Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Sea Cadets Corps Visakhapatnam Unit
Visakhapatnam unit of the Sea Cadet Corps(SCC) celebrated the 50th Anniversary with a Ceremonial Parade held at INS Circars Parade Ground on 18 January 2020. Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain AVSM, VSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command was the Chief Guest for the Parade. He inspected a Guard and reviewed the Parade comprising of 12 platoons of sea cadets including 4 girl cadets platoon. On completion of the inspection, guard and platoons smartly marched past the dais with SCC band playing different tunes. Honorary Cmde(SCC) Rabi Ahuja, the son of the founding father of SCC, late Honorary Cmde (SCC) Gokhuladas Shivdas Ahuja, witnessed the Parade as a special invitee in addition to the Flag Officers, dignitaries and over 600 families’ members of the cadets.
The Parade was followed by a display of an array of splendid training activities including Piping, Semaphore, Cane Drill, Guard Continuity Drill, Band Continuity Drill and Horn pipe dance by SCC Cadets. On completion of the parade, the Chief Guest launched the SCC website and presented awards to outstanding Sea Cadets of the year 2019-20. SLt (SCC) Ch Krishna was awarded ‘C-in-C Commendation’ on the spot by Vice Adm Atul Kumar Jain for his outstanding commitment and dedication to the Visakhapatnam Unit.
Addressing the cadets on parade, Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain complimented the cadets on their immaculate turnout and smart drill. He also highlighted how the SCC contributes to building teamwork, discipline and leadership qualities amongst young children. He also congratulated the participants who showcased various training activities and complemented the SCC Visakhapatnam unit for its valuable contribution to society in transforming young children into responsible citizens over the last fifty years.
The Sea Cadet Corps is the largest non-governmental voluntary organisation which was started on 13 May 1938 at Karachi in undivided India and presently there are 10 units functional throughout the country with Mumbai as Headquarters. The organisation imparts basic training in Naval Discipline to School going young boys and girls on every Sunday in the age group of 10 to 12 years.
The Sea Cadet Corps, Visakhapatnam unit was commissioned on 18 January 1970 by Admiral AK Chatterjee, AVSM the then Chief of the Naval Staff with the active support of Captain OS Dawson IN who was the then Commanding Officer, INS Circars. The unit has flourished over the last 50 years and presently there are nearly 1200 Cadets.