14 Officers of the Indian Navy and 4 Officers from Indian Coast Guard graduated as Observers at an impressive ceremony at the Naval Air Station INS Garuda at Kochi. Observers direct the tactical operations in Navy’s maritime patrol aircraft and anti submarine aircraft. The Chief Guest at the Parade was Commodore G Prakash, Director Maritime Warfare Center who awarded Wings to the qualified officers.
Commodore G Prakash in address to the Officers on Parade, defined war as an art where sophisticated hardware are provided to give the man behind the machine more time to out think the enemy. He reiterated that Knowledge is power and exhorted the Officers to excel in their core competencies. Lieutenant BK Barik was adjudged Best in Flying and awarded Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Eastern Naval Command Trophy. He also came first in Overall Order of Merit and bagged the Uttar Pradesh Trophy. Lieutenant K Varun received the Sub Lieutenant RV Kunte Memorial Book Prize for coming first in ground subjects. From amongst the batch of Short Service Officers, Assistant Commandant Deepika Rathore was adjudged First in Overall Order of Merit and Best in Flying and Sub Lieutenant A Avinash, the best in Ground subjects. The Officers underwent intensive ground and flying training during the 46 weeks course, wherein they were trained in Air Warfare Tactics, Anti Submarine Warfare and Surveillance operation in addition to basic training in Air Navigation and Flying Procedures. Captain MMS Shergill, Commanding Officer of INS Garuda conducted the Passing Out Parade. Commander SMGRV Saripalli is the officer in Charge of the Observer School , the Alma Mater of Navy’s Observers.