37 Indian officers and 11 foreign officers complete INS Shivaji marine engineering course


The Course Completion Ceremony of the 89th Promotion of the Maritime Engineering Specialization Course (MESC) of INS Shivaji took place on Saturday. Forty-eight Indian naval officers and a few friendly foreign navies successfully completed the 105 weeks of vocational training.

INS Shivaji, known as the alma mater of all marine engineer officers in the Indian Navy, is the Navy’s premier training facility located in Lonavala. The 89th MESC Group consisted of 37 Indian officers and 11 foreign officers from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Tanzania, Sudan, Fiji and Bangladesh.

“During the three rigorous phases of MESC, officers were trained on real equipment, state-of-the-art simulators, training kits, in addition to comprehensive classroom instruction. In addition, officers completed 26 weeks of afloat training on Indian Navy and Coast Guard vessels towards the Engine Room Guard Certificate. These officers are now ready to take on the challenges of their first appointment as a senior engineer assistant / officer aboard frontline warships, ”read a press release from INS Shivaji.

“The officers were smartly presented during ceremonies while wearing white masks and maintaining ‘do-gaj-ki-doori’, thus respecting Covid-19 precautionary protocols. The ceremony was reviewed by Commodore Ravnish Seth, Commander of INS Shivaji and Commander of Lonavala Station, ”the statement added.

Commodore Seth, in his remarks, congratulated the officers and urged the young engineer officers to lead by example and strive for excellence in every endeavor while maintaining the highest standard of quality. He also highlighted the service rendered by the Indian Navy to the nation during times of Covid-19 testing, the statement said.

He awarded trophies to officers ranked first in the general order of merit, best sportsman and best international officer. Lt. Bharat Kandpal was awarded the “hammer” for “best all-around officer”, and Vice-Admiral Daya Shankar Rolling Trophy for “best sportsman” was awarded to Lt. Divyansh Singla. The FOC-in-C (South) Rolling Trophy for “Best International Officer” was awarded to Lieutenant-Commander Md Mehedi Hasan of the Bangladesh Navy.

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