Thirty-two Navy and Coast Guard cadets, who sailed on board INS Sudarshini during the first phase of its six-month-long voyage to ASEAN countries that is still under way, successfully completed their ‘afloat’ training under the First Training Squadron of the Navy here on Thursday.

The cadets, from the 14th Naval Orientation Course, had their passing out parade reviewed by Commodore M.R. Ajay Kumar, Naval Officer in-Charge Kerala and Commanding Officer of INS Venduruthy, at the Southern Naval Command.

Meanwhile, after a cadet turnaround midway through its ASEAN Voyage, INS Sudarshini, is now setting course for Manila in Philippines with over 30 cadets from the same course.

Best cadet

In fact, Cadet K.P. Subhash Kumar, who was adjudged first in the overall order of merit and the best Coast Guard cadet in the course, is presently aboard the vessel and was unavailable to receive the trophies.

The cadets’ 24-week-long training onboard vessels of the First Training Squadron — comprising Naval Ships Tir and Sujata, Coast Guard Ship Varuna, and Naval Sail Training Ships Sudarshini and Tarangini — began on June 25. During this period, they were given extensive instructions and sea experience on General Navigation, Astro-Navigation, Communications, Gunnery, and Seamanship. They also got to visit various ports on the eastern and western seaboards of India besides the ports of Chittangong (Bangladesh), Yangon (Myanmar), Phuket (Thailand), and Port Klang (Malaysia). At the passing out ceremony, the coveted Chief of the Naval Staff Trophy and Telescope for the Best All-Round Cadet was awarded to Cadet Ankush Kumar Singh. Cadet Rajesh Nayak was awarded the FOC-IN-C East Rolling Trophy for maximum progress in intellectual and professional fields during his term on board.

Cadet Rohit Choudhary was adjudged the best sportsman.

To warships

The cadets will now join frontline warships of the Western and Eastern Fleets of the Navy and the Coast Guard for further training for six months as midshipmen.

  • They had visited various ASEAN countries

  • 30 cadets now off to the Philippines