Twelve Navy, Marine Corps and Indian Navy flight students earned their wings of gold and were designated as Naval Aviators Friday, June 27 in a ceremony at the Captain’s Club at NAS Kingsville.

The 12 were joined by nearly 200 people for the ceremony, including Indian Navy Commodore Monty Khanna, Defense Attaché for the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

“It’s an honor to have Commodore Khanna here with us today,” said

Training Air Wing TWO Commander CAPT Bill Davis. “Our relationship

with the Indian Navy continues to be strong and our Indian students have proven themselves to be worthy of wearing not only their Indian aviation wings, but also, the U.S. Navy wings of gold.”

Three Indian students were among the 12 recognized at the ceremony.

They represent the fourth group of Indian students to complete advanced training at NAS Kingsville since 2006.

The winging ceremony marked the end of nearly 12 months of training with Training Air Wing TWO for each of the pilots.

They all completed their requirements during a recent June carrier qualification detachment on board USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) off the Florida coast June 10-12.