out cadets ‘to serve the country and Navy with pride and always uphold the values of commitment to make supreme sacrifice for the nation and navy, courage- both physical and moral, compassion towards men and women you lead, credibility in performance and character and finally to have an integrity beyond doubt – always and every time’.  The Commander-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, Commandant, INA, Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, was also present at this momentous occasion.  Earlier on 26 November all the Passing-Out cadets took an Oath of Allegiance, at the War Memorial, Prerna Sthal, which was administered by the Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor, INA, Rear Admiral MD Suresh.   The Passing-out Parade was witnessed by the proud parents and guardians of all successful cadets, as well as by a large number of local and outstation dignitaries, including several Defence and Naval Attaches of friendly foreign countries.

The ‘Presidents Gold Medal’, for the cadet adjudged first in the overall order-of-merit of the INAC course was awarded to Academy Cadet Captain Ankush Jasrotia, ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal’ for the cadet adjudged first in overall order-of-merit for the Naval Orientation (Extended) Course was awarded to Cadet Ankur Jangra.  Cadet R Jangra was awarded the ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal’ for the cadet adjudged first in overall order-of-merit for the Naval Orientation (Regular) Course and Cadet Amita Singh was awarded  the ‘Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (South) Gold Medal’ for being adjudged the best woman trainee of the course. She also won the Commandant, INA Silver Medal for the cadet adjudged second in overall order-of-merit for the Naval Orientation (Regular) Course

The glittering ceremony culminated with the successful cadets forming up in two columns, and marching, with their gleaming swords held in salute, past the Academy’s Saluting Dias (known as the Quarterdeck), in Slow March, to the traditional notes of ‘Auld Lang Syne’, the poignant farewell tune played by all Armed Forces of the world when bidding adieu to colleagues and comrades. They were bid farewell by cadets of junior term who manned the mast as the successful cadets streamed past the hallowed quarterdeck.

On completion of the parade, the ceremony of ‘Shipping-of-Stripes’ was conducted.  The proud parents/guardians of the passing out cadets shipped the Naval (or Coast Guard) epaulettes, popularly known as ‘Stripes’, on the shoulders of their children/wards, thus symbolizing their transformation from ‘cadets’ into full fledged Naval or Coast Guard Officers.  The Chief Guest and other dignitaries present congratulated the trainees on their successful completion of the rigorous course. The CNS also released a coffee table book at the INA covering the transition of officer training in the Navy from  Dartmouth, UK during independence to the present location in Ezhimala.  On completion of the training at the Indian Naval Academy, the officers will proceed to various Naval and Coast Guard ships/establishments, to consolidate their training in specific fields.

(Text and photos by Ministry of Defence, New Delhi)

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