Ezhimala Naval Academy to commission in January: Antony

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Kozhikode, Nov 23 (UNI) The prestigious Ezhimala Naval Academy in Kannur district in Kerala will be commissioned in January Defence Minister A K Antony today said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to inaugurate the academy built at a cost of Rs 721 crore, he told newspersons after addressing a function in connection with the 'Army Mela-2008' here.

All the training and academic programmes of the Indian Navy will be shifted to the new academy, perhaps the biggest in Asia, once it becomes fully operational, Mr Antony said.

The academy can at a time train 750 cadets, including those from friendly countries.

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