Armed Forces

Army Chief Honorary Colonel of Brigade of the Guards

Gen Deepak Kapoor, Chief of the Army Staff, took over the mantle of Honorary Colonel of the Brigade of the Guards at a befitting ceremony at Battle Honours Mess in New Delhi. Lt Gen OP Nandrajog, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command and Colonel of the Brigade presented the Brigade Banner and Regimental accoutrements to Army Chief.

Speaking on the occasion, the Honorary Colonel of the Regiment said that it was indeed his proud privilege to hold the prestigious appointment and assured the august gathering that it would be his earnest and sustained endeavour to assist the Regiment in furthering its glorious culture and tradition.

The investiture ceremony was attended by senior officers of the Army and many serving and retired officers of the Brigade of the Guards. The Brigade of the Guards is the senior most Infantry Regiment in the Indian Army with a glorious history of over 250 years.

-Dr KA Sagar
from Lucknow



Gen Deepak Kapoor receiving the Brigade Banner from Lt Gen OP Nandrajog

Fire Power Demonstration

A Mechanised Forces Fire Power Demonstration was conducted by Armoured Corps Centre and School(ACC & S), Ahmednagar for DSSC-63 course at KK Ranges. Three Hundred student officers from Army, Navy, Air Force friendly foreign countries witnessed the impressive demonstration.

The demonstration Showcase the awesome fire-power and lethality of Indian Mechanised Forces. The accuracy of weapon systems left all spell-bound. The centre-piece of the demonstration was an amour predominant attack carried out by a squadron of T-72 tanks and a BMP-2 mechanised infantry company, supported by all available combat support elements. Maj Gen JP Singh, Commandant ACC and S, interacted with the student officers and explained to them the nuances of mechanised forces.

input: Maj Inderjeet Singh



Demonstration in progress

Commissioning Ceremony

The traditional commissioning ceremony of the students of 48th batch of Diploma Nursing and Midwifery Course of School of Nursing, Command Hospital, Central Command (CHCC) was held at Shivam Auditorium in Lucknow Cantonment.

Lt Gen Gautam Dutt, Chief of Staff Central Command, who graced the occasion as the chief guest, congratulated the newly commissioned officers and their parents. Lt R Nithya, who stood first in the final examination, bagged the Army Commanders Silver Medal, while Lt Jaishree Nair was awarded the Commandant CHCC Memento for being the best bedside student nurse. The Deputy Director Medical Services (DDMS) Central Command Trophy was awarded to Lt Jyoti Pant for being adjudged the best all- round student nurse.

Maj Gen AKS Bairaria, Commandant, CHCC urged the students to live upto the School motto of "Enter to Learn and Go forth to Serve". The School report was read out by Lt Col Arun Bala, Principal Tutor, School of Nursing while the commissioning parade was commanded by Maj Vandana Agnihotri.

-Dr K A Sagar
from Lucknow



Lt Gen Gautam Dutt presenting the medal to Lt R Nithya

Army Commander Visits Devlali

The School of Artillery, Devlali was visited by Lt Gen N Thamburaj, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command. The General was received by Maj Gen VK Chaturvedi, Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor, School of Artillery. The General Officer carried out the annual administrative Inspection of the School.

During his visit, the Army Commander inspected various wings and faculties at the School of Artillery including the training methodology and infrastructural support available at the establishment. He was also briefed by the Chief Instructors of various wings and faculties. The Army Commander also visited Artillery Centre, Army Air Defence Centre and Combat Army Aviation Training School (CATS) at Nasik.

input: Lt Col Samir Ohri


Maj Gen V K Chaturvedi, introducing Principal Staff Officers of School
of Artillery to Lt Gen N Thamburaj

MOBC-176 Concludes

Aceremonial parade was held at Officers Training School (OTS) of Army Medical Corps (AMC) Centre and School for 82 successful officers at the conclusion of Medical Officers Basic Course-176 (MOBC-176) in Lucknow Cantonment. The nine-week foundation course was conducted to impart training to young Armed Forces Medical Officers in order to empower them for effectively performing their duties in field and operational military areas. The Medical Officers, including 18 lady Medical Officers participated in the impressive ceremonial parade. These included 74 officers of Army Medical Corps and eight Army Dental Corps officers. The parade was revied by Lt Gen GS Misra, Commandant, AMC Centre & School.

Capt Michael John K was awarded Lt Gen FN Bilimoria Trophy for being the best all-round officer of the course. Capt Mahajan Rahul Ashok was adjudged 'Best in Drill' and Captain Deepika Agarwal was adjudged the 'Second Best in Drill'. Capt PK Singh was adjudged the 'Best Shot'.



Lt Gen G S Misra presenting Lt Gen FN Bilimoria Trophy to Capt Michael John K

AOC-in-C visits Memaura

Air Marshal PP Rajkumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Central Air Command visited Air Force Station, Memaura. On arrival, AOC-in-C was received by Wg Cdr RK Dogra, officiating Station Commander. The AOC-in-C was given an impressive guard of honour and formally introduced to the Principal Staff Officers stationed at Memaura. In his hour-long inspection of the Air Force Station, Air Marshal Rajkumar visited the Station Commander's Office, Operations Room, Air Defence College and Air Defence Simulator. During the visit, he was briefed on the functional aspects of the operations room and various ongoing activities. Air Marshal Rajkumar also interacted with the Air Warriors and discussed various issues including welfare activities being undertaken at the Air Force Station.

-Dr K A Sagar
from Lucknow


Air Marshal PP Rajkumar inspecting the guard of honour

NCC Lucknow Bags Governor's Banner

National Cadet Corps (NCC) award presentation ceremony was held at Anapoorna Hall, Rajbhavan Lucknow. This prestigious event is held annually and is the culmination of the NCC training year.

Mr TV Rajeswar, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, presented gold and silver medals to the cadets of all wings comprising junior and senior division boy and girl cadets. The Governor's Banner for the best NCC Group was awarded to Lucknow Group HQ. Col KPS Khati, Group Commander, NCC Group HQ Lucknow, received the coveted Banner for the second year in a row.

The Governor, in his address, congratulated the cadets for their laudable achievements. Brig AK Pathak, Deputy Director General, NCC Directorate (UP), station NCC officers and ladies along with the cadets of Uttar Pradesh who participated in the recently held Republic Day celebrations in Delhi, attended the felicitation ceremony.

-Dr K A Sagar
from Lucknow



Mr TV Rajeswar presenting the Governor's Banner to Col KPS Khati

'Families Day at Sea'

It was a tryst with the 'Men of War' for the families of the Naval fraternity when they got together onboard twentytwo Naval warships belonging to the Eastern Fleet, local flotilla and the Eastern Naval Command. The visitors comprised of both the Naval and the Defence civilian families from various Naval units at Visakhapatnam. The 'Families Day at Sea' was conducted on an unprecedented scale under the auspices of Rear Admiral RK Dhowan, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.

The show kicked off with the Russian built Kamov helicopter lowering its sonar body into deep waters for detecting submarines lurking underwater and posing a lethal threat to the warships. It was followed by Jackstay, a seamanship evolution carried out to maintain station in very close proximity to enable transfer of stores and personnel, while underway. A little later, a Chetak helicopter occupied the centrestage with Search and Rescue manoeuvres followed by close range anti-aircraft (CRAA) firing. Several other manoeuvres requiring dexterity and skill were also conducted during the course of the day.

-Cdr TLP Babu
from Visakhapatnam



INS Rajput sailing past INS Jalashwa

Sainik Institute Renovated

Tthe renovated Shahbaaz Sainik Institute (SSI) was dedicated to the PBOR and their families by Lt Gen Pradeep Khanna, GOC 21 Corps at Saugor in the presence of Maj Gen JS Kataria, GOC, 36 Infantry Division, PBOR and families.

The institute has been tastefully furnished and equipped with a cyber café, library cum reading room, crèche with toys for tiny tots, TT table, a basketball court, badminton court and a cricket Pitch with all the cricket gear. The excellent ambience, diffused lighting and well-manicured lawn was appreciated by the GOC 21 Corps and the President Sudarshan Chakra AWWA and also lit up the faces of the families and children of Saugor Garrison. The Corps Commander complimented the team of 36 Infantry Division involved with the project. In a simple ceremony, he inaugurated the SSI. It was followed by release of balloons by children and tea with the families in the lawn.

input: Col VN Murthy



Lt Gen Pradeep Khanna inaugurating the Institute

Cavalry Sainik Institute at Ahmednagar

Anew milestone was created by Armoured Corps Centre and School with the inauguration of Cavalry Sainik Institute by Maj Gen JP Singh, Commandant, Armoured Corps Centre and School, Ahmednagar.

The Institute is equipped with all basic amenities required to make it a self-contained entity. They include a well stocked library, a CSD extension counter, a gymnasium, a vegetable and grocery shop, computer training centre, vocational training centre, health centre, laundry, a well laid-out children park with multiple fixtures and a play ground having the facilities for football, hockey, basketball, volleyball and badminton. The Institute is also equipped with a state-of-the-art digital audio and video projection system for outdoor screening of movies for the families. The well laid-out park and the neat surroundings would surely go a long way in improving the quality of life of the families.

input: Maj Inderjeet Singh



Maj Gen J P Singh unveiling the plaque to mark the inauguration of the Institute

'Love and War' Released

Lt Gen KS Jamwal, GOC-in-C Eastern Command, released the book entitled 'Love And War' at his office. The book is the autobiography of Mrs Anar Zorawar Singh, the widow of late Maj Gen K Zorawar Singh, Military Cross, of the Central India Horse Regiment.

Mrs Zorawar hails from Greece and, in the book, she has praised the role of her husband, the Indian Army, India and Greece as two countries having great ancient and cultural links. The foreword of the book has been written by Lt Gen Jamwal, while the book has been edited by Col Anil Shorey. The extremely well chronicled book, comprising more than one-hundred-and-fifty photographs, has been published by Force Multipliers. Gen Jamwal while releasing the book said, "It is a wonderful creation which deserves heartfelt compliments".

-Gp Capt RK Das
from Kolkata


Lt Gen K S Jamwal releasing "Love and War" in the presence of Mrs Anar Zorawar Singh and Col Anil Shorey

Mahasainik Hall at Pune

Lt Gen Nobel Thamburaj, GOC-in-C Southern Command, inaugurated Mahasainik Hall and a spacious lawn in Pune. It has been constructed by the Department of Sainik Welfare, Maharashtra for the benefit of ex-Servicemen, widows and their dependents.

The multipurpose hall will be utilised for marriages, engagements and also for Regimental functions at concessional rates. It took about two years and Rs. 90 lakh, to convert a barren piece of land since 1950 into a plush green lawn. With the multipurpose hall are four rooms and a modern kitchen with washing place which provides facilities to the person hiring the hall.

On the occasion, Col (Retd) Bhagat Singh Deshmukh said that the income generated from the complex will be deposited in the Flag Day Fund which is meant for the welfare of ex-Servicemen and their dependents.

input: Col (Retd) VN Tambekar



Lt Gen N Thamburaj inaugurating the Mahasainik Hall

NCC Trekking Expedition

Over 1000 NCC cadets of the senior and junior division from 12 NCC Directorates, representing almost all the states of India, arrived at Kochi to participate in the Kerala Trek 2008, a trekking expedition organised as part of adventure activities undertaken by the NCC Group Headquarters, Kottayam under the aegis of the NCC Directorate, Kerala and Lakshadweep. Since areas around Marayoor in Idukki district are plastic -free zones, the motto of Kerala Trek 2008 was aptly chosen as 'Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but Footprints'.

Each batch of 500 cadets spent around seven days at the base camp site in Marayoor and undertook trekking to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kudakkadu, Kuthukallurkuda, Palpatti, Thirthamala, Piusnagar, Kanthalloor and Toovanam falls.

While one batch participated in the Trek, the other batch of 500 cadets was at the Kochi naval base undertaking visit to naval warships, sight seeing, organising presentations pertaining to their respective state and directorate and staging cultural programmes.

-Capt M Nambiar
from Kochi



Kerala Trek 2008 in progress

Sports Day at Garrison

Sports day was celebrated by Red Eagle Garrison School (REGS), Old Cantonment, Allahabad. It aimed at a harmonious development of the personality of children and inculcation of sportsmanship amongst them. The sports meet was inaugurated by Maj Gen Narendra Singh, General Officer Commanding Red Eagle Division. Apart from the parents of children, Brig BS Dhillon, Chairman REGS, senior Army officers, teaching staff and other dignitaries attended the celebrations.

The Principal, REGS, Mrs Sukhi Dhillon lauded the progress of the school and spoke about the achievement of the school in the past one year. Maj Gen Narendra Singh gave away prizes to the winners of various sports events.

-Wg Cdr Amit Mahajan
from Allahabad


Maj Gen Narendra Singh (inset) addressing at the Sports meet