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Impressive POP held to mark 91st HCC at Naval Air Base, INS Rajali

Chennai, Dec 7 (UNI) An impressive Passing out Parade was held
on Friday to mark the graduation of the 91st Helicopter Conversion
Course (HCC) at Naval Air Station, INS Rajali, Arakkonam.
A defence release here said six officers of the Indian Navy were
awarded the prestigious “Wings of Gold” by Vice Admiral Ravneet
Singh Director General-Project Sea Bird, in the presence of
Commodore TV Sunil, Commanding Officer of INS Rajali.
The officers of 91 HCC underwent rigorous flying and ground
training for 21 weeks at the Helicopter Training School (HTS),
INAS 561.
During the course, the trainee pilots were introduced to several
nuances of helicopter flying. The pilots underwent a challenging
syllabus including Navigation, Night flying and operations over
At the end of the course, the trainees are adjudged for Best in
Flying, Best in Ground Subjects and Best in Overall Order of
The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command
Rolling Trophy for the trainee pilot standing first in order of merit in
Flying was awarded to Lieutenant Devanshu Tyagi.
The Sub Lieutenant Kunte Memorial Book Prize for standing first in
order of merit in ground subjects was awarded to Lieutenant Yogi
The Governor of Kerala Rolling Trophy for standing first in overall
order of merit was awarded to Lieutenant Yogi Malhotra.
The newly qualified pilots will be appointed in various front-line
operational units of the Indian Navy where they will take on various
missions such as Search and Rescue (SAR), reconnaissance,
surveillance and anti-piracy patrols.
In its rich heritage spanning almost five decades, HTS has so far
trained 717 pilots of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard as well as those
from friendly foreign nations.
UNI GV CS 1718
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