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MEMORABLE MOMENT: Prabhakaran Paleri, Director-General, Indian Coast Guard, reviewing the passing-out parade of Naval cadets in the city on Saturday.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Prabhakaran Paleri, Director-General, Indian Coast Guard, reviewing the passing-out parade of Naval cadets in the city on Saturday.

Special Correspondent

Set to join frontline warships of the eastern and western fleets as midshipmen

Kochi: As many as 76 Naval cadets have successfully completed their basic afloat training on board the First Training Squadron, comprising INS Tir, INS Sujata, INS Krishna and INS Tarangini.

They will now join frontline warships of western and eastern fleets as midshipmen and continue so for the next six months.

The passing-out parade of the 71st Integrated Cadets Course, held onboard INS Tir and INS Sujata, was reviewed by Prabhakaran Paleri, Director-General, Indian Coast Guard, here on Saturday. Rajender Singh, Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Southern Naval Command, also took the salute.

The training squadron is headed by Kishan Pandey.

Strenuous training

During the 24 weeks of strenuous sea training, which started in December, the cadets were exposed to various facets of seafaring and survival training. They also interacted with the armed forces of Oman and Bahrain during the squadron's visit to Salalah and Bahrain.

The cadets had extensive sailing experience on board the sail training ship INS Tarangini. They had sailed in the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, the Andaman Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

During the parade, Cadet D. Lavanya received the coveted Chief of the Naval Staff Trophy and `Binoculars' for standing first in overall order of merit. Cadet P. Bawankule received the trophy for standing second in the order of merit. Cadet K. Parshuraman received the `Telescope' for the best all-round cadet and Cadet Purujit Mehta was awarded the FOC-in-C East Rolling Trophy for the most promising cadet.

Senior Naval officers and parents of the cadets witnessed the parade. At the stripe-shipping ceremony, the parents and close relatives, who had arrived here from various parts of the country, had the privilege of shipping the midshipmen epaulettes and sub-lieutenant stripes on them.

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