Passing out parade was held at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala. Total 340 meritorious officers were graduated and Passing out parade was held to mark their commissioning as officers in Indian Navy. Check out highlights of Indian Naval Academy POP.
A total of 340 cadets graduated from the prestigious Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala on 27th May 2017.
Out of the 340, 272 cadets were of Indian Navy, 66 on Indian Coast Guard and 2 international cadets (One each from Benin and Tanzania) passed out after the display of an impressive Passing out Parade.
The passing out cadets belonged to 92nd Indian Naval Academy Course (BTech), 92nd Indian Naval Academy Course (MSc), 23rd Naval Orientation Course (Extended) and 24th Naval Orientation Course (Regular). This included 25 female cadets from the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard.
Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, WV, RWP & Bar, RSP, USP, VSV, NDC, PSC, MNI, Chief of the Sri Lankan Navy, reviewed the parade and awarded medals to 9 meritorious cadets.
The top medals were awarded during Naval Academy Passing out Parade
- Midshipman Akshay Sarveswaran, The ‘President’s Gold Medal’ for the Indian Naval Academy B Tech course.
- Sub Lieutenant Arpan Mondal, The ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal’ for the Naval Orientation (Extended) Course.
- Assistant Commandant Ravinder S Ramola, The ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal’ for the Naval Orientation (Regular) Course.
In his address, he congratulated the passing out cadets and urged them to constantly challenge their physical and mental limits to be a successful naval officer.
Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne did his sub-lieutenant technical course, specialisation course in Anti-Submarine Warfare and National Defence College course in India. He was the Defence Adviser at the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi from November 2000 to April 2004.
The momentous occasion was witnessed by the following dignitaries:
- Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding–in–Chief, Southern Naval Command
- Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, AVSM, YSM, NM, Commandant, INA
- Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi
- Other senior officers, dignitaries and parents of the passing out cadets along with media and school children.
The glittering ceremony culminated with the successful cadets forming up in two columns and marching with their gleaming swords, held in salute, past the Quarterdeck, in Slow March, to the traditional notes of ‘Auld Lang Syne’. The passing out cadets were bid farewell by cadets of the Junior term who manned the mast. This was followed by the ‘Shipping of Stripes’ ceremony.
The cadets who passed out would now proceed to various Naval and ICG ships and establishments.
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