Armed Forces

DG Coast Guard visits Gujarat

Vice Admiral RF Contractor, Director General Indian Coast Guard, was on a two- day visit to Gujarat. He arrived at District Headquarters, Porbandar on November 4 and was accorded a guard of honour by the Coast Guard personnel. The Director General reviewed the operational preparedness of units in Gujarat.
During his address, Vice Admiral R F Contractor emphasized the strategic importance of this Coast Guard district headquarters and stated the changing face of terrorism is now posing new challenges before the security agencies. He also emphasized the need for Coast Guard to remain prepared to deal with any emergent situation. Vice Admiral Contractor appreciated Coast Guard units for providing prompt assistance to fishermen at sea and carrying out search and rescue and maritime pollution response operations to save life and property at sea.

-Wg Cdr Satish Menon
from Ahmedabad



Vice Admiral RF Contractor reviewing a guard of honour

PoP at Jalahalli

An impressive passing-out parade was held at 410 Air Force Station, Jalahalli in Bangalore where 679 technical tradesmen completed their training with flying colours.
The parade was reviewed by Air Cmde SS Deshpande, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Record Office, New Delhi. On his arrival at the parade ground, the Reviewing Officer was received by Gp Capt KD Murthy, Station Commander, Jalahalli.
After reviewing the parade, the chief guest gave away the Best All Rounder, Best in General Service Training and Best in Trade trophies to the passing-out Air Warriors. The Best All rounder trophy was won by Leading Aircraftman Pradeep Kumar of Logistic Assistant trade and Best in General Service Training trophy was won by Aircraftman Rohit Singh of Electrical Fitter trade.

-Wg Cdr R Ranjan
from Bangalore



Air Cmde SS Deshpande giving away the Best All rounder trophy to Leading
Aircraftman Pradeep Kumar


The 57th Defence Accounts Department (DAD) Day was celebrated with customary fanfare recently at the office of Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Central Command), Lucknow Cantonment. On this occasion, an exhibition on DAD was organised at Regional Training Centre. It was inaugurated by Mrs Purnima Natarajan, wife of Mr J Natarajan, Principal Controller Defence Accounts (PCDA), Central Command. Mr J Natarajan conveyed his compliments to the DAD family on the auspicious occasion.
The celebrations also included a grand mela, various sports events and a colourful cultural programme. The events were participated by Army authorities, civil dignitaries and retired and working staff members of DAD along with their families.




Mrs Purnima Natarajan inaugurating the exhibition

‘Top Guns’ Celebrate Silver Jubilee

The 283 Medium Regiment celebrated the silver jubilee of its raising. The celebrations included Mandir function, special sainik sammelan, visit to Quarter Guard and barakhana. A large number of veterans, serving officers, JCOs and soldiers from all over the country participated in the celebrations. On this occasion, all ranks reaffirmed to keep the flag of the unit flying high in the times to come. The Top Gun Silver Jubilee White Water Rafting Expedition was flagged off by General Officer Commanding, Black Cat Division to mark the occasion.
The 283 Medium Regiment, popularly known as 'Top Gun', was raised at Golconda, Hyderabad in 1983. It has the unique distinction of establishing the highest gun position in the world on the Himalayan Plateau in Sikkim Sector at the height of 16,900 ft. It has participated in all major operations since raising including operations Falcon, Rakshak and Prakram and has been awarded with one Shaurya Chakra, one Sena Medal, eight COAS, three VCOAS and 12 GOC-in-C Commendation Cards.

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Unveiling of the Silver Jubilee Trophy

Guardsmen Passing-out Parade

A batch of 125 recruits recently passed out from the Brigade of the Guards Regimental Centre at an impressive passing-out parade. The parade was the culmination of a 36-week training which transformed raw young recruits into trained soldiers. During the parade, the solemn oath of duty and sacrifice was administered as these recruits were formally inducted into various operational units for frontline duties.
The parade was reviewed by Maj Gen PCS Khati, Deputy Commandant, Infantry School, Mhow. Medals were presented to outstanding Guardsmen in various disciplines of training. The coveted Overall Best Recruit Trophy was awarded to Guardsman Anil Kumar of Chandragupt Training Company. It was indeed a proud moment for the kith and kin of these recruits who had come from far-flung areas to witness the eventful ceremony.

-Gp Capt MG Mehta
from Nagpur



Maj Gen PCS Khati reviewing the passing-out parade

AFA Celebrates Annual Day

The Air Force Association (AFA), Karnataka Chapter celebrated its Annual Day at HQ Training Command, IAF, Bangalore. The celebrations commenced with a wreath-laying ceremony where Air Marshal VR Iyer, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, placed a wreath in honour of martyrs at the War Memorial. As part of the celebrations, octogenarian members of the Association were honoured by Air Marshal VR Iyer in recognition of the services rendered by them . Air Vice Marshal Nirmal Thusu (Retd), President, Air Force Association presided over the function.
The Air Force Association (Karnataka Chapter) is a registered society offering its membership to all retired Air Force personnel. The primary aim of the AFA is to look after the welfare of retired Air Force personnel and their families including widows. It also provides a forum to continue the comradeship built up during the service.

-Wg Cdr R Ranjan
from Bangalore


Air Marshal VR Iyer laying wreath at the war memorial

Passing-out Parade at 11 GRRC

A ceremonial passing-out parade for 33 recruits of 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre (GRRC) was held at Lucknow Cantonment recently. The parade was reviewed by Brig HGV Singh, Commandant 11 GRRC. On this occasion, the recruits were inducted as full-fledged soldiers of 11 Gorkha Rifles. The drill was followed by an oath-taking ceremony and presentation of awards to those who excelled in different fields.
Rifleman Amit Khadka was awarded the Overall Best Recruit trophy for the training period. Rifleman Sujan Shretha was adjudged Best in Weapons Training while Rifleman Robin Pandyal was adjudged Best in Individual Physical Efficiency Test. Rifleman Netra Rai was adjudged Best in Drill while Rifleman Pawan Rai was adjudged Best in Bayonet Fighting. Similarly, Rifleman Amin Limbu was adjudged Best in Sports while Rifleman Arjun Gurung was adjudged Best in Theory. Brig HGV Singh presented the traditional khukri to Rifleman Amit Khadka and medals to other winners.

-Dr K A Sagar
from Lucknow


Recruits of 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre taking oath

Conference at CME

Chief Engineers and Commandants bi-annual conference of the Corps of Engineers was organised at the College of Military Engineering (CME), Pune.
Lt Gen Gautam Dutt, Engineer-in-Chief and Senior Colonel Commandant, Corps of Engineers, Lt Gen USP Sinha, Commandant, CME and other senior officers of the corps deliberated upon the major issues regarding combat engineering support to Army as well as works services for the Defence Services.
The issues deliberated upon included modernization of equipment and training infrastructure in the corps, trials and introduction of new equipment as well as the road map for the continuous upgradation of technology to meet the requirements for an effective engineering support to Indian Army in future.

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Lt Gen Gautam Dutt addressing the conference

‘Red Eagles' Celebrate Infantry Day

Infantry Day is celebrated every year to commemorate the first Infantry action in independent India. It was on this day, in 1947, that the Infantry troops landed in Kashmir Valley and successfully repelled Pakistani invaders. Being the first glorious chapter in post-independent India, this day is celebrated with elan and pride.
At the Red Eagle Division, wreaths were laid at the war memorial to honour the martyrs who laid down their lives guarding the sovereignty of the nation. Maj Gen Sumer Singh, General Officer Commanding, Red Eagle Division, Maj Gen MN Rawat, officers and serving soldiers attended the ceremony. The immaculate drill, well co-ordinated movements and sounding of 'last post' paid an equitable honour to departed souls.
The get-together at Red Eagle Officers' Mess was marked with the spirit of conviviality. Serving Infantry officers hosted the bon-homie and numerous retired and serving officers graced the occasion with their presence.

-Wg Cdr Amit Mahajan
from Allahabad


Maj Gen Sumer Singh laying wreath at war memorial

Gunners Day Celebrated

Gunners Day was celebrated with characteristic enthusiasm by all the Gunners of the Central Command.
On the occasion, a get-together for Gunner officers and their families was organised at Central Command Officers Mess. Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee, Chief of Staff, Central Command and Brig A Mitra, officiating Major General Artillery and a large number of officers were present. Later, Brig A Mitra, Brig BP Bhalla (Retd), Brig VK Ghai (Retd) and Mrs Priya Seth, wife of the juniormost officer of the station, Lt Col Piyush Seth cut the cake. It was followed by a visual presentation on the history of the Artillery Regiment.
Lt Gen HS Panag, GOC-in-C, Central Command complimented all the ranks of Artillery Regiment on the occasion. In his message he said, “The Gunners have a glorious tradition of utmost professional excellence and exacting standards. Their indomitable resolve to deliver, heroic courage and supreme sacrifice is laudable”. He extended his whole- hearted support to the families of all gallant Gunners who made the supreme sacrifice.




The cake-cutting ceremony at Central Command during Gunners Day

Recruitment Rally

The 118 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) Grenadiers, Nagpur conducted a recruitment rally at Sitabuldi Fort under the guidance of Col KK Takkar, Commanding Officer of the battalion. About 1800 candidates belonging to the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Rajasthan and the Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Goa, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep and Pondicherry participated in the recruitment rally. Physical fitness test and medical examination of the candidates was carried out at the recruitment site.
The recruitment was carried out for the General Duty Soldier, Clerk and for tradesman in the category of washerman.

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Col KK Takkar addressing the candidates

Inter-school Quiz

The Navy Wives Welfare Association, Kochi organised the annual Inter-school Quiz competition. Twelve reputed schools from Ernakulam district participated in the competition which included Navy Children School, Kendriya Vidyalayas, Toc H Public School, schools of the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Global Public School, Chinmaya Vidyalaya and Choice School.
The quiz which consisted of general knowledge, mental ability and audio-visual rounds saw keen contest amongst the eager contestants. Bhavans Varuna Vidyalaya students managed to hold their nerves till the end to win the competition. Choice Public School and Bhavans Eroor bagged the second and third position respectively.
Earlier, Mrs Alka Damle, President NWWA (Southern Region) delivered the welcome note before the commencement of the competition. Rear Admiral H S Bhakta Vatsala, Principal Naval Academy was the chief guest and gave away the prizes.

-Cdr Roy Francis
from Kochi


Rear Admiral HS Bhakta Vatsala presenting the trophy to Varuna Vidyalaya students

Nagpur to Amla Cycle Expedition

Maintenance Command Sports Control Board conducted a cycle expedition from Nagpur to Amla for promoting the adventure activities in Indian Air Force. The expedition was flagged off by Air Marshal Gautam Nayyar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command.
The expedition team, consisting of 16 personnel, was led by Warrant Officer DK Dixit and coordinated by Sgt K Pankaj. They passed through various towns of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh including Kalmeshwar, Katol, Varur, Morsi, Chikhaldara, Paratwada and Gurgaon to finally reach Air Force Station, Amla after covering a distance of 500 kms.
Air Cmde DK Pande, Deputy Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Gp Capt SK Das, Secretary Maintenance Command Sports Control Board and other senior officers, Air Warriors and civilians were present on the occasion.

-Gp Capt MG Mehta
from Nagpur



The expedition in progress