New Delhi, June 3 : The Chief of Naval Staff and Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee, Admiral Sureesh Mehta, congratulated National Defence Academy (NDA) cadets for excelling in the international competition on the Laws of Armed Conflict (LOAC) for Military Academies, conducted recently, at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IHL), in San Remo, Italy.
The International Committee of the Red Cross also joined Admiral Sureesh Mehta in congratulating the NDA cadets. Brigadier M B Anand (Retd.) had trained them before the event.
In the competition, Cadet Harshwardhan Pathak was adjudged the " Second Best Individual Cadet" and Cadet Ritwik Sankrit bagged the "second prize" in the team category.
The event was conducted from March 31 to April 4.
A total of 120 cadets from 28 Academies and 18 countries including USA, South Africa, France, Israel, Ireland and Canada amongst many others took part in the competition. Many countries fielded multiple teams.
India has been represented by NDA since 2005, when it was adjudged to be third "Best Academy" of the world.
NDA has achieved laurels in this field for the third successive year.
India is likely to field more teams from Army, Navy and Air Force academies in the coming years.
LOAC or IHL is a branch of international law and is based on Geneva Conventions. It concerns, firstly, with protection of those who are not taking part in an armed conflict directly and secondly on limitations on means and methods of warfare which have been universally agreed to by almost all countries of the world, including India (like non use of poisonous gases).
National Defence Academy, located at Khadakwasla, Pune, is India's most prestigious tri service military institution. It grooms and trains cadets for Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.