JOINING THE NAVY AND INITIAL TRAINING
4. I joined Navy on 20 January 1994 in term 93-B at PNA. Total 12 candidates were selected throughout the country. A warm welcome awaited for us by our seniors and transition from civilian to Naval life started without undue delay. The day marked with commencement of an extremely strenuous but enjoyable and it lasted for 1½ years of academy training. The friendship and comradeship developed in PNA continue to thrive till to date. My extracurricular activities included hockey and sailing. I was an active member of both teams at academy level. Also, I took part in All University level sailing championship and stood 3rd position in 470 class. On completion of training I achieved 67% and promoted to Midshipman in July 1995.
5. I was appointed to PNS TIPPU SULTAN for sea training and reported onboard during August 1996. The famous quote of Navy “Join the Navy and see the World” proved to be true when ship proceeded to Gulf cruise to Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi-e-Arabia. Me and my course mates were overexcited being our first cruise. Early time of childhood spent at Kuwait also added towards my excitement. A warm welcome at first port of call was given by Bahraini Authority. Next port a call was Kuwait. It cherished my memories of childhood during sight seeing where me and with my family used to visit in old days. Last port of call was Jubail, Saudi Arabia, which is a small industrial city and nothing much to visit. I was commissioned on 1st January 1996. Logistic Branch was allocated to me and joined Logistic & Management School for Basic Supply officer Course. My stay at school was most enjoyable and memorable time that I have ever spent.
6. After completion of S/LT training, my appointment at PNS NASR for Supply Officer Competency Certificate afforded me an opportunity to have exposure towards practical and professional life. During my stay onboard, ship was nominated for two cruises. First we went to...