New Army Chief, Congress President and wife of Prime Minister : 'At Home', Army Day
Receipients of National Bravery Awards 2005
Mobile Satelite Terminal for disaster management and out of area contingencies displayed during Republic Day Parade 2005
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The 56th Republic Day parade which unfolded on the majestic Rajpath of the nation’s capital showcased vignettes of India’s military might and its rich cultural diversity. A grand colourful 90-minute parade not only showed the country’s “prized possessions” in the field of defence, but also offered glimpses of nation’s progress and achievements in different fields.
The celebrations in the capital began at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh leading the nation in paying floral tributes to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the defence of the country. Dr Singh then received the President and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and the chief guest, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Bhutan at the saluting base on Rajpath. With the unfurling of the national flag and the singing of the national anthem amid a 21 gun-salute, the parade led by the General Officer, Commanding Delhi Area, Maj Gen Thomas Mathew began with an advanced light helicoptor and three Mi-17 helicoptors showering flower petals on the large gathering.
The first to appear were India’s highly decorated serving and ex-servicemen followed by Army columns that included the mechanised division of the state-of-the-art T-90 tanks, “air borne gunners” with para load, the indigenously designed surface to surface ‘Prithivi’ missiles and the Agni-I and II missiles. These were followed by ‘Tunguska’, an air defence weapon system, ‘Hyderma’ de-mining vehicle, the Army’s latest acquisition for clearing landmines and the mobile satellite terminal for communication in war zones, which instilled a sense of pride in the hearts of spectators.
Then followed the smartly dressed marching contingents, which included majestically attired soldiers of Punjab, Jat, Sikh, Dogra, Bihar and Gurkha regiments. They were all accompanied by their bands which belted out the marching tunes, lifting the spirit of the spectators.
The Navy’s impressive tableau portraying its first expedition to Mt Everest and the circumnavigation of INS Tarangini around the globe drew thunderous applause. The Air Force unveiled its acquision “Searcher-II”, an un-manned aerial vehicle recently imported from Israel, to provide greater battlefield transparency by feeding information about the areas, it flies over. Its attack helicopter, Mi-25, the supersonic cruise missile ‘Brahmos’, recently developed by the DRDO, along with the integrated electronics warfare system “Samyukta” were also displayed.
Behind mounted columns, caparisoned elephants carried 19 “Bravehearts’, the winners of the National Bravery Awards for children, who were welcomed with loud cheer. Then came the dance and folk performances by hundreds of school-children.
The parade ended with an impressive fly-past that began with five choppers in arrow-head formation, a mixed formation of five ‘Big Boy’ transport aircraft, a formation of IL-78 tanker and two Sukhoi-30 MKIs fuelling mid air and with five Jaguars breezing past in arrow-head formation. However, the best for the finish was a Sukhoi-30 aircraft which performed the exciting “Vertical Charlie” manoeuvre in front of a spell-bound gathering. As it disappeared into the distant skies, thousands of colourful balloons carrying the ‘Tri-colour’ were released, signifying freedom in its most glorious form.
This year’s parade saw 22 tableaux which showcased past glory and futuristic achievements made by the nation in the military and economic sectors. Eight less than last year’s count of 30 floats, these picturesque tableaux, representing 15 states, four Union Territories and three Central Departments, really enthralled the spectators by presenting an ‘India in Miniature’.
Leading the tableaux was Rajasthan which projected Chittorgarh Fort and the folk dance of the Garsia people, while Meghalaya tableau showcased the dance festival of Jayantias. Going back in time were the floats of Andhra Pradesh depicting the Kakatiya dynasty, Gujarat with the Lakulish Temple and Chattisgarh with ‘Rudra Shiva’. Similarly, Karnataka’s tableau showing Mahamastakabhishek of Lord Gommatheshwaran and Uttaranchal’s Himalayan Mahakumbha of Nanda Devi Raj also helped in igniting the spiritual mood.
Environment and its protection was another important theme in this year’s pageantry. If Madhya Pradesh presented the relationship between human beings and forests, the Central Public Works Deptartment used floral power to tell the crocodile-and-monkey story. J&K projected water life while Union Ministry of Environment and Forest depicted the success of Project Tiger. The MP tableau clearly won over the children in the audience with many of them cheering their young hero, Mowgli and his forest friends. The tableau of Union Law and Justice Ministry, depicting the famous INA Trial of 1945, received a standing ovation from the gathering.
from Rajpath, New Delhi
A grand parade was organised in Parade Ground in Delhi Cantt on the occasion of Army Day. Gen NC Vij, the then Chief of the Army Staff, took the salute. Earlier, Marshal of Air Force Arjun Singh and Chiefs of Indian Air Force and Indian Navy took salute.
Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year. On this historic day in 1949, the first Indian officer, Gen KM Cariappa assumed the appointment of Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army. Traditionally since then, this day is celebrated as the Army Day.
During the parade, Gen Vij presented Sena Medals to 16 awardees for acts of gallantry. While the senior-most of them was Col Harindura Kumar Shrawat of the Madras Regiment, the junior-most was Paratooper Nahar Singh. Both of them received the award posthumously. Two others to receive the award posthumously were Capt Jitesh Bhutani of Armoured Corps and Lt SS Thomas of EME. Twenty units also received the COAS unit commendation. The regiment of Garhwal Rifles received the maximum number of COAS unit citations with three of its battalions being awarded this distinction.
Olympian Lt Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also took part in the parade. Hydrema demining vehicle, Sarvatra bridge equipment, Mat Ground Surface CL-70 on Tatra vehicle, mobile satellite terminal for disaster management, 105 mm light field gun mounted on ALS vehicle and zu-23 mm gun mounted on Tatra vehicle were the new equipment that were on display this year. T-90 tanks, MBT Arjun , Agni Missiles-I and II, Tunguska and full width mine plough formed part of mechanised columns. A fly-past by indigenously developed advance light helicopters, Dhruv, was the highlight of the parade.
Lt Gen JJ Singh, the then GOC-in-C, Western Command and present Chief of the Army Staff was also present on the occasion. The parade was led by Maj Gen Thomas Mathew, GOC, Delhi Area. The grand finale to the parade was a motorcycle display by ASC Tornadoes from Army Service Corps Centre, Bangalore.
President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, awarded 401 Armed Forces personnel and others with gallantry and distinguished service awards on the eve of 56th Republic Day. The list is:
IC-61381 CAPT SAJJAN SINGH MALIK, 10 PARA (SF) (POSTHUMOUS)
17717 WG CDR SUDHIR KUMAR SHARMA, FLYING (PILOT)
IC-46327 MAJ MAHARAJ KRISHEN BHAT, ARTY, 45 RR
IC-59140 MAJ SAMRAT MAITI, 1 NAGA (POSTHUMOUS)
IC-58799 CAPT RAJENDRA SINGH KADWASARA, ARTY, 41 RR
JC-3300020 SUB KEHAR SINGH, 33 ASSAM RIF (POSTHUMOUS)
2688156 L/NK PAPPU RAM, GDRS, 29 RR (POSTHUMOUS)
VISHNU SINGH SHEKHAWAT, CONSTABLE, 52 BN, BSF (POSTHUMOUS)
AMARDEEP SINGH, PUNJAB
CHHOTE LAL, HEAD CONST, 93 BN, CRPF
IC-50573 MAJ ANIL GORSHI, PARA, 31 RR (CDO)
IC-54116 MAJ PATHIYERI SUNIL KUMAR, MECH INF, 28 ASSAM RIF
IC-38287 COL BAL KRISHAN YADAV, SIKH LI, 2 RR
IC-42797 COL ANUBIR SINGH CHAHAL, 16 MLI
IC-42017 LT COL JASWINDER SINGH, ARMY AVN, 27 R&O FLT
IC-43820 LT COL GOGI REDDY SRINIVASA REDDY, JAK RIF, 28 RR
IC-48640 MAJ INDERJEET SINGH, 16 JAT
IC-49313 MAJ AMIT SHARMA, ARMD, 27 RR (POSTHUMOUS)
IC-49896 MAJ AMIY KUMAR TRIPATHI, SIKH, 6 RR (POSTHUMOUS)
IC-50206 MAJ JASWINDER SINGH, GARH RIF, 36 RR
IC-50984 MAJ PUNI CHAND KAUSHAL, ARTY, 11 ASSAM RIF
IC-51252 MAJ ASHUTOSH KUMAR SINGH, 19 RAJPUT
IC-51847 MAJ MAGIMAIRAJ PETER CELESTINE, 13 SIKH LI
IC-53749 MAJ ZAMEER AHMED KHAN, JAT, 19 ASSAM RIF
IC-55852 MAJ KSHETRIMAYUM SANTA SINGH, ARTY, 6 ASSAM RIF
IC-56856 MAJ OMEESH SINGH RATHORE, ASC, 16 RR
IC-57614 MAJ PRADEEP KUMAR SHARMA, 18 JAK RIF (POSTHUMOUS)
IC-57652 MAJ AJAY PRATAP HAMIR, RAJPUT, 23 RR
IC-58591 MAJ HARMANJEET LIDDER, 10 PARA (SF)
IC-58844 MAJ SIDDHARTHA DHANKAR, MADRAS, 38 RR
IC-60259 MAJ SAKET SUMAN, 3 SIKH
IC-61114 MAJ GURPREET SINGH, 11 RAJ RIF
SS-38192 MAJ GIRISH KUMAR VT, 19 RAJPUT
21252 SQN LDR AJIT RAMANATHAN, IAF, 153 HELICOPTER UNIT
IC-56113 CAPT ASHISH CHATURVEDI, ARMD, 28 RR
IC-58559 CAPT ANIL KUMAR SINGH RATHORE, ASC, 13 RR
IC-59066 CAPT MOHIT SHARMA, 1 PARA (SF)
IC-59340 CAPT ANAND SINGH CHAUHAN, SIKH LI, 49 RR
IC-61655 CAPT MANOJ GURUNG, 3 RAJPUT
IC-61795 CAPT AMIT TRIPATHI, 7 GARH RIF
SS-38304 CAPT RAMESH KUMAR RANWA, ARTY, 29 RR
SS-38422 CAPT SIDDHARTH MUKERJI, GDRS, 39 RR
SS-39090 CAPT DANIEL KHOLI, 5/8 GR
IC-62510 LT ROMEL BISWAS, 3 RAJPUT
IRLA-65849 DY COMDT SWRAN DEV, BSF, HQ 8 SECTOR RR
JC-469124 SUB RAJENDER SINGH SHEKHAWAT, 11 RAJ RIF
JC-548619 SUB RAMENDRA SINHA, 8 ASSAM
JC-412856 NB SUB KHEM RAJ, 1 PARA (SF) (POSTHUMOUS)
JC-508892 NB SUB BHAJAN SINGH, SIKH LI, 19 RR
2591392 HAV BUNENI VENKATESWARLU, MADRAS, 8 RR
2593724 HAV ANIL KUMAR VISWAMBHARAM, MADRAS, 8 RR
2988784 HAV BHERU SINGH, 9 RAJPUT
2991097 HAV NABAB SINGH BUNDELA, 19 RAJPUT
3177315 HAV VIJAY SINGH, 21 JAT
3181773 HAV RAJPAL SINGH, 16 JAT
4062857 HAV SOBAN SINGH, 3 GARH RIF
4467936 HAV SARDOOL SINGH, 13 SIKH LI
13617004 HAV JAGMOHAN SINGH, 10 PARA (SF) (POSTHUMOUS)
13617045 HAV SATPAL SINGH, PARA, 31 RR (CDO)
13747689 HAV MAST RAM, JAK RIF, 28 RR (POSTHUMOUS)
13749494 HAV TARA CHAND, 4 JAK RIF (POSTHUMOUS)
2481067 NK RAJ KUMAR, 13 PUNJAB (POSTHUMOUS)
2686317 NK KRISHAN KUMAR, GDRS, 12 RR
2888451 NK JAI SINGH, RAJ RIF, 18 RR
3184272 NK MAHAVEER PRASAD, 16 JAT
4069013 NK OM PRAKASH, 11 GARH RIF
4073455 NK RAJENDRA SINGH, 16 GARH RIF
4562865 NK VIHIRE PRAKASH CHAMPATRAO, MAHAR, 1 RR (POSTHUMOUS)
13756812 NK PIAR SINGH, 17 JAK RIF (POSTHUMOUS)
13758741 NK YOGRAJ SINGH, 1 PARA (SF) (POSTHUMOUS)
14428258 NK JAI KUMAR, ARTY, 7 RR
15124214 NK SURJIT SINGH, ARTY, 193 FD REGT (POSTHUMOUS)
2891481 L/NK DAVINDER SINGH, 11 RAJ RIF
3396899 L/NK HARBHAJAN SINGH, SIKH, 16 RR
4186568 L/NK KUNDAN SINGH RATHORE, KUMAON, 13 RR
4569139 L/NK LAKHBIR SINGH, 10 PARA (SF) (POSTHUMOUS)
5754107 L/NK RAM KUMAR THAPA, 5/8 GR
14413414 L/NK RAM BINAY SHARMA, AD ARTY, 10 RR
15131291 L/NK ANANDHAN SUBRAMANY, ARTY, 41 RR
2482656 SEP PADAMJIT, 25 PUNJAB
2490740 SEP LAKHVINDER SINGH, PUNJAB, 22 RR (POSTHUMOUS)
2491400 SEP ASHWANI KUMAR, PUNJAB, 22 RR (POSTHUMOUS)
2795780 SEP ANIL PATIL, MLI, 27 RR (POSTHUMOUS)
3400162 SEP RANJIT SINGH, SIKH, 16 RR
3401994 SEP RANDHEER SINGH, SIKH, 16 RR
3404786 SEP SHAM SINGH, SIKH, 6 RR (POSTHUMOUS)
4000709 SEP JAI PRAKASH, DOGRA, 11 RR (POSTHUMOUS)
4189680 SEP PRAKASH SINGH, 9 KUMAON (POSTHUMOUS)
4365338 SEP NGAWANG TENZING, 15 ASSAM (POSTHUMOUS)
4366844 SEP DOLO JELISOW, ASSAM, 35 RR (POSTHUMOUS)
4367883 SEP H LALHMINGLIANA, ASSAM, 42 RR
4368784 SEP SONAM RINCHIN, 15 ASSAM (POSTHUMOUS)
4575520 SEP SANJAY SARKAR, 12 MAHAR (POSTHUMOUS)
115189 RFN MD ABDUL SATAR, 11 ASSAM RIF
124390 RFN KHUNDRAKPAM CHANDRA KUMAR SINGH, 12 ASSAM RIF
143938 RFN CHINGHIAMANG, 14 ASSAM RIF
194044 RFN K R CHAN, 19 ASSAM RIF
193434 RFN GINKHO LAL VAIPHEI, 19 ASSAM RIF
2200853 RFN KJ THOMAS, 22 ASSAM RIF
3301003 RFN LAL GOULEN KHOLHOU, 33 ASSAM RIF
5047859 RFN AMIT THAPA, 3/1 GR (POSTHUMOUS)
9101796 RFN MOHD JAVID, PARA, 31 RR (CDO)
9102888 RFN FAROOQ AHMED BABA, JAK LI, 9 RR (POSTHUMOUS)
9103462 RFN KULDEEP KUMAR, 13 JAK LI
13761812 RFN PARSHOTAM KUMAR, JAK RIF, 3 RR
13762260 RFN SANJEEV KUMAR, JAK RIF, 28 RR
15337016 SPR NIRANJAN KUMAR SINGH, ENGRS, 3 RR
3193311 PTR RAJU SINGH, 10 PARA (SF) (POSTHUMOUS)
13621943 PTR CHATAR SINGH, 21 PARA (SF)
13624136 PTR LEITANTHEM SUDAM SINGH, 21 PARA (SF)
2696373 GDR DADWAL SANJEEV JASHWANT SINGH, GDRS, 39 RR
2697208 GDR NATTHU RAM, 12 GDRS
03313-B CDR SATYABRATA DAM
41686-R LT CDR ABISHEK KANKAN
75792-B SURGN LT VIKING BHANOO
05007-B LT SUMEET PABBY
130041-Z RAVINDER KUMAR, SEA I CD-III
153418-B RAKESH KUMAR, POMA
122944-W VIKAS KUMAR, POMA
19570 WG CDR SHASHI KANT MISHRA, FLYING (PILOT)
19893 SQN LDR AK UPDHYAY, FLYING (PILOT)
19896 SQN LDR MANU CHAUDHARY, FLYING (PILOT)
20459 SQN LDR KK VENUGOPAL, FLYING (PILOT)
22345 SQN LDR RANDHIR SINGH, FLYING (PILOT)
IC-15792 LT GEN MATHEW MAMMEN, ENGRS
IC-15931 LT GEN JAGDISH CHANDER, ASC
IC-16100 LT GEN CHARANJIT SINGH CHIMA, AD ARTY
IC-16139 LT GEN SATISH BHALCHANDRA SATPUTE, INF (RETD)
IC-16250 LT GEN RAGHUBIR SINGH SHAHRAWAT, AOC (RETD)
IC-16268 LT GEN R SUBRAMANYAM, ENGRS
IC-16567 LT GEN VIRINDER KUMAR DHIR, EME
IC-16582 LT GEN DAVINDER KUMAR, SIGS
IC-16620 LT GEN KRISHNAMURTHY NAGARAJ, INF
IC-16632 LT GEN AVTAR SINGH, INF
IC-16782 LT GEN RANA SUDHIR KUMAR KAPUR, ENGRS
IC-16818 LT GEN PADAM PAL SINGH BHANDARI, ARMD
IC-16907 LT GEN MOHINDER PURI, INF
IC-17252 LT GEN PRAMOD KUMAR GROVER, ENGRS
IC-17576 LT GEN AMRIK SINGH BAHIA, INF
IC-17699 LT GEN ASHOK KAPUR, INF
MR-02600 LT GEN JANAK RAJ BHARDWAJ, AMC
DR-10206 LT GEN RAMESH CHANDER DHIR, ADC
IC-28531 MAJ GEN TEJ KRISHEN KAUL, INF
00727-A VICE ADML SUREESH MEHTA
00790-W VICE ADML VENKAT BHARATHAN
75111-F SURGN VICE ADML VIJAY KUMAR SINGH
9002 AIR MARSHAL SUNIL KUMAR MALIK, FLYING (PILOT)
9716 AIR MARSHAL SATISH KUMAR JAIN, FLYING (PILOT)
9734 AIR MARSHAL SUBHASH BHOJWANI, FLYING (PILOT)
10440 AIR MARSHAL AJIT BHAVNANI, FLYING (PILOT)
11780 AIR MARSHAL HARENDRAJIT SINGH GARKAL, ADMN
26480 AIR MARSHAL PARIMAL KUMAR SARKAR, MED (RETD)
IC-16109 LT GEN HARI PRASAD, INF
IC-16838 LT GEN MOHINDER SINGH, INF
IC-17244 LT GEN NIRBHAY SHARMA, INF
IC-17206 LT GEN ANUP SINGH JAMWAL, ARTY
IC-17214 LT GEN MANIKATH GOVINDAN GIRISH, EME
IC-17327 LT GEN GURDITAR SINGH, ARMD, HQ 2 CORPS
IC-17565 LT GEN ADITYA SINGH, ARMD, HQ 21 CORPS
IC-17644 LT GEN DALJEET SINGH, ARMD
IC-19002 LT GEN OM PRAKASH NANDRAJOG, INF, HQ WC
IC-19234 LT GEN SURENDRA KUMAR SAHNI, ASC
IC-19440 MAJ GEN (NOW LT GEN) SUDHIR SHARMA, INF
IC-19834 MAJ GEN (NOW LT GEN) PANAG HARCHARANJIT SINGH, INF
MR-02745 LT GEN AJIT KUMAR BAKSHI, AMC
IC-19058 MAJ GEN VIJAY PANDURANG PAWAR, ENGRS, HQ NC (RETD)
IC-19550 MAJ GEN RANDHIR KUMAR MEHTA, INF
IC-19845 MAJ GEN DILIP NEMAJIRAO DESAI, ARMD
IC-19848 MAJ GEN THOMAS MATHEW, INF, HQ DELHI AREA
IC-19868 MAJ GEN SARABJIT SINGH DHILLON, INF, HQ IMTRAT
IC-19873 MAJ GEN PUTTAMMADAM RAJAH GANGADHARAN, INF
IC-19891 MAJ GEN SIVASANKARA PILLAI SREE KUMAR, SIGS, HQ NC
IC-23039 MAJ GEN PARAMJIT SINGH, INF, HQ ATNKK & G AREA
IC-23274 MAJ GEN RAJESHWAR SINGH, INF, CIF (U)
IC-23688 MAJ GEN KIRON KISHORE KOHLI, ARTY, HQ 21 MTN DIV
IC-23978 MAJ GEN NILENDRA KUMAR, JAG
IC-24006 MAJ GEN PRAKASH CHAND KATOCH, INF, 8 MTN DIV
IC-24065 MAJ GEN KUNAL MUKHERJEE, ENGRS
IC-24465 MAJ GEN ASHOK KUMAR SAINI, SIGS
IC-24975 MAJ GEN SATISH KUMAR SAHIJPAL, ENGRS, HQ NC
IC-26306 MAJ GEN KUPPANDA PONNAPPA NANJAPPA, INF (RETD)
IC-28733 MAJ GEN RAJENDRA SINGH MEHTA, ARMD, HQ 19 INF DIV
MR-03158 MAJ GEN LUXHMI PRAKASH SADHOTRA, AMC, AH (R&R)
IC-23671 BRIG BASANT KUMAR PONWAR, MARATHA LI
IC-33557 BRIG RASHEED ENAYATHULLAH, DOGRA
MR-02962 BRIG GOPALAPILLAI RAJAGOPAL, AMC, AH (R&R)
IC-49871 MAJ RAJYAVARDHAN SINGH RATHORE, GDRS, INF SCHOOL MHOW
01168-B REAR ADML SUNIL K DAMLE
01131-W REAR ADML IK SALUJA
01224-F REAR ADML RF CONTRACTOR
40388-R REAR ADML ANIL KUMAR HANDA
40313-W REAR ADML NASIB SINGH NAIN
50316-B REAR ADML V. BALACHANDRAN
11581 AIR MARSHAL PRAMOD KUMAR MEHRA, FLYING (PILOT)
12155 AVM AJ SINGH WALIA, ADMN
12308 AVM JAI KRISHAN GUPTA, MEDICAL
12490 AIR CMDE SUSHIL KUMAR JHA, LOGISTICS
12872 AIR CMDE YASH KUMAR, AERONAUTICAL ENG (MECH)
13149 AVM GURDIP SINGH KOCHAR, FLYING (PILOT)
13174 AIR CMDE RS SANDHU, AERONAUTICAL ENGG (MECH)
13246 AIR CMDE BC NANJAPA, FLYING (PILOT)
13302 AIR CMDE KAMAL SINGH, AERONAUTICAL ENGG (ELECTRONICS)
13382 AIR CMDE AK GOGOI, FLYING (PILOT)
13393 AIR CMDE KUZHIKOMBIL JOSEPH MATHEWS, FLYING (PILOT)
16206 GP CAPT BALAKRISHNAN SURESH, FLYING (PILOT)
IC-27645 BRIG RAMESHWAR ROY, JAK RIF, HQ 17 INF BDE
IC-30029 BRIG CHANDRA MAN RAI, MLI, HQ 8 SECT RR
IC-30098 BRIG JATINDER SINGH KATARIA, RAJ RIF, HQ 68 MTN BDE
IC-40324 COL RAKESH KUMAR SINGH, PARA, 31 RR (CDO)
IC-40825 COL JAGDISH CHAND RANGRA, 6 MAHAR
IC-40933 COL M VINAYA CHANDRAN, 8 ASSAM
IC-41087 COL SHASHI SHEKHAR PRASAD, 7 SIKH
IC-41528 COL HARINDER SINGH, MLI, 41 RR
IC-41582 COL LAIPHRAKPAM IBOTOMBI SINGH, 13 JAK LI
IC-41969 COL KARIPINENI JAHWAR BABU, 21 GDRS
IC-42885 COL SANJAY THAKUR, 9 PARA (SF)
IC-42851 LT COL PRADIPTA NARAYAN MOHAPATRA, 14 SIKH LI
15220, GP CAPT KS GILL, FLYING (PILOT)
17713 WG CDR SUNIL KUMAR, FLYING (PILOT)
18495 WG CDR BIBHUTI KUMAR, AERONAUTICAL ENGG (MECH)
IC-23744 MAJ GEN VIKRAM MADAN, INF
IC-23817 BRIG PARVINDER SINGH, PUNJAB, HQ SC
IC-27214 BRIG CHHETRA BAHADUR THAPA, 11 GR
IC-35494 COL SUBRATA SAHA, ASSAM
IC-40695 COL JAGDEEP SINGH VIRK, 61 CAVALARY
IC-17285 MAJ GEN GOVIND BALLABH TRIPATHI, SIGS (RETD)
IC-19578 MAJ GEN RANDHIR SINGH BALYAN, ARTY
IC-23034 MAJ GEN SURINDAR BIR SINGH BAINS, ENGRS
IC-23068 MAJ GEN SHRIVILASAM NARAYANAN RAJAN, ASC, HQ WC
IC-23375 MAJ GEN KAPILESWAR PRASAD DHAL SAMANTA, ARTY
IC-24706 BRIG (NOW MAJ GEN) KAMMULA RAMACHANDRA RAO, ARTY
IC-24718 BRIG (NOW MAJ GEN) PREM KRISHAN GOEL, ARTY, HQ 15 CORPS
IC-25482 BRIG (NOW MAJ GEN) ANAND KUMAR KAPUR, AOC
IC-27206 BRIG (NOW MAJ GEN) SATYENDRA PRASAD SINHA, AOC
IC-23287 BRIG ASHWANI KUMAR BHANOT, ARTY (RETD)
IC-23986 BRIG BAKSHI PRABHJIT SINGH LAMBA, ARTY
IC-24232 BRIG ASHOK KUMAR JAITLY, ARTY (RETD)
IC-25441 BRIG GOVIND SINGH RATHORE, ASC
IC-24591 BRIG VINOD KUMAR NEGI, ENGRS
IC-24829 BRIG RAJEEVA RAJ NAUTIYAL, ARTY
IC-25427 BRIG SUBIR KUMAR DEB, ARTY
IC-25442 BRIG SWATANTARTA NAND HANDA, 3 GR
IC-25538 BRIG RABINDRAN KRISHNA SWAMY, MAHAR, HQ NC
IC-25822 BRIG PRABIR KUMAR CHAKRAVORTY, ARTY
IC-25985 BRIG JAGPAL SINGH THIND, ARTY, HQ 36 INF BDE
IC-27409 BRIG KANWAR PRATAP SINGH RANA, JAK RIF, HQ 2 SECT RR
IC-27488 BRIG ANIL KUMAR WASON, ENGRS, HQ 16 CORPS
IC-27827 BRIG VINAY KUMAR BATURA, 4 GR, HQ 59 MTN BDE
IC-27899 BRIG POGULA GANESHAM, EME
IC-27956 BRIG GURSIMRAN SINGH MALHI, ARMD, HQ 44 MTN BDE
IC-27972 BRIG GYAN BHUSHAN, MAHAR, HQ 11 MTN BDE
IC-30021 BRIG GURUNG OM PRASAD, MAHAR, HQ 1 SECT RR
IC-30051 BRIG RAJINDER SINGH, BIHAR, HQ 104 INF BDE
IC-30351 BRIG DALBIR SINGH, 5 GR, HQ 53 INF BDE
IC-30485 BRIG UMONG SETHI, SIKH, HQ 163 INF BDE
IC-30619 BRIG SRINIVASACHARI REGHUNATHAN, 1 SIG GP
IC-31567 BRIG VIKRAM SINGH, ENGRS, HQ 15 CORPS
IC-32016 BRIG GURINDER JIT SINGH, SIKH, TA GP HQ WC
IC-32844 BRIG RAM PRATAP, AD ARTY
IC-32968 BRIG SUSHIL KUMAR DUBEY, EME (RETD)
IC-33058 BRIG TRIVENI PRASAD SHUKLA, RAJPUT, HQ 12 SECT RR
MR-03814 BRIG SHIV KUMAR SHARMA, AMC, MH PUNE
DR-10281 BRIG KURUVADI RAVISHANKAR, ADC, CMDC HQ WC
TC-31472 BRIG YASHPAL SINGH MOHAN, APS
IC-31633 COL ARUN KUMAR SAHNI, ARTY, HQ CIF (K)
IC-34374 COL SURESH KUMAR PILLAI, SIGS
IC-34664 COL SHRI PAL, ENGRS
IC-37369 COL ASHOK KUMAR GANGULY, 18 JAK RIF
IC-37895 COL HARISH JOSHI, SIKH, 6 RR
IC-37913 COL MARK CYRUS ASHLEY AARON PILLAY, 5 GR, 28 ASSAM RIF
IC-39071 COL GAGAN PATHANIA, 12 JAK RIF
IC-39321 COL ANIL KUMAR SHUKLA, RAJ RIF
IC-39924 COL GURCHARAN SINGH, GUARDS, HQ NC
IC-40305 COL RAGHU RAM AKELLA, 5 ENGR REGT
IC-40360 COL ASIT BHAILALBHAI MISTRY, 12 MLI
IC-41649 COL BALWINDER SINGH, GUARDS, 21 RR
MR-03047 COL PANIKULAM JOHN VINCENT, AMC, 92 BH
MR-03906 COL RANGARAJU RANGARAO, AMC, AH (R&R)
MR-03940 GP CAPT KESHAVA MURTHY SURYANARAYANA, AMC, AH (R&R)
IC-37805 LT COL VIJAY SINGH, DOGRA, HMI
IC-43179 LT COL MENON PARAPIL RAVINDRAN, SIGS
IC-44070 LT COL SP MALIK, AOC, 18 DIV ORD UNIT
IC-45544 LT COL ASHOK KINI HOSDURG, GUARDS
IC-47148 LT COL ANJAN KUMAR DUTTA, ASC
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Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh thanked the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for contributing thirteen lakh rupees to Prime Minister Relief Fund for Tsunami affected people of the country. The Prime Minister was addressing the NCC cadets who took part in the Republic Day Camp held in New Delhi. Lt Gen MC Bhandari, Director General NCC, while speaking to mediapersons said that NCC has always been playing an active role in times of national calamities.
Every year a month-long NCC camp is being conducted at Garrison Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment on the eve of Republic Day. Cadets from 16 Directorates from all over the country look forward to participate in this camp. This year, the camp was visited by Vice President, Prime Minister, Defence Minister, Chief Minister of Delhi, Chiefs of all the three Services and many other dignitaries. Eighteen hundred cadets from all over the country and foreign cadets from eight countries participated in different activities and competitions to prove there excellence at the camp.
During her visit to the camp, Mrs Shiela Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi was impressed by the discipline, unity and patriotism exhibited by the NCC cadets. “India’s future is in safe hand”, she said while addressing them. A rolling trophy which is a replica of new aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, the rechristened aircraft carrier Gorshkov , introduced by Naval Chief Admiral Arun Prakash, will be given every year to senior division cadets of Navy wing of NCC. Similar trophies were also introduced by Army and Air force. Gallantry awards to brave NCC cadets were presented by Defence Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee. Speaking on the occasion, Defence Minister said that NCC would be further expanded and made attractive for the children so that maximum number of students could be trained by the NCC.
At present, NCC training is imparted in 1350 colleges located all over the country. The training includes camp training, gliding and microlite flying, sea training, mountaineering expeditions, rallies, trekking, para sailing, sailing, white-water rafting, desert camel safari and visits to foreign countries. Courses are also conducted to prepare students for SSB screening.
NCC is the largest youth organisation of the world. It carved a niche for itself in shaping the youngsters of the country into good citizens. Recently, President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, in his address on the NCC Day said that NCC training should be made compulsory for all eligible students.
from New Delhi
Signals being the information carriers, right from the beginning of the warfare, forms the nervous system of an army. On the occasion of anniversary of the Corps of Signals, Lt Gen Davinder Kumar, Signal Officer-in-Chief speaks about the vision and vigour of this node of communication revolution in a frank interaction with our Editor-in-Chief, Mohan Chandak
Editor-in-Chief in talk with
Lt Gen Davinder Kumar
Sainik Samachar : General, you are a specialist in network designing and implementation, please elaborate in simple terms the concept of Network-Centric Warfare in Indian and global context.
SO-in-C: Network-Centric Warfare is just a name given to what we have been following right through history. Today, there is no concept of borders. Battle space and response time have both changed. The famous saying, “The commanders always want to see what lies on the other side of the hill” still holds good. The battle today is remote and weapons cause damage at great distances. Another major factor is simultaneity of operations which was never there before. Today the frontline, the central hinterland, and the rear are being addressed at the same time by different means. If the commander has to fight a battle with such a large area of interest, there is no option but to go network-centric. That, in essence, is the concept. It is possible through networks and communications. It results in a quicker decision cycle with centralised decision-making and decentralised execution. Concentrating force, when required, and then again dispersing so as not to present a viable target is also another outcome.
SS: General, the new technology is compressing the time-frame that is available for decision-making. What is the role of Signals in giving more time for the Generals to take decisions?
SO-in-C: The marriage between computers and communications, what is today called convergence, and, of course, the media assist us in our task. There are two major revolutions taking place worldwide today. One is ICT i.e. information, communication and technology while the other is ICE or information, communication and entertainment. Let us say, you have sensors deployed or you have men in front feeding information to the commanders upwards. Passing this information is the first task we do as Signallers. Secondly, the information must get analysed and after processing, when a decision is taken and the orders are to be passed, again the Signals comes into the scene since the orders are passed electronically. The challenge is not only to pass the information but also to pass it when the chips are down.
We also have to fight the effects of anti-technology. Electronic warfare, cyber warfare, the cryptographic and information security are all working against a signaller. We are not only information providers but are also the information warriors. Because, in any warfare of tomorrow, we will be the first to be attacked. It will be the command and control centres which will always get addressed first and moreover we are not going to see who is going to hit us remotely by accurate missile systems, laser guided weapons or radiation seeking missiles which look for electronic radiations. Since we are the information warriors, we have to bring an attitudinal change in our training and organisation.
SS: You mentioned about anti-technologies. What steps have Signals taken to counter this?
SO-in-C: We are very conscious of this facet. When our networks are designed, they are made so that even if a part is damaged, the whole continues to function. The network acts as one whole entity even if some part of it is being interfered with. No network can be interfered with totally. So I may have physical destruction of a node, it makes no difference because I have catered for it. I may have electronic disabling of a node which again I have taken care of by what is called an overlay network which may be satellite-based. We, therefore, follow a multilayered approach. Once I have a multilayered network, I then use very high-end and strong cryptographic algorithms and systems to ensure that our transmission is not heard. So it is against the eavesdropping of the enemy that we take all these measures. In fact, that is precisely the reason why we are different from others.
SS: Corps of Signals is completing one year under your stewardship. What are the major achievements in the last one year?
SO-in-C: My responsibilities are very vast. I am responsible to the Chief of Army Staff for communications not only to the Army, but also operational communications for the Air Force, to some extent for the Navy, Assam Rifles, Rashtriya Rifles, Border Roads, DRDO and all across. I have laid down a vision for ourselves which is “to attain and maintain informatic ascendancy by developing infostructure to cater for Network Centric Warfare in a digitalised battle field of tomorrow”. Our aim is to make the Indian Army network enabled by 2007, so that it can become network centric by 2012. In that time-line, today we have laid one of the biggest satellite networks in the country, called the Dhruva constellation, which was inaugurated by the Chief the other day. We are now working on the logistic network that we are going to bring in a big way. Once you link on to a node you have communication across the world. We are doing a lot of things in cyber security, in information warfare, in satellite communication, in the backbone networks, in strategic networks and in the access networks. Today, we have optical fibre cable running almost upto the brigades and in some places upto the battalions. We are laying a very big infrastructure on the ground. These are a few things that, I could say, are the achievements of my team and I want to submit that we are almost there.
My biggest challenge is how to remain current and I want to give to our army is what I call appropriate and affordable technology.
SS: You keep using the word ‘info-structure’. What do you mean by it?
SO-in-C: Infostructure is a terminology which is used for information infrastructure which is the very essence and basic foundation of Network-Centric Warfare. Unless you have a very robust communication - information infrastructure, which is called infostructure, on the ground you are not fit for the network-centric operations in a digitalised battlefield of tomorrow, or even of today. Which means I must have the means of communication to address from Delhi right upto the picket in front; that is my network. It encompasses every thing- logistics, operations, strategic communications and other resources that we need. It also encompasses integration with civilian networks. I will have to have a very solid network with railways, for instance, to ensure that our formations move, with the National Airport Authority and things like that. So Network-Centric Warfare, in a sense actually, is a national level communication/IT infrastructure coming together to give you that winning edge, as they say, to fight the warfare of tomorrow.
SS: What are the other problems you face? Do you have sufficient trained manpower and sufficient funds to implement the vision?
SO-in-C: I have no problems with training or with availability of manpower. We are the best. All my officers are qualified graduate engineers and about 20 per cent officers are post-graduates and a few are PhD also and few are multi-post-graduates. I also have no issue on training. My biggest challenge is how to remain current and I want to give to our army is what I call appropriate and affordable technology. So we go to the market, pick up the appropriate technology which gels with our organisation, which gels with our operational concepts, which gels with our way of training. The biggest challenge that I would like to submit is that I think we need to modify the procedures which we come across. In the field of electronics-own development of system is not cost- effective because of very small volume. So the world over, the armies are now going in for the COTS equipment i.e. commercially off-the-shelf equipment. The equipment available in open market is taken and adapted, ruggedised for dust proofing, for temperature, for operations and things like that before putting into operation. Of course, we develop our own cryptographic systems, we never import cryptographic systems. How I integrate my systems, how I make them secure, how I make them robust is what is the part of indigenisation that I must do and must have the capability to do. But to take five years or six years for a project to be sanctioned, that is a serious limitation. I have no other issues or problems. Money is forthcoming.
SS: What contribution the Corps of Signals is making to counter the menace of terrorism?
SO-in-C: It is a very interesting question and I have written about it a lot. Terrorists are the people who are really exploiting Network-Centric Warfare. They use networks like Internet or satellite phones or mobile communication across the borders and are networked physically also. That is why they are an ideal example of Network-Centric Warfare. To counter this, we form a grid, a counter-terrorist or a counter-infiltration grid. We have designed a new battlefield management system called ‘Sathi’. It is a pocket-size system, designed by a Signal officer, Col Menon. It is a unique system which networks personnel involved in counter-terrorism. There are only three countries in the world that have this system today — America, Israel and India. Besides, Signals provides officers and communication support to Rashtriya Rifles and Assam Rifles. Thus, we are very much in counter- terrorist and counter-insurgency operations.
Signals has designed a new battlefield management system for countering terrorism. There are only three countries in the world that have this system today --- America, Israel and India.
SS: You contribute to various national and international organisations and seminars. How do you find time for all this?
SO-in-C: I think these are basically two things. First, it is a will to excel and, secondly, the national pride. When one goes outside and presents papers and talks to the people, you must tell them that India is a force to reckon with and that is my motivation which makes me work harder, to go and talk. I am now selected by a world body to talk on Network-Centric Warfare in England. I am the first Indian who is giving an opening keynote address. Eleven countries have voted for me to give the opening keynote address in a five-day international seminar being held in London. And, I think, that is a tremendous honour for the Army and the nation.
SS: You are also known as a keen golfer, voracious reader and a squash player. Tell us more about yourself as a person.
SO-in-C: I stopped playing squash for the past few years but I am a voracious reader. At present, nano-technology and bio-technology interest me. These are futuristic things that I want India to take on. I have written a lot on disaster management. Besides, like all other people of my generation, I believe in inter-faith society, inter-faith tolerance. I am also writing a book which is going to bring about the unification of science and God.
In ancient times, human beingshad to fight all odds by themselves, sensing and locating the dangers by their senses, deciding the action to be taken and executing it. Slowly, they started doing it in groups and began to co-ordinate their efforts through different means for better results. As these groups increased in size to a village or a region, the need for better and faster modes of communication like drums, messengers, light signals etc evolved. Beating of Nagaras or war-drums and blowing of conch shells or Shankhnaad could be found in the battles portrayed in our epics.
With the passage of time, the complexities of fighting increased to unmanageable proportions for smaller groups. As the size of armies or the fighting arms of the state increased in size and spread over much larger space, they could not be effectively controlled by old means of communication. Simultaneously, the developments in other fields like better arms and information technology led to a revolution in the modern-day warfare. Accuracy of the modern weaponry is evident in the fact that about ten rounds were fired per target in the Gulf War as against thousands of rounds in the World Wars. Over a period of time, the Corps of Signals evolved in response to these developments in different spheres.
It has been historically proved that those who do not keep pace with the changes in technology would perish. One of the reasons for the downfall of powerful kingdoms in ancient India to the invading Moghuls was lack of proper communication among the armies. Due to his better fighting tactics and communication skills against the Muslim rulers, great Maratha warrior Shivaji succeeded in setting up an empire despite all odds. Again Indian rulers were defeated by the Britishers due to improved technology and better modes of communication.
The Corps of Signals provides full scale communications and electronic warfare support for Army and operational connectivity for Navy and Air Force. Functioning as nerves of a human body, this Corps does the job of sensing and collecting different types of battle-related informaiton to pass them on to the generals who act as the brain. Once the information is processed and action decided, again these very people take the commands to the executing arms for action.
In modern time, the communication could no more be only linear, top-to-bottom or reverse as in earlier times. Now, communication channels also need to be lateral as well. Secondly, speed has to be so fast that it must be in real-time or near real-time. To meet these requirements, the Corps of Signals has utilised improvements in different facets of science, especially in the spheres of communication and information technology. It has come a long way from the Amateur Radio Emergency Network (AREN) and Army Static Switched Communication Network (ASCON) systems to state-of-the-art communication networks using microwaves, satellites and optical fibres. ASCON Phase III, presently under way, would be a unified broadband network, capable of simultaneously transmitting voice, video and data.
Improved surveillance systems making use of high resolution optical imagery, acoustic sensors, infra-red sensors, electro-optical devices, night vision equipment and battlefield surveillance radars have resulted in better information gathering. Networking of all the input and output sources through a robust and highly secure communication network has resulted in the Information driven concept of Network-Centric Warfare. Acting as a force multiplier, the Network-Centric Warfare is a product of convergence of computers and communication.
Speaking at a seminar on ‘Info-structure for Network-Centric Warfare’ Defence Secretary, Mr Ajay Prasad underlined the need for pumping more investment into the development of Network-Centric Warfares. The then Army Chief, Gen N C Vij, advocated indigenisation of weapons stating that modern warfare is galloping and India could not afford to lag behind.
Establishment of proper networks helps the decision makers to get precise information of friendly forces, enemy forces, their disposition and movement. The Corps of Signals is implementing a new project of Army Wide Area Network (AWAN) for secure exchange of formal correspondence directly from one user to another without intermediate manual handling or intervention.
The new warfare deploys a combination of information and communication technologies for better communication. This Network-Centric Warfare provides inter-connectivity between various surveillance systems, weapon systems and the command and control centres, thereby, increasing the reaction time available to the decision making commanders. For this purpose, the Corps of Signals has started building a network of networks at strategic, operational and tactical levels. An in-house developed file encryption system and advanced access control mechanisms by using swipe cards and biometric authentication systems have been envisaged to achieve highest security. This network, isolated and insulated from other public networks, would provide a secure broadband communication and data transfer capability for the Army.
The concept of information assurance includes operations that protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authenticity, confidentiality and non-repudiation. A secure information system provides confidentiality, integrity and availability.
Another area that the Corps of Signals has to tackle is the remoteness of a different units due to vast border and coastline of India. A strategic alliance was worked out with the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for laying of optical fibre cable from Srinagar to Karu via Kargil and Leh. Major part of the work is complete and the Leh-Karu section has been commissioned. This optical fibre route will be a big step towards building communication infrastructure in remote areas of Jammu & Kashmir both for BSNL and Army.
To meet the operational and logistic communication requirements of Northern Command, a VSAT network was commissioned in the year 2000. This state- of-the-art secure satellite network located at an altitude of 18,631 feet and this was entered in the Limca Book of Records as the world’s highest VSAT terminal. Another network, the Dhruv Satellite Constellation, was inaugurated by Gen NC Vij in November last year.
In a record time of one month, the Corps of Signals provided internet facilities on VSAT terminal to the remotely located Tenga and Dahung garrisons in Arunachal Pradesh.
Similarly, to overcome the adversities of nature, 5 Mountain Division Signal Regiment undertook a unique project to lay Jelly Filled Cable (JFC) on the icy peaks of Himalayas at a height of 16000 ft. As it was humanly impossible to pull and lay JFC to these remote posts, the unparalleled feat of helidropping of JFC was planned. This feat had never been tried anywhere in the world and it was the sheer professionalism of IAF in the skies and untiring and persistent efforts of Army on ground which made this project a reality. A total of 61 km JFC was heli-dropped in the Tawang sub-sector to ensure an uninterrupted and reliable communication to forward posts.
The intranet and web-mail services provided by the Signals to the Armed Forces have grown by leaps and bounds during the past few years. This Linux-based, highly secure, high-speed optical fibre using system is rapidly gaining popularity.
The job is not only to provide sensitive information with accuracy and speed for improved decisions but also to weaken this mechanism for the enemies and protect ourselves against their similar such attacks.
The corps is not only providing the essential communication links during war time but also comes forward for helping the society during natural disasters and calamities. In the strategic islands of Andaman and Nicobar, the Signallers were the first people to restore a communication link between the Car Nicobar Island and Port Blair by 1430 hrs on December 26, last year, within a few hours of strike by the killer Tsunami waves. This was the first and only link which was the lifeline to commence relief operations. The detachment at Car Nicobar also facilitated as an air traffic control for the Air Force. By early next morning, communication link was established with airfield at Campbell bay at Great Nicobar Island. One INMARSAT terminal was also fielded on December 27, to provide continuous communication support. Personnel of Signals took over and revived the Brichgunj civil exchange. They also took active part in the flood-relief operations in various parts of the country and provided vital communication links during the annual Amaranath pilgrimage in Jammu and Kashmir.
This development of technology and anti-technology is an unending one and the Signals have been trying to keep pace with the future that is rushing into the present. In new-age warfares, communication systems would definitely be one of the most important decisive factors for victory.
Hav KC ramu who secured first position in national marathon at Thiruvananthapuram in September 2004
Nb Sub Gurvinder Singh who won silver medal in plus-105 kg weight cat at the 7th Army Weightlifting Championship
A Cycle expedition conducted in November-December, 2004 to cover a distance of over 1115 km from Nagrota to Wagah
L/Nk VK Saji who bagged gold medal at Army Inter-Command Championship 2004-05 held in Hyderabad
Lt Kavita Rajput who won bronze medal in sking at the 4th National Winter Games held at Gulmarg in February 2004 and became the first lady officer from the Armed Forces to win a medal at the national Winter Games
Signallers restoring the civil communication between Joshimath and Badrinath which was completely disrupted due to a landslide
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG)launched a massive distress relief operation off the Andaman & Nicobar group of islands and East Coast of India. ICG ships and aircraft have carried out constant surveillance of the affected areas. Seven ICG ships were deployed off the coast of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal. They were directed to focus on search and rescue in areas where widespread damage had been reported. One ICG ship also sailed from Tuticorin to rescue hundreds of people stranded at Vivekananda Island off Kanyakumari. ICG helicopters evacuated 15 survivors to safety alongwith five dead bodies off Chennai coast.
In Andaman & Nicobar region, four ICG ships were deployed off various islands with medicines, drinking water and relief materials. ICG Dornier and Chetak helicopters relentlessly carried out sorties in areas where severe damage was reported. An ICG ship evacuated 15 police personnel from Interview islands. ICG Dornier evacuated 14 personnel from Car Nicobar and all rescued were brought to Port Blair.
The ICG picked up relief and rescue operations on the third day. One Chetak helicopter was launched to rescue the stranded people at Vivekananda Memorial. ICG ship Durgabhai Deshmukh proceeded to carry out relief mission at Quilon in Kerala. At the same time, two Dorniers and two helicopters were engaged in search and rescue operations off Chennai. A total of 25 survivors and 36 bodies were recovered from the coast as well as from the sea. Meanwhile, in the most affected region of Andaman & Nicobar islands, the ICG deployed three ships to southern part of the islands to assess the situation as well as to carry out rescue and relief operation. A Dornier sortie was launched to Maldives. ICG Dornier commenced air-dropping of relief material at Maldives.
Search and rescue operation all along the Eastern Coast continued recovering four dead bodies. The number of ships deployed in the Eastern Coast was nine along with four aircraft. In Andaman & Nicobar Islands, ICG ships and aircraft started reaching remote islands such as Chowra, Havelock and Cinque. In the process, 35 persons including foreign nationals were rescued and taken to safe areas. In the Western Coasts, the activity picked up the momentum and the ICG deployed its advanced vessel, Sagar, for search and rescue around Kerala Coast as well as Lakshwadeep Islands. In the same vein, distribution of food and clothing materials as well as establishing medical camps were started by the ICG and thousands of stranded people were provided medical relief.
All the inhabited islands in the Nicobar group were surveyed by ICG ships and aircraft and about 700 persons were evacuated from these islands. Approximately sixty per cent of the operation force level of the ICG got deployed in all the three regions. The ICG deployed one ship along with an integral helicopter each to Sri Lanka and Maldives with tonnes of relief material and medicines. ICG ship Samar was deployed for Sri Lanka. So far, it has made a number of visits carrying relief material from Kochi to Sri Lanka and back.
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If one single function of Coast Guard has to be identified in terms of direct interaction with the common people, it would be the search and rescue at sea. Last year, its efforts have been as exemplary as earlier.During January, a French tourist suffering from decompression sickness was airlifted and brought to Port Blair. In another incident, MV Jahalia out at sea with machinery breakdown, was located and brought back to Androth Port, Karnataka. The crew of MSV Jal Jyoti, sinking off the port of Mandovi in Gujarat, was promptly saved. There was a collision between two merchant vessels, MV APL Pusan and MT Delta-1 in the Gulf of Kutch, on March 19. Four units were pressed into action to save the crew of the ill fated ships. In yet another incident, a merchant ship, MV Genius Star was reported sinking in April and due to prompt efforts of Coast Guard ships, 17 lives were saved. The efforts of the Coast Guard were appreciated by the Chinese Embassy in India. The crew of MV Safina-ul-Badria was rescued. The ship sank shortly after the rescue. An incident of fire was reported onboard MV Lt Lloydiana and, demonstrating quick reaction capabilities, the fire was brought under control by Coast Guard and the crew was brought to safer locations.
During the year gone by two Taiwanese trawlers and one Indonesian trawler were apprehended in the Andaman and Nicobar region in October. In addition, one Myanmar’s boat with seven crew was captured off the North Andaman in November.
In the area of regional cooperation, Coast Guard successfully conducted the Vth Combined Indo-Japanese Coast Guard Exercise from November 1-6 in Mumbai. The scope of the exercise was enhanced from bilateral to multilateral with the participation of observers from two ASEAN countries, Vietnam and Malaysia. The Coast Guard ships also visited Maldives in February and Sri Lanka in December to strengthen relations with other countries of the Indian Ocean Rim.
Safety of fishermen at sea is an important Coast Guard Charter. The fishermen are the eyes and ears of the Coast Guard at sea. Therefore, it is the primary duty of Coast Guard to educate fishermen through regular community interaction programmes. The institutionalised community interaction programme at large fishing villages by local Coast Guard units all along the coasts have enhanced intelligence and surveillance capability of the Armed Forces.
The year gone by also saw the fructifying of efforts for the strengthening of the fleet strength of Coast Guard. Considering the requirements projected by the service, approval of the Government for procurement of three pollution control vessels, five fast patrol vessels and one advanced offshore patrol vessel (AOPV) was accorded in February. Approval in principle for acquisition of six inshore patrol vessels (IPVs), six advanced offshore patrol vessels (AOPVs) and nine interceptor boats (IBs) were accorded in the month of November.
The 9/11 strike in the United States changed the world’s perception towards security, including maritime security. Consequently, the new security measures in the form of International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, popularly known as ISPS code, has been brought into force with effect from July 1, 2004. Under this Code, all major ports and 200 Indian registered ships have been declared ISPS complaint. Coast Guard has an important role to play in the rightful implementation of the ISPS code and it has shouldered its responsibility in the right earnest.
Coast Guard, established as the lead intelligence agency in 2003, made a strong impact during the year gone by. A lot of innovative and ingenious measures have been initiated to give a new dimension to the intelligence role. In terms of protecting maritime interest during the year 2004, twenty foreign fishing vessels were apprehended and 145 foreign fishermen were apprehended for poaching with the catch worth Rs 7.62 lakh. Contraband seized were worth Rs 3 crore.
The goodwill gestures were apparent with 1111 lives saved at sea, 162 Indian fishermen repatriated from Sri Lanka to India and 18 Sri Lankans from India to Sri Lanka. But the statistics do not tell the full story as the Coast Guard’s job is to monitor every fathomable activity out at sea 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
input: Comdt Vineet Sharma
From The File
AIR Waves for Armed Forces
Tune to Sainiko Ke Liye on Delhi ‘B’ All India Radio between 1815 hrs and 1855 hrs every day on the frequencies: MW 450.5 Metre Band (666 KHz and SW 61.73 Metre band (107.1 MHz).
Armed Forces personnel and their families who are wiling to participate in various programmes produced by Broadcasting Section of DPR may contact Broadcasting Officer, Room No 25, L-II Block, New Delhi-110011, telephone number 23093764. Recorded audio casettes of entertainment programmes and band tunes prepared by various Armed Forces centres/units may also be sent on this address.
* on February 2: Interviews with NCC cadets who participated in RD Camp 2005
* on February 14: Message of Signal Officer-in-Chief, Corps of Signals and an entertainment item by the personnel of the Corps of Signals.
Principal Information Officer, Dr (Mrs) S Mahawal presenting a video camera to lt Col VK Batra, Public Relatios Officer, Ministry of Defence based at Sri Nagar for use in forward areas
The Eighth Reunion of Brigade of Guards was organised at the Guards Regimental Centre, Kamptee. The reunion is held once every four years. This provides an opportunity to retired and serving officers to interact and share their views on professional and regimental matters. The last reunion of Brigade of Guards was held in 1999.
The Eighth Reunion commenced with an impressive passing-out parade of the 54th Recruit course. The Colonel of the Regiment, Lt Gen RB Singh took the salute and exhorted the recruits to excel in all spheres. This was followed by his visit to Regimental Museum and other regimental institutions. Local and Doordarshan artists along with the recruits presented an entertainment feast on the occasion.
-Sqn Ldr Anil Ingley
Air Force station, Tambaram witnessed a unique combined passing-out parade of 1233 air cubs including 21 Airmen from Sri Lankan Air Force and two Airmen from Mauritius Air Force. This contingent consisted of 400 Airmen of Engine Fitter, Air Frame Fitter and Weapon Fitter trades from Mechanical Training Institute, 58 Airmen of Workshop Fitter and Plant Maintenance Fitter trades from Workshop Training Institute and 775 Airmen of Education Instructor, Ground Training Instructor, Clerical, Logistic and Accounting trades from Administrative Training Institute.
Air Cmde MS Ahluwalia, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force station, Tambaram reviewed the parade. The combined parade was commanded by Aircraftsman VK Mishra. The spectators were thrilled with the fly-past by three Kiran aircraft, a display of honour guard and a newly introduced arms drill by 21 newly passed-out trainees.
input: Sqn Ldr SI Muthu
A glittering convocation ceremony was held at the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE), Mhow to confer B Tech degrees in telecommunication and information technology on 20 Army Officers of the Technical Entry Scheme Course No 2.
The chief guest, Mr CS Chadha presented the parchments to the officers of the passing-out course. He also presented the Signal Officers-in-Chief Trophy and a gold medal for standing first in the over-all merit order to Lt Amit Kumar Singh. Lt SP Choudhary was awarded the Commandant’s Silver Medal for standing second in the overall order of merit. Lt Amit Atul was awarded the Commandant’s Bronze Medal for standing third. The Best Project award was presented to the syndicate comprising Lts Amit Kumar Singh, Abhishek Singh Maurya, Amit R Joshi and Rahul Juyal.
Lt Gen MG Datar, Commandant, MCTE bid farewell to the officers while Brig SPS Grewal delivered the vote of thanks.
input: Maj Manju Kumari
A two-day Senior Army Commanders’ Conference under the chairmanship of Lt Gen Ram Subramanyam, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command was held in Lucknow Cantonment.
During the conference presentations were made by the Principal Staff Officers and Formation Commanders on various issueds related to their organisations. On the conclusion of the conference, Lt Gen Ram Subramanayam asked all commanders to improve the standard of sports activities to make Mission Olympic, a reality. Emphasising the need to upkeep the various equipment being procured, he said that equipment should always be kept in serviceable condition. In his address, he advised the staff officers to work for the troops and be positive and helpful to all subordinate formations. He exhorted all commanders and staff officers for their valuable contribution towards the success of the conference.
-Maj Dhirendra Ojha
A combined valedictory function was held at Basic Flying Training School (BFTS), Air Force station, Bamrauli on the occasion of the passing-out of 41Indian Army, Navy and Coast Guard officers of the 175th Pilot Course. Air Marshal PK Mehra, Senior Air Staff Officer, Central Air Command was the chief guest on the occasion. On his arrival, he was received by Wg Cdr S Shrinivas, Commanding Officer, BFTS.
Basic Flying Training School, established on December 16, 1987, is a premier institution where basic flying training is imparted to young officers of Indian Army, Navy and Coast Guard on HPT 32 aircraft, manufactured and maintained by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
Sub Lieutenant V Chauhan from Indian Navy stood first in the overall merit order. Air Marshal PK Mehra gave away certificates to the officers and also presented trophies to those who excelled during the course of training.
-Sqn Ldr SM Sharma
Adjuged the best record office of the Indian Army, Record Office of the Maratha Light Infantry, Belgaum, celebrated its 63rd Raising Day.
Established in 1942, the Record Office manages career prospects of junior commissioned officers and other ranks of Maratha Light Infantry in all aspects. In addition, it is also responsible to interact with ex-servicemen of the regiment as well as the kins of deceased soldiers to ensure timely payment of pension benefits.
Brig CD Sawant, Commandant and Officer-in-Charge, Records addressed the gathering on the raising day. A cultural programme was also held on the ocassion.
input: Lt Col SP Singh
In order to honour the martyrs of the Armed Forces and retired Service personnel, Armed Forces Flag Day was observed under the aegis of a brigade in Lucknow cantonment. Mrs Samarjeet Singh, President, Army Wives Welfare Association of an infantry brigade and Col Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Commanding Officer of a unit of Bihar Regiment launched a concerted drive to solicit donations for the welfare of widows, old and infirm ex-servicemen and dependants of the personnel of Armed Forces.
The drive to collect fund was launched by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh Mr TV Rajeshwar and culminated with screening of films at Lucknow Public School, Springdale’s School, Bal Vidya Mandir, Saint Francis School and Army Blossom School.
-Maj Dhirendra Ojha
Indian Navy organised a Navy Queen contest in Mumbai. The response was overwhelming with 42 women sashaying down the ramp displaying their flawless features, grace and class. The judges finally voted for ten finalists after a tough screening.
The finals of the Navy Queen contest was held at the Western Naval Command Officers Mess in Colaba. Miss Sonia Suri was crowned the Navy Queen 2004. She won a grand trip to Singapore for two along with a cash award of Rs 40,000. The first runner-up was Miss Zaver Shroff while the second runner-up was Miss Daljit Kaur.
-Cdr AK Lambhate
A state-of-the-art laboratory to deal with cases of HIV and AIDS was inaugurated by Lt Gen JR Bhardwaj, Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services at the Immuno-Deficiency Centre of Base Hospital, Delhi Cantonment. The first advanced research laboratory of its kind, it would deal with all types of investigations for patients who are HIV positive. These include tests for monitoring the condition and detecting different types of infections. It also has modern facilities like CD4 CD8 counts, viral load assays and tests for detection of opportunistic infections.
The equipment available here include an ELISA reader and washer, an automated blood counter, a FACS counter and a thermocycler. This is a joint venture of DGAFMS, Base Hospitaland National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO).
Members of the Mumbai-based Sea Cadets Corps Sailing Association (sccsa) swept the five-day National Inland Optimist and Team Championship 2004 bagging almost all the trophies. Lt Gen BS Dhaliwal, President, National Optimist Association of India (NOAI) and Commandant, College of Military Engineering (CME) and Lt Gen AK Chopra, Commandant, National Defence Academy gave away trophies.
CME Commandant’s Trophy for standing first in the championship was awarded to Master Sooraj of SCCSA. Master Xerxes Bamboat of the Royal Bombay Yachting Club (RBYC) bagged the runner-up trophy. Ashwani Rane of SCCSA came third with 22 points.
In girls’ category, Sea Cadets Corps Trophy for finishing first in the championship was awarded to Ashwani Rane of SCCSA while the trophy for the runner-up was bagged by Snehal Desai, also of SCCSA.
Affectionately called Opti, Optimist is a class of sailing boat that is sailed by children below 16 years of age. There are more than two lakh Opti boats in the world and India has also a large fleet of these boats.
A veterinary camp was conducted at village Khoon in Udhampur district, under the aegis of HQ 71 Sub Area as part of operation Goodwill.
The camp provided free medical check-up and treatment to 477 animals and issued vet medicines and tonics for 1200 animals. Five sugeries were successfully performed besides minor surgery on four camels and 13 cattle.
Brig AC Soneja, Commander, 71 Sub Area inaugurated the camp and distributed seeds of berseem to local farmers.
A clinical laboratory was also set up by 2 Field Veterinary Laboratory to examine various samples for the diagnosis of diseases.
-Lt Col RK Sen
The Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) held its bi-annual conference at Lucknow. The conference was chaired by Mrs Meera Subramanyam, President, Central Command AWWA. She exhorted the members for conducting more than 50 Helping Hand camps for widows and a series of cancer detection camps. The new project, a network of ten Career Counselling Cells to be opened at the cantonments in Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Hissar, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Pithoragarh and Ranchi was also launched on the occasion.
The cells shall have a three-way thrust: care of the needs of the students entering university, help to those aspiring to enter premiere schools, and information on distance education, correspondence courses and open universities.
-Maj Dhirendra Ojha
A cancer screening camp was inaugurated by Mrs Mala Jamwal, President Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) at the Military Hospital (MH), Jodhpur. There was a very warm response from the ladies of Desert Corps who came to participate in the camp in large numbers. Each of them was screened for cervical and breast cancer. They were provided a thorough check-up, which included blood pressure measurement, detection of anaemia etc. They were also advised on health-care by experts.
-Lt Col RK Palta from Jodhpur
Maj Gen Paramjit Singh, General Officer Commanding, Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa (atnkk and G) Area inaugurated a housing complex for soldiers at St. Thomas Mount Cantonment. The complex, consisting of 100 dwelling units, was completed four months ahead of schedule at a cost of Rs 4.9 crore.
Gen Paramjit Singh, in his inaugural address, said that the complex would be developed with a park, play-ground, CSD canteen, vegetable shop and other amenities. He emphasised the need to provide quality of life to all Army personnel at peace locations.
Brig Deepak J Thosre, Chief Engineer, Chennai Zone in his report said that it was a fast-track project and it had many ‘firsts’ to its credit like usage of M 30 design mix concrete, provision of cuddapah stone on kitchen tops and shelves, slim design ferro cement shelves and Orissa type water closet.
Maj Gen Paramjit Singh, General Officer Commanding, ATNKK and G Area during his visit to Nimmathi, an old-age home run by War Widows Association, presented a cheque for Rs 33,000 as a financial assistance. Mrs Susheela Rajendran, President of the Association, received the cheque. Mrs Mona Prakash Singh, President, Army Wives Welfare Association distributed gifts and interacted with the residing war widows and ex-servicemen.
Nimmathi started with the help of the state Ex-servicemen Welfare Department and Helpage India.
Maj Gen Paramjit Singh presenting cheque to Mrs Susheela Rajendran
The Chief Air Formation Signal Officers Basketball Championship was held under the aegis of No 1 Air Formation Signal Regiment in New Delhi. The tournament was held on round-robin basis. Teams from all Air Formation Signal Units and Air HQ Air Formation Signal Unit participated in the tournament. One Air Formation Signal Regiment, Delhi emerged the winner of the championship.
The chief guest on the occasion, Brig Siddhappa Naikar gave away the coveted trophy to Col Amrit Lal, Commanding Officer, 1 Air Formation Signal Regiment.
-Sqn Ldr Sanjeev Sharma
from New Delhi
Lt Gen S Pattabhiraman assumed the charge of General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command. He took over the command from Lt Gen JJ Singh on February 1, 2005.
Gen Pattabhiraman was the Director General, Information Systems at the Army Headquarters besides being the Colonel Commandant of the Bombay Sappers.
Commissioned into 102 Engineer Regiment in December, 1966, the General Officer has had the distinction of commanding this regiment as well as 411 (I) Para Field Company.
Gen Pattabhiraman has held various staff, command and instructional appointments during his illustrious career spanning over 38 years. These include Instructor in the IMA and Army War College, GSO 1 in Military Operations Directorate and Commander of an Infantry Division and the Vajra Corps. He also served as Defence Attache of India in Ankara (Turkey).
Air Vice Marshal Satish Kumar Sofat assumed the charge of Senior Officer-in-Charge Administration at Headquarters Western Air Command.
Commissioned into the fighter stream of Indian Air Force in December 1969, Air Vice Marshal SK Sofat has had a very distinguished career. An alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla and a graduate from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and College of Air Warfare, Secunderabad, Air Vice Marshal Sofat has held various command, staff, instructional and diplomatic appointments during his service career spanning over 35 years. He has 3000 hours of accident-free flying to his credit.
Col (Ms) Ranjeena P Singh assumed the command of Military Hospital, Kamptee. Col Ranjeena Singh is a graduate from Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal and joined the Army Medical Corps in 1971. She has had a very distinguished career and has attended the prestigious long defence management course at College of Defence Management, Secunderabad. She has also qualified in Master of Management Studies from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
inputs: DS Rawat,
Sqn Ldr Sanjeev Sharma and
Sqn Ldr Anil Ingley