Indian naval academy organised course completion ceremony

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Implementing all precautionary protocols for the Covid-19 epidemic, 259 trainees of the Indian Naval Academy participated in a unique event in white clothing with masks and gloves in place of the traditional passing out parade at the completion ceremony of the course on 13 June 2020. The POP of any Armed Forces Academy is usually conducted with grandeur and glitter in the presence of parents, guests and dignitaries. During the crisis of Covid-19, however, the ceremony was observed following safety protocols, with paramount importance to the health and safety of all trainees. Therefore, to prevent the gathering of people, parents and guests were not invited.

The closing ceremony of this course was organized, 98th Indian Naval Academy Course (B.Tech), 98th Indian Naval Academy Course (MSc), 29th Naval Orientation Course (Extended) and 30th Naval Orientation Course (Regular) Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard And for naval and cadets of friendly countries. The successful trainees on behalf of the Allies included seven trainees; Two trainees each from Sri Lanka and Myanmar and one each from Maldives, Tanzania and Seychelles.

Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, Review Officer of the function, presented the medals to the nine meritorious trainees. Vice Admiral Dinesh K. Tripathi, AVSM, NM, Commandant, Indian Naval Academy, was the Operations Officer. The ceremony's reviewing officer, in his address, congratulated the passing out trainees and advised them to imbibe the core values of 'duty, honor and courage' of the Indian Navy in letter and spirit. He encouraged the cadets to maintain a fighting spirit regardless of the surrounding conditions.

'President Gold Medal' was awarded to Naval Sushil Singh for BTech course of Naval Academy of India. The 'Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal' for Naval Orientation Course (Extended) was awarded to Cadet Bhavi Gujral. 'Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal' for Naval Orientation Course (Regular) was awarded to Cadet Vipul Bhardwaj. 'Zamorin Trophy' for Best Female Cadet conferred on Cadet Riya Sharma.

On 20 November 2019, INA was bestowed with the President’s Colour for rendering 50 years of yeoman service in shaping Naval leaders for Indian Navy, Coast Guard and Friendly Foreign Countries, after the establishment of the current Naval Academy at Ezhimala in 2009, this is the first time the training of any batch has ended without a formal March past, due to the state of the Covid-19 epidemic.

As the nation was under lockdown, the INA implemented a revised training structure from March 24, 2020 to ensure compliance with instructions from the Government of India, Government of Kerala and Naval Headquarters. The training was initiated by online assignments and later seating was provided in the class room and examination hall with a minimum distance of 6 feet. The stringent precautionary measures adopted by the academy have helped in achieving the challenging goal of training over 900 cadets and successfully completed the spring session 2020 with zero cases of COVID-19 at INA.