Sunday, November 29, 2009

Be humane while in charge of warships

KOCHI: As many as 135 officer cadets of the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard, from the 78th Integrated Cadet Course, have successfully completed the basic afloat training onboard the First Training Squadron.The cadets’ passing-out parade at the Naval Base here on Saturday, which included 16 assistant commandants from the Coast Guard, was reviewed by Southern Naval Command Flag Officer Commanding- in-Chief Vice Admiral K N Sushil.Addressing the cadets, the Admiral emphasised the importance of humane leadership in the running of a warship.“Do not to distance yourselves from the men you command,” he said. The First Training Squadron, commanded by Capt. G Prakash, comprised INS Tir, Shardul, Krishna and Tarangini, besides Coast Guard ship Varuna.During the 24-week ship-phase of the training, the cadets were exposed to the different facets of seafaring and life onboard a warship. They sailed to various ports of the country and to island territories.They also called on the ports of Colombo, Port Louis (Mauritius) and Victoria (Seychelles), interacting with their counterparts in those countries and visiting their training facilities.Cadet C Murali Krishnan was awarded the Chief of Naval Staff Trophy and ‘Binoculars’ for coming first in the overall order of merit. He was also adjudged the best all-rounder cadet. Cadet Rajesh Babu Pillai was awarded the Squadron Senior Officers’ Trophy for coming second, and J Immanuel Jaya Kumar with the FOC-in-C East Rolling Trophy for the most promising cadet, while Manu Mishra was got the FOC-in-C South Rolling Trophy for the best sportsman.Assistant Commandant Shyam Kishore got the trophy for topping the order of merit from the Coast Guard.The cadets will join ships of the Navy’s Western and Eastern fleets and the Coast Guard for the next stage of training.Their parents, who came from various parts of the country, also attended the parade.Honour for Malayali officerIt was a proud moment for Chandran and Rathi, parents of C Murali Krishnan, who was awarded the ‘Chief of Naval Staff Trophy’ at the passing out parade of cadets in Kochi on Saturday. Murali Krishnan, who completed the three-year course and passed out from the Goa Naval Academy, had won the President’s gold medal on completion of the course.“The Indian Navy offers great opportunities to us and ensures a good future for us. It will be a great career option in the coming days,” Murali Krishnan said. “It is of course a great moment for us to witness our son receiving such an award. He has always been hardworking and has been winning accolades right from his childhood,” said Rathi and K P Chandran of Sopanam, Nenmara, Palakkad.Chandran is working at Nenmara NSS College. Murali’s only sister Megha is a student. Immediately after the passing out parade, Vice Admiral K N Sushil congratulated Murali Krishnan. “It is only a foundation. You should continue to work hard,” he told Murali.

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