As many as fourteen officers, including one from the Indian Coast Guard, successfully completed the Aeronautical Specialisation Course and passed out of the Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT) here on Friday. The officers, who completed the 52-week course, will now proceed to the frontline air squadrons of the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard for a further six-month job training.
They will then be awarded an M Tech degree in Aeronautical Engineering by the Cochin University of Science and Technology(Cusat).
Surgeon Rear Admiral John D’Souza, Command Medical Officer of the Southern Naval Command, reviewed the passing-out parade conducted on the occasion. Dwelling on the challenges of maintaining a combat-worthy modern Navy aircraft, the admiral exhorted the cadets to never forget the qualities of conviction and leadership.
Lieutenant Hemant Pant was awarded the Director General Coast Guard trophy for the Best All Rounder and was adjudged the first among the Air Engineering Officers. Lieutenant Rohit Raveendranath was adjudged first among the Air Electrical Officers. The syndicate under Lieutenants Vivek Rathee and Hemant Pant received the Venduruthy trophy for managing he the best Air Technical Project. Captain Deepak Bansal, director, NIAT, conducted the parade.