Lonavala, 30th December 2023: In a proud moment for the Indian Navy, 32 officers, accompanied by six from the Sri Lanka Navy, and one each from Bangladesh, Kenya, and Myanmar, successfully completed the challenging 105-week Marine Engineering Specialisation Course (MESC) at INS Shivaji on December 29, 2023. Rear Admiral K Srinivas, Assistant Chief of Materiel (Dockyard and Refit), graced the Passing Out Parade as the Chief Guest.
The intensive course curriculum demanded rigorous watchkeeping aboard various warships and the undertaking of complex marine engineering projects. The officers demonstrated their technical prowess and research aptitude through a diverse range of projects, including the development of a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) based Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for AC & Refrigeration plant and the creation of an Unmanned Surface Vessel using satellite navigation.
During the ceremonial parade, Rear Admiral K Srinivas presented awards to officers who excelled in various fields. Lt Karan Pramod Bhoite was honored with the ‘Best All-Round Officer’ trophy, showcasing excellence in multiple aspects. Lt Vishal Upadhyay earned the prestigious ‘First in Order of Academic Merit’ award for his outstanding academic achievements.
The spirit of sportsmanship was celebrated with the ‘Best Sportsman’ trophy, awarded to Lt Abhishek Pitale, recognizing his athletic prowess. Lt Karamveer Singh was acknowledged as the ‘Positive Living Officer,’ highlighting his positive approach and leadership qualities.
Recognizing international collaboration, the ‘Best International Officer Trainee’ was awarded to Lt Cdr Mostafa Tanveer of the Bangladesh Navy, symbolizing the camaraderie and excellence fostered through cross-border cooperation.
The Course Completion Ceremony not only marked the end of a challenging 105 weeks but also highlighted the dedication, skill, and camaraderie of the officers who are now well-equipped marine engineering specialists ready to serve their respective navies with distinction.