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14 pilots get their wings on 80th Helicopter Conversion Course

Vice-Admiral Bimal Kumar Verma, Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command, awarding the wings to a trainee pilot at the passing-out parade of the Helicopter Conversion Course at the Naval Air Station in Arakkonam on Saturday.

Vice-Admiral Bimal Kumar Verma, Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command, awarding the wings to a trainee pilot at the passing-out parade of the Helicopter Conversion Course at the Naval Air Station in Arakkonam on Saturday.  

Wings were awarded to 14 pilots - 11 Navy and three Coast Guard pilots - at the Passing-Out Parade of the 80th Helicopter Conversion Course held at the Naval Air Station (NAS), INS Rajali in Arakkonam on Saturday.

Vice-Admiral Bimal Kumar Verma, Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command, awarded the wings to the pilots.

He also awarded The Governor of Kerala Rolling Trophy for the best all round trainee pilot to Lt. Ankit Sharma, The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Rolling Trophy for the trainee pilot standing first in order of merit in flying to Midshipman Puneet Kumar, and a book prize for standing first in ground subjects to Lt. Ayush Kumar.

The graduated pilots would be joining operational flights at Mumbai, Port Blair, Goa, Kochi, Visakhapattinam and Daman.

The pilots underwent rigorous training for 21 weeks in flying and aviation subjects at the Helicopter Training School (HTS) INAS 561 located in the NAS at Arakkonam.

The HTS commanded by Commander Ashish Bhargava has graduated 578 pilots for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard till date.

The school was recently awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification. The HTS which was based at Kochi till 1992 was shifted to INS Rajali in Arakkonam, which is the largest operational airbase of the Navy, currently commanded by Commodore Puneet Kumar Bahl.

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