Chief of The Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh alongwith Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Planning and System) visited Headquarters Northern Command at Udhampur on October 1, 2016. He was briefed by Lieutenant General DS Hooda, Army Commander Northern Command, on the overall security situation in the Command theatre. The Army Chief interacted with the Corps Commanders and took a first-hand assessment of the prevailing security situation and operational preparedness.
The Army Chief also interacted with the troops who participated in the Surgical Strike Operation & conveyed his appreciation and best wishes to them.
Vice Admiral AR Karve, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, visited INS Shivaji, Lonavla on October 17-18, 2016. The visit was aimed at reviewing training activities and infrastructure projects, at the Indian Navy's premier technical training unit. The Admiral inspected the 'Return Guard' at INS Shivaji.
During the visit, the Admiral laid the foundation stone of Vikramaditya Training Facility and Senior Sailor's Accommodation Complex at Shivaji. The creation of the Vikramaditya Training Facility, comprising of 100 TPH Boiler along with auxiliary machinery, would provide hands-on training to Officers and sailors of the Indian Navy, for operation and upkeep of the Main Propulsion Plant, installed onboard the Aircraft Carrier, INS Vikramaditya. The Training Facility is also aimed at providing a platform for future support of the ship-fit main machinery and control system, through indigenisation.
The C-in-C while interacting with Officers and personnel of Station Lonavla, appreciated the high standard of professional training being imparted at INS Shivaji.
Indian Army constructed a new bailey bridge over Hussainiwala Barrage recently. During 1971 Indo-Pak hostilities, a portion of Hussainiwala Bridge was damaged and Army had launched a Bailey Bridge for sustenance of villages inside Hussainiwala. Now, a permanent bridge is to be made to complete the damaged portion of the existing cement bridge, for which, the army has made an alternate Bailey bridge to ensure unhindered connectivity to Hussainiwala. The civil administration and people of Hussainiwala have welcomed the development, as the new bridge has now paved way for permanent bridge construction without causing any inconvenience to the local population and ensuring continuous traffic movement of locals to their villages and of tourists, for notable Hussainiwala Parade & Shaheed Bhagat Singh Samadhi. The army engineers constructed the bridge in a record time inspite of limited space, working height of over 50 feet and in flood like situations necessitating several precautions like use of safety ropes and nets.
Sri Lanka Naval ships (SLN) Sayura and Suranimila visited Kochi from October 24-27, 2016. During the visit, various professional and social interactions were held at Southern Naval Command. On October 24, 2016, the Commanding Officers of Sri Lanka Naval Ships called on the Chief of Staff, RJ Nadkarni, Southern Naval Command. Other interactions during the stay of the Sri Lankan ships included exchange of visits by specialist officers and personnel as-well-as sports interactions.
SLN Ship Sayura is an Offshore Petrol Vessel while Suranimila is a Fast Attack Vessel (Missile) commanded by Captain Prasanna Amardasa and Captain P Vithana respectively.
The SLN ships undertook exercises with Indian Naval Ships before setting course to Sri-Lanka.
Maj Gen NS Rao, Commandant, NCC Officers Training Academy, Kamptee inaugurated an exhibition of paintings 'Bhavarang' at Raja Ravi Verma Art Gallery, South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur on October 14, 2016. Mrs Anuradha Rao lighted the lamp on the occasion. The exhibition showcased the works of Hyderabad based artist Suresh 'Kar'. During the inauguration ceremony a number of defence personnel from NCC OTA, IML and Vayusena Nagar were present and witnessed the exhibition. Defence personnel were impressed by the landscapes of different regions, portraits and spiritual paintings which depicted deep thought and inward journey of the artist.
The Indian Air Force's helicopter Display Team 'SARANG' put up a scintillating performance at Air Force Station Agra on October 19, 2016. It was arranged as a part of "Image Building Exercise" which was aimed at reaching out to the children of Agra and motivating them to join Indian Air Force.
Formed in October 2003, the Sarang team flies four modified and brightly coloured painted Dhruv Helicopters that execute a series of captivating aerial maneuvers and aerobatics. The Sarang display team is one of the two helicopter display teams in the world, the other being 'Blue Eagles' of the British Army.
The Sarang team executed a spectacular air show. The team signed off with its signature maneuver, 'Sarang Split' in which helicopter crossed each other vertically and horizontally to simulate a knot.
Students from various schools were invited to witness the event. The members of the Sarang interacted with them. Gp Capt A Bhadra, Station Commander Air Force Station Agra also interacted with the Air Force personnel, students and other visitors.
A Blood Donation Camp was organised by Indian Navy at Bheemunipatnam, Visakhapatnam to mark the 31st anniversary of INS Kalinga on October 21, 2016. The camp was inaugurated by Surgeon Rear Admiral UK Sharma, Command Medical Officer (CMO) Eastern Naval Command. CMO along with Commodore Praveen Kulkarni, Commanding Officer of INS Kalinga and Captain Varun Singh, Commanding Officer of INS Karna initiated the camp by donating blood. The camp witnessed overwhelming response from amongst the navy and defence civilian personnel and their families. The blood donation camp was meticulously organized as humanitarian effort in collaboration with AS Raja Blood Bank and will go a long way in ensuring saving of lives. Nearly 100 units of blood was donated voluntarily and was handed over to AS Raja Blood Bank.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Surgeon Rear Admiral UK Sharma, Command Medical Officer, Eastern Naval Command stressed on the need to build awareness about voluntary blood donation and highlighted that each unit of blood can be separated into its components thereby multiplying number of lives saved manifold. He opined that many more such camps should be organized in the city.
Mrs Shilpy Gargmukh, who is working with ONGC as an Assistant Executive Engineer (Production), has been granted commission in rank of Lieutenant in 811 Engr Regt ONGC (TA).
She was granted commission on September 30, 2016 and has become first woman to join Oil Sector Departmental unit of Territorial Army as an officer. Lt Shilpy Gargmukh is not only first women officer of Oil Sector TA unit but, as on date is also the only women officer in Territorial Army.
She is a Chemical Engineer from BIT, Dhanbad and has a illustrious family background, her husband Mr Pankaj Tiwari is also an engineer working in ONGC. Besides, Lt Shilpy Gargmukh her two elder brothers Maj Abhishek Gargmukh and Fl Lt Abhinav Gargmukh are serving in Regular Army and IAF respectively. Maj Abhishek Gargmukh is recipient of Sword of Honour and President Gold Medal at IMA and Fl Lt Abhinav Gargmukh is fighter pilot of Sukhoi-30. Her sister-in-law is also a transport pilot in IAF.
On the occasion of conclusion of the Hindi Pakhwada a prize distribution ceremony of Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence, was held on October 25, 2016 under the Chairmanship of Officiating Additional Director General (Media and Communication) Mr Nitin D Wakankar. Director (PR) Mr Nungsanglemba Ao, Director (Adm) Mr G Singaravelu, Deputy Director (Adm) Mr CS Dhasmana and other senior officers and Staff of this directorate were also present in the function. In total 35 winners of different competitions were given cash awards and certificates. During the Hindi Pakhwada a record number of participants took part in various competition i.e. Essay, Speech and Noting/Drafting organized from 14-28 September, 2016. The competitions were organized in Hindi and non-Hindi speaking category. A Speech competition was separately held for MTS staff. The participants were awarded cash prizes. At the closing ceremony Officiating ADG (M&C) praised the in-charge of Hindi unit Mr Sujit Kumar Mehta for his efforts for increasing Hindi correspondence in official work of this directorate. He also emphasised that it is our constitutional responsibility to do more and more work in promoting the official language in different spheres.
Kalindikhal expedition (20166 ft) was conducted by 15 Mechanised Infantry Regiment from August 19 to 31, 2016 to commemorate the twenty fifth anniversary of Op Pawan.
Two officers, one JCO and eight ORs embarked on this expedition and negotiated one of the highest pass in the world, located at a height of 20166 ft. The twelve day long expedition was flagged off by Brig RA Moghe.
The 152 km long arduous trek commenced from Gangotri in Garhwal region on August 19, 2016 and passed through more than ten Himalayan glaciers like Gangotri, Basuki, Sweta, Arwa etc., under the shadow of great peaks of Garhwal like Mt Bhagirathi, Mt Basuki and Mt Meru.
Hidden crevasses, moraines, rock fall zones, avalanche prone areas and white outs made this expedition extremely challenging. Kalindi Khal Pass, the highest point on the route tested the mettle of trekkers due to rarified atmosphere and steep ascent. The expedition fostered the spirit of adventure and also assisted in projecting the image of the Indian Army.
Twenty-one km Half marathon was organised at Air Force Station Manauri on October 9, 2016 as a part of 84th Air Force Day Celebration. The event was flagged off by Air Vice Marshal PK Shrivastava, Vishisht Seva Medal, Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Headquarters Central Air Command, Indian Air Force. Mrs Vandana Shrivastava flagged off the women's event.
A total of 400 personnel and their families participated in the event. The 21 km run was successfully completed by 128 participants. Mrs Simmi Aneja, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association(Local) and Air Commodore Sanjay Aneja Vishist Seva Medal, Air Officer Commanding, 24 Equipment Depot, Air Force, distributed the prizes to the winners. A "Rolling Trophy" was handed over to the winner Mr Pramod Kumar Yadav.
A cycle rally was organised by Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Local), Air Force Station, Manauri on October 2, 2016 from Manauri to Tiwari Talab and back. The aim of the rally was to spread awareness for 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' campaign. Twenty-six sanginis enthusiastically participated in the event. The rally was flagged off by Group Captain N V Prasad, Station Commander, Air Force Station Manauri. Mrs Simmi Aneja, President AFWWA(L) congratulated the participants for successful completion of the rally. Gifts were distributed to all the participants. The event was a huge success as it effectively conveyed the need to educate and promote the girl child in the society.
As part of the 67th Raising Day of Territorial Army, Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, Vice Chief of the Army Staff awarded the 'Chief of the Army Staff Silver Trophy' for the best Infantry Battalion (TA) to 159 Inf Bn (TA) (H&H) DOGRA on October 9, 2016 at New Delhi.
The Trophy was instituted in the year 1958 by Gen KS Thimayya and is symbolic of Territorial Army's preserving effort to maintain and retain the cutting edge in their professional field.
159 Inf Bn (TA) (H&H) Dogra was raised in 2004 and has since then been operationally deployed for Counter Insurgency Operations in J&K. The unit has performed exceptionally well in all spheres and has earned one Shaurya Chakra, 20 Sena Medals and 12 COAS Commendation Cards since its raising.