Updated: June 1, 2021 8:28:17 am
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted defence training institutions across the country to adapt to the new normal and continue with rigorous training activities which are part of their training curricula. One such arduous training camp of the Lonavala-based INS Shivaji, the Indian Navy’s premier technical training institute, recently concluded within its campus with all Covid-appropriate measures in place.
The trainees from the Merged Artificer Apprentice Course at INS Shivaji Lonavala participated in ‘Camp Joshila’ as part of their outdoor training, from May 28 to 30. The camp, which is otherwise conducted in Sahyadri ranges in the vicinity of the INS Shivaji campus, is being conducted inside the campus during the pandemic.
The aim of the camp was to develop team spirit among the participants, including trainees from friendly foreign countries, and also develop leadership qualities and self-reliance, officials said.
A total of 163 personnel took part in the camp, which included 135 Indian trainees, seven foreign trainees and 18 assistant divisional officers from the Marine Engineering Specialisation Course and three sailors from the Training Team. Camp Joshila was held in outdoor settings and the cohort group had taken all precautionary measures against the pandemic.
The camp activities included an Approach Route March of 10 km to the campsite, an 8.4 km run, tent pitching, air rifle shooting, assembling of 5.56 mm INSAS rifle, and various group games.
An event named ‘Hands on Skill Marathon’ was conducted wherein real time live scenarios, as expected on-board ships, were simulated and trainees were tasked to carry out repair and maintenance on engine room machinery in limited time akin to how they would be challenged at sea.
The camp culminated with a final run back from the camp site to the trainee block, covering a total distance of 14 km. The ‘Korigad’ Division emerged as the champions of Camp Joshila. Trainee Amit Gurjar was adjudged the ‘Best Trainee of the Camp.’ Trainees Shoaib Akhtar and George Appiah from Ghana Navy were adjudged the ‘Most Spirited Trainees’ of the camp.
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