by sportswire4u.blogspot.com (Balbir)
CHANDIGARH, SEPT 12
The Sailing expedition of Naval NCC Cadets from No. 1 Chandigarh Naval Unit NCC was flagged in today at Sukhna lake by Col Dharmendar Gupta, Group Commander, NCC, Chandigarh during a flagging in ceremony where NCC officers civilians and other cadets in large number welcomed the Cadets at their culmination of the expedition. Later Col Gupta distributed the individual prizes to all cadets.
To understand the nuances of interpersonal relations, community living, commitment to the nation and inculcate team spirit besides generating interest in the water borne sports and adventure activities in the Naval NCC Cadets, No. 1 Chandigarh Naval Unit NCC under the aegis of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh NCC Directorate has conducted a Sailing Expedition from 01 to 12 September 2011 at Gobind Sagar in Distt Una of Himachal Pradesh. The expedition team was flagged off from Chandigarh on 01 Sep 11 and commenced its expedition thereafter. For this 12 days long expedition the team consisted of 82 personnel that included 41 Senior Division Boy and 22 Senior Wing Girl Cadets, all from Chandigarh colleges, and 19 Staff members from Chandigarh Naval Unit of NCC.
The Base camp of this expedition was established at Govt Senior Secondary School at Lathiani. The Camp Commandant was Captain (Indian Navy) GM Singh. A total of 08 boats were used by the expedition team that included three 27 feet D.K. Whaler Boats, two Cadet Class Naval Sailing Boats, one Motor Boat and two Hired motor boats as safety boats. They covered a distance of 505 Kms in these 12 days long expedition. They visited Bangana, Raipur, off Kohdra, Porohian, Bhakhra, Nakrana, Kosharian, Kanphara, Galu, and Marhau along the coast of Gobind Sagar during this expedition.
Cadets also participated in many adventure and social activities in the area. They got exposed to the life in these villages which may not be possible to imagine when they stay in cities like Chandigarh. They took out rallies everyday on many issues that are faced by our nation and took pledges along with the local people on many evils that need to be eradicated from our country. A total of 13 social issues were covered by them besides visiting five institutes during the expedition and preparations thereof.
As a part of this social activity the Cadets in Chandigarh prior to setting their course for this expedition had visited and interacted with inmates of Old Age Home in Sector 15, Institute for the Blinds in Sector 26, Orphanage Home in Sector 23 and Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Phase VI, Mohali.
The cadets were also trained in service subjects like sailing, boat pulling, ship modeling, Parade training, drill, Communication, ship modeling etc. The aim was to develop a strong and honest character in these cadets and make them a disciplined citizen with excellent leadership qualities and a secular outlook besides generating a spirit of adventurism and selfless service to the country. They were also given training to join the Defence Services in general and Indian Navy in particular.
The manner in which this expedition is conducted and gains for the cadets during this expedition would play a major role in award of Prime Minister’s Trophy for the “Most Enterprising Naval Unit of NCC”. Presently this unit has the honour of holding this trophy for the first time ever in the history of its commission.