Bhubaneswar: An impressive passing out parade with military precision marked the culmination of 21 weeks of basic training of 01/2018 batch of trainees at INS Chilka wherein 2518 smartly turned out trainees dedicated themselves to the service of the Nation.
The parade was reviewed by Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, AVSM, VSM Controller of personnel services. These trainees will now proceed for cadre specific professional training both at sea and professional training schools of the Indian Navy.
The Reviewing Officer awarded medals and tropics to the meritorious trainees at the parade. Speaking on the occasion the Admiral exhorted the trainees to hone the skills they have gained at INS Chilka and motivated them to strive to develop a high degree of professional awareness and expertise. Mayur P Shirke, SSR, Avinash Burhaguhain, NVK (GD) and B S Manikanta, MR were adjudged best trainees in their respective categories for meritorious performance. The ceremony was also attended by trainees’ parents and other dignitaries of the Navy and Cost Guard.
INS Chilka is a premier basic training establishment of the Indian Navy in Odisha, for imparting ab-initio training to sailors and naviks of the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard respectively. The training regime followed at the establishment is well structured and scientifically prepared to meet the specific objectives of the maritime forces. The trainees are exposed to service subjects as well as academic subjects such as Computer and applied Science. Equal emphasis is also paid on toughening the raw recruits, both physically and mentally through various activities like drill, route march, sailing expedition, outdoor camps, weapon firing and swimming.