General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of the Army Staff visited Headquarters 1 Corps at Mathura Military Station. He was received by Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command and Lieutenant General Taranjit Singh, General Officer Commanding 1 Corps. The General was briefed extensively on operational preparedness and training activities in the Corps Zone by Lieutenant General Taranjit Singh, General Officer Commanding 1 Corps.
The Army Chief appreciated the measures being undertaken by the formation to improve operational readiness and training of the Corps and also the efforts made to improve the quality of life of soldiers as well as their families. He emphasised on battle- focused training and mental mobility to exploit opportunities in operations to ensure decisive victory over our adversary.
The Army Chief interacted with the formation commanders and officers of 1 Corps. He also visited "The Heritage" which is the archive of the 1 Corps memorabilia.
The Army Chief was accompanied by his wife Mrs Madhulika Rawat, President of the Army Wives Welfare Association. Mrs Harkeerat Kaur, Zonal President AWWA informed President AWWA about various vocational courses being undertaken at Mathura Military station to impart training and empowering the wives of Army personnel. Mrs Rawat interacted with wives of soldiers of all ranks and enquired about their well being. She also appreciated the efforts put in by all the wives of all ranks in ensuring a happy and harmonius family life in the station. Later she also visited ASHA school, Mathura and interacted with children and staff of ASHA school.
Army Chief visits Mathura
A delegation led by the Commander Combined Task Force (CTF 151), Rear Admiral Saw Shi Tat, Republic of Singapore Navy, visited INS Teg (presently berthed at Djibouti harbour) on July 16, 2018. During the interaction, various aspects of anti-piracy operations including CTF 151 modus operandi were discussed.
The Indian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr Anurag Srivastav, and Mr Nalin Kothari, Consulate General, Djibouti also visited the ship at Djibouti harbour on July 16, 2018. The Ambassador walked around the ship and was given a presentation on IN activities and operations in Gulf of Aden. Subsequently, the ship's Ops Team had an interaction with the Ambassador on the growing strategic importance of Djibouti and the growing interest of other navies in the region.
Rear Admiral Saw Shi Tat, Republic of Singapore Navy visits INS Teg at Djibouti
A six member delegation of one Officer and five Warrant Officers of Sri Lankan Army arrived in Bareilly on July 15, 2018. The delegation visited various formations and training establishments of Headquarters Central Command from July 15-21, 2018. The aim of the Sri Lankan delegation visit was to develop bonhomie and enhance mutual understanding between the Armies of both the countries.
In addition to the planned visit to Headquarters Uttar Bharat Area, Junior Leader Academy, Bareilly and 39 Gorkha Training Centre, Varanasi, the delegation also visited Officer Training Academy, Gaya, where they interacted with the Sri Lankan Cadets undergoing training at the Academy followed by a visit to Bodh Gaya and Sri Lankan Monastery. The delegation also visited the Ganga Ghat and Sarnath at Varanasi as part of a cultural and heritage tour.
Both the Armies share a close and sound bonds of military cooperation and mutual long lasting bilateral understanding. This visit epitomised the efforts towards broadening of spectrum of military interest benefiting both the nations.
Visit by Regimental Sergeant Majors of the Sri Lankan Army
Air Force School, Coimbatore was awarded Best Air Force School Trophy (Academics) in the Indian Air Force for the year 2018 in the Secondary Level Category. Air Commodore SR Menon, Chairman, School Management Committee, AF School, Coimbatore, Commandant, Air Force Administrative college and Smt Rajeswari P, Principal, Air Force School, Coimbatore received the trophy from Air Marshal HN Bhagwat, Chairman, Indian Air Force Educational and Cultural Society in a solemn ceremony held at Air Headquarters, New Delhi on July 21, 2018. The award is given by the Indian Air Force Educational and Cultural Society to the best performing Air Force School across the country on the basis of CBSE results.
Best Air Force School (Academics) Trophy to AFS, Coimbatore for the year 2018
The Counter Insurgency Force (Uniform) celebrated its '16th Raising Day' on July 15, 2018 while remembering its illustrious past and looking forward to a glorious future.
In a solemn ceremony, the General Officer Commanding paid homage to martyrs by laying a wreath at the War Memorial. In his 'Special Order of the Day', the General Officer Commanding complimented the troops for their outstanding performance and steadfast commitment in conduct of people friendly operations which has contributed towards peace, harmony and maintaining a conducive environment for peace and development. He exhorted the troops to rededicate themselves to the 'Pursuit of Excellence' to safeguard the sovereignty and integrity of the nation with steadfast determination.
The Force has achieved commendable success in Counter Insurgency Operations since its raising, and has been instrumental in ushering an atmosphere of peace and tranquilly in the region, thereby enabling the civil administration to reach out to the people in remote areas, and to focus on overall and around development of the region.
Counter Insurgency Force (Uniform) celebrates Raising Day
The Bi-annual Additional Directors General and Deputy Directors General Conference representing the National Cadet Corps (NCC) from all the states of the country was held at Headquarters, Directorate General of NCC in New Delhi from July 18-19, 2018. Lt Gen PP Malhotra DG NCC in his opening remarks said that it was very important to have homogeneity & ease of functioning between the State and Central Govt functionaries. He further apprised everyone that the Government aims to give more impetus on Youth training through NCC and we are determined to promote & progress the cause of NCC to Groom Tomorrows Leaders.
This conference was aimed at ensuring uniform standard for training and administration of the NCC Units located throughout the length and breadth of the country. The meeting also shared the latest progress on various issues related to smooth functioning of National Cadet Corps. Presently NCC is also undergoing expansion with an aim to increase the Cadet strength to 15 lakhs throughout the country. The conference further helped in bridging the gap between the State & Central Government functionaries by ironing out issues that affected the National Cadet Corps.
National Cadet Corps holds Bi-Annual Conference
The regiment of The MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY is completing 250 years of its raising. The glorious past is full of valour, victory and sacrifices made by the 'VEER MARATHAS'. To commemorate this auspicious milestone, the MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY Regiment is undertaking a mountaineering expedition to Mount Kun, towering at an altitude of 7077 Meters (23, 218 feet) and located around 60 km South of Kargil town. The expedition was flagged off in Pune on July 17, 2018 by Lieutenant General DR Soni General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command in presence of Lieutenant General Manoj Pande Chief of Staff, Headquarters Southern Command, Brigadier Govind Kalwad Commandant of the MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY and other senior Army Officers. The Flag Off also included handing over a symbolic ice axe by the Army Cdr to Lieutenant Colonel Yogesh Dhumal, the team leader of the expedition.
The team comprises of 30 members with three Officers, three Junior Commissioned Officers and 24 Other Ranks. The team will carry out pre-expedition training in Sonamarg, near Srinagar, focusing on endurance, technical skills, first aid and communications before proceeding for the summit for which they will be establishing four camps at increasing altitudes.
Mount Kun is famed for its arduous terrain, steep gradients, unreliable weather conditions and sub-zero temperatures. The rarefied atmosphere and low levels of oxygen aggravate the difficulty of climbing the mountain. Such a daunting challenge is a true tribute to the courage and sacrifice of the soldiers descending from the legacy of the greatest Maratha warrior, Chatrapati Shivaji and his mountain hardened mawlas of the Sahyadri Ranges.
Army Commander, Southern Command flags off Mountaineering Expedition from Pune to Mount Kun
College Defence Management, a premier tri-services institution of the Armed Forces, takes a stride forward towards empowering the ladies by conducting a Certificate course on Social Awareness and Life Skills Towards Responsible Citizenship in collaboration with Osmania University for the spouses of the Defence officers. 40 participant ladies are attending the course. The first course was conducted in 2016.
The aim of the course is to empower the ladies in aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility and Life Skills towards a fulfilling life at personal and professional level and aid them to discharge their duties as responsible citizens. The course is being conducted by faculty from Osmania University and College of Defence Management with guest speakers from Environment Protection Training and Research Institution, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Apollo Hospital and NGOs like Bamboo House, Reach Beyond, Akshaya Patra, etc.
The course curriculum encompasses the module on Women Empowerment, Social Awareness, Life Skills and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Certificate Course for Spouses of Defence Officers
It was a stupendous display of stamina, speed and agility by teams of Services Sports Control Board, competing for coveted 49th Inter Service Cross Country Championship 2018-19 held on July 16, 2018 at Thangaraj Stadium, located at Madras Regimental Centre, Wellington.
Four teams participated in the championship comprising of six runners from each team. The 10 km cross country run began and culminated at Thangaraj Stadium passing through the ups and downs of Wellington cantonment.
Sepoy Anil Kumar Yadav of Army Red team clocked the best timings of 31.44 minutes, Havildar Anish Thapa Magar, Naik Tirtha Kumar Pun of Army Red team followed with 31.47 minutes and 31.53 minutes respectively to claim individual medals. Overall championship trophy was bagged by Army Red team, with Army Green team, Indian Navy team at IInd and IIIrd position respectively.
Commandant, the Madras Regimental Centre gave away the prizes to the winners.
49th Inter Services Cross Country Championship 2018-19
A seminar was conducted at Air Force Station Bareilly on the subject 'Bird and Animal Control Measures' on July 18, 2018. Air Marshal SBP Sinha, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Central Air Command, presided over the seminar. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wild) UP Mr Pawan Kumar represented the civil administration.
Measures directed at limiting the interference of birds and animals in aviation were discussed during the seminar. Methodologies and procedures in practice at various Air Force bases, modern concepts and scope for improvement were also discussed.
As a prelude to the seminar, a week-long aerospace safety awareness module was conducted at Air Force Station Bareilly during which, interaction with village heads, distribution of publicity material, painting and article writing competitions in schools and lectures on aerospace safety were conducted. A review of waste management and garbage disposal practices in and around Air Force Station Bareilly was also conducted.
By conducting inclusive capsules like this the Indian Air Force aims to bring down the number of bird and animal strikes on its aircraft, thereby preventing loss of lives and costly, often irreplaceable aircraft and equipment. The seminar saw good response from the participants.
Air Force Station Bareilly conducts a seminar on Bird and Animal Control Measures
In one of the most thrilling adventure experiences a Scuba Diving camp, was organised under the aegis of Youth Welfare and Sports Development Department of Tamil Nadu Government & the NCC Directorate of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman Nicobar for the NCC Naval cadets from Tamil Nadu at Anna Swimming Pool on Marina Beach from July 9 to 20, 2018. The aim of the camp was to provide exposure to the Youth of Tamil Nadu in Adventure Activities, develop water confidence and waterborne skills. Fifty Senior Division boy NCC cadets and ten Senior Wing girl cadets of different colleges from Tamil Nadu participated in the Scuba Diving Camp. The cadets were imparted practical training in use of two different kind of compressed air underwater breathing apparatus as well as snorkeling by professional Naval Clearance Divers from INS Adyar / Clearance Diving Unit (Chennai). The closing ceremony of the camp was presided over by Group Captain Dinesh Suri, Group Commander Madras 'B' Group of NCC Directorate Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman Nicobar. Colonel Abdul Raheem, Administrative Officer Madras 'B' Group and Major Janardhanan TV, Training Officer Madras 'B' Group were present in the function.
Army organised a lecture on Obesity and Its Prevention at Youth Club Palma in Rajouri district on July 18, 2018.The aim of the event was to increase awareness regarding obesity, its prevention and related health problems to the local populace residing at border villages where basic medical facilities are not available.
The lecture was delivered by an Army doctor. Large number of students, teachers, villagers and prominent personalities of the area attended the lecture. The audience were sensitized about the reasons and life style that leads to obesity and other illnesses. The doctor also explained various preventive measures to keep such diseases at bay. The Army doctor interacted with the audience and answered all the queries related to health issues. The audience were grateful for the awareness provided by the Army which will help in prevention of life style disease.
Army conducts lecture on obesity at Youth Club Palma
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Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla has been appointed as the next Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command (FOC-in-C, South). He took over from Vice Admiral AR Karve, PVSM, AVSM who superannuated on July 31, 2018. The Admiral is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, who was commissioned in the Navy on January 1, 1982. He is a Navigation & Direction specialist and has commanded five ships in his illustrious career, including the now decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat. His important staff appointments ashore include instructor at National Defence Academy and Senior Instructor (Navy) at the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington, Ooty. The officer has also been the Defence Attaché in the Embassy of India at Jakarta, Indonesia where he was instrumental in the signing of the India - Indonesia Defence Agreement in February 2001. He has also been the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet.
The officer, as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy & Plans), was responsible for the formulation of the Maritime Capability Perspective Plan 2012-27 and the first Maritime Infrastructure Perspective Plan for the Navy besides envisaging the process for 'IN-DRDO Synergy' which has now been institutionalised. The Admiral, as the Director General of Naval Operations oversaw "Op-Rahat", which involved the evacuation of Indian as well as foreign nationals from war-torn Yemen in April 2015.
The officer is a graduate of the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, UK, the College of Naval Warfare, and the National Defence College, New Delhi. He has authored a number of important papers such as 'East Timor Crisis - Opportunities for India' in 2000 and 'Freedom to Use the Seas – India's Maritime Military Strategy' in 2006. The officer was awarded the Nausena Medal (NM) in 2003 for his performance during 'Op- Parakram', Vishisht Sena Medal on January 26, 2013 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal on January 26, 2013 for his distinguished service.
Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla appointed the new Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Inspector General Paramesh Sivamani, took over the helm of Indian Coast Guard Region(East) from Inspector General Rajan Bargotra in a ceremonial parade held at Coast Guard Air Station Chennai on July 23, 2018. On relinquishing command, Inspector General Rajan Bargotra is proceeding on permanent transfer to Kolkata as the Commander Coast Guard Region (North East) after a successful and eventful two years stint at Chennai. The Coast Guard Region (East) saw a massive expansion during his time with addition of new assets, infrastructure development and innumerable life-saving operations.
The new Regional Commander, Inspector General Paramesh Sivamani, has served in various sea and shore appointments during the career-span of 29 years. The Flag Officer has served in various capacities at sea, the prominent amongst them being Command of Indian Coast Guard Ships Avvaiyar, Vishwast and Samar. The Flag Officer is a specialist in Navigation & Direction and holds a Master Degree in Defence Studies from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. Inspector General Paramesh Sivamani is also an alumni of the prestigious National Defence College, Delhi and holds a M.Phil. from the Madras University in Defence and Strategic Studies. The Officer has also served ashore in several staff appointments, significant among them being Chief Staff Officer (Operations) of Eastern Region. On promotion to Flag Officer Rank on August 29, 2016, IG Paramesh Sivamani was appointed as Deputy Director General (Operations) at Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi. IG Paramesh Sivamani is a recipient of prestigious "Tatrakshak Medal" for Meritorious Service.
Change of Command at Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (East), Chennai