Navy to play important role in India's destiny: Admiral Mehta

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Panaji, Nov 22 (UNI) The Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sureesh Mehta today stressed that the Indian Navy is not only a technologically advanced service with challenging opportunities, but one that is going to play an important role in the destiny of the country.

Addressing the cadets after reviewing the passing out parade at the Naval Academy 'INS Mandovi', Admiral Mehta said historically, the seas had played a crucuial role in India's destiny, because the power that colonised the country came by sea. Today the importance of the ocean is confined not just to security but also for the country's economic well-being, future prosperity and ultimately to the country's's position in the comity of nations.

He said India's armed forces are known for their professionalism, competence and are one of the best forces in the world. By 2022, the Navy would be a formidable three-dimensional force. It will have 162 ships (including three aircraft carriers), 60 major combatants (including submarines) and close to 400 aircraft of different types, he added.

Altogether, 58 officer cadets of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard passed out of the Naval Academy today.

The five candidates who excelled in the training were Adjutant Tajinder Pal Singh, who received the President's gold medal for standing first in overall order of merit among 10+2 Naval Academy course. Squadron cadet Captain Sudeep Kumar Sahoo was the recipient of Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (South) silver medal for standing second in the category. The third medal went to cadet Captain Suraj Aiyappa. Sub-Lieutenant Seema Rani Sharma received the Chief of Naval Staff silver medal for being the best all-rounder trainee in SLt (X) Course. The silver medal for the best all-round trainee among assistant commandant was bagged by Assistant Commandant Adtiya Pratap Singh.

UNI SRN SSS AG AKJ VC1820

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