Indian navy’s latest initiative to provide a sneak preview of its elegance to the National Cadet Corps (NCC) began with 10 selected cadets embarking on Training Squadron ships visiting the Middle Eastern ports of Muscat, Dubai, Manama and Al Jubail from 27th September, 2014 to 30th October 2014.
The Indian Navy, 10 NCC cadets, along with one staff member, are being provided the opportunity to sail twice a year onboard ships of the 1st Training Squadron to broaden their horizon and exposing them to the key diplomatic role the Navy plays in building ‘Bridges of Friendship’ across the seas.
Currently, Naval NCC units are present in 15,600 schools and colleges across the country with more than 60 Naval NCC units, 38 of them in coastal states, affiliated to the Indian Navy. In addition to the voyage to the Middle East, the Navy’s Sail Training Ship, INS Sudarshini, is scheduled to visit Chennai in Nov 14 to take part in an expedition commemorating the Millennium Celebration of Emperor Rajendra Chola’s reign and provide NCC cadets short-duration sea experiences, furling and unfurling large-sized sails on tall masts, and negotiating strong sea winds off the East coast of India.
The Navy has been conducting Pre-Commission Training Courses for NCC officers at Seamanship School, Kochi and it organises two-week attachments annually for cadets at the Indian Naval Academy and conducts technical camps at INS Shivaji at Lonavla. (See Photos)
The Navy also holds watermanship activities for cadets of the Naval Wing NCC, including ocean sailing expeditions, rowing, yachting, etc. Apart from the exposure to the vagaries of weather and water such activities offer, Navy also imparts in cadets lessons in building camaraderie, facing adversity, and enhancing their leadership abilities and conducts the annual regatta of the NCC at INS Chilka, a naval training establishment in Odisha.
It holds annual NCC camps including a sortie onboard on its naval ships, providing cadets a sneak preview of life at sea at least twice a year for durations of 12 days each, with one day of sailing onboard the Navy’s warships for cadets ranging between 250 and 350. Further, a ‘Nau Sainik’ camp is scheduled each year for Navy Wing NCC cadets to mark the culmination of their training and a total of 590 cadets participate in these camps, which includes sailing onboard warships at sea. (Photos: PIB)