Marching on the tunes of Auld Lang Syne on the backdrop of a fly past by the in- house Super Dimona aircraft,296 cadets marched past the quarterdeck in an impressive Passing out Parade (PoP) of the National Defence Academy (NDA) on Saturday. And as the young military minds passed out from their junior training academy to join their respective services training academies,the one to take their salutes was Chief of Air Staff- Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne who returned to his alma mater as the reviewing officer of the PoP after 43 years probably for one last time in his service before he retires on December 31. Browne,an alumnus of 39th course of NDA trained at the academy between 1968 and 1970.
I welcome the 125th course into the brotherhood of arms and the Indian armed forces, Browne said in his address to the cadets. During the six terms of training here,you have learned the founding lessons on jointmanship within the four walls of your squadrons. It is most essential that you treasure this squadron spirit and retain the essential qualities of team work and synergy. Any future operational response will demand an integrated strategy and employment of service specific strengths in a joint operation. Therefore,the bonds of friendship that you have forged with your course and squadron mates should continue to be nurtured as you grow in service and should translate into greater jointmanship at every stage in your career, he further said emphasizing on the ever evolving tri- services integration- an aspect of which NDA remains the basic academy.
You will be leading the finest set of soldiers,sailors and air warriors in this world The onus is on you to win their trust and respect through your personal conduct,professional competence and unquestionable integrity, he further said.
Earlier during the event,assisted by Air Marshal K S Gill,commandant,NDA; Browne inspected the parade after which medals were presented. Battalion Cadet Captain Manoj Kumar won the Presidents Gold medal for standing first in Overall Order of Merit, Academy Cadet Adjutant Yogesh Dhami was awarded the Silver medal for standing second in overall order of merit and Squadron Cadet Captain S S Ithape was awarded the Bronze medal for standing third in overall order of merit. The Bravo squadron bagged the Chief of Staff Banner presented to the Champion Squadron. Lt Gen A K Singh,GOC-in-C,Southern Command and Rear Admiral Anand Iyer,deputy commandant,NDA were also received by the parade earlier.