Naval Pilots Graduate at INS Rajali, Arakkonam
At an impressive Passing Out Parade (POP) held at Naval Air Station Rajali, Arakkonam, to mark the graduation of the 11 officers of the Indian Navy of the 90th Helicopter Conversion Course (HCC) and 6th Dornier Conversion Course (DOCC) were awarded "Wings" on June 8, 2018. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command and the most senior Naval Pilot was the Chief Guest for the occasion. The pilots underwent rigorous training for 21 weeks in flying and aviation subjects at Indian Naval Air Squadron 561, the Helicopter Training School (HTS). The two officers of 6th DOCC inducted as pilots in the fixed wing Maritime Reconnaissance stream of the Naval Air Arm also underwent similar training at INAS 550 at Kochi. INS Rajali at Arakkonam, is the largest operational air base of the Indian Navy and is commanded by Commodre TV Sunil.
After the ceremonial review, the Chief Guest awarded the Governor of Kerala Rolling Trophy to Sub Lieutenant Vishnu Menon for being adjudged as the Best All Round Trainee and the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Rolling Trophy to Lieutenant Sahil Madaan for standing first in overall order of merit. A Book Prize was also awarded to Lieutenant Amit Singh for standing first in ground subjects. The graduated pilots will be appointed to various front-line units and will take on varied missions such as reconnaissance, surveillance, SAR and anti-piracy patrols.
- PRO Chennai