Staff Reporter

Kochi: Ninety-eight officer cadets, including 13 Assistant Commandants from the Coast Guard, successfully completed their basic afloat training on board the Navy's First Training Squadron comprising naval ships Tir, Krishna and Tarangini and the Coast Guard Ship Varuna.

The passing-out parade, held onboard INS Tir at the Naval Base's South Jetty, was reviewed by Vice-Admiral K.N. Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command.

The First Training Squadron, commanded by Captain G. Prakash, conducted 24 weeks of strenuous sea training for the officer cadets which commenced on December 17. During the period, they were exposed to various facets of seafaring and life onboard warships. The curriculum also included making port calls at all Indian ports on the west and the east coast, besides those on the island territories.

The cadets also visited Yangon (Myanmar) and Phuket (Thailand) and interacted with their counterparts there. Also, they visited the training institutions and academies in those countries.

In his address, Vice-Admiral Sushil called upon the cadets to provide mature, courageous and compassionate leadership to the men they would command. He also reminded them of the need to inculcate rigorous professional ethos.

Cadet Ravikant Tiwari was awarded the coveted ‘Chief of the Naval Staff trophy' and ‘Binoculars' for standing ‘First in Overall Order of Merit'. Cadet Tiwari also received the ‘Telescope' for the ‘Best All Round Cadet. Cadet A.K. Singh was awarded the ‘FOC-in-C South Rolling Trophy' for the Best Sportsman. Asst. Commandant Shanta Kumar was awarded the trophy for standing first in the Order of Merit from the Coast Guard.

The cadets will now join frontline warships of the Navy's Western and Eastern Fleets and Coast Guard ships as Midshipmen for further training.