Amritsar, August 9
As many as 65 cadets from Amritsar and Jalandhar are taking part in the 11-day sailing expedition at Gobind Sagar Lake, Himachal Pradesh, from August 12 to 23 under the command of Commodore Bal Rajesh Singh.
Being conducted by the Second Punjab Naval Unit NCC, Amritsar, the cadets include 24 girls as well. The sailing expedition is among those activities that are looked at earnestly by the NCC Naval Wing Cadets as it enables them to have sea life experience during their student days.
Such an expedition was undertaken by the Punjab State Naval NCC in 2011. The main aim of the expedition is to expose the cadets to the adventurous world of sea life and enable them to take decisions under challenging circumstances.
Commodore Bal said the theme was ‘sarovar to sagar’, signifying the journey from the holy city (sarovar) to Gobind Sagar. He said a distance of 400 km would be covered during the camp using three 27 feet DK Whaler sailing boats and two enterprise class sailing boats. One rescue motor boat and a safety motor boat each would be in attendance. The expedition team would cover certain distance per day and halt at different locations for social activities like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Beti Bacho Beti Padho, water and energy conservation, he said.
Cadets will also undergo various training activities like basic training in chart work, navigation, passage planning and familiarisation with naval terminologies.
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