Three sturdy whaler sailing boats of the Naval NCC units will take part in the expedition Credit: Defence PRO

Guwahati: The Shillong directorate of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) is embarking on a pioneering project to conduct the first-ever sailing expedition in the entire Northeastern region. The expedition will take place along the Brahmaputra river in Assam between October 16 and 25.

The cadets will cover a stretch of over 200 km from Biswanath Chariali to Pandu Port in Guwahati. Three sturdy whaler sailing boats of the Naval NCC units with support from the Army’s Eastern Command and the Assam state government will take part in the expedition. The expedition will be flagged off by chief minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal on October 16.

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As per a press release issued by defence PRO, “The focus of this expedition will be on the same waters where the famous battle of Saraighat was fought in 1671 and to rekindle the memories of the epic bravery of the sons of the soil of Assam, while fostering a spirit of adventure among the youth.”

According to the press release, the expedition is being carried out with an aim to generate healthy competitive spirit and instill a sense of discipline, leadership and commandership among the NCC cadets. To make this expedition more purposeful, the cadets in collaboration with the principal conservator of forests, Assam will also spread awareness about the dangers to the Brahmaputra and its marine life and the role of the riverine population in protecting it.

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