Passing Out Parade – Spring Term 2019 Held at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala

On 25th May 2019, Navy Passing out Parade was held in Ezhimala, Kerala at INA. In this parade, 264 trainees consists of Midshipmen and cadets of Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, and ten international cadets passed out with flying colours by marking the culmination of their ab-initio training.

The passing out trainees, including Midshipmen and cadets belonged to four courses of Spring Term 2019, including 96th Indian Naval Academy Course (B.Tech), 28th Naval Orientation Course (Regular), 96th Indian Naval Academy Course (M.Sc), 27th Naval Orientation Course (Extended), and 28th Naval Orientation Course (Coast Guard). Also, the Navy Passing out Parade had 15 female cadets marching shoulder to shoulder along with their male counterparts in order to join the ranks of the Indian Navy. Apart from this, the ten trainees were from different foreign countries in which two were from Maldives, Myanmar, and Seychelles (each), one from Tanzania and three from Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s trainees passing out batch had the distinction to be the first batch of foreign trainees to complete four years B.Tech curriculum from Indian Naval Academy, ever since its institution. The Navy Passing out Parade was reviewed by General Bipin Rawat who awarded medals to eight meritorious Midshipmen as well as cadets after the ceremonial review. The Navy Passing out Parade was witnessed by Dr. Anurag Kumar, Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Vice Admiral RB Pandit, AVSM, Commandant, INA, senior officers of the station and other outstation dignitaries. In addition to this, it was also witnessed by the proud parents as well as guardians of trainees.

The ‘President’s Gold Medal’ was awarded to Midshipman Killamsetty Vikash for the INA B.Tech course, whereas the ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal’ was awarded to Cadet Siddharth Sankar for the NOC (Extended). The ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal’ for the NO (Regular) Course and the ‘Zamorin Trophy’ for the best women cadet (instituted for the first time) was awarded to Cadet Kreeshma R. In addition to this, the other medal winners are as follows:-

  • CNS Silver medal for INAC B.Tech Course (Second in merit) was awarded to Midshipman Samartha Ravindra Limaye.
  • FOC-in-C South Silver Medal for NOC (Extended) (Second in Merit) was awarded to Cadet Gourav Sangwan.
  • FOC-in-C South Bronze Medal for INAC B.Tech Course (Third in Merit) was awarded to Midshipman Kripa Sindhu Patel.
  • Commandant INA Silver Medal for NOC (Regular) (Second in Merit) was awarded to Cadet Yugal Gautam.
  • Commandant INA Bronze Medal for NOC (Extended) (Third in Merit) was awarded to Cadet Shreyash S Hanchinal.

On the completion of the Navy Passing out Parade, the parents and guardians of trainees shipped the Naval and Coast Guard epaulettes, known as ‘Stripes’, on the shoulders of their wards, which symbolised their transformation from cadet into full-fledged Navy and Coast Guard Officers. The Reviewing officer and other dignitaries shipped the stripes of the medal winners and congratulated all of them for their successful completion of the rigorous training. After completing their training at INA, they will proceed to various Naval and Coast Guard ships and establishments to consolidate their training in specific fields.

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