Indian Navy And Coast Guard Officers Join Fleet Air Arm

Lt Amrinder Singh being awarded Director General
Coast Guard trophy
Kochi, 07 January 2016
25 Officers including 03 Coast Guard joined the Aviation branch after successfully passing out  from Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT) at Southern Naval Command  Kochi on 07 Jan 16. Rear Admiral Suresh Kumar Grewal, VSM, Flag Officer Sea Training at Southern Naval Command reviewed the Passing Out  Parade, held at Naval Base, Kochi and gave away the awards.

Lt Bharat Kumar and Lt Kashish Gaur were awarded trophies for standing first in overall order of merit amongst Air Electrical  and Engineering Officers respectively. Director General Coast Guard trophy for best all round officer of the course was awarded to Lt Amrinder Singh. Vendurthy Shield was awarded to Lt Anand V and
Lt Deepak Krishna for Best Air Technical Project.

Lt Anand V being awarded Venduruthy Shield
The officers underwent 52 weeks of intensive training in advanced aeronautic subjects besides practical training on various types of aircraft as part of the course.  The officers have been appointed to frontline squadrons at air stations  and on completion of On Job Training (OJT) would be eligible for award of M Tech degree under the aegis of Cochin University of Science and Technology.

Rear Admiral SK Grewal reviewing the Parade
Rear Admiral S K Grewal in his address highlighted that Naval Aviation has evolved over the last six decades to become a major force to reckon, and with the induction of state of the art flying machines, like MiG 29K, Boeing P8I, Hawk AJT, and likely induction of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA-Navy) and Multi Role Helicopter (MRH). The naval air arm is expected to grow into a 500 aircraft force larger than most of the Air forces in the world.


Commodore Sanjeev Dureja, Director NIAT, conducted the parade. NIAT is the largest Aeronautical Training Establishment in the country and is recognized as “Centre for Aeronautical Science and Technology” by Cochin University of Science and Technology.  It conducts aircraft type training on 11 by type aircraft has stepped in to  its Diamond jubilee year, since its inception in 1956.

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