IAF Chief To Review Parade At Air Force Academy

Hyderabad: A Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) will be held at the Air Force Academy (AFA) Dundigal, Hyderabad on June 19 to mark the successful completion of pre-commissioning training of flight cadets of various branches of the Indian Air Force.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria will be the chief guest and reviewing officer of the Passing-Out Parade.

He will confer the President’s Commission to the graduating trainees. The ceremony includes presentation of ‘Wings’ and ‘Brevets’ to the flight cadets who would be successfully completing flying and navigation training, respectively.

The chief guest will also be awarding ‘Wings’ to officers of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard on successful completion of their flying training at the AFA.

According to a defence statement, the flight cadet from flying branch standing first in the order of merit will be awarded 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.

The reviewing officer will also present the President’s Plaque to those who stand first in the overall merit in flying and ground duty branches.

As a custom, on the eve of the graduation parade, the reviewing officer will attend the ceremonial dinner and interact with the graduating flight cadets. During this event, he will award trophies to the flight cadets who have excelled in their respective streams.

The event will also have an aerobatic display by the famous Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team, the Sarang Helicopter Display Team, the Pilatus PC-7 trainer and para jumping by the Akash Ganga Team. The ceremony will also have immaculate fly past formations by Hawk, Kiran, Pilatus aircraft and Chetak helicopters.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, parents of graduating flight cadets have not been invited to witness the CGP this time. However, the Air Force Academy is making adequate arrangements for live streaming of the entire CGP activities on June 19 on Doordarshan channel, social media and coverage in print and electronic media.