Armed Forces

Plan to Strengthen Fleet

Nuclear powered submarines and three aircraft carriers are essentially required for the Indian Navy to strengthen its fleet and ensure blue water operational capability, said Admiral Sureesh Mehta, Chief of Naval Staff during a press conference at the Western Naval Command Officers' Mess, Navy Nagar, Colaba, Mumbai.

Admiral Mehta said that as per the long-term perspective plan of the Indian Navy, presently 34 ships were under construction in different shipyards of the country and six submarines would be inducted soon. Six more submarines would be inducted in the years to come. He further said that it was desirable that Indian Navy had atleast three aircraft carriers at any given time in the fleets. Presently, the only aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy INS Virat is under refit and non-operational. The ship is being prepared as a stop-gap arrangement till INS Vikramaditya is inducted into the Indian Navy.

-Capt A K Lambhate
from Mumbai

Admiral Sureesh Mehta addressing the media. Vice Admiral R P Suthan, Vice Chief of Naval Staff (right) and Vice Admiral J S Bedi,Commander-in-Chief, Western Naval Command are also seen in the picture.

150 General Hospital Visited

Lt Gen Yogendra Singh, Director General Armed Forces Medical Services and Senior Colonel Commandant Army Medical Corps paid a maiden visit to 150 General Hospital. The General Officer was received by Brig GS Manchanda, DDMS 16 Corps and Col AK Rastogi, Commanding Officer 150 General Hospital.

The General Officer interacted with the patients and evinced keen interest in their treatment and well being. He reiterated the necessity of keeping the emergency services in a state of readiness at all times.

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Lt Gen Yogendra Singh interacting with a patient

Award Presentation Ceremony

Commandant's Banner- cum-award presentation ceremony of the Cadets Training Wing (CTW), College of Military Engineering was held at Pune. The ceremony was presided over by Lt Gen USP Sinha, Commandant of the College.

The ceremony was held for Gentlemen Cadets of TES-11 Course who after completion of one-year training at Indian Military Academy and three years of rigorous training at CME were on the threshold of being commissioned into Army as Lieutenants.

The Commandant's Gold Medal for standing first in the overall order of merit was awarded to WCQM Rahul Yadav. The best all round gentlemen cadet and best sportsman medals were awarded to WCC Aloukik Sutar and WCA PN Ghosh respectively. PCC Shailesh Joshi was awarded the Rajput Regiment Medal for standing first in outdoor training. The Commandant's Banner for the champion platoon for spring term was awarded to Charlie Platoon.

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Commandant's Banner being presented to Charlie Platoon

Dashmesh Celebrates Raising Day

Ten Sikh, christened Dashmesh after Guru Gobind Singh, celebrated its 43rd Raising Day on June 1. The Battalion has seen action in all operations after its birth. A battle honour and a host of gallantry and distinguished service medals earned by the unit in a span of just four decades stands as a testimony to its professionalism and valour. The unit met its first acid test in the 1971 war and it came out victorious with flying colours.

The Battalion showed sparks of brilliance in the fields of sports and professional competitions during its peace tenures. Presently, 10 Sikh is deployed somewhere in Jammu and Kashmir in intense counter insurgency operations.

-Lt Col SD Goswami
from Jammu



A view of the Raising Day celebrations

BEML Signs MoU

Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML), a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Defence and a leading player in earth moving and mining equipment, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), India's largest steel producer.

The MoU was signed by Mr V K Gulhati, Director (Technical), SAIL and Mr M Poongavanam, Director (Mining & Construction) in the presence of Chief Managing Director, BEML Mr VRS Natarajan. Bharat Earth Movers Ltd has also signed a long-term agreement for 12 years with Coal India Limited (CIL) for joint production of “off the road” (OTR) tyres to meet the requirement of production by BEML and after sale requirement of Coal India Ltd.

Recently, BEML has also entered into an MoU with National Aluminium Company (NALCO) to collaborate in the production of aluminium wagons for the movement of ore.

-Samir Sinha
from New Delhi



A view of the signing ceremony

Recruitment Rally at Talwara

Continuing its endeavours towards normalising the situation in J & K, a recruitment rally was conducted by Uniform Force for enrolment of eligible youth into the Indian Army. Young aspirants from Udhampur, Reasi, Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Jammu, Sambha and Kathua districts participated in this rally.

As a prelude to the rally, a massive awareness and familiarisation campaign was undertaken under the aegis of Uniform Force. The young men were given preliminary training and guidance on the recruitment procedures in Army.

The rally was flagged off by Brig KSS Guleria, Deputy General Officer Commanding Uniform Force at Talwara. Approximately 20,000 youths took part in this rally.

-Col DK Kachari
from Udhampur



A view of the recruitment rally

Raising Day Celebrations

Ninetyseven Artillery Brigade, popularly known as Sure Swift Strikers, celebrated its raising day. The Brigade was raised as an Independent Artillery Brigade at Kamptee in 1982 by Brig DS Chinni. The formation headquarters moved to Nasirabad on June 22, 1983 and on May 13, 1995, it moved to its present location. The formation was redesignated as 97 Artillery Brigade on June 1, 2002 where it was reorbated with the prestigious Agnibaaz Division.

A special Sainik Sammelan was held on the occasion which was addressed by the Commander, Brig OP Yadav. A variety entertainment programme for all ranks and their families culminated into a barakhana. Many retired Gunners also attended the function.

The audio-visual presentation about the cantonment and orchestra at the Brigade Officers Mess were the highlights of the function. Maj Gen OP Soni, General Officer Commanding Agnibaaz Division was the chief guest at the function.

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A variety entertainment show by Sure Swift Striker family

Internet Centre at Mendhar

Ffor the upliftment of youth and empowerment of women of farflung areas of Mendhar tehsil in J & K, 14 Sector Rashtriya Rifles of Romeo Force opened a Sadbhavana Internet Centre at Government Middle School, Jugal.

The centre was inaugurated by SDM Mendhar and the function was attended by the distinguished personalities of the area. Those who attended the function included Mr Javed Rana, MLA, Mr Choudhary Rahimdad, former MLC, Mr Bali Dad, District General Secretary Congress, Mr Sanjay Singh Rana, SDPO, Dr Mumtaz Bhatti, Block Medical Officer, Mr Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Tehsildar, Mr Afsar Naseem Khan, Naib Tehsildar, Dr Mohammad Tanveer, Block Development Officer, Mr Kuldeep Singh, SHO, Dr Zulifkar Ahmad, Principal, Government School Jugal, and other prominent villagers of the Mendhar tehsil.

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A computer class in progress at the Centre

CSD Celebrates Diamond Jubilee

Canteen Stores Department (CSD) celebrated Diamond Jubilee recently. On this occasion, a book, titled 'A Cut Above the Rest', was released by Lt Gen Sudhir Sharma, Quarter Master General of Indian Army. Maj Gen SP Rai, General Manager, CSD was also present on the occasion.

Incepted in 1948, Canteen Stores Department is today one of the largest retail chains in India. With over 3,500 units run, it has an enviable earning of approximately Rs 20 million per employee. It is the best operation ratio among all retail chains worldwide. CSD is also one of Asia's largest retail chains with a turnover of more than Rs 56,000 million. CSD provides basic supplies to troops in the remotest corners of India.

From a product portfolio of 445 personal care products in 1948, today CSD offers over 3,300 products including automobiles and consumer durables.

Till date, CSD has contributed an impressive Rs 36,000 million to the Consolidated Welfare Fund of India. Moreover, CSD is the only retail chain in the world that puts all its earning back into customer welfare.




Lt Gen Sudhir Sharma releasing the book

Fitness Centre

Realising the importance of physical fitness in today's world, 162 Field Regiment recently inaugurated a state-of-the-art fitness centre. The centre was inaugurated by Brig PPS Pahwa, Commander, 7 Artillery Brigade.

The Centre has a fully equipped gym and other health related facilities. Since its inauguration, the Centre has been a big crowd-puller with everyone wanting to pump iron and build muscles. The opening of the fitness centre has been done keeping in mind the welfare of troops. It is a major step towards improving the quality of life and physical fitness of all ranks of the unit.

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Brig PPS Pahwa inaugurating the Fitness Centre

Sadbhavana at Reasi

In yet another effort to reach out to the people of far-flung areas of Reasi district in J & K, Maj Gen PC Panjikar, GOC Uniform Force distributed tents to the members of Gujjar and Bakkarwal communities at the Headquarters of Uniform Force.

The Gujjar and Bakkarwal leaders, while speaking on the occasion, expressed their gratitude to Army and said that Army had addressed a large number of concerns of the communities. They also said that the humane projects of Army would never be forgotten by the people of this area.

Mr Sanjeev Verma, DC Reasi asked the public to extend their full co-operation to Army and civil administration in maintaining peace and harmony in the area.

The function was attended by a large number of people from far-flung areas of Reasi, Udhampur, Rajouri and Ramban districts.

-Col DK Kachari
from Udhampur



Maj Gen PC Panjikar distributing tents

IT Lab at Sariya

Sariya, a nondescript village on the Line of Control in Naushera tehsil in J&K was a sleeping hamlet, unaware of the happenings around the world. Dah Division identified IT empowerment as one of the key areas and set out to explore opportunities for the same under operation Sadbhavana. The efforts have resulted in creation of an IT lab in village Sariya.

The lab has been constructed next to Government Secondary School to facilitate children to use this facility. This lab would impart training to the students of schools at Sariya, Jhangar, Ser, Bhawani and others. The project was dedicated to Naushera tehsil by Dah Division in the presence of ZEO Naushera tehsil. Assistance by Dashmesh Battalion was assured to all youth in the region.

-Lt Col SD Goswami
from Jammu



School-children at IT lab

Felicitation Ceremony

Afelicitation ceremony was organised for the members of Central Air Command shooting and basketball team which emerged as runners-up in the recently concluded Air Force Shooting and Basketball Championship 2008-09. Air Marshal PP Rajkumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Headquarters Central Air Command felicitated the team members for their outstanding performance. In his address, he emphasised the need of scientific training methods and the will to win.

-Wg Cdr Amit Mahajan
from Allahabad


Air Marshal PP Rajkumar
presenting memento to Cpl K Bala