An impressive Passing-out Parade (POP) was held at Naval Air Station
Rajali, Arakkonam near Chennai to mark the graduation of the 93rd
Helicopter Conversion Course, on November 29.
Nine Indian Navy pilots were awarded the
“Wings of Gold” by Rear Admiral K Jyothish Kumar, Flag Officer
Commanding Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval Area.
The pilots underwent rigorous flying and ground
training for 20 weeks
The pilots underwent rigorous
flying and ground training for 20 weeks at the Indian Naval Air Squadron 561,
the Helicopter Training School (HTS).
During the course, the trainee pilots are introduced to several nuances
of helicopter flying. The pilots undergo a challenging syllabus including
navigation, night flying and operations over sea. At the end of the course, the
trainees are adjudged for Best in Flying, Best in Ground Subjects and Best in
Overall Order of Merit.
Best All Round Trainee Pilot Lt Pritish Mehta awarded the Governor of Kerala Rolling Trophy
After the ceremonial review, the Chief Guest awarded the Governor of
Kerala Rolling Trophy to Lt Pritish Mehta for being adjudged as the Best
All Round Trainee Pilot and the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Eastern Naval Command Rolling Trophy
to Sub Lt Shantanu Misra
for standing first in Order of Merit. A book prize was also awarded to Sub
Lt Mageshvar R for standing first in Ground Subjects.
The newly qualified pilots will be appointed to various front-line
operational units of the Indian Navy where they will take on various missions
such as SAR, Reconnaissance and Surveillance and Anti-Piracy patrols.
INAS (HTS) has trained 724 pilots
In its rich heritage spanning almost five
decades, INAS 561 (HTS) commanded by Captain Krishanu De has trained 724
pilots for the Indian Navy, Coast Guard as well as from friendly foreign navies
till date. The school is located at INS Rajali Arakkonam, which is commanded by
Commodore Shreerang Joglekar.