52 Officers including three Coast Guard Officers and 16 Officers from friendly Foreign Navies passed out from the portals of INS Shivaji at Lonavla on June 30, 2018 on successful completion of 79 weeks of Marine Engineering Specialisation Course (MESC). The impressive Passing out Parade was reviewed by Rear Admiral Kalidoss Srinivas, Project Director, Ship Building Centre, Visakhapatnam.
INS Shivaji, nestled amid the Sahyadri Ranges, is a premier Technical Training Establishment and is the alma mater of Marine Engineer Officers of the Indian Navy. The institution has been the fountain head of engineering knowledge and imparts specialised training to officers and sailors of the Engineering Branch. The first batch of the MESC commenced training at INS Shivaji on January 2, 1961 and since then, 84 batches have passed out from this Establishment. The Passing out Parade of the 85th Batch of MESC marked the culmination of 79 weeks of rigorous training, wherein academic curriculum ran simultaneously with a demanding afloat and outdoor regimen which ensured all round grooming of the officers. These officers are now poised to take on the challenges of their first appointment onboard frontline warships.
The Chief Guest in his valedictory address congratulated the passing out officers, their parents and the training staff at Shivaji. He urged the officers to continue their learning and continually adapt to technological advancements to be thorough professionals. The Chief Guest exhorted the young Engineer Officers to lead by example and pursue excellence in every endeavour while maintaining the highest standards of quality in their spheres of work.
The Chief Guest also awarded trophies to officers for excelling in specific fields. The 'Hammer' for the best all round officer was awarded to SLt Gokul Ganesh Mathan. SLt Aakash Pandey and SLt Ankit Ojha stood first and second respectively in the overall order of academic merit. The Director General Coast Guard rolling trophy for best all round Coast Guard officer was awarded to Asst Comdt Kaushal Kumar. The Vice Admiral Daya Shankar rolling trophy for the best sportsman was awarded to SLt Puneet Rangi and the best project syndicate was awarded for the project on Analysis of Combustion Characteristics of GT Combustion Chamber.