The 95th Midshipmen commissioning and Fourth Short Service Commission (SSC) Class Passing Out Parade was held at the Pakistan Naval Academy here on Monday.
The Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Noman Bashir, was the chief guest at the ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the smartly turned out youngmen and women reassert `my confidence in the glorious future of our country’.
He said that he was encouraged to see the fourth batch of female cadets as part of the parade today. Not only it signified the self- assurance of Pakistani women in their abilities but also their will to step into seafaring profession which was an exclusively male preserve in the past, he added.
The Naval Chief said that it also epitomizes the humble and continual contribution of the Navy in the nation-building process. `It is also gratifying to see that we have been able to extend our training facilities to our brotherly Muslim countries’, he remarked and added` I am sure this cooperation will continue and these cadets will carry home happy memories of their stay in Pakistan in general and Pakistan Navy in particular’.
The Naval chief pointed out that Pakistan today is beset with numerous challenges. The scourge of terrorism continues to plague our national effort towards a progressive and a prosperous nation.
As many as 94 officers including seven females were commissioned to join regular.
Later, the Chief Guest awarded prizes to the winners Midshipman Zeeshan Javed was awarded Sword of Honor for best performance.
Academy’s Dirk was grabbed by Midshipman Saad Sohail Malik. For best an round performance, Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal was awarded to It. M Wahab Usama and the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gold Medal went to Cadet Mohsin Saeed Commandant Gold Medal was given to Cadet Beenish Zaidi. Cadet Tharawat JH Jamalan from Palestine Navy received the CNS Gold Medal and was declared the best all round allied cadet.