Chandigarh: In order to inculcate team spirit and generate interest in the water borne sports and adventure activities, No 1 Chandigarh Naval Unit NCC started its 12 day long Sailing Expedition of this year. A total of about 80 personnel comprising of 40 Senior Division Boys, 20 Senior Wing Girl Cadets and 20 staff members are participating in the Expedition which was flagged off for Gobind Sagar from Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh by Brigadier Satish Kumar, the Group Commander of Chandigarh NCC Group.
Wishing the success for expedition, Brigadier Kumar interacted with the team members and advised them to remain safe whilst operating in deep waters of Gobind Sagar. He said that such expeditions are essential to become a bold and strong personality for the Cadets.
During the Expedition the base camp will be establish under the command of Captain (Indian Navy) GM Singh, the Camp Commandant at Lathiani in District UNA (HP) from where the cadets would sail for the expedition using three Whaler Boats and two Cadet Class Naval Sailing Boats. The team would cover over 435 kms and visit places like Bangana, Marhau, Kohdra, Porohian, Bhakhra, Galu, Kosharian, Kanphara, Nakrana, Raipur and back to Lathiani.
Capt Singh informed that during this expedition the Cadets will be trained with the aim to develop a strong and honest character, make them a disciplined citizen, and develop leadership qualities and a secular outlook besides generating a spirit of adventurism and selfless service to the country.
They will be trained to represent the UT of Chandigarh during Inter Group competitions scheduled to be held in end September and then represent the NCC Directorate of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh & Chandigarh thereby representing all the three states and UT at Visakhapatnam in October and November this year at National level.
The cadets will be exposed to various kinds of Naval training that include Sailing, Boat Pulling, Ship Modelling, Shooting, Parade Training, Communication, Kayaking, Windsurfing and Seamanship evolutions etc.
Keeping in view the importance of community development and to create awareness amongst the general public on various important issues related to our society and environment the team will also organize social service activities and rallies daily in and around Lathiani in remote areas of District Una. The expedition is expected to return to Chandigarh on 11 September 2012.