Saturday, June 8, 2013

Helicopter Pilots Passing Out Parade Held At INS Rajali, Arakkonam

002 by Chindits
002, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
An impressive passing out parade was held today to mark the graduation of the 80th Helicopter Conversion Course at Naval Air Station, INS Rajali, Arakkonam wherein 11 Navy and 03 Coast Guard Pilots were awarded “Wings” by Vice Admiral Bimal Kumar Verma, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Eastern Naval Command. The Pilots underwent rigorous training for 21 weeks in flying and aviation subjects at the Helicopter Training School INAS 561 (HTS). The school has graduated 578 pilots for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard till date and is commanded by Commander Ashish Bhargava. The unit was recently awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification. The School was based at Kochi till 1992 and thereafter shifted to INS Rajali at Arakkonam which is the largest operational air base of the Navy. The base is commanded by Commodore Puneet Kumar Bahl.

The Governor of Kerala Rolling Trophy for the best all round trainee pilot was awarded to Lieutenant Ankit Sharma. The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Rolling Trophy for the trainee pilot standing first in order of merit in flying was awarded to Midshipman Puneet Kumar. A book prize for standing first in ground subjects was awarded to Lieutenant Ayush Kumar.

The graduated pilots would be joining operational flights at Mumbai, Port Blair, Goa, Kochi, Vizag and Daman.

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