A group of 20 students of Degree Colleges of Kishtwar, Marwah and Chhatru, Jammu and Kashmir accompanied by two teachers on National Integration tour, visited Delhi and interacted with General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) on September 5, 2018. The COAS shared his experiences while serving in these areas with the students and motivated them to work hard and contribute actively in the Nation Building process. He also exhorted them to join the Indian Armed Forces and serve the cause of the Nation.
The National Integration tours are educational and motivational tours for youth of Jammu & Kashmir and North Eastern States, with an aim to provide an insight into the rich heritage of the country as well as various developmental and industry initiatives that are underway. This initiative will expose them to various career options and enable them to interact with renowned personalities.
61st Cavalry's Contingent Laying Wreath at the Cemetery which is dedicated to the Indian soldiers who fought in the Battle of Haifa.
In a significant achievement and a major step towards Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of LCA Tejas, the mid-air refuelling of 'wet contact' trial for LCA Tejas MK-1 was successfully carried out from an Indian Air Force base. The trial was a part of the Air-to-Air refuelling flight tests conducted by IAF.
Before this 'wet contact' trial, the 'dry contact trials' were successfully conducted on September 4-6, 2018 where the Drogue (basket) extended from the IAF tanker aircraft by a fuel hose, was tracked and plugged into using the aircraft refuelling probe without taking fuel. IAF provided all required support to DRDO including the tanker aircraft for the successful test flight.
The Air-to-Air refuelling capability for LCA is a 'force multiplier' for the IAF, giving the aircraft the potential to stay airborne for much longer periods of time.
The enhanced range and endurance in air is expected to provide IAF a host of options in exploiting the operational potential of the LCA as-well-as to participate in international exercises without having to stage through several locations enroute.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman has complimented DRDO-ADA, IAF, HAL and other agencies involved in the mission.
Successful Air-to-Air Refuelling of LCA Tejas
Air Marshal B Suresh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) Southern Air Command, Indian Air Force visited Air Force Station Thanjavur, a premier base under Southern Air Command, on September 3, 2018.
On arrival, AOC-in-C was received by Group Captain Prajual Singh, Station Commander, Air Force Station Thanjavur.
The AOC-in-C inspected various Sections and Units at Air Force Station Thanjavur and reviewed the operational preparedness of the base. He was appraised on the various ongoing work services and turnkey projects towards developing Air Force Station Thanjavur as one of the premier fighter airbases in the Southern region.
During his interaction with the personnel, AOC-in-C emphasized on the need for optimization of resources, focused efforts towards achievement of Key Result Areas, realistic training and develop operational expertise and professional competency.
Mrs Radha Suresh President Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional) accompanied the AOC-in-C. She was received by Mrs Vandana Singh President Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Local). She reviewed the welfare activities at the station and visited Air Force School and Play School.
AOC-in-C Southern Air Command visits AF Station, Thanjavur
13th Edition of Annual North Tech Symposium was organized under the aegis of Headquarters Northern Command at Udhampur September 4, 2018. The event based on the theme 'Enhancing Combat Potential through Technology Based Solutions to meet Operational Challenges in the Northern Theatre' was inaugurated by Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, GOC-in-C, Northern Command. This event aimed at participants showcasing cutting edge technologies, latest products and equipment to mitigate challenges faced by Northern Army in the huge canvas of operations and responsibilities in the fields of situational awareness, soldier protection, communication, fire power, bullet proofing, tactical mobility, clean energy, medical and operational logistic solutions. The event this year saw more than 90 participants including Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSUs), Private Sector, Vendors/Sub-Vendors and System Integrators. This interactive platform for knowledge diffusion through Joint Army-Industry participation was also aimed at propelling the Government initiative of "Make In India".
The symposium achieved great synergy and strengthened the Army-Industry partnership, paving the path ahead for induction and development of custom-made solutions and equipment towards capability development and supporting the soldier on the ground.
Army - Industry Initiative Promoting 'Make in India' in Northern Command
Lt Gen YVK Mohan, GOC Rising Star Corps inaugurated the "Veterans Sahayata Kendra" at Damana Military Station on August 25, 2018. The GOC felicitated disabled soldiers as part of "The Year of the Disabled Soldier". The facility at Damana has been established to extend services to include a special "Grievance Redressal Cell" which will enable all ex-servicemen to optimally utilize various welfare schemes that are available. A total of 3500 ex-servicemen and their dependents will benefit from the facility which will function under Damana Military Station.
During his interaction with the ex-servicemen the GOC urged the Veterans to optimally use the facility and assured them of full support from the formation. The
ex-servicemen were highly appreciative of the endeavour being undertaken by the "Tiger Division".
GOC Rising Star Corps inaugurates Veteran Sahayata Kendra at Damana
Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding, Telangana and Andhra Sub Area visited Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad, an autonomous institution under Ministry of Earth Sciences on the side lines of State Level Tsunami Mock Drill: IOWave-18 Exercise held for 9 Coastal Districts of Andhra Pradesh. IOWave-18 Exercise is conducted by Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA) in association with INCOIS and UNESCO once in every 2 years.
The State Emergency Operation Centre of APSDMA coordinated the complete Mock Exercise at State Level. The General Officer was briefed on the activities being carried out by INCOIS as part of National Disaster Management Authority guidelines and specifically with regards to the IOWave-18 Exercise by Mr Shenoi, Director INCOIS. The General Officer also visited the Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre(ITEWC) based at INCOIS. He complemented the INCOIS in providing valuable services to various government agencies through its research activities and suggested the centre to work closely with all stake holders of Disaster Management authorities to make them Tsunami ready and help in better management and mitigation of disasters.
GOC TASA visits INCOIS, Hyderabad
A 22 member delegation from Korean National Defence University, Republic of Korea visited Agra on September 4-7, 2018. On arrival, the delegation visited 60 Para Field Hospital which has a historical connect with Republic of Korea as the hospital was instrumental in providing the much needed medical support during the Korean War in 1953. The delegation also paid tribute to Lt Col Rang Rajan, the then Commanding Officer and laid a wreath in the remembrance of martyrs. The delegation headed by Mr Moon Jang Nyeol, Professor, Korean National Defence University also visited places of historical significance in and around Agra.
Korean National Defence University delegation visit Agra
All India GV Mavalkankar Shooting Championship is a national level shooting championship organised by the National Rifles Association of India. The 28th AIGVMSC was held from August 30, 2018 to September 7, 2018 at Veerapuram Shooting Ranges, Chennai. Shooters from 36 teams including various State Rifles Association, Army, Navy, BSF, ITBP, NRAI, SSB competed for hours.
This year the NCC Cadets from Tamil Nadu representing the DG NCC team bagged a Number of medals in this prestigious event which is a stepping stone for them to represent in national and international tournaments. Asia, World Championships, and the Olympics. The fielding of the DG NCC team for the Championship was organised by Group Headquarters Madras 'A' under the aegis of NCC Directorate Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman Nicobar.
The Cadets who took part in the competition were selected after they went through a stringent selection process and were put through a gruelling training schedule at the pre-Mavalankar Training Camp conducted by the NCC Directorate Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman Nicobar.
This year the NCC Cadets won three Gold, five Silver and three Bronze medals which is unprecedented. The cadets were provided with excellent facilities by Vel Tec and Directorate is thankful to Colonel Prof Dr R Rangarajan for the help and assistance provided.
Commodore Vijesh Kumar Garg, Deputy Director General, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and AN NCC Directorate, participated as Chief Guest and distributed the prizes to the winners.
Tamil Nadu NCC Cadets win medals
XIV Technical and Logistics Management Conference (TLMC), an annual event of Indian Coast Guard was conducted from September 6-8, 2018 at Chennai this year. The three days Conference was attended by Coast Guard Commander (Eastern Seaboard), Deputy Director General (M&M), Commander Coast Guard Region (East) and the senior technical policy makers of the Indian Coast Guard from all across the country.
The Conference was inaugurated by the Director General Rajendra Singh, Director General Indian Coast Guard on September 6, 2018. During the inaugural speech, the Director General acknowledged the collective efforts of all towards the challenging task of maintaining the Coast Guard fleet of 136 ships and crafts that are required to be deployed for the safety and security of the maritime installations, rendering assistance to fisher folk and seafarers besides maintaining strict vigil for any type of anti-national activities in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone. The Director General stressed upon the need for extensive deliberation on the challenges posed to the maintainers for faster turnaround of the ships under maintenance / refit and creation of repair infrastructure towards self reliance in the field of maintenance.
The TLMC in the past has given many workable solution to the issues related to maintenance and logistics. The XIV conference deliberated upon a vast spectrum including fleet maintenance through new technology and refit spare management.
The discussions with the refitting yards and Original Equipment Manufacturers and their authorized agencies were also held during the final stage of the Conference to understand the difficulties faced during the refit and repair of ships and measures to eliminate the bottlenecks.
The Technical and Logistics Conference, intends to enhance the effectiveness of Technical and Logistics support to ICG fleet.
Indian Coast Guard Technical and Logistics Management Conference
The Embassy of India held a ceremony in Haifa to mark the Centenary of the Battle of Haifa on September 23, 1918. On this day the Indian soldiers from the Jodhpur, Mysore and Hyderabad Lancers liberated the city of Haifa. The ceremony was attended by a delegation from India led by Maj Gen VD Dogra and included personnel from the 61st Cavalry. The guard of honour was drawn from the Indian contingent deployed as part of UN mission. The ceremony was also attended by the Mayor of Haifa, Ambassadors, Military Attaches, representatives from IDF and members of the Indian community.
Centenary of the battle of Haifa celebrated
A group of 42 NCC Cadets (including 14 Girl Cadets) set sail from Bhadrachalam on a challenging adventure expedition named 'Godavari River Sailing Expedition 2018' that transited over 410 km of the mighty Godavari river from Bhadrachalam to Samalkot from September 5-15, 2018.
The expedition was flagged off by Air Commodore NN Reddy, Deputy Director General, NCC Directorate (AP & Telangana). Air Commodore NN Reddy applauded the cadets and said that this expedition will bolster their explorative inquisitiveness, courage and determination, comradeship, self-confidence, team spirit and espirit-de-corps. The expedition leader Captain (IN) KCS Rao, Commanding Officer of 7 Andhra Naval Unit, Narsapur and West Godavari Districts conveyed special thanks to the District Collector of Bhadradri District for providing all the necessary support for the first phase of the expedition.
During the expedition the sailing boats negotiated the nerve testing rapids at various points in the river, navigating between sand bars and rocks at low level areas and also transited through Papi Kondalu Hills between Kunavaram and Devipattanam. Colonel LCS Naidu, Group Commander, Kakinada Group was overall in-charge of the expedition and the team comprised of over 75 personnel including two Officers of Indian Navy and 42 NCC Naval Wing cadets and support staff from Andhra Pradesh & Telangana NCC Directorate namely Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Kakinada and Nellore.
NCC Cadets embark on Godavari River Sailing Expedition
A historic Organ Retrieval & Transplant was conducted by a team of Doctors & Paramedics of the Armed Forces from Military Hospital, Dehradun & Army Hospital (Research & Referral) Delhi Cantonment on August 25, 2018.
A serving soldier was declared Brain Dead at Military Hospital, Dehradun on August 24, 2018. A specialised transplant team from Army Hospital (Research & Referral), Delhi rushed to Dehradun by Indian Air Force aircraft and harvested the Kidneys, Liver and Eyes of the patient. These organs alongwith the transplant team were moved to Jolly Grant airport by a dedicated Green Corridor established by the Traffic Police, Dehradun and flown to Delhi by an Indian Air Force aircraft.
The harvested organs were transplanted to three patients and restored vision of two patients at Army Hospital (Research & Referral), Delhi. This landmark feat was achieved by the close co-operation and good working relationship displayed by the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Civil Police, Dehradun, DGHS, State of Uttarakhand and CMO, Dehradun.
Brigadier AK Sood, Commandant, Military Hospital congratulated the entire team of professionals who worked closely & tirelessly to make this transplant a success and saluted the spirit & bravery displayed by the next of kin of the deceased. He also hoped that such life saving transplants should become a reality across the Nation.
This organ harvesting has been done for the first time at Military Hospital, Dehradun and shall act as a path finder for more such lifesaving events in future.
Military-Civil cooperation for Organ Transplant saves three lives and restores vision of two patients
The Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, known as Eagles, of the Indian Army, has undertaken a unique ultra cycling expedition called JAI BHARAT, as part of the celebrations of its Platinum Jubilee. The team aims at creating the Guinness World Record of most extended distance cycling through the country. The expedition was flagged off on August 15, 2018 by Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh, Commandant MCEME, Colonel Commandant at Secunderabad. The team aims to cover 25000 km within 120 days and pass through all the states of India. The expedition will be completing the Golden Quadrilateral of India in three phases:-
• Secunderabad to Leh and Leh to Kanyakumari.
• Kanyakumari to Tezu and Tezu to Koteshwar.
The team comprising of seven ultra-cyclists reached Leh on September 3, 2018 after successfully completing a distance of 2934 km from Secunderabad. Here the team was flagged off by Maj Gen MJS Tiwana, Chief of Staff, Fire and Fury Corps on September 5, 2018, who also complimented the team for undertaking this extremely challenging mission which symbolizes adventure, courage and fortitude of Armed Forces with indomitable spirit. The Chief of Staff also motivated and encouraged the team to complete their gigantic and adventurous expedition with high morale and spirit.
'Eagles' Cycle Expedition Team Flagged off
Romeo Force celebrated its 20th 'Raising Day' on September 1, 2018. The Force was raised on September 1, 1999 at Dhanidhar Fort, Rajouri. Romeo Force has been one of the prime engines of Northern Comd for attrition against terrorism and stability in the hinterland of the border districts of Poonch & Rajouri for the last 19 years.
The glorious history of Romeo Force has been a saga of unparalleled bravery, courage, sacrifices and unconditional devotion to duty by all ranks who had the honour of serving in the Force.
The Romeo Force has achieved tremendous success in its endeavours to achieve peace and tranquility in the twin districts of Poonch & Rajouri. The Force has neutralised 1458 terrorists & recovered a huge quantity of arms, ammunition & warlike stores. The Nation has recognised this by conferring 993 awards for Gallantry & Distinguished service to include one Ashok Chakra and four Kirti Chakra. These achievements have, however, come at a great cost with 18 Officers, 19 JCOs and 271 Other Ranks laying down their lives in service of the Nation.
Over the past year, the Force has continued its relentless Counter Insurgency Operations by preventing infiltration across the fence on the Line of Control and ensuring peace in the region. Purposeful activities towards skill development, education and health care of local populace, Ex-servicemen and Veer Naris have contributed immensely towards building bonds and enhancing peace and prosperity in the region.
On this occasion, all ranks of the Force paid homage to the Martyrs in a solemn ceremony conducted at the Romeo Force War Memorial. Maj Gen Raj Sinha, GOC, laid wreath at the memorial during the ceremony. The GOC, while addressing the Officers, JCOs and Soldiers of the force mentioned that our ancestors had worked hard to bring peace in the region and we must leave no stone unturned in ensuring the same.
Romeo Force celebrates 20th Raising Day
An order worth Rs 9,200 crore for supply of seven Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM) systems has pushed the order book of Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) beyond 50,000 crore for the first time in history of the company.
The Navratna DPSU is confident that this is just the beginning and is looking at maintaining a healthy order inflow with business segments such as Radars & Weapon Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Fire Control Systems, Communication Systems and C4I Systems driving its growth in the coming days.
The company has entered into contracts worth about 9,200 crores with Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) to supply LRSAM systems to be fitted onboard seven ships to be built by these two shipbuilders. This is the highest-ever single value order bagged by BEL. Director (Mktg), BEL, Smt Anandi Ramalingam, signed the contracts on behalf of BEL with MDL and GRSE.
As the lead integrator of Akash Missile system, BEL has already proven its prowess in the realm of Turnkey Missile Systems. The company is now geared up for futuristic programmes such as the Quick Response Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) for the Army, Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) for the Air Force and Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM) for the Navy. BEL is the lead integrator of LRSAM systems for the Navy's P-17A stealth frigates.
The BEL will continue its indigenisation efforts in line with the 'Make in India' initiative. Strategies and action plans are in place to face competition, maintain its technological edge and retain its leadership position in strategic electronics.
BEL order book crosses 50,000 crore Landmark
The Samba Brigade of Gurj Division under Rising Star Corps extended a helping hand across the length of the Nation to the flood ravaged people of Kerala. One ton of much needed relief stores such as ration, health & hygiene chemicals, clothing & toiletries were provided by the Army, the students of Army Public Schools, Kendriya Vidyalaya & Social Organizations' of Samba town on August 30, 2018.
The Indian Railway also generously cooperated by providing a separate bogie for the transport of material free of charge. The relief material will be handed over to National resource Organisation, Kudumbashree at Chengannur, which is one of the most affected areas. This action apart from providing succor to the people of Kerala, will also reinforce our ethos that from Kashmir to Kerala, India is one big family.
Army From Samba (J&K) leads in relief effort for Kerala
Bangladesh Naval Ship BNS Somudra Joy arrived Visakhapatnam on a four day visit to the Eastern Naval Command on September 4, 2018. The Bangladesh Naval ship was accorded a warm welcome by officials from Eastern Naval Command and the Eastern Fleet with Naval Band in attendance on arrival. Capt M Moniruzzaman, Commanding Officer BNS Somudra Joy called-on Vice Adm Karambir Singh FOCINC ENC.
During the ship's stay in Visakhapatnam, a variety of activities including professional interactions, cross deck visits, sports fixtures and social interactions between IN and BN personnel were held. Commissioned on December 23, 2013, BNS Somudra Joy, a Hamilton Class frigate, is one of the largest ships of the Bangladesh Navy. The ship earlier visited Visakhapatnam in February 2016 and participated in the International Fleet Review hosted by Indian Navy.
BNS Somudra Joy arrived Visakhapatnam on a goodwill visit
In an effort to integrate local youth with national mainstream and to further strengthen the bond between Army and locals, 'Shaheed Maj Vinod Kumar Rana, SM, Volleyball Tournament was organised at OP Hill Ground, Mendhar on August 30, 2018.
The event was planned to encourage youth for physical fitness and develop spirit of sportsmanship. The purpose for organising such events is to encourage the budding talent in various sports streams to display their potential.
A total of ten teams from Poonch District participated in the Tournament with enthusiasm and sportsman spirit. Government Degree College, Mendhar was adjudged as Winner. The event gave a festive environment that was enjoyed thoroughly by all age groups. The efforts of the Army were lauded by locals.
Shaheed Maj Vinod Kumar Rana, SM, Volleyball Tournament
Army Public School Kaluchak organized Western Command Inter - APS Football Tournament from August 27-30, 2018. Five schools: APS Dhaula Kuan, APS Clement Town, APS Yol Cantt, APS Jalandhar Cantt and APS Kaluchak participated in the tournament. The four days competition culminated on August 30, 2018.
The Competition witnessed dominant performances as-well-as very close and Nail biting finishes. APS Clement Town lifted the Winner's Trophy by registering a 4-3 victory over APS Dhaula Kuan. Master Sang Lura of APS Dhaula Kuan bagged title of "Best Player" of the Tournament.
The Chief Guest on the occasion, Maj Gen Sanjay Singh, GOC Tiger Division, awarded the Winners & Runners-Up teams. He also appreciated the efforts of the players & reiterated the fact that football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
Brig RK Prusty, Chairman APS Kaluchak lauded endurance, agility, coordination and spatial awareness of the participants. Mrs Hem Lata Vishen encouraged the students with motivation laden words and reiterated that sports events are meant to showcase the collective talent of the youth rather than only recognizing winners.
Western Command Inter - APS Football Tournament culminates
Literary Fest "Potenzia Exzelonsce" was organised at Army Public School, RK Puram in Secunderabad on August 31, 2018. Colonel Harpreet Singh, Deputy Commandant, AOC Centre was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the fest by lighting the lamp.
10 schools from twin cities participated in the event. The Literary Fest comprised some engrossing and intellectually engaging competitions which enabled students to participate in speech, craft, epistler, declamation, debate, choral recitation and brochure making. Students also participated in the dance and music events like Bazme Qawwali, Ballerina, Solo classical, Fusion dance, Folk dance and Nukkadnatak. The competition was intense and there was a healthy exchange of intellectual and creative ideas. The fun filled fest brought out the innate talents of drama, speech and mental ability in the various participants making it an enriching experience for one and all. The Chief Guest,Colonel Harpreet Singh lauded the role of teachers in the development of a brighter generation of students with a holistic skill-set. The School Principal, Mrs M Usha Rani congratulated the participants.
APS RK Puram organises Literary and Cultural Fest
A state level function was organised to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Saragarhi, under the aegis of Golden Arrow Division, Ferozepur on September 12, 2018. The responsibility for the management of the Saragarhi Gurudwara was handed over to Golden Arrow Division by the Government of Punjab in June 2017. The function was attended by Chief Minister of Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh and Major General JS Sandhu, GOC Golden Arrow Division and Chairman, Saragarhi Gurudwara Management Committee and several other dignitaries.
The event was attended by a large gathering including Ex-servicemen and War Widows. Tributes were paid to Martyrs of Saragarhi who fought gallantly for almost seven hours before all 22 soldiers breathed their last; upholding the highest tradition of the Indian Army.
The event showcased the valiant soldiers of 36 SIKH (now 4 SIKH) for their sacrifice and echoed the patriotic fervor of Ferozepur, the land of Martyrs. The Army and the Civil Administration had also put up various stalls to assist the Ex-servicemen, Veer Naris and civilians who came for the function. A wreath laying ceremony was also held at Barki War Memorial by the Chief Minister and GOC Golden Arrow Division.
The event culminated with felicitation of Ex-servicemen and War Widows. In his address to the gathering, the Chief Minister lauded the valiant efforts of the soldiers and exhorted everyone to emulate the 22 gallant soldiers of 36 SIKH who battled against 10,000 tribals and chose death rather than surrender in the highest traditions of Indian Army.
Saragarhi Day Celebration
Indian Navy's Mid Year Refit Review (MYRR) and Mid Year Infrastructure Review (MYIR) Conference was inaugurated at Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command (ENC) on September 11, 2018. The two days conference held at Swarna Jyoti Conference Hall was chaired by Vice Admiral GS Pabby, Chief of Materiel, Integrated Headquarters Ministry of Defence (Navy). MYRR reviews the progress of refits of ships and submarines of ENC and Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC), the Tri-Services Command at Port Blair. The conference was attended by all the stake-holders representing the Naval Headquarters, Dockyards, Repair Yards and Material Organisations of ENC and ANC.
Delivering the keynote address during the inaugural session, Vice Admiral GS Pabby complimented performance of all stakeholders in refitting the ships and submarines. He lauded the progress made on all the technological aspects of Machinery, Hull, Weapon & Sensors and emphasized on the continual improvements in synergising the refitting and logistic functions for timely completion of refits for ensuring combat ready platforms.
Mid Year Infrastructure Review meeting was held on September 12, 2018 to review the progress of various infrastructure projects on the Eastern Seaboard and in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Refit Programmes of Ships and Submarines reviewed
The Inaugural Military Field Training Exercise for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technological and Economic Cooperation Nations named MILEX-18 was held from September 10-16, 2018. Contingents of the member Nations came together for the Opening Ceremony. The Parade was Commanded by Captain Gaurav Sharma, who is part of the participating Indian contingent. The Contingents marched together smartly at the Drill Ground of Aundh Military Station. Major General Sanjeev Sharma, General Officer Commanding, Golden Katar Division, Chief Guest for the Opening Ceremony, reviewed the Parade, in presence of number of Officers and officials of participating nations. During the parade there was also a fly past of Army Aviation helicopters who carried the National flags of the member nations. The General Officer Commanding interacted with the Contingents after the completion of the Parade. The members of all participating nations also interacted and familiarised with each other after the Opening Ceremony.
The aim of the forthcoming exercise is to practice the BIMSTEC Nations in planning and conduct of counter terrorist operations. The exercise schedule focused upon learning of best practices, team building & special tactical level operations in a counter-terrorist environment in semi urban setting. The inaugural edition of the BIMSTEC MILEX 18 was carried out in all Military grandeur, razor edge precision and with complete sanctity that a Military Parade should display.
New ICU of MH Palampur was inaugurated by Maj Gen VS Ranade, GOC 39 Mtn Div.
The new ICU was an attempt to overcome structural and functional deficiencies of existing infrastructure. MH Palampur caters to 11,977 serving and dependents in addition to 1.35 Lakh ECHS and dependants covering the districts of Kangra, Mandi and parts of Kullu. These remote areas face problem in hospital care of critically ill patients due to lack of local facilities.
Upgraded at a cost of Rs 25 Lakhs, the new ICU of MH has six automatic beds, adequate ventilators, blood gas machine and bedside ultrasound. Acute cardiac care is now possible with a transcutaneous pace maker, one of its kind in our AOR. 24 x 7 back up by 62.5 KV generator is advantageous in conditions of extreme weather and frequent power cuts.
The new ICU is designed as per Indian society of critical care medicine guidelines and is geriatric patient friendly. The nurses and paramedics of new ICU have been earmarked and trained in various emergency protocols like Advanced Cardiac and Trauma Life support and ICU protocols.
Vice Admiral GS Pabby Chief of Materiel chairing the MYRR at Visakhapatnam