Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan re­views pass­ing-out pa­rade at NDA


Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, Re­view­ing Of­fi­cer, re­viewed the pass­ing-out pa­rade of 129th Course of the Na­tional De­fence Acad­emy (NDA) on Novem­ber 28, 2015. A to­tal of 338 cadets grad­u­ated from the Acad­emy as they passed through the por­tals of the pres­ti­gious Khetra­pal Pa­rade Ground. It in­cluded 229 cadets from the Army, 40 cadets from the Navy and 69 cadets from the Air Force. There were 16 for­eign cadets from friendly coun­tries who also passed out from the acad­emy. The list in­cluded four cadets each from Bhutan and Ta­jik­istan, two cadets each from Mal­dives, Afghanistan and Fiji, and one cadet each from Ethiopia and Le­sotho. The Re­view­ing Of­fi­cer was re­ceived by Vice Ad­mi­ral G. Ashok Ku­mar, Com­man­dant, NDA, at the Pa­rade Ground.

Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan there­after ad­dressed the pass­ing-out course cadets wherein he com­ple­mented the cadets for their good turnout and ex­cep­tional drill move­ments. He said that more than 33,000 cadets have passed out of this acad­emy and they have served the armed forces of the na­tion with great pride. He said that NDA is not only a cra­dle of lead­er­ship but also a cra­dle of joint­man­ship. He em­pha­sised that no ser­vice can win a war on its own. He ad­vised the cadets to fol­low the five prin­ci­ples of lead­er­ship, i.e. com­mit­ment, courage, com­pas­sion, cred­i­bil­ity and in­tegrity and con­tinue to strive for ex­cel­lence.

He con­grat­u­lated the cadets and par­ents of the pass­ing-out course and spe­cially the award-win­ners. He thanked the par­ents for send­ing their chil­dren to the acad­emy and said that the en­tire na­tion is proud of them. He also ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­fort put in by the Com­man­dant and the en­tire train­ing staff at NDA for hav­ing trained such fine cadets and honed their skills.

A fly-past by three Su-30MKI air­craft each in VIC for­ma­tion marked the cul­mi­na­tion of this grand event.

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