Hyderabad, Dec 19 : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) with full Military splendour at Air Force Academy (AFA) in Dundigal near here on Saturday.
The CGP was held to mark the successful completion of Pre-Commissioning Training of Flight Cadets of various branches of Indian Air Force (IAF).
Mr Singh was the Chief Guest and Reviewing Officer of the CGP.
During the function, he conferred the ‘President’s Commission’ to the Graduating trainees.
The ceremony marked presentation of ‘Wings’ and ‘Brevets’ to the Flight Cadets who would be successfully completing Flying and Navigation Training, respectively.
The Defence Minister also awarded ‘Wings’ to Officers of Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and Officers from Friendly Foreign Countries on successful completion of their Flying Training at AFA.
The Flight Cadet from Flying Branch standing First in the Order of Merit was awarded with the Chief of the Air Staff Sword of Honour for excelling in overall training.
The awardee will have the privilege of commanding the Parade besides receiving the President’s Plaque for being the Best Trainee.
Mr Singh also presented the President’s Plaque to those who stood First in the overall merit in Flying and Ground Duty Branches.
The event also had an aerobatic display by the SU-30 aircraft, the famous Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team, Sarang Helicopter Display Team, Pilatus PC-7 trainer and a fly past by formations of PC-7, Kiran and Hawk aircraft.
Autumn term CGP heralds a milestone event in the annals of history of AFA as the current 206th Course happens to be the 100th Course to pass out from the portals of this Academy.
AFA will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee year in 2021 as the Academy completes 50 glorious years of its existence since January 16, 1971.