#KnowYourNavy The Naval Academy has been in existence for over 50 years and was first established in Kochi (at INS Venduruthy) in 1969 and later shifted to INS Mandovi, Goa in 1987 commensurate to the growth of the Indian Navy and consequent increase in training requirements. The plan to have a permanent Naval Academy, that would provide world class training requirements for the 21st century Indian Navy, was realised with the inauguration of INA at Ezhimala, Kerala on 08 January 2009, by then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
Today, the INA provides training to all officers joining the Indian Navy, as well as for officers from Friendly Foreign Countries. The academy has full fledged laboratories for conduct of a B.Tech course, simulators, weapon firing range, sailing facilities, swimming pool, equitation complex and many others. The faculty comprises officers, sailors and professors of a very high calibre and professional competence. The flagship Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC), providing a B.Tech degree on completion, runs for four years and shorter Orientation courses run from one month to one year. The training at INA is anchored to the INA’s motto “Vidya Amrutam Ashnute” meaning “Knowledge Begets Immortality” and is guided by the Indian Navy’s core values of Duty, Honour and Courage.
In recognition of the yeoman service rendered by the institution in training and shaping officer cadets over the last fifty years at three different locations viz, Kochi, Goa and Ezhimala; the Hon’ble President of India and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, Shri Ram Nath Kovind awarded the President’s Colour to the Indian Naval Academy on 20 November 2019. The President’s Colour is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon any military unit and is a source of inspiration and encouragement for generations of trainees.
On the occasion of the 52nd Foundation Day, a traditional cake cutting ceremony was held at INA. VAdm M A Hampiholi, AVSM, NM, Commandant INA and the junior most trainee cut the anniversary cake, which was then shared amongst all trainers and trainees.