Kochi

60 Naval NCC cadets embarkon 14-day sailing expedition

Rear Admiral R.J. Nadkarni, Chief of Staff of the Southern Naval Command, interacting with NCC Naval cadets ahead of the sailing expedition in Kochi.

Rear Admiral R.J. Nadkarni, Chief of Staff of the Southern Naval Command, interacting with NCC Naval cadets ahead of the sailing expedition in Kochi.  

As many as 60 National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets including 25 girls of the 7 (Kerala) Naval NCC Unit are on a 14-day sailing expedition along the National Waterway No. 3 on three whaler sail boats.

The backwater sailing expedition of the young cadets, who underwent extensive training at Seamanship School at the Naval Base, was flagged off by Rear Admiral R.J. Nadkarni, Chief of Staff of the Southern Naval Command, at the Naval Jetty at Seamanship School on Thursday.

The three whalers would first sail to Kottapuram and then proceed south to Kollam, covering a total distance of 342 km. The cadets were selected for the expedition on the basis of their swimming skill, physical fitness, aptitude and willingness to participate in the long voyage.

Rear Admiral Nadkarni said that a “whaler” was one of the best ways to learn practical seamanship, experience the elements and also develop camaraderie and esprit de corps.

Commodore R.R. Aiyyar, the Ernakulam NCC Group Commander, and Captain C. Suresh, Commanding Officer of 7 (Kerala) Naval NCC Unit, were present on the occasion.

The crew of three boats would be changed around regularly, so that all cadets get an opportunity to experience the sailing. An extensive reccee had earlier been undertaken by the staff of 7 (Kerala) NCC Unit to identify potential hazards along the route. The crew is also scheduled to undertake social activities at all the places of night halt, to spread awareness about water conservation, pollution control and the menace of plastic.

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