Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Naval Chief Visits Andaman & Nicobar








Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM,AVSM,ADC Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) visits ANC

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS)accompanied by Mrs. Reena Lanba, President NWWA arrived at Port Blair on their five day visit to Andaman and Nicobar Command on 31 Jan 17.  He was received by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command. 

After arrival at Port Blair, he called on the Hon’ble Lt Governor Andaman & Nicobar Prof. Jagdish Mukhi. Subsequently during briefing at HQ ANC, he was updated on the operational preparedness of the Andaman and Nicobar Command. He reviewed the infrastructure development and future plans of ANC. 

In the next four days the Chairman COSC and CNS will be visiting the various outlying units of HQ ANC and interacting with the troops located there to get a first-hand overview of their preparedness and well-being. During the course of his visits the Chairman COSC and CNS would be visiting Air Force Station Car Nicobar (Carnic) where he will be paying his tributes to the martyrs at the Tsunami Memorial. He would also be visiting INS Baaz at Campbell Bay, INS Kardip at Kamorta Island and Naval Air Station (NAS) Shibpur apart from the various units and establishments located at Port Blair.

Monday, January 30, 2017

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Visit of Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy






Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy is on an official visit to India from 29 January to 02 February 2017. The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations between India and Sri Lanka and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.

Commander, Sri Lankan Navy will hold bilateral discussions with Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff and other senior officials of the Indian Navy on 30 January 2017.  The Admiral is also scheduled to meet the Chief of the Air Staff, Chief of the Army Staff as well as the Director General, Indian Coast Guard. Calls on of the Hon’ble Minister of State for Defence and Defence Secretary have also been scheduled as part of his official meetings in New Delhi.

Naval cooperation between India and Sri Lanka has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide span which includes operational interactions through bilateral exercises, Training, Port Calls, Hydrographic co-operation, Special Forces interactions, Capability Building and Capacity Augmentation initiatives. Two Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPVs) are also being constructed for the Sri Lankan Navy at M/s Goa Shipyard Limited.

In addition to New Delhi, the Admiral is also scheduled to proceed to Goa where he will be visiting Naval War College and Goa Shipyard Limited besides interacting with Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area. The Admiral would further visit the Training Command of the Indian Navy based at Kochi, where he would be briefed on training aspects and would also visit various training facilities/ professional schools. During his visit to Kochi, the Admiral would also interact with Sri Lankan Naval personnel undergoing training in India. The Commander, Sri Lankan Navy’s visit follows closely on the visit of the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba’s visit to Sri Lanka wherein he also participated in the 7th International Maritime Conference, Galle Dialogue 2016.

Navy’s Theatre Level Exercise, TROPEX-17

The Indian Navy’s Annual Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise (TROPEX) got underway on 24 Jan 17. The month long exercise will have ships and aircraft of both the Western and Eastern Naval Commands, as also assets from the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard exercising together. The exercise is being conducted off the Western Seaboard. The last edition of the exercise was conducted in January 2015.

TROPEX has grown in scale and complexity over the years and will see participation of major surface combatants and air assets of the Indian Navy including the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, nuclear submarine Chakra, Landing Platform Dock (LPD) Jalashwa, the recently commissioned destroyer Chennai, the P-8I long range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft operating alongside SU-30 MKI, Jaguars, AWACS, IL-78 Flight Refuelling Aircraft of the Indian Air Force and Infantry units of the Indian Army. The exercise will be conducted in various phases, both in harbour and at sea encompassing the various facets of war-fighting and combat operations.

TROPEX 17 assumes special significance in the backdrop of the current security scenario. The exercise is aimed at testing combat readiness of the combined fleets of the Indian Navy, and the assets of the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard. It will also strengthen inter-operability and joint operations in a complex environment.

Madras Engineer Group Adjudged Best Marching Contingent Amongst Services , R-Day Parade-2017

Beating The Retreat 2017






This year, spectators at the Beating the Retreat ceremony will be enthralled with the mesmerising and foot tapping music of the bands from the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the State Police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). As many as 26 performances on the historic Vijay Chowk, mostly composed by Indian musicians will thrill the audience with patriotic fervour. The tunes to be rendered are ‘Singarh’, ‘Patni Top’, ‘Mony Musk’, ‘Jak Wilson’, ‘General Tappy’, ‘The Gael’, ‘ Scotland the Brave’, ‘Jal Nidhi’, ‘Yaman’, ‘Sky Lark’, ‘Veer Bharat’, ‘Pyari Bhumi’, ‘Take to the Sky’, ‘Victory Dhun’, ‘Air Force Colours’, ‘Benihal’, ‘Indian Fleet’, ‘Admirals Ensignia’, ‘Jai Bharti’, ‘Appu’, ‘Call of the Heart’, ‘Gulmarg’, ‘Drummers Call’, ‘Army Star’, ‘Abide with Me’ and lastly the ever-popular ‘Sare Jahan Se Acha’. While the tunes are a mix of Indian and Western compositions the dominance of the Desi tunes will add special flavour to the ceremony.

The ceremony at the Vijay Chowk on January 29th every year marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations. This year, 16 Military Bands, 16 Pipes and Drums Bands from Regimental Centres and Battalions are participating in Beating the Retreat ceremony. Besides one each of Indian Navy and Indian Air Force band will also form part of the event. Another band of the State Police and CAPF comprising Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force and Delhi Police will also take part.

The principal conductor of the Beating Retreat ceremony will be Sqn Ldr G Jayachandran while Army bands conductor will be Subedar Major Hemraj and the Navy and Air Force band commanders will be Master Chief Petty Officer (Musician-I) Ramesh Chand and Junior Warrant Officer Ashok Kumar respectively. The conductor of the State Police and CAPF bands will be Inspector Lal Singh. Buglers will perform under the leadership of Sub Parbat Singh and pipes and drums bands will play under the instructions of Sub Maj Gopal Singh.

‘Beating the Retreat’ has emerged as an event of national pride when the Colours and Standards are paraded. The ceremony traces its origins to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army indigenously developed the unique ceremony of display by the massed bands. ‘Beating Retreat’ marks a centuries old military tradition, when the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their arms and withdrew from the battlefield and returned to the camps at sunset at the sounding of the Retreat. Colours and Standards are cased and flags lowered. The ceremony creates nostalgia for the times gone by.

Republic Day Parade – 2017 Awards announced

Madras Engineer Group Adjudged Best Marching Contingent amongst Services

The results of different competitive presentations in the Republic Day Parade – 2017 have been announced by the Ministry of Defence. Among the Services category, Madras Engineer Group has been adjudged the best marching contingent. In the category of Para-Military Forces and other auxiliary marching contingents, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) contingent has been adjudged the best marching contingent.

In the tableau category, in total 23 tableau including six from Union Ministries / Departments took part in this year’s Republic Day Parade, out of which first position has gone to Arunachal Pradesh tableau, which depicted the Yak dance, one of the most famous pantomimes of the Mahayana sect of Buddhist tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. Tripura’s tableau based on ‘Hojagiri’ dance, depicting the magnificent Reang tribal dance was adjudged the second best, while the third position was shared by Maharashtra and Tamilnadu. The tableau of Maharashtra depicted the commemoration of 160th birth anniversary of the honoured freedom fighter, Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak. The Tamilnadu tableau portrayed the popular folk dance ‘Karagattam’ which forms an important event in temple festival celebrations, especially in Amman temple festivals in the rural areas of Tamilnadu.

In the category of tableaux representing Union Ministries/Departments, the first prize has been awarded to the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship which depicted the theme ‘Transforming India through Skill Development’, and highlighted the achievements of the Ministry and its programmes. The tableau presented by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) depicting the concept of ‘Green India-Clean India’ was selected for a special prize by the jury.

In the competitive category of school children items, the dance presented by Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pitampura, Delhi has been adjudged the best children item for their performance to express how our National Flag has been a witness to the glorious tales of our freedom fighters, establishment of Indian democracy, the endless affection of Indians, women’s empowerment and such countless achievements. A Consolation Prize has also been awarded to South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur for their performance of the ‘Saila Karma’ dance which is a popular dance of the Gond Tribe of Dindori district in Madhya Pradesh.

As in previous years, this year also Ministry of Defence had appointed three panels of judges for assessing the marching contingents from three Services, Para-Military Forces and Tableau from various States/Ministries/Departments and School Children items from Schools of Delhi as well as outside Delhi. The panels of judges today announced their results here.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Nation Celebrates 68th Republic Day











Martyrs Remembered




The Chief Minister of Telangana Shri K. Chandrasekhar Rao laid the wreath at Veerula Sainika Smarak (War Memorial) and paid homage to the martyrs on the occasion of 68th Republic Day in Secunderabad this morning. Amongst the senior Officers of the three Services who laid the wreaths were Lieutenant General JS Matharu, Commandant, Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, Major General S Pachory, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Telangana and Andhra Sub Area, Air Vice Marshal Upkarjit Singh, Commandant, College of Air Warfare, Rear Admiral K Srinivas, Director, Defence Machinery Design Establishment and Major General Satish N Wasade, GOC, BISON Division.  A large number of serving and retired personnel of the three Services were present during the ceremony.

Wreath laying ceremony is organised every year at Veerula Sainik Smarak, Army Parade Ground, Secunderabad by Headquarters Telangala & Andhra Sub Area along with the Republic Day Parade as a mark of respect and to pay homage to the valiant soldiers who laid their lives to uphold the honour and pride of our country.  As we rededicate ourselves to uphold the constitution and fulfil the unrealised dreams of vibrant India rightly said “they sacrificed their `today’ for a safer `tomorrow’ for us”.

Republic Day At Indian Naval Academy








In commemoration of India’s 68th Republic Day, a ceremonial parade was held at Indian Naval Academy (INA). The parade was reviewed by Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM, Commandant, INA.

A ceremonial guard comprising 50 cadets along with 28 platoons commanded by Academy Cadet Captain Ashutosh Singh participated in the parade. Earlier wreath was placed by Vice Admiral SV
Bhokare, at ‘Prerna Sthal’ War memorial and two minutes silence was observed.

During his address, the Commandant greeted the attendees on the auspicious occasion and motivated the cadets to work towards professional excellence and pride. He reiterated that professional knowledge and competence are absolutely necessary traits that every aspiring military leader must possess. He urged all personnel of the station to rededicate themselves to the cause and serve the nation. He advised all personnel to discharge their duty responsibly and continue to make the Navy and the country proud.

The parade culminated with the march past by the platoons. The families and children of all personnel of INA witnessed the impressive parade. A station get together and ‘Barakanna’ - a traditional meal for all Naval and Defence civilian personnel of the station was also organised as part of Republic Day celebrations.

President confers Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)

1.Squadron Leader Ramesh Verma Flying (Pilot)

On 11 Jul 16, Sqn Ldr Ramesh Verma was authorised for a battle inoculation mission, by Dark Night. While carrying out the attack profile, the front canopy of the aircraft burst with a loud bang. Sqn Ldr Verma was hit by large pieces of canopy Perspex with great force on his neck, resulting in deep wounds and injury to his right shoulder. The severe wind blast also caused his head to hit the canopy combing, almost rendering him unconscious. Sqn Ldr Verma was quick to regain control of the aircraft using his instincts. His vision had become hazy due to the strong blast of wind and possible fine powder from the bursting canopy fragments, in his eye. There was also no communication possible either with his rear seat WSO (who was not a pilot), or with any ground agency. The aircraft was very close to Bareilly town and an ejection would have resulted in catastrophic damage on ground.

Despite a bleeding wound, pain and stiffness in his right shoulder, he lowered his seat, selected the dark visor down and initiated recovery keeping clear of populated area. Lowering of the dark visor was essential to protect his eyes, though it considerably reduced visibility on a dark night. Large pieces of the canopy had also fallen inside the cockpit and could have interfered with the flying controls and the ejection seat. Abandoning the crippled aircraft would have resulted in extensive damage on ground and the loss of a very expensive aircraft. He displayed courage of an exceptional order in deciding to brave the strong air blast inside the cockpit, very hazy vision and grave injuries to his shoulder and arm while recovering the aircraft in a dark night. The courage, resolve, and professional skill displayed by the officer were of the highest order.

Squadron Leader Ramesh Verma has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal for Gallantry


2. President confers Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Sukhwinder Singh Multani Flying (Pilot)

In the wee hours of 18 May 16, Indian Air Force received a frantic call from Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board informing a forest fire raging on Trikuta hill which was fast approaching the shrine. Squadron Leader SS Multani (Now Wing Commander) was immediately tasked for dousing the fire by the use of Bambi bucket. He immediately swung into action and got airborne for the site. By then, the fire had turned into an inferno and was only 100m from the main walkway to the shrine, endangering the lives of thousands of pilgrims. The fire was spotted on a steep slope surrounded by tall trees making it inaccessible to the fire fighters on ground. Realising the time criticality, with his experience and awareness of the area, he identified the reservoir of Salal Dam at Riasi as a potential source for filling up water. Reduced visibility due to smoke, excessive turbulence and limited turn radius reduced any margin of error as the aircraft had to be operated at its maximum capacity. The alignment of the fire line required the water drop to be carried out in a direction facing into the hill, making it dangerously difficult unlike other fire fighting operations. With the Bambi bucket under slung at 30 m below the aircraft, the terrain clearance was marginal. The complexity of the mission required courage and skillful handling of the helicopter maintaining a high degree of situational awareness.
During the process of dousing the fire the bunch cable holding the Bambi bucket had entangled, thereby making it impossible to fill up the water. Returning to base for rectification would have caused loss of precious time thereby, allowing the fire to spread putting in danger lives of thousands of pilgrims. Sqn Ldr Multani located a restricted but clear patch next to the reservoir and with no assistance available on ground to secure the Bambi, he deftly manoeuvered the aircraft to land safely. Having removed the entanglement personally, he resumed the fire fighting operations with courage and commitment. Accurate and relentless operations were able to douse the fire, preventing a major catastrophe in the Trikuta hills.
For this act of exceptional courage in saving precious lives, Wing Commander Sukhwinder Singh Multani has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal  for Gallantry.

3. President Confers Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader Vikas Puri Flying (Pilot)

On 12 Mar 2016, Sqn Ldr Vikas Puri was detailed to fly a Mi-17 helicopter from Shillong to Tezpur with AOC-in-C, HQ EAC and other senior officials of his entourage on board. After an uneventful flight of 30 minutes, his aircraft experienced fuel booster pump failure which immediately leads to "rarest of the rare" emergency of "both engine failure" in Mi-17 helicopter. Being at a height of only 4000 feet above in a difficult terrain and with very limited time in hand, he promptly analysed the situation and quickly initiated correct recovery actions. Unaware of the actual cause of failure, displaying exceptional courage, astute technical knowledge, exceptional crew coordination, timely ingenious actions and adept handling of the toughest emergency in a helicopter, he recovered the aircraft safely by force landing the aircraft. Even while losing height critically, he maintained his composure and dexterously manoeuvred the helicopter to safety barely 250 meter above ground level thereby averting a certain catastrophe. In this fearless and courageous effort, he not only saved sixteen invaluable lives but also a precious war waging asset.

He showed exemplary valour, bravery, maturity, exceptional professionalism and situational awareness in tackling one of the gravest emergency in a Mi-17 helicopter.  Squadron Leader Vikas Puri has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal for Gallantry.

4. President confers Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader Rijul Sharma Flying (Pilot)

On 01 Jun 16, Squadron Leader Rijul Sharma was authorised to fly an Air Test sortie on MiG 29 aircraft which involved testing of aircraft at Supersonic Speeds at a height of 10 Km. While conducting this test in Supersonic Flying corridor; 110 km away from base at a speed of 1.1 Mach which corresponds to 1200-1300 Kmph of true air speed, the canopy perspex of the aircraft shattered. This resulted in explosive decompression and perspex pieces hitting the officer on his right shoulder. In the absence of canopy; he was exposed to  extremely low temperatures of minus 28 deg C and very severe wind blast owing to very high speed. Human exposure to such low temperatures, aero-medical problems of decompression sickness and few seconds to useful consciousness due to Hypoxia required prompt actions on the part of the pilot. Weighing against the option of ejecting and displaying courage of an exceptional order, Sqn Ldr Sharma decided to recover the aircraft.

In the process, he totally disregarded his critical shoulder injury and the discomfort posed by high speed, high altitude and low temperatures. To avoid the effects of aero-medical problems he quickly descended to 3 Km and simultaneously reduced speed for effective control of the aircraft. Displaying concern to other lives and national assets he avoided flying close to oil installations which were enroute and populated areas. Notwithstanding the reduced frontal visibility, very high cockpit noise level and heavy aircraft weight, he skillfully handled the damaged aircraft and executed a safe emergency landing, without any further damage to the aircraft. His actions in handling such a critical emergency, not only saved his own life and the aircraft, but also prevented possible catastrophic damage to en-route strategically important and vital petro­chemical installations and populated areas.

Squadron Leader Rijul Sharma has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal for Gallantry.
 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Defence Minister visits DG NCC Republic Day Camp-2017


Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar during his visit to NCC Republic Day Camp 2017 here today, conferred “Raksha Mantri Padak” and Commendation Cards to NCC Cadets for their exemplary performance and devotion to duty at an impressive ‘Investiture Ceremony’ held at NCC Republic Day Camp 2017 at Delhi Cantt. He was received by the Director General National Cadet Corps(DGNCC) Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht. A contingent of smartly turned out NCC cadets drawn from the three wings namely Army, Navy and Air Force presented an impressive Guard of Honour to the Defence Minister.

Raksha Mantri Padak was instituted in 1989 and since then it is awarded to the most deserving Cadets every year for bravery or exceptional service of highest order. This year the Raksha Mantri Padak has been awarded to Company Under Officer Priyanka Mishra of Rajasthan Directorate, Raksha Mantri Commendation Cards have been awarded to Cadet Kushagra Misra (Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh Directorate), Senior Under Officer Rajlaxmi Baral (Odisha Directorate) and Girls Cadets Instructor (GCI) III E Gomathi (Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Directorate).

The Raksha Mantri Padak was also awarded to ten girl cadets and one GCI. The Cadets and GCI who received the Raksha Mantri Padak are Cadet Rigzen Dolker and Cadet Baljeet Kaur (Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh & Chandigarh Directorate), Cadet Tashi Laskit, Cadet Stanzin Laskit and Cadet Tsering Angmo (Jammu & Kashmir Directorate), Cadet Pooja Mehra (Uttarakhand Directorate), Cadet Lalrintluangi (North Eastern Region Directorate), Cadet Sulaxchana and Cadet Trishal Gurung (West Bengal & Sikkim Directorate), Cadet Kumari Nutan (Rajasthan Directorate) & Girl Cadet Instructor III Dolyne Kharbhih (North Eastern Region Directorate), who successfully summitted Mt Everest in May 2016 and created world record for maximum number of women from a single team and single country. Raksha Mantri Commendation Card was also awarded to Girl Cadet Instructor II Saroj Boriwal of Madhya Pradesh & Chhattishgarh Directorate who was part of the support team for Mt Everest.

The Defence Minister also inspected the well laid out flag area prepared by the cadets from all 17 NCC Directorates depicting various Social Awareness themes. He was given a crisp brief by the cadets on their respective models.

The Minister along with other distinguished guests later witnessed a spectacular cultural programme by the cadets in the NCC auditorium.

Gallantry Awards to Navy on 26 January 2017

SHAURYA CHAKRA
ASHU SINGH, CHIEF MECHANICAL ENGINEER (131980 – F)
(POSTHUMOUSLY)
 
On 06 Mar 16, at about 1600 hrs, an incident of deck head lagging fire accompanied with heavy smouldering occurred in the ‘B’ Boiler Room of INS Viraat. The sailor showed exemplary courage and presence of mind in safeguarding machinery by taking correct procedural step in crash stopping B1 boiler which was last in use and securing other machinery in the vicinity. He took lead role in successfully fighting the fire relentlessly for 35 min with all other watch keepers and Standing Sea Fire Party (SSFP) in the extreme harsh conditions with intense heat and heavy smoke without thinking about his own safety thereby averting a major disaster. He also safeguarded the life of other fire fighters by guiding them to evacuate boiler room in time.

In the process the sailor, undeterred and unmindful of his own life, safeguarded the life of men and propulsion machinery of the aircraft carrier, displaying conspicuous gallantry, exemplary leadership and presented an example of "Service before Self". The sailor displayed dauntless courage, most conspicuous gallantry, selfless service, outstanding professionalism and exemplary leadership disregarding the pain and suffocation and had sacrificed his own life while ensuring safety of fellow ship mates and the aircraft carrier.

This feat of courage by the sailor, in saving both, personnel and the equipment at the cost of his own life is an act worthy of recognition and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Service, and therefore, (Late) Ashu Singh, Chief Mechanical Engineer is awarded Shaurya Chakra (Posthumously).


NAO SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY)
RAKESH KUMAR, HULL ARTIFICER 4, (502230-H)
(POSTHUMOUSLY)

On  10 Jun 16, Rakesh Kumar, Hull Artificer 4, 502230-H of INS Vikramaditya, was part of the team assigned the task of overseeing fitment of a newly fabricated 1.2 m piece of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) pipe by two civilian contract-workers in Cofferdam 9K6, whose horizontal dimensions measure 2.1m X 0.76m. The sailor was assigned the task of connecting and supervising the operation of a submersible pump and was positioned in the Power Generation Room (PGR), one deck above the compartment containing the Cofferdam, with access to the Cofferdam being only through a long vertical ladder that led down from a narrow hatch.  During the pipe-replacement process, the sailor heard someone shouting from the compartment below and saw a civilian emerging from it in a semi-conscious state. The sailor went down the ladder, picked up the civilian on his shoulder and climbed up the vertical ladder to the PGR, laying him down under an AC vent. He then learnt that the other civilian was also unconscious in the Cofferdam. Without any thought to his own safety, the sailor clambered down the vertical ladder again and with no hesitation entered the Cofferdam where he saw his team leader wearing an Emergency Life saving Apparatus (ELSA) set and trying to pick up the civilian worker, who was lying prone in the well of the Cofferdam, partly covered with water. Rakesh, with all his strength, tried to lift the second civilian, but was unable to do so as his clothes were slippery and entangled with deck fittings in the narrow space. Despite knowing the dangers of the probable presence in the space of toxic gas and its consequences, Rakesh did not relent in his efforts and continued trying to bodily lift the civilian out of the Cofferdam in the hope of saving his life. He, however, lost track of time, and whilst continuing his vain but valiant efforts, also succumbed to the toxic gas inhalation and collapsed inside the Cofferdam. He was extricated from the compartment by a rescue team a few minutes later, but was unfortunately declared dead in the hospital.

It is evident from the act of the sailor that he with scant regard to his personal safety ventured into the congested cofferdam seeing a civilian worker shouting in semi-conscious state. The sailor was completely aware that the presence of dangerous and poisonous gases in the congested enclosed space will endanger the lives of the civilians working there. Even a moment’s delay would cause the civilians to lose their lives. Realising this, sailor rushed to the space and lifted the first civilian on his shoulder and climbed up the ladder and saved him. Thereafter, though the sailor was exhausted, showing rare grit of courage and valour he ventured into the congested space infested with the poisonous gases to save the second civilian. Whilst continuing his vain but valiant efforts, Rakesh Kumar, Hull Artificer 4 succumbed to the toxic gas inhalation. This feat of exemplary courage by the sailor, in saving the civilians working in the enclosed and congested space infested with the deadly poisonous gases of H2S with scant regard to the safety of his own life is an act worthy of recognition and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Service, and therefore, (Late) Rakesh Kumar, Hull Artificer 4 is awarded Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry) (Posthumously).


NAO SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY)
LT CDR NEERAJ KUMAR (06143-K)

Lt Cdr Neeraj Kumar (06143-K) is the NBCD Officer onboard INS Trikand. At about 1820h on 08 June 2016, whilst transiting off Goa in heavy weather, INS Trikand was contacted on radio by Merchant Vessel MV Infinity One anchored off Grandi Island. MV Infinity One reported crack in starboard ship’s side with ingress of water causing ten degrees list being aggravated by heavy weather and swell, and requested de-flooding assistance in emergency. Immediately, INS Trikand closed MV Infinity to render assistance. Weather was extremely unfavourable, with heavy rain, low visibility, winds gusting to 25-29 KN, pitch dark night conditions and sea state 3-4. Undeterred by the challenging weather conditions, Lt Cdr Neeraj Kumar sprang into action and quickly mustered a four man Damage Control (DC) team along with dewatering pumps and leak stopping gears. During embarkation of the DC team and stores into the ship’s boat, the boat and ship were rolling excessively in the heavy seas and the scramble net swayed precariously throughout the descent into the boat. Keeping his cool and displaying unflinching courage, Lt Cdr Neeraj Kumar led from the front and ensured all men and stores were loaded into the boat in record time. Motivating his team all along the way and closely monitoring their movements, he led the team personally on an extremely demanding transit across the choppy seas to the marooned Merchant Vessel. Upon embarkation onboard the Merchant Vessel at 2020h on 08 June 2016, the MV crew were assessed to be poorly trained and motivated, with many seemingly in shock. The forward hold of MV Infinity was half flooded and the ship was listed excessively to starboard with sea/ swell breaking over the weather deck. The only access to the forward hold was via a catwalk that was on the starboard edge of the weather deck, which was constantly awash with sea and spray. Catwalk and upper decks were caked with bitumen dust from the ship’s cargo, which along with the heel to starboard, aggravated by the pitch black night and falling rain created treacherous underfoot conditions. The Forward Hold itself was in complete darkness and was accessible only via a narrow lobby above. All onboard pumps of the MV had burned out or suctions were choked by bitumen cargo in the hold. Displaying tremendous professional poise and composure in such trying conditions, Lt Cdr Neeraj Kumar marshalled his team expertly and swiftly rigged up portable submersible pumps in the forward hold of the MV. When MV crew were unable to provide power supply for the pumps, Lt Cdr Neeraj Kumar and his team proactively took matters into their own hands, searched all nearby compartments, identified compatible supply breakers and rigged up direct electrical tapping from those points to energise the pumps. After two hours of sustained de-flooding of the forward hold using the pumps operationalised by Lt Cdr Neeraj and his crew, the list of the MV was observed to gradually reduce and by 0315h on 09 June 2016, the list had reduced to five degrees and the MV was declared out of the danger by the Master.

Military leadership, courage in adversity and ability to overcome all odds displayed by Lt Cdr Neeraj Kumar are in the best traditions of the naval service. Technical and seamanship skills as well as sheer guts displayed by the officer ensured successful rescue of a Merchant Vessel in distress at sea and saved the lives of all 14 MV seamen of Indian nationality. For his intrepid leadership and bravery, Lt Cdr Neeraj Kumar is awarded Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry).

Curtain Raiser-Republic Day – 2017

The Nation’s military prowess and achievements in different fields, state-of- the-art defence platforms, its diverse cultural and social traditions, and the government’s emphasis on self-reliance and indigenisation will be showcased before the public at the historic Rajpath when the country celebrates its 68th Republic Day tomorrow.

The highlights of this year’s Parade will be, a 149-member UAE Presidential Guard, the Air Force, the Navy and Army contingent led by a UAE band consisting of 35 musicians marching on Rajpath and presenting a ceremonial salute to the President of India. The UAE military contingent is led by Lt Col Abood Musabeh Abood Musabeh Alghfeli.

This year’s parade will also see some of the firsts to its credit. For the first time a contingent of the National Security Guard (NSG) popularly known as the Black Cat Commandoes will march-past the Rajpath. The parade will also see the fly-past of three LCA Tejas Aircraft flying at a height of 300 m from ground in ‘Vic’ formation and the Airborne Early Warning & Control System (AEW&C) developed by DRDO.

Sticking to the 67 years tradition of the Republic Day Celebration, the colourful BSF Camel Regiment led by Deputy Commandant Kuldeep Seervi will take part.

The Indian Army’s missile firing capability, T-90 ‘Bhishma’ tank, Infantry Combat Vehicle BMP-2K, Mobile Autonomous Launcher of the BrahMos Missile System, Weapon Locating Raddar ‘Swathi’, Akash Weapon System, CBRN Recconnnaisance Vehicle and Dhanush Gun System will be the main draw in the mechanised columns.

An Indian Air Force Tableau will roll down the Rajpath with the theme “Air Dominance Through Network Centric Operations”. The Tableau will display the scaled down models of Su-30 MKI, Mirage-2000, AWACS, UAV, Apache and Communication Sattelite.

This year the Indian Navy’s Tableau will have the theme ‘Indian Navy – Professional Force-Anchoring Stability, Security and National Prosperity’. The tableau showcases the lethal Marine Commandoes proceeding for action, the indigenously built Kolkata Class Destroyer and the Kalvari Class next generation attack submarines. The tableaux also displays a model of the P-8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

The parade ceremony will commence at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate where the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will lead the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath. An eternal flame burns at the Amar Jawan Jyoti to commemorate the indomitable courage of our Armed Forces personnel who have made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the motherland. The Amar Jawan, the immortal soldier, is symbolised by a reversed rifle standing on its barrel and crested by a soldier’s helmet.

As per tradition, after unfurling the National Flag, the national anthem will be played with a 21 gun salute. The parade will then commence and the President will take the salute. This year’s Chief Guest in the parade will be His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces. The parade will be commanded by Lt. General Manoj Mukund Naravane, General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area. Major General Rajesh Sahai, Chief of Staff, Headquarter Delhi Area will be the parade Second-in-Command.

Param Vir Chakra winners Subedar Major & Honorary Captain Bana Singh (Retd), Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers and Naib/Subedar Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAK Rifles and Ashok Chakra winners Major General Cyrus A Pithawalla (Retd), Lt Col Jas Ram Singh (Retd), Shri Hukum Singh and Shri Govind Singh of district Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh and Shri Bhure Lal of district Guna also from Madhya Pradesh will follow the Deputy Parade Commander on Jeeps.
The marching contingents of Army will include horse-mounted columns of the 61st Cavalry, the Machanised Infantry Regiment, the Bihar Regiment, the 39 Gorkha Training Centre, 58 Gorkha Training Centre, the Madras Engineering Group and Centre and 103 Infantry Battalion (Territoral Army) Sikh LI.
The marching contingent of Navy comprising 144 young sailors will be led by Lieutenant Aparna Nair, while the Indian Air Force contingent comprising 144 men will be led by Squadran Leader Attal Singh Shekhon. The Paramilitary and other auxiliary civil forces will include the Border Security Force Camel Contingent, Indian Coast Guard, Central Reserve Police Force, Central Industrial Security Force, Delhi Police, National Cadet Corps and National Service Scheme.

Tableaux from 17 States and UT, six Central Ministries and Departments will present the varied historical, art and cultural heritage of the country. They will also showcase country’s progress in different fields, particularly floats from Goa, Gujarat, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam and Jammu & Kashmir with their varied themes, which will be of special attraction. The floats of Central Board of Excise and Customs, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Allevation will showcase the rapid development of some of the flagship programmes of the Government. The floats of Council of Scientific and Industial Reasearch (CSIR) and Ministry of Skill Development & Enterpreneurship will highlight the significant progress in the scientific and technoligical growth in the country as well as our efforts to promote skill development and enterpreneurship to achieve the vision of “Skill India”.

Twenty one of the Twenty five children selected for the National Bravery Award–2016 will also participate in the parade. Four children have got the award posthumously. In the children’s pageant section, about 600 boys and girls drawn from three schools in Delhi and a group of school children from South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur will perform colourful dances on varid themes. The splendid driving skills of ‘Dare Devils’- the motorcycle display team of Corps of Military Police will be a major attraction of the parade. They will perform different stunts like Salute to President, Ladder, Double Bar, Lotus, Christmas Tree, Aircraft, Sudarshan Chakra, Flower Pot, Pyramid and Wheeling on moving motor cycles.

The grand finale of the parade will be a spectacular flypast by the IAF. The flypast will commence with the ‘Chakra’ formation, comprising three Mi-35 helicopters in ‘Vic’ formation, followed by the ‘Hercules’ formation comprising three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in ‘Vic’ formation. Trailing them will be the ‘Netra’ which is an Airborne Early Warning and Control System Aircraft also known as “Eye in the Sky”. It will be followed by the ‘Globe formation’ comprising one C-17 Globemaster flanked by two Su-30 MKIs. Next in line will be the fighters, where five Jaguars will fly in Arrowhead formation, another five MiG-29 Air Superiority Fighters will fly in Fulcrum style. Then the breath-taking ‘Trishul’ formation comprising three Su-30 MKIs of No. 24 Squadron would fly over the Rajpath, and once in front of the saluting dais, the Su-30 MKI aircraft will split upwards, making a Trishul in the sky. The flypast will conclude with another Su-30 MKI carrying out a ‘Vertical Charlie’ manoeuvre over the saluting dais.

The ceremony will culminate with the national anthem and release of balloons.

Gallantry Awards to Army

Gallantry Awards to Army on 26 January 2017

The President of India,  Shri Pranab Mukherjee has approved the award of two Kirti Chakras and ten Shaurya Chakras to the Indian Army personnel on the occasion of Republic Day 2017 has been included in the list of citations.

LIST OF PERSONNEL BEING CONFERRED GALLANTRY AND DISTINGUISHED AWARDS ON THE OCCASION OF REPUBLIC DAY-2017

PARAM VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL

1. IC-34410H LT GEN SATYA PAL SINGH KATEWA, AVSM, ASC  2. IC-34605N LT GEN RAKESH SHARMA, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, INF 3. IC-34760P LT GEN PRAVEEN BAKSHI, AVSM, VSM, ARMD 4. IC-34829N LT GEN SANJIV TALWAR, AVSM, ENGRS 5. IC-34901Y LT GEN PALEPU RAVI SHANKAR, AVSM, VSM, ARTY (Retd) 6. IC-34954X LT GEN AMIT SARIN, AVSM, SM, VSM, AOC  7. IC-35109Y LT GEN RAJEEV VASANT KANITKAR, AVSM, SM, VSM, ARMD 8. IC-35115M LT GEN JAGBIR SINGH, AVSM, SM, VSM, MECH INF (Retd) 9. IC-35137L LT GEN PATTIARIMAL MOHAMEDALI HARIZ, AVSM, SM, VSM, MECH INF 10. IC-35173W LT GEN RAYMOND JOSEPH NORONHA, AVSM**, SM, INF 11. IC-35206W LT GEN KONSAM HIMALAY SINGH, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, INF 12. IC-35487X LT GEN NARINDER PAL SINGH HIRA, AVSM, SM, INF (Retd) 13. IC-35494N LT GEN SUBRATA SAHA, UYSM, YSM, VSM**, INF 14. IC-35602M LT GEN ASHOK BHIM SHIVANE, AVSM, VSM, ARMD  15. IC-35650M LT GEN BOBBY CHERIAN MATHEWS, AVSM**, VSM, INF  16. IC-35915L LT GEN RAJEEV TEWARI, AVSM, ARMD 17. IC-35953F LT GEN AVINASH LAXMAN CHAVAN, AVSM, SM, VSM, INF 18. IC-37555Y LT GEN VINOD GULABRAO KHANDARE, AVSM, SM, INF 19. MR-03856W LT GEN VELU NAIR, AVSM, VSM**, AMC 20. MR-03911F LT GEN MANOJ KUMAR UNNI, AVSM, VSM, AMC

KIRTI CHAKRA

1. IC-63798F MAJ ROHIT SURI, 4 PARA (SF) 2. 5047749K L/HAV PREM BAHADUR RESMI MAGAR, 3/1 GORKHA RIF, (POSTHUMOUS)

UTTAM YUDH SEVA MEDAL

1. IC-35960X LT GEN SHRAVAN KUMAR PATYAL, SM, INF 2. IC-35965W LT GEN RAJENDRA RAMRAO NIMBHORKAR, AVSM, SM**, VSM, INF 3. IC-38311X LT GEN SATISH DUA, SM, VSM, INF 4. IC-38654N LT GEN DEVRAJ ANBU, AVSM, YSM, SM, INF 5. IC-38679A LT GEN ABHAY KRISHNA, AVSM, SM, VSM, INF

BAR TO ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL

1. IC-38266W LT GEN SURINDER SINGH, AVSM, VSM, INF 2. IC-38708K LT GEN ASHOK AMBRE, AVSM, SM, INF
ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL

1. IC-34789X LT GEN RAMAN DHAWAN, VSM**, ARTY 2. IC-35145K LT GEN JASTEJ SINGH MATHARU, VSM, EME  3. IC-35188Y LT GEN RAKESH KUMAR SHARMA, SM, INF 4. IC-35610L LT GEN BALBIR SINGH SANDHU, VSM, ASC  5. IC-35923K LT GEN JAGBIR SINGH CHEEMA, VSM, INF 6. IC-35929L LT GEN VINOD VASHISHT, VSM**, ARTY 7. IC-37316K LT GEN PRADEEP SINGH MEHTA, VSM, ARMD  8. IC-37795W LT GEN VISHWAMBHAR SINGH, VSM, ENGRS  9. IC-38011W LT GEN PANKAJ KUMAR SRIVASTAVA, VSM, ARTY  10. IC-38300L LT GEN VIVEK PRATAP SINGH, YSM, INF 11. IC-38403K LT GEN SHOKIN CHAUHAN, YSM, SM, VSM, INF 12. IC-38750H LT GEN MANOJ MUKUND NARAVANE, SM, VSM, INF 13. IC-38879W LT GEN ASHWANI KUMAR, VSM, AAD 14. IC-39846X LT GEN ASHISH RANJAN PRASAD, VSM, SIGS 15. IC-40098F LT GEN DUSHYANT SINGH, INF  16. MR-04014X LT GEN SUKH DAYAL DUHAN, VSM, AMC 17. IC-38494Y MAJ GEN ANIL KHOSLA, SM, VSM**, INF 18. IC-39500N MAJ GEN CHRISTOPHER EMANUEL FERNANDES, SM, VSM, INF 19. IC-39607H MAJ GEN IQROOP SINGH GHUMAN, INF 20. IC-39655H MAJ GEN HEMANT JONEJA, VSM, INF   21. IC-40302P MAJ GEN RAVENDRA PAL SINGH, VSM, MECH INF 22. IC-40703K MAJ GEN HARPAL SINGH, VSM, ENGRS 23. IC-40792N MAJ GEN DEV ARVIND CHATURVEDI, SM, INF  24. IC-41067N MAJ GEN JAI SINGH NAIN, SM, INF 25. IC-41080X MAJ GEN GOPAL GURUNG, SM, INF 26. IC-41102L MAJ GEN JARKEN GAMLIN, SM, VSM, INF 27. IC-41141K MAJ GEN ASHOK KUMAR NARULA, INF 28. IC-41528M MAJ GEN HARINDER SINGH, YSM, SM, VSM, INF 29. IC-45200H MAJ GEN RAJINDER KUMAR, SM, VSM, JAG DEPT 30. MR-04726A MAJ GEN RAJAT DATTA, SM, VSM, AMC

SHAURYA CHAKRA

1. IC-62423W LT COL ATUL GUPTA, MAHAR, 30 RR 2. IC-63616H MAJ D VINAY REDDY, 7 MADRAS  3. IC-71375H MAJ RAJAT CHANDRA, 4 PARA (SF) 4. IC 71834W MAJ DEEPAK KUMAR UPADHYAY, 9 PARA (SF) 5. IC-75878L CAPT ASHUTOSH KUMAR, 4 PARA (SF) 6. IC-79706N CAPT ASHIK MB, 1/5 GORKHA RIF (FF) 7. JC-414000Y NB SUB VIJAY KUMAR, 4 PARA (SF) 8. 2893254P HAV HANUMAN RAM SARAN, RAJ RIF, 18 RR 9. 2801206X NK GAWADE PANDURANG MAHADEV, MARATHA LI, 41 RR,(POSTHUMOUS) 10. 13628305N PTR ABDUL QAYUM, 9 PARA (SF)

YUDH SEVA MEDAL

1. IC-47692L BRIG GOVIND KALWAD, MARATHA LI  2. IC-48163L BRIG NAVDEEP SINGH BRAR, DOGRA REGT  3. IC-48522N BRIG ANUPAM BHAGI, SM, DOGRA REGT 4. IC-48530M BRIG SHRINJAY PRATAP SINGH, KUMAON REGT  5. IC-48659A BRIG HITTEN SAWHNEY, SM, GRENADIERS  6. IC-49024N BRIG ZUBIN A MINWALLA, 9 GR 7. IC-49322K COL RAJESH KUMAR SINGH, 1 GR, 43 AR 8. IC-56350Y COL BAL BAHADUR PUN, SM, 8 GR, 1 AR 9. IC-57784L COL AMITABH WALAWALKAR, PARA, 47 RR 10. IC-58628N COL KAPIL YADAV, SM, 9 PARA (SF) 11. IC-58743N COL SUBHANJAN CHATTERJEE, 15 BIHAR 12. IC-59076X COL INDER PREET SINGH, 3 RAJPUT 13. IC-59619Y COL PRATYUSH KUMAR, 5 RAJPUT 14. IC-60250L COL HARPREET SANDHU, SM, 4 PARA (SF)

BAR TO SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY)

1. IC-67493Y MAJ MANOJ DOBRIYAL, SM, DOGRA, 40 RR 2. IC-76882A CAPT SUSHANT SHARMA, SM, SIGS, 55 RR 3. 13622006Y HAV ANIL KUMAR, SM, 9 PARA (SF)

SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY)

1. IC-59142P LT COL RANJIT SINGH PAWAR, AOC, CAD PULGAON (POSTHUMOUS) 2. IC-61674N LT COL LAXMAN SINGH DEOPA, MAHAR, 1 RR  3. IC 64010L MAJ OLETY LAKSHMI VEERA NARESH, 27 MADRAS 4. IC-64501F MAJ KRISHNAN MANOJ KUMAR, AOC, CAD PULGAON (POSTHUMOUS) 5. IC-66918A MAJ ANURAG PANWAR, 4/1 GORKHA RIF 6. IC-67407H MAJ SHALENDER, SC, 4 PARA (SF) 7. IC-67558F MAJ PRABHANSHU SINGH, ARTY, 168 FD REGT  8. IC-67908H MAJ AMIT DESWAL, 21 PARA (SF) (POSTHUMOUS) 9. IC-68166A MAJ J AJAY NAIR, 4 PARA (SF) 10. IC-68651P MAJ HEGDE VINEET KUMAR P, ENGRS, 47 RR 11. IC-69208N MAJ RAKESH KUMAR, ASC, 55 RR  12. IC-70214N MAJ SHIVESH TIWARI, ASSAM, 42 RR 13. IC-70793L MAJ GAURAV GREWAL, EME, 44 RR 14. IC-70910L MAJ MANISH KUMAR KADIAN, SIKH LI, 2 RR 15. IC-71362L MAJ AMIT YADAV, 8 JAT 16. IC-71392H MAJ K AMIRTHA RAJ, MECH INF, 35 RR 17. IC-72359X MAJ SANDEEP KUMAR, SIKH LI, 19 RR 18. IC-72382L MAJ CHANDAN SINGH, GRENADIERS, 55 RR 19. IC-72417W MAJ ABHISHEK KUMAR, 4 PARA (SF) 20. IC-72668A MAJ VARUN SINGH, ENGRS, 47 RR 21. IC-72763M MAJ ATUL PARASHAR, ENGRS, 2 RR 22. IC-74905X MAJ NIKIL KUMAR, ARMD, 22 RR 23. IC-75334W MAJ ASHUTOSH SHUKLA, ARTY, 28 RR 24. IC-75516K MAJ NAVEEN JAJUNDA, 19 PUNJAB  25. IC-75527W MAJ ANSHUL CHOUDHARY, ARMD, 55 RR 26. IC-75721L MAJ YENDE RAGHAVENDRA KUMAR, ENGRS, 22 RR
SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY) (Cont’d/-)

27. IC-75786Y MAJ ARJUN CHAUHAN, ARMD, 55 RR 28. IC-76280M MAJ MUNESH GUJAR, 3 RAJPUT  29. IC-76974M MAJ SUNIL KUMAR, 11 KUMAON 30. IC-77214W MAJ RAHUL KHAJURIA, 3/1 GR 31. SS-42189K MAJ AJITPAL SINGH GILL, JAK RIF, 28 RR 32. SS-44200W MAJ NITIN MATHEW, 19 JAT 33. SS-45015P MAJ BARDE HRISHIKESH ARUN, ENGRS, 50 RR 34. SC-00487Y MAJ AJAY KUMAR PANDITA, EME, 47 RR 35. IC-72642L CAPT KAMAL JANGID, MECH INF, 42 RR 36. IC-74832W CAPT JONDHALE MANAS SUDHAKAR, BIHAR, 47 RR 37. IC-76284H CAPT SACHU C, ENGRS, 47 RR 38. IC-76372Y CAPT NISCHAY BHATIA, RAJ RIF, 18 RR 39. IC-79087L CAPT SURESH KUMAR PATRA, 4 PARA (SF) 40. SS-44768P CAPT PRABHJOT SINGH, SIGS, 23(I)R&O FLT  41. SS-46032F CAPT MANNIK SHARMA, ENGRS, 19 RR 42. IC-79841F LT RANJIT SINGH, 22 RAJPUT 43. JC-413473L SUB MANGAL SINGH, 4 PARA (SF)  44. JC-440325K SUB GINJALA GANGA RAJU, 7 MADRAS  45. JC-460523W SUB PATIL SUNIL NAMDEO, 19 MARATHA LI 46. JC-617902H SUB HOBIR SEN, 1/5 GR (FF) 47. JC-414028Y NB SUB BIPIN CHANDRA LOHANI, 9 PARA (SF) 48. 3999579K HAV RAKESH CHANDEL, 4 PARA (SF) 49. 4194767W HAV JITENDER KUMAR, PARA, 18 RR 50. 4274698Y HAV SREENATH MURMU, BIHAR, 47 RR 51. 4566559Y HAV ANIL KUMAR, MAHAR, 30 RR 52. 5453492N HAV ILASH PRADHAN, 1/5 GR (FF) 53. 13623114P HAV K ATHINARAYANAN, 4 PARA (SF) 54. 13763702A HAV DALIP SINGH, SC, 9 PARA (SF) 55. 4574465W NK ARVIND JAGGI, MAHAR, 30 RR 56. 10466732F NK RAN SINGH, DSC, 335 DSC PL CAD PULGAON,(POSTHUMOUS) 57. 14432375W NK ARVIND SINGH CHAUHAN, ARTY, 19 RR 58. 15319723P NK VIJAYAKUMAR S, 4 ENGRS REGT, (POSTHUMOUS) 59. 15342544F NK SUKHWINDER SINGH, ENGRS, 55 RR 60. 15481879K NK NEMI CHAND, ARMD, 55 RR  61. 15615859A NK MANOHAR CHAND, GUARDS, 21 RR 62. 2611130M L/NK NATARAJAN N, 7 MADRAS  63. 3002692F L/NK NETRAM GURJAR, 3 RAJPUT  64. 3407738W L/NK HARJINDER SINGH, PARA, SPECIAL GROUP 65. 4004211Y L/NK VISHAL SHARMA, DOGRA, 40 RR 66. 5455969W L/NK SHANKAR BHUJEL, 1/5 GR (FF) 67. 13767093Y L/NK RAJINDER SINGH, 17 JAK RIF 68. 15621144A L/NK DHANANJAY YADAV, GUARDS, 21 RR 69. 16019879K L/NK YOGESH KUMAR, 9 PARA (SF) 70. 4005957F SEP DEEPAK SINGH, DOGRA, 62 RR  71. 4008790N SEP RAKESH KUMAR, DOGRA, 62 RR  72. 4200128N SEP HEERA SINGH NEGI, KUMAON, 50 RR 73. 4201582A SEP GOVIND SINGH, KUMAON, 50 RR 74. 4290330A SEP ATUL KUMAR, BIHAR, 47 RR
SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY) (Cont’d/-)

75. 10495173L SEP RAM CHANDER, DSC, 1079 DSC PL, CAD PULGAON, (POSTHUMOUS) 76. 13014592A SEP BIRJEN TERON, 166 INF BN (TA) (H&H) ASSAM 77. 13625267X SEP BALDEV SINGH, DOGRA, 40 RR 78. 14577384Y SEP SATYA PRAKASH SINGH, DSC, 335 DSC PL, CAD PULGAON, (POSTHUMOUS) 79. 14923956P SEP SATISH, DSC, 392 DSC PL, CAD PULGAON, (POSTHUMOUS) 80. 14937221W SEP AJEET KUMAR, MECH INF, 42 RR 81. 5049977L RFN BIBEK PUN MAGAR, 4/1 GR  82. 13765476M RFN KAZI ZUBER PASHA HABIB, 17 JAK RIF 83. 13771447N RFN JASBIR SINGH, JAK RIF, 28 RR 84. 15723041P SIGMN AJAY SINGH CHOUDHARY, SIGS, 56 RR, (POSTHUMOUS) 85. 15622518X GDSMN RAMTHARZELA, GUARDS, 21 RR 86. 15624457K GDSMN RAHUL BANSAL, GUARDS, 21 RR 87. 15177768W GNR ANIL KUMAR TAMANG, ARTY, 28 RR 88. 15187579A GNR KARNAPUTI VS NAGAMALLESWARA NAIDU, ARTY, 28 RR 89. 4094328W PTR DEVESH SINGH, 4 PARA (SF) 90. 4204368H PTR OM PRAKASH YADAV, 9 PARA (SF) 91. 13628508X PTR IQBAL SINGH, 9 PARA (SF)

BAR TO SENA MEDAL (DISTINGUISHED)

1. IC-44088P BRIG RAJWANT SINGH, SM, GRENADIERS 2. IC-47646W BRIG GULJEET SINGH JAMWAL, SM, SIKH LI 3. IC-48989Y BRIG RAJIV GHAI, SM, KUMAON REGT 4. IC-56972A COL ANIL KUMAR JOSHI, SM, 2 DOGRA

SENA MEDAL (DISTINGUISHED)

1. IC-38686W MAJ GEN VINOD KUMAR, VSM, AAD  2. IC-39076W MAJ GEN PRAVEEN DIXIT, VSM**, ARMD 3. IC-39590A MAJ GEN HARISH THUKRAL, INF 4. IC-39992X MAJ GEN ANOOP KUMAR V, INF 5. IC-40025P MAJ GEN GIRI RAJ SINGH, AOC 6. IC-42288M BRIG ANIL PURI, VSM, ENGRS 7. IC-43295P BRIG RAVIN KHOSLA, VSM, GR 8. IC-43686A BRIG SANJIV RAI, VSM, SIKH LI 9. IC-46380H BRIG KOTNATH VENUGOPAL, GR 10. IC-47096Y BRIG SANJAY KUMAR VIDYARTHI, ENGRS 11. IC-47156H BRIG DEVINDER PAL SINGH, INT 12. IC-47482L BRIG HARMINDER SINGH KAHLON, ENGRS  13. IC-48136F BRIG VIJAY KUMAR SHARMA, ARTY 14. IC-48352P BRIG RAJIV CHHIBBER, DOGRA REGT  15. IC-48584N BRIG RAJU BAIJAL, GARH RIF 16. IC-48664L BRIG AJEET SINGH GAHLOT, GR 17. IC-48677H BRIG DHEERENDRA SINGH KUSHWAH, MARATHA LI 18. IC-48749F BRIG ANOOP SHINGHAL, ARTY 19. MR-04756X BRIG SD MULGUND, AMC 20. MR-05409L BRIG MATTAKAROTTU JOSEPH JACOB, AMC 21. IC-49446Y COL HARI KIRPAL SINGH BATH, ARTY
SENA MEDAL (DISTINGUISHED) (Cont’d/-)

22. IC-51491K COL LAWINDER SINGH, BIHAR, HQ ARTRAC 23. IC-51541K COL KARANBIR SINGH GREWAL, SIKH LI 24. IC-51940N COL PARAMJEET SINGH CHEEMA, VSM, BIHAR, ASI PUNE  25. IC-57748A COL MANISH RANA, 21 PUNJAB 26. IC-57759M COL SHISHIR THAMMAIAH, 5 KUMAON 27. IC-58008X COL AMIT BISHT, 1 MAHAR 28. IC-58336L COL RANBIR SINGH, 5 LADAKH SCOUTS 29. IC-59065L COL RITESH KATOCH, DOGRA, 40 RR 30. IC-59371A COL MANAS KUMAR MOHAPATRA, 7 JAT 31. IC-60008W COL HARINDER SINGH BILLING, 57 ENGR REGT 32. MR-07612A LT COL VIVEK AGRAWAL, AMC, 92 BH 33. IC-69181F MAJ VARUN RATHI, ARTY, 43 AR  34. IC-71127M MAJ KULDEEP SINGH, 53 ENGR REGT 35. 5757068F NK BISHNU BAHADUR RANA, GR, 12 BIHAR BN NCC 36. 14678731N CRAFTSMEN BRIJ LAL YADAV, EME, 205 ARMY AVN (UH)

BAR TO VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL

1. IC-39643N MAJ GEN RAJIV EDWARDS, VSM, ARMD  2. IC-39874K MAJ GEN TARANJIT SINGH, VSM, ARMD  3. IC-40299A MAJ GEN SANJAY VERMA, VSM, EME  4. IC-48145H BRIG GOPAL VERMA, VSM, INT 

VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL

1. IC-38643F LT GEN RANBIR SINGH SALARIA, ARTY 2. MR-03993P LT GEN BIPIN PURI, AMC 3. MR-04094N LT GEN PAWAN KAPOOR, AMC 4. IC-38271F MAJ GEN VIJAY PANDE, MECH INF 5. IC-38694P MAJ GEN PARAMJIT SINGH, EME 6. IC-39438M MAJ GEN PATTACHERAVANDA CHENGAPPA THIMMAYA, MECH INF 7. IC-39464N MAJ GEN MILIND HEMANT THAKUR, ASC  8. IC-39922Y MAJ GEN PANKAJ SAXENA, INF 9. IC-39972K MAJ GEN ANUJ MATHUR, INF 10. IC-39996N MAJ GEN RAJEEV SABHERWAL, SIGS 11. IC-40378P MAJ GEN BOLLINA VENKATA RAO, ENGRS 12. IC-40597W MAJ GEN VIPIN GUPTA, ASC  13. IC-40812W MAJ GEN PREM MOHAN VATS, MECH INF  14. IC-41083L MAJ GEN AMARDEEP SINGH BHINDER, ARMD 15. IC-41117N MAJ GEN GANESH SINGH BISHT, INF 16. IC-41568N MAJ GEN RAJESH RANA, AOC 17. MR-04276N MAJ GEN JAGTAR SINGH, AMC 18. MR-05096X MAJ GEN NANJUDARAO SRINATH, AMC 19. DR-10360K MAJ GEN ARUP KUMAR PAL, AD CORPS 20. IC-41066L BRIG JAGBIR SINGH DHULL, EME  21. IC-41220Y BRIG RAJIV SAWHNEY, ENGRS 22. IC-41629A BRIG ARUN SABHERWAL, SIGS  23. IC-41791X BRIG PP PRAKASH SINGH, ARTY
VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL (Cont’d/-)
 24. IC-42031F BRIG HARKIRAT SINGH, ARTY  25. IC-42336F BRIG AJAI KUMAR SINGH, SM, 11 GR 26. IC-42416Y BRIG NIRAJ SETH, PUNJAB REGT 27. IC-42475L BRIG SAVNEET SINGH, SM, GARH RIF 28. IC-42753N BRIG C BANSI PONNAPPA, MAHAR REGT 29. IC-42915N BRIG RAJ VIJAYENDRA SINGH, ASC 30. IC-43320H BRIG RAJINDER BHATIA, JAT 31. IC-43445A BRIG AJAY KHANDPUR, ARTY 32. IC-43669A BRIG SHIV PAL SINGH, SM, GRENADIERS 33. IC-43703P BRIG RAJAT KUMAR MATHUR, ARTY 34. IC-43717P BRIG MUKUND SHARMA, ENGRS  35. IC-44013X BRIG VINAY KUMAR SINGH, EME 36. IC-44040F BRIG RAJENDER SINGH RAWAT, AOC 37. IC-44098Y BRIG SANDEEP MAHAJAN, ASC 38. IC-44526M BRIG AJAI SINGH NEGI, GARH RIF 39. IC-46280X BRIG HARISH CHANDRA JOSHI, JAG DEPT 40. IC-46319Y BRIG RAJEEV PURI, RAJPUT 41. IC-47043A BRIG BIKRAMDEEP SINGH, EME 42. IC-47606P BRIG RANBIR SINGH VASHISTHA, GARH RIF 43. IC-48513M BRIG KRISHAN PAL SINGH, PARA REGT 44. IC-48974W BRIG ANUPINDER BEVLI, ARTY 45. IC-49274P BRIG ALOK CHANDRA, MAHAR REGT 46. IC-49380N BRIG ASHISH KUMAR DAS, ENGRS 47. MR-04145H BRIG SURENDER MOHAN, AMC 48. MR-04869A BRIG SAGARIKA PATYAL, SM, AMC 49. MR-05139F BRIG ATUL KOTWAL, SM, AMC 50. MR-05185W BRIG GANESH CHANDRA SATAPATHY, AMC 51. IC-43088H COL ABHAYA BHATNAGAR, 70 ARMD 52. IC-48552L COL VIKAS GUPTA, AAD 53. IC-48978M COL OM PRAKASH VAISHNAV, AAD 54. IC-49879W COL GURPREET SINGH CHOUDHRY, AAD 55. IC-50731K COL SANDEEP KUMAR SINGH, SIGS 56. IC-50791Y COL SIVA THAMIZHAMUTHAN, MECH INF 57. IC-51040K COL BALBIR SINGH, 4 GR 58. IC-51236X COL GURBIR SINGH, ARTY  59. IC-52286P COL MONISH DASS, ENGRS, HQ 45 BRTF  60. IC-52827L COL TUSHAR SHARMA, DOGRA REGT 61. IC-52959Y COL SHUBHANKAR BASU, SM, JAK RIF 62. IC-54969F COL AMITABH JHA, SM, GORKHA RIF 63. IC-55461K COL DHANANJAY M BHOSALE, SM, ARMY AVN, 205 ARMY AVN (UH) 64. IC-58371N COL HAOBAM ROMESH SINGH, SIKH LI, 27 AR 65. IC-58397H COL BALJINDER SINGH UPPAL, 16 GARH RIF  66. IC-58715F COL RINCHEN DORJE, 1 LADAKH SCOUTS 67. IC-59067W COL HEMANT SINGH PONWAR, 14 MLI 68. IC-59394F COL BIRENDRA KUMAR ROY, 2 KUMAON  69. IC-60323M COL AVNEESH SINGH, SM, 7 MADRAS 70. MR-06373K COL SANJAY SHARMA, AMC, COMD HOSP (NC) 71. MR-06770H COL PAWAN DHULL, AMC, AH R&R 72. IC-59702W LT COL SAMEER N PARVATIKAR, ARMY AVN, 664 ARMY AVN SQN (R&O)
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MENTION-IN-DESPATCHES

OPERATION MEGHDOOT

1. IC-60359L LT COL DUSHYANT KUMAR CHAUDHARY, ARMY AVN, 666 ARMY AVN SQN (R&O)  2. IC-63787P MAJ NITIN SHIVAJIRAO BHIKANE, ARMY AVN, 37 (I) R & O FLT  3. IC-69314M MAJ PRASHANT MISHRA, ARTY, 30 (I) R & O FLT  4. SS-41943N MAJ LOTOS SPALGES, 1 LADAKH SCOUTS

OPERATION RAKSHAK 

1. IC-60327H LT COL RAJESH VILAS HANKARE, GRENADIERS, 12 RR 2. IC-66080H MAJ VIPLOVE, 20 DOGRA  3. IC-66275N MAJ HARSHAL VASUDEV KACHARE, SIKH, 46 RR 4. IC-67981F MAJ VIVEK SETH, SM, 17 JAK RIF 5. IC-69850P MAJ UMESH BHATT, DOGRA, 62 RR 6. IC-70128H MAJ PRAFULLA TYAGI, 1 MAHAR  7. IC-71646P MAJ PRATEEK SHRIVASTAVA, RAJPUT, 44 RR 8. IC-72975X MAJ SUMIT JOSHI, ASC, 2 RR 9. IC-78814L CAPT RAVI RAJAN, 4 PARA (SF) 10. JC-413474N SUB RANJIT SINGH, 9 PARA (SF) 11. JC-440776K SUB MURUGAN R, 27 MADRAS  12. JC-413900W NB SUB PURAN SINGH, 9 PARA (SF) 13. 2489327L HAV DALJIT SINGH, 21 PUNJAB 14. 2490996W HAV PARAMJIT SINGH, 19 PUNJAB 15. 2491502N HAV DEVINDER KUMAR, 19 PUNJAB 16. 5045761M HAV PURNA BAHADUR GURUNG, 1/1 GR  17. 13622785M HAV YOGENDRA SINGH, 4 PARA (SF) 18. 13623388A HAV RAJ KUMAR, 4 PARA (SF) 19. 13623475N HAV SHISHPAL, 4 PARA (SF) 20. 13765262W HAV MANOJ KUMAR, 4 PARA (SF) 21. 2496193A NK BALBIR SINGH, 4 PARA (SF) 22. 2606146N NK SRINIVASA RAO DANETI, 16 MADRAS 23. 4276161Y NK KAUSHAL KUMAR SINGH, BIHAR, 47 RR 24. 5757126A NK DEEPENDRA BAHADUR KHATRI, 9 PARA (SF) 25. 13625955W NK RAKESH KUMAR, 9 PARA (SF) 26. 4576687K L/NK PRATAP KUMAR BEURA, MAHAR, 30 RR 27. 13626946F L/NK AMANDEEP SINGH, 4 PARA (SF) 28. 2500734W SEP AMARJEET SINGH, PUNJAB, 22 RR 29. 2708565Y SEP SHAKTI SINGH, GRENADIERS, 55 RR 30. 5049873K RFN PURNA BAHADUR THAPA, 3/1 GR 31. 13630005L PTR MUDASIR AHMAD YATOO, 4 PARA (SF) 32. 16118830W SPR PAGAR ABHAY HARIBHAU, ENGRS, 1 RR

OPERATION RHINO

1. IC-63867M MAJ VASHUDEV NEHRA, 21 MAHAR 2. IC-75844X CAPT SURENDRA SINGH, 21 MAHAR 3. IC-81185K LT TRIPATPREET SINGH, ASC, 3 RAJPUT  4. JC-481364X NB SUB RAGHUBANSH SINGH KUSHWAH, 3 RAJPUT 5. 3000994P L/HAV SUMER SINGH, 3 RAJPUT 
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OPERATION ORCHID

1. 14704212L L/NK JOHNNY LOTHA, PARA, 7 AR  2. AR-326W ASST COMDT HANUMAN SINGH, 1 AR 

OPERATION HIFAZAT 

1. IC-69063N MAJ SAIKAT DE, ENGRS, 27 AR


 

Night Casualty Evacuation by Indian Air Force Helicopters from Naxal Affected Region in Chhattisgarh

On the evening of 23 January 2017, a bus met with a major accident near Mardapal in the naxal affected district of Bijapur in Chhattisgarh. Three passengers died on the spot and a large number were injured critically. 19 CRPF jawans too were travelling in the bus. A request was made to the Task Force Commander (TFC) of IAF’s Anti Naxal Task Force (ANTF) to evacuate a CRPF jawan at night from Bijapur helipad.

One Mi-17V5 helicopter of the Task Force at Jagdalpur was immediately tasked to get airborne for this emergent casualty evacuation mission. However, in view of reports of a large number of casualties, the TFC asked another helicopter too to be kept in readiness. The prevalent conditions were very demanding and visibility conditions were poor. Soon the requirement increased to two helicopters. In view of the threat to the helicopters from the naxals, the State Police and CRPF provided a sanitisation security cover at the helipad. Keeping all their external lights off to mask the approach while using Night Vision Goggles, the IAF pilots carried out a landing at the helipad in darkness. These two helicopters evacuated seven critically injured passengers, including two CRPF jawans to Raipur.

This life saving mission was yet another instance where the IAF’s helicopter task force carried out a daring mission at night in naxal infested Bastar region with utmost alacrity demonstrating its commitment towards aid of the Police and civil administration involved in anti naxal operations. Such missions serve as tremendous morale booster for the troops, knowing that the IAF would be ever ready and ever willing to come to their aid. Since its inception as a small task force in 2009, ANTF has carried out about 20,000 sorties flying 15,000 hours, lifting total 1900 tonnes of load and 86,000 troops and passengers. The task force has also recovered more than 1050 casualties.

Successful Test Firing of Guided Pinaka

DRDO successfully test fired the Guided PINAKA from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur today at 12:45 PM for further enhanced range. PINAKA Rocket Mark-II, equipped with navigation, guidance and control kit, is transformed to a Guided PINAKA. The conversion has facilitated to enhance the range and improve the accuracy of PINAKA. The Mission met all the objectives. The Radars, Electro Optical and Telemetry Systems at ITR Chandipur tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight path. The guided PINAKA is developed combinedly by ARDE Pune, RCI and DRDL, Hyderabad. ITR, Chandipur provided the range and launch support.

SA to RM and DG (Missiles and Strategic Systems) Dr G Satheesh Reddy who was present during the launch operations said that the success of Guided PINAKA has reinforced the technological strength of the country in converting unguided systems into weapons of high precision. Director ARDE, Pune Dr KM Rajan, Director, RCI, Hyderabad Shri BHVS Narayana Murthy, Director, ITR, Chandipur Dr BK Das, Director HEMRL, Pune Shri KPS Murthy and, Director PXE, Chandipur Shri R Appavuraj monitored the Launch operations.

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar congratulated both the Army and the DRDO for developing the Guided PINAKA in a very short span of time. Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr S Christopher applauded this shining example of the synergy between the Armed Forces and the DRDO. DG, (Armament & Combat Engineering Systems), DRDO Shri Pravin K Mehta also congratulated team Pinaka for their successful endeavour.

The Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P&S) Lt Gen Subrata Saha, DG Artillery Lt Gen PK Srivastava and other Senior Army Officers witnessed the successful launch.       

Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas) and AEW&C will Fly-Past For First Time at RD Parade -2017

The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and Airborne Early Warning & Control System (AEW&C) developed by DRDO will fly-past for the first time during the Republic Day Parade 2017. Representing India’s stride in indigenous Defence Technologies, the DRDO contingent this year consists of the 155 mm/52 Calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) and Arudhra- the Medium Power Radar.

Tejas is indigenously developed by Aeronautical Development Agency, an autonomous society of DRDO and produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. It is a light-weight and multirole four plus generation tactical fighter aircraft which can carry laser guided bombs and modern missiles to cause extreme damage to the target. Tejas has been inducted into 45th Squadron of Indian Air Force. It is a move towards self-reliance in ‘Air Power’ requirement of the nation. Tejas is the pride of the country and a step towards “Make in India” initiative.

The Airborne Early Warning & Control System (AEW&C) is an ‘Eye in the Sky’. It is a force multiplier, developed by DRDO for IAF with Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS) as nodal agency. AEW&C system consists of multiple sensors for Surveillance and Signal Intelligence. It helps in Air Defence operations and is capable of communicating using VHF, UHF, C-Band and SATCOM links for Network Centric Operations. Induction of AEW&C into services will make the country self-reliant and position India in top five countries having this capability.

The Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) is an indigenous weapon system developed by DRDO under Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE); a Pune based premiere R&D establishment of DRDO is the nodal agency for design and development of ATAGS with industry partners namely Bharat Forge Limited and Tata Power SED. ATAGS has excellent accuracy, consistency, mobility, reliability and automation and is capable of achieving 47 plus km range. The armament system of the ATAGS which comprises 52 calibre Gun Barrel with Breech Mechanism, Muzzle Brake and Recoil System has been designed and developed to fire the 155 mm calibre ammunitions held by Army with enhanced range, accuracy and precision as well as greater fire power. The system is configured with All Electric Drive technology for the first time in the world that will ensure maintenance free and reliable operation over longer periods of time.

Medium Power Radar - Arudhra has been indigenously developed by Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), Bengaluru, an establishment of DRDO. Arudhra is the first indigenous rotating active phased array multi-function radar with Digital Beam forming technology. The radar covers 360 degree in azimuth and is capable of performing volumetric surveillance to detect and track aerial targets up to 400 km in range and 30 km altitude. This radar can survive intense ECM environment and electromagnetic interference. It is integrated with modern identification of Friend or Foe system to recognize enemy targets and is transportable by road, rail and Air.

DRDO has a mission to empower India with self-reliance in defence technologies. Since its creation in 1958, DRDO’s research, design and development efforts have led to the production of hundreds of products that include state-of-the-art weapons, platforms, equipment and life support systems for the Indian armed forces. Today, the production value of systems (excluding the strategic systems) already inducted or approved for induction, exceeds Rupees Two lakh sixty thousand crores. The strategic systems developed by DRDO have given our country the much needed multi-level strategic deterrence.

Monday, January 23, 2017

IAF's Tejas To Debut On Republic Day Parade




Troop Level Radar (TLR), BrahMos Missile , IAF & Indian Navy tableaus pass by Rajpath on R-Day parade full-dress rehearsal