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On March 28, First Batch Of Agniveers To Hold Passing Out Parade

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  • Mithali Raj, the former captain of the Indian women's team, and PT Usha, the president of the Indian Olympics Association, will also be there.
  • The Indian Navy set up its selection, training, and deployment methods to lay the groundwork for "agniveers" who are technically ready.

On March 28, the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Chilka will host the Passing Out Parade (POP) for the first group of Agniveers. Officials say that the POP is a celebration of the end of training for nearly 2,600 Agniveers, including 273 women who were training at Chilka. It was said that the trainees who did well would get their sea training on the warships closest to the front lines.

Information says that the Indian Navy’s YouTube channel and Instagram page will start streaming the Passing Out Parade live at 5:30 pm. The event will also be shown on the channel Doordarshan.

Men and women who were part of the Indian Navy RD Parade Contingent at Delhi’s Kartavya Path on January 26 are also in this first group of Agniveers.

Naval Staff Chief Admiral R. Hari Kumar will be the event’s most important guest. He will also give out awards to those who deserve them. Reviewing Officer of POP Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief and Southern Naval Command, will be at the parade, along with many other senior naval officers and dignitaries.

To honor the work of the late General Bipin Rawat, who was the first Chief of Defence Staff, the Indian Navy has set up the “General Bipin Rawat Rolling Trophy” for the woman Agniveer trainee who stands first in terms of overall merit. The deserving woman Agniveer would get this trophy from the daughters of General Rawat.

Mithali Raj, the former captain of the Indian women’s team, and PT Usha, the president of the Indian Olympics Association, will also be there. Veterans who served as sailors and did well in their jobs after they left will be at the POP event.

ABOUT INDIAN NAVY ‘AGNIVEERS’

On June 14, 2022, the defense minister kicked off the Agnipath Scheme. In line with the government’s plan for a merit-based Agnipath recruitment scheme across all of India, the Indian Navy set up its selection, training, and deployment methods to lay the groundwork for “agniveers” who are technically ready.

As part of their training to become “sea warriors,” the Agniveers spent 16 weeks at the INS Chilka, which is the best place for the Indian Navy to train sailors. The training at INS Chilka is based on the core naval values of duty, honor, and courage. It includes classroom, service, and outdoor training.

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