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Jointness among Services key to take on challenges: IAF Chief

Ezhimala (Kerala): Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha called upon increased synergy between the armed forces to take on the challenges of the future.

Speaking at the Indian Naval Academy (INA) after reviewing the ceremonial parade on Saturday, the IAF Chief advised the cadets to transform all challenges into great opportunities.

'The Indian Ocean Region is witnessing new challenges. Jointness is the key to future warfare and all the wings of armed forces must work together,' Raha said.

He said the high quality training imparted at the INA would help enable cadets mitigate maritime challenges during their call of duty.

The passing-out cadets belonged to three different courses of the Spring Term 2015. The cadets belonged to the 88th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) B. Tech\M.Sc courses, the 19th Naval Orientation (Extended) Course and the 20th Naval Orientation (Regular) Course.

Along with the male counterparts, 28 female cadets too received their stripes on the occasion.

'A total of 320 cadets pass out of the INA, including four from Mauritius,' INA Spokesperson Lt Cdr Rahul Thiyyath .

Academy Cadet Captain Kanwarpreet Singh bagged the The 'President's Gold Medal', after he was adjudged first in the overall order-of-merit of the INAC course. Cadet Neeraj Gupta won the Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal' after being adjudged first in overall order-of-merit for the Naval Orientation (Extended) Course.

Cadet Surabhi Chopra was awarded the 'Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (South) Gold Medal' for being adjudged the best woman trainee of the course. Cadet Arpit Shukla bagged the 'Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal' after being adjudged first in overall order-of-merit for the Naval Orientation (Regular) Course.

After the POP, the ceremony of 'Shipping-of-Stripes' was held. The proud parents of the cadets shipped the Naval (or Coast Guard) epaulettes, popularly known as 'Stripes', on the shoulders of their wards, thus symbolizing their transformation from 'cadets' into full fledged Naval or Coast Guard officers.

The IAF Chief was the most-sought-after man at the stripe-shipping ceremony. The cadets requested him to pose for photographs, which Raha readily agreed.

Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, Commandant, INA and other senior naval officers were present during the occasion.

Speaking to the Reporters, Ajit Kumar said that in future more trainees from friendly foreign nations will be passing out of INA.

'We are now on par with the IITs and efforts are on to upgrade every facet of INA to international standards,' Ajith Kumar said
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