The Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala is located approximately 135 km south of Mangalore, on the west coast of peninsular India. The nearest railway station is at Payyanur, 10 km away. The nearest major civil and international airport is at Mangalore (Kannur International Airport will come up by 2017). The INA is divided into three zones – a Training zone, an Administration zone and an Accommodation zone. It has a light house named Mt. Dilly Light house which is in its premises.
The administration zone consists of the Administrative Complex, the naval hospital INHS Navjivani, a logistics complex, motor transport complex and the campus fire station.
The training zone at INA consists of the main academic building complex, as well as physical-training, aquatics and outdoor-training complexes, and auditoriums. It also consists of a firing range, fields, cadet’s Mess and cadet’s squadrons. The main academic building complex is situated on the highest point of the academy. It includes the Service and Technical Training wings, laboratories, workshops, library, and an 1800-capacity auditorium. The academy accepts up to 1200 cadets for officer-training each year. This includes interim training facilities for the Indian Coast Guard. Once the cadets report at INA, they are divided into various squadrons. Currently there are 6 squadrons, namely Achiever, Braveheart, cheetah, Daredevil, Eagle and Fighter, which are planned to increase up to 16. Each squadron consists of four divisions with approximately 50 cadets in each division. Each division is commanded by a commissioned officer of the rank of Lieutenant, responsible for monitoring, guidance and counselling of the cadets.
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