Armed Forces
Panorama
An impressive graduation ceremony was held at Air Force Station Memaura on June 14, 2018 to mark the culmination of No. 157th Fighter Controllers' Course (FCC).
The course, which comprises 8 officers from Indian Air Force (IAF) and also one officer from Friendly Foreign Countries, commenced in January 2018. The function marked culmination of FCC and donning of the coveted Controllers' Badge for the Graduating Officers. The valedictory function was presided over by Air Vice Marshal Shreesh Mohan, AD Commander, HQ Central Air Command (CAC), Indian Air Force.
Gp Capt J Poosha, Commanding Officer, Air Defence College gave a report on the course highlighting salient training activities undertaken during the course.
Meritorious trainees were awarded with trophies and medallions by the reviewing officer. Flying Officer Ayan Panigrahi was awarded AOC-in-C, CAC Trophy for Best in Overall Performance.
- PRO Lucknow
Graduation Ceremony of 157th Fighter Controllers' Course held
Colonel Sunil Bhatt, Director Recruiting handing over the documents to the selected candidates for the Indian Army during dispatch ceremony held at Recruiting Office (HQ), Fort Saint George, On June 15, 2018.
The Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK), India and the Global Centre for the Responsibilty to Protect jointly started the pilot Training of Trainers (ToT) Course on Civilian Protection and  the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi from June 18-22, 2018.
The course was attended by 30 officers including eight from Friendly Foreign Countries. In the Opening Ceremony, Setting the Context was done by Ms Savita Paundway, Deputy Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, followed by Inaugural Address delivered by Lt Gen Ajae Kumar Sharma, Director General Staff Duties.
The course was designed for mid-level military officials from the countries that are active Troop Contributing Countries to the UN peacekeeping operations. The training was targeted towards experienced trainers currently facilitating the pre-deployment training at respective peacekeeping training centres, or officers with recent experience in UN Peacekeeping Missions who may undertake training roles within their peacekeeping institutions, as-well-as officers identified for deployment in Peacekeeping Missions with a POC mandate.
- APRO Army
CUNPK Training of Trainers Course
On June 8-9, 2018 a National Conference on Advances in Armament Technology (NCAAT 2018) was organised at Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) Pahsan Pune. The conference provided an open forum for participants to interact and exchange ideas and experiences on latest technologies and future plans for their application in the field of Armaments. The function was inaugurated in presence of Dr SK Salwan, Vice Chancellor, Apeejay Stya University, Delhi & Lt Gen PK Srivastava DG (Arty) as Guests for the function. Shri PK Mehta, DG (ACE) in his opening speech emphasised the growing need of active interaction between private parterners and DRDO, especially in the field of modern technology required for development of Armaments. DG(Arty) in his remark praised the DRDO family for their work culture and ability to accept challanges ahead in pursuit of latest user requirements. Dr SK Salwan, Ex-Director ARDE gave a thorough presentation on modern and futuristic trends in the various global technologies ranging from space technology, nano materials, robotics, genetics, unmanned vehicles, complex mathematics, futuristic war scenarioes etc. Private industries, Ex-Directors of ARDE, Senior officers form DRDO and Ordnance Factories attended the inaugural function. An exhibition and poster presentation displaying Armament related hardware and models developed with the participation of about 50 private industries under 'Make in India' drive was also organised during this conference.
- PRO Pune
NCAAT 2018 inaugurated at ARDE
Setting foot atop Mt. Mentok Kangri, a challenging 6250m peak, the mission on which 11 mountaineers including 2 Women Officers of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) embarked in end May, was realised when all members successfully submitted Mt. Mentok Kangri located in Rupshu plateau in Eastern Leh on June 10, 2018. The expedition included a week's approach trek from Tsokar lake, crossing 4 high passes ranging from 4800m-5400m and reaching base camp at 5300m. The team could finally summit the peak after a daunting and extremely challenging summit climb of 11 hrs including a 70 degree wall of around 350m, traversing through the glacier in 10-15 knot winds with occasional snowfall throughout the climb. The team also undertook yoga practise enroute as a run up to the International Yoga Day being celebrated on 21 June across the world.
The team led by Cdr Amit Kumar was assisted by 3 Sherpas and established 6 camps enroute with summit camp at 5450 mtrs making the summit a 800 m near vertical climb with deep crevasses and long rocky moraines before ascending near vertical rock/ice slope unfurling the National Flag and Naval Ensign atop Mt. Mentok Kangri.
- PRO Visakhapatnam
ENC mountaineering team scales Mt Mentok Kangri
An all women Naval mountaineering team led by Lt Cdr Kokila Sajwan summited Mount Deotibba an June 10, 2018. The expedition was flagged off by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, Chief of Personnel on May 28, 2018 from New Delhi laying foundation for a team, which would attempt to scale many more challenging peaks in the near future. Mount Deotibba provided excellent opportunity to the team in honing their mountaineering skills.
Mt Deotibba is the second highest peak (6001M) in the Pir-Panjal range in Himachal Pradesh. It is considered to be a difficult peak to summit. The team was led by Lt Cdr Kokila Sajwan with Lt Cdr Nanadini Dam Roy, Lt Cdr Seema Chaudhary, Lt Cdr Pooja Sharma, Lt Cdr Rekha Shree, Lt Cdr Rashu Tyagi, Lt Saino Wilson, Lt Chamm Kumari, Surg Lt Himwant Kaur, Lt Surbhi Sharma, Lt Shristi Thakur, Lt Vipasha Sharma, Lt Kritika Sharma as other team members.
The team started the trek from the road head (Bara Hazari) to the base camp at an altitude of 4250 mtrs through Chikka and Seri. They advanced towards the Summit through advance base camp at 4700 mtrs and the Summit camp at 5250 mtrs. Displaying exemplary courage and esprit-de-corps, the team battled extreme weather conditions including white outs and heavy snowfall accompanied by strong winds. After a strenuous push of about 12 hrs of climbing, the team summited the peak at 1300 hrs on June 10, 2018.
- PRO Navy
Naval Women Mountaineers Summit Mount Deotibba
Indian Coast Guard ships sailed in the wee hours from Haldia, Paradip and Visakhapatnam to douse a major fire onboard Indian flag vessel MV SSL Kolkata off sandheads. The container carrier was on coastal voyage from Krishnapatnam to Kolkata with 22 crew (all Indians) and 464 containers. Whilst on passage the fire broke out due to explosion in one of the container and gradually the fire spread over to 60 containers and became out of control despite efforts by ship's crew.
Due to major fire and inclement weather conditions the vessel started losing stability and Master of the vessel decided to manoeuvre ship in shallow area off sandheads for shelter. Later the Master planned to abandon the ship. Coast Guard Dornier aircraft was launched from Kolkata and ICGS Rajkiran from Haldia reached the area at about 0830 hrs for rescue of 22 Indian crew. Despite inclement weather and rough sea condition the rescue operation was undertaken.
All 22 crew were rescued by Coast Guard ship Rajkiran.
- PRO ICG
Coast Guard launches operation to rescue distressed vessel MV SSL Kolkata
After undergoing a grueling selection process for recruitment into the Indian Army at Puducherry (UT), the successful candidates of Chennai, Cuddalore, Kanchipuram, Thiruvannamalai, Thiruvallur, Vellore and Villupuram Districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry district of Union Territory of Puducherry were finally ready for Regimental Centers of the Indian Army across India.
The selection procedure included physical tests, a 1.6 km run. Candidates who successfully cleared the physical tests then underwent physical measurement test for the exacting standards of the Army. This was followed by medical tests to rule out any underlying diseases/ailments. Finally, a written examination was conducted to ascertain the knowledge and general awareness of the candidates.
The Director Recruiting, Recruiting Office (Headquarter) presided over the Despatch ceremony. Total of approximately 352 candidates were selected out of about 23130 who applied for the recruitment at Puducherry Rally. A total of about 254 candidates have been enrolled and despatch till June 15, 2018 and rest are scheduled to be despatched by June 20, 2018.
An exciting journey lies ahead for these successful candidates who have stepped out for a life of adventure, valour, honour and duty to serve the nation.
- PRO Chennai
350 candidates selected to join Indian Army
In the afternoon of May 18, 2018 a three year old girl form P Moulding in Leimakhong Manipur was brought to the Army Hospital of Army's Red Shield Division in a critical state. It was evident that the girl, Chongnei Nem, daughter of Seigoulen, had serious head injuries resulting from an accident involving a two-wheeler. The young child was in a critical state being semi conscious, unresponsive and suffered from continuous general seizures. Acting promptly, the medical staff of the Army Hospital resuscitated Chongnei and continuously worked to keep her airway open to facilitate normal breathing, necessary medication was promptly administered to stabilize her condition and control the life threatening seizures. Despite these efforts, condition of the young girl continued to deteriorate and she became hypoxic. Not giving up, the Army doctors persisted in their efforts by intubating and put her on ventilator support. After hectic and intensive efforts at resuscitating girl child, she could be revived and stabilized enough to be transferred to the nearest civilian hospital with the necessary neurosurgical expertise and facilities for her further necessary medical care. Chongnei was quickly shifted by the Army Hospital using their resources. A CT scan at the Neurosurgical Centre of the civil hospital, revealed a major brain contusion resulting in diffuse edema. This was speedily controlled by specialists and the young girl is fast recovering. With the innocent smile back on her bright face, Chongnei and her parents remain eternally grateful to the medical staff and doctors of the Army Hospital at Leimakhong whose prompt and expert handling gave her a new lease of life.
- PRO Imphal
Medical expertise and prompt action of Army Doctors saves life of a young Manipur girl child
A solo cycle expedition was undertaken by Lt Cdr Manoj Gupta of Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala from Kashmir to Kanyakumar during June 2 to July 18, 2018 to create awareness regarding "Armed Forces Flag Day". The cycle Expedition originated from Khardung La on June 6, 2018 and will terminate at Kanyakumari on July 16, 2018.
The Expedition was flagged off by Colonel Satish Sharma, Commandant, Ladakh Scouts Regimental Training Centre, Leh on June 6, 2018. In his maiden solo cycle expedition, the officer will visit 40 places. The technical support is being provided by TI Cycles of India, Chennai at their retail outlets enroute.
The officer, as part of his expedition, has already traversed Upshi, Pang, Sarchu, Keylong, Manali, Mandi and Ramshehar, covering a distance of 800 km.
- PRO INA
Solo Cycle Expedition from Kashmir to Kanyakumari
An Ex-servicemen rally was conducted by 3 Ladakh Scouts at Karu on May 15, 2018 which was attended by 189 Veterans and 57 Veer Naris/Widows of ex-servicemen of the Regiment. Apart from a large number of military and civilian officers, Brigadier Hitesh Kohli, Station Commander and Commandant Ladakh Scouts Regt Centre also attended the event.
The rally was conducted to reconnect with the Veterans and Veer Naris of the Regiment to ascertain their problems, if any, and to initiate requisite actions for their speedy redressal. They were briefed about various welfare schemes being offered by the Central and State Government for them. Various informative stalls were established for their benefit by Leh based Pension and Grievances Cell (DPDO), ECHS Cell, ZSWO, DIHAR and Records LADAKH SCOUTS. In addition, Medical and Dental Health care facility was also provided to them at the rally site.
The event culminated with a traditional Barakhana organized by the unit.
- PRO Srinagar
3 Ladakh Scouts conducts Ex-Servicemen Rally
Keeping in view the NCC traditions the NCC boy cadets Mountaineering Expedition for the year 2018 was flagged off for Mt Saifee (6167). Mt Saifee is a magnificent, semi difficult and technical peak to climb and is situated in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand state. Lt Gen PP Malhotra, DGNCC flagged off the expedition by handing over the flag to the expedition leader Col Dhirendra Singh and wished good luck to the entire team comprising of Maj Neeraj Maan, Dy leader, 17 JCOs & NCOs and 20 NCC boy cadets.
- PRO Army
NCC boy cadets Mountaineering Expedition 2018 to Mt Saifee Peak
Central Command Children Summer Adventure Camp commenced at the foothills of Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre, Lansdowne on May 28, 2018. The camp was organised for the wards of Army personnel comprising 225 boys and girls. An opening ceremony for the event was organised on May 28, 2018, where Brigadier Indrajit Chatterjee, Commandant, Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre welcomed the participants and motivated them to participate with full zeal and enthusiasm.
The aim of the camp was to enthuse a sense of adventurism amongst the participants and mould them into good citizens. The participants will be exercised both physically and mentally in outdoor and indoor activities wherein activities like Trekking, Rock Climbing and Shooting etc will test their physical skills and activities such as debates and discussion will exercise their mental abilities.
- PRO Lucknow
Central Command Children Summer Adventure Camp Commences
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A cycle expedition covering the treacherous and gruelling route between Kathgodam to Jim Corbett National Park was flagged off on May 27, 2018 from Adm Block of Central Command Signal Regiment by Maj Gen Rajeev Nanda, Chief Signals Officer, Central Command. The cycle expedition comprised of 2 Officer,    1 JCO and 7 Jawans covered a distance of approximately 510 Km in 8 days. The aim of the expedition was to reach out to the civil population enroute and motivate the youth to join Indian Army by educating them with respect to modes of entry, the challenges, opportunities and lifestyle that the organization promises for every soldier in uniform. This also served an opportunity for the team to interact with the Ex-Servicemen & Veer Naris to spread awareness about the various welfare schemes provided by Govt and at the same time record their grievance if any. The expedition team after having covered the route was flagged in on June 5, 2018.
- PRO Army
Central Command Signal Regiment Cycle Expedition-2018
A batch of 30 Recruits as Religious Teachers (RTs) passed out of Institute of National Integration (INI) on May 26, 2018 in a colourful Passing Out Parade held at Pune. Brigadier Samir Salunke, Commandant of INI, reviewed the parade and awarded Naib Subedar (RT) Anand Kumar Tiwari and Naib Subedar (RT) Kaustubh Mishra who distinguished themselves in varied facets of training, with the General Officer Commanding in Chief, Army Training Command Gold Medal and INI Commandant's Silver Medal respectively.
The Commandant congratulated all participants and their parents for completion of the gruelling pre commissioning training which included studying subjects related to National Integration, Behaviour & Social Science to include Yoga, Spiritualism, Psychological Counselling, Stress Management and thus not only perform assigned duties of a 'Religious Teacher' but also act as a Psychological Counselor and Mental Health mentors in the Units/Centres.
Brigadier Samir Salunke also reassured the audience about the resolve of INI to act as a primary think tank and true emissary of Indian Army towards stated goal of 'Nation Building' through 'National Integration' as summarised by INI's logo 'Unity in Diversity', while continuously growing from strength to strength.
- PRO Pune
Passing Out Parade of religious teachers and commissioning as JCOs
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