Affiliated to Armoured

INS Shardul, one of the most advanced amphibious units in the inventory of Navy, got affiliated to the 5 Armoured Regiment, the most advanced tank regiment of Indian Army operating the finest and the most lethal tanks T-90 of modern era, in a glittering ceremony onboard INS Shardul docked in Mumbai Naval Harbour. Rear Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet and Maj Gen GS Malhi, Colonel of the 5 Armoured Regiment signed the Charter of Affiliation along with Cdr Shailendra Singh, Commanding Officer of INS Shardul and Col RK Magotra, Commandant of the 5 Armoured Regiment.
The Armed Forces have the tradition of the affiliating their units for the better camaraderie and esprit de corps. The modern trend of all the three Services fighting wars jointly has added an operational aspect to the tradition. Shardul has the Royal Bengal tiger as its symbol. Built by GRSE, Kolkata, Shardul boasts of state-of-the-art equipment. It is an important amphibious warship capable of transporting various kinds of combat equipment, personnel and accomplish all objectives of landing, that is, beaching operations. The 5 Armoured Regiment proudly wears the mantle of holding one of the most potent tanks in the world. The regiment, since 2002, has been the cutting edge of the merchandised operations in conducting counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations, strike operations and many more.
Welcoming the gathering of the retired and present officers of the Army and Navy, Rear Admiral Chopra said the affiliation of the 5 Armoured and Shardul would further promote the understanding of mutual operational needs of the two Services crucial for most modern complex warfare in the times ahead.

-Ramesh Jaibhaye
from Mumbai

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