Pune: Fifty-one Indian officers, including six coastguard officers, joined the ‘Engineering Branch’ of the Navy on successful completion of 79-week Marine Engineering Specialisation course (MESC).
The Passing Out Parade (PoP) was held at INS Shivaji in Lonavla on Monday. It was reviewed by Vice Admiral KO Thakare, project director, Ship Building Centre, Visakhapatnam.
INS Shivaji is the premier training establishment nestled in Sahyadris in Lonavla. The institution has been the fountainhead of engineering knowledge and imparts specialised training to officers and sailors.
The 83rd batch of MESC consists of 46 officers of the Indian Navy and six officers of the Indian Coast Guard. The PoP marked the culmination of 79 weeks training regimen, wherein rigorous academic curriculum ran simultaneously with a demanding afloat and outdoor training to ensure overall grooming of the officers.
These officers are now poised to take on the challenges of their first appointment as assistant engineer officers onboard frontline warships.
The Chief Guest in his valedictory address congratulated the passing out officers, their parents as well as training staff at Shivaji.
He urged the officers to continue their tryst with learning to become thorough professionals and continually adapt to technological advancements within the service. The Chief Guest exhorted the young engineering officers to lead by example and pursue excellence in every endeavour while maintaining highest standards of quality.
The chief guest awarded trophies to officers adjudged first in academics and overall order of merit. The ‘Hammer’ for best all-round officer was awarded to SLt Abhishek Mukherjee. The DGCG rolling trophy for best all-round Coast Guard officer was awarded to Asst Cmdt Vishnu Kant.
Vice Admiral Daya Shankar rolling trophy for best sportsman was awarded to SLt Akshay Kumar Singh. SLt Amit Kumar Singh and SLt
Abhishek Mukherjee stood first and second respectively in Academics.
The best project syndicate was awarded for the project on ‘Designing of the precise lifting mechanism for Talwar Class Gas Turbine cradle.’