Surgical Strike – II by the INDIAN ARMY

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As per intelligence reports, The Indian Army on monday took revenge of the killing of Major Prafull Mohalkar, Sepoy Pargat Singh, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, and Lance Naik Kuldeep Singh during the ceasefire violation by the Pakistani troops across the Line of Control (LOC) on 23rd December.
Pakistani troops violated ceasefire on Saturday around 12:15 PM in the Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district.

 

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Major Prafulla Moharkar’s wife paying homage to his mortal remains.

Indian troops yesterday i.e. on 25th December 2017, crossed the LOC and killed three Pak soldiers. One Pakistani soldier was also injured during the strike conducted by our Army.

Last year also the Indian army conducted surgical strike 11 days after the Uri attack, in which 38 militants were killed.

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New Era for Indian Defence Forces – IAF gets two more women fighter pilots

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Flying officer Pratibha and Shivangi SIngh

On 16th December, the Indian Air Force got two more women fighter pilots. 105 Flight Cadets commissioned as Flying Officers during the combined graduation parade of pilots and ground duty officers held at Air Force academy in Dundigal in Telangana.

Flying Officer Pratibha and Shivangi Singh were amongst the 15 women who joined elite cadre of IAF officers. Shivangi hails from Varanasi, whereas Pratibha belongs to Rajgarh district of Rajasthan.

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Three women fighter pilots commissioned last year into the IAF.

There are total of five women fighter pilots in the IAF. Last year in December three women pilots- Flying Officer Bhawna Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh – were inducted into the IAF . They are likely to be commissioned into the fighter wing by December 31. Soon  they can fly the Su-30 MKI aircraft.

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Sub Lieutenant Shubhangi Swaroop

This year the Indian Navy also got its first women pilot –  Sub Lieutenant Shubhangi Swaroop.

 

Meet The Param Vir Chakra awardees of 1971 war

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Lt. Gen. Niazi signing the document of surrender before Lt. Gen JS Aurora

 

Exactly 46 years back on the same day The Indian Army made 93,000 Pakistani Army soldiers surrender. The war went on for two weeks i.e. from 3rd December 1971 to the fall of Dacca on 16th December 1971. Pakistan Army commander Lt. Gen. Niazi signed the documents of surrender in public in Dacca on this day, which led to the creation of Bangladesh. Lt. Gen. JS Aurora took the surrender.

As per government data 1769 army personnel sacrificed their lives in the war. 11 Air Force and 204 Navy personnel achieved martyrdom in the war.

Three Param Vir Chakras were given during this war

 

  • 2nd Arun Khetarpal:

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21-yr old officer hailed from Pune. 2nd Lt. Joined 17 Poona horse regiment. He made supreme sacrifice in the Battle of Basantar on the eastern front. Inspite being hit Khetarpal refused to vaccat his tank. His last words to his commander on the radio sets were, “No Sir, I will not abandon my tank. My Main gun is still working and I will get these bastards.” Hi was awarded Param Vir Chakra posthumously for his gallantary.

 

  • Major Hoshiar Singh:

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Major Hoshiar Singh belonged to 3 granediers. His battalion was given task to establish brigade head across the river Basantar in Shankargarh district between December 15-December 17. River was well fortified by Pak army with mines on both sides. He was commanding the ‘C’ company. He was ordered to capture Pakistani post in Jarpal. Pakistani’s launched counter attack. He went from trench to trench motivating his men inspite of seriously injured. His courage and leadership repulsed the counter attack inflicting heavy causalities on Pak Army. For his bravery he was awarded Param Vir Chakra. He retired as Brigadier from the army.

 

  • Lance Naik Albert Ekka:

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He achieved martyrdom on 3rd December in the Battle of Hilli on the eastern front. For his bravery during the battle he was posthumously awarded Param Vir Chakra.

  • Flying Officer NirmalJeet Singh Sekhon:

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During the Indo-Pak war of 1971 he was serving No. 18 Squadron, ‘The Flying Bullets’ of The Indian Air Force’. Flying Officer Sekhon was flying Folland Gnat fighter stationed at Srinagar. He was awarded Param Vir Chakra posthumously for single-handedly defending Srinagar Air base against Pakistan Air Force air raid.

INS Kalvari commissioned into the Indian Navy

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has commissioned indigenously built scorpene class submarine INS Kalvari into Indian Navy in Mumbai today. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Naval Command, were also present at the event.

 

10 PoinTs to know about INS Kalvari:

  • INS Kalvari is built by Mazagon Dock limited (MDL) and designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS. As stated by PM Modi, it is the best example of ‘Make in India’ Campaign.

 

  • It is built under Project 75 of Indian Navy with the transfer of technology from DCNS.

 

  • It shares its name with India’s first Submarine ‘INS Kalvari’ inducted into India Navy on 8th December 1967.

 

  • INS Kalvari is first of the six scorpene-class submarine which are to be inducted into the Indian Navy. Second submarine of this series INS Khanderi will soon be part of the navy.

 

  • It is named after the tiger shark, a deadly deep sea predator of Indian Ocean. The deadly features of INS Kalvari include superior stealth and ability to launch crippling attacks with precision-guided weapons.

 

  • The submarine has 360 battery cells, each weighing 750 kg, to power the extremely silent Permanently Magnetised Propulsion Motor.

 

  • The submarine is equipped with Exocet anti-ship missiles and heavy-weight torpedoes. The attacks can be carried out with torpedoes both while submerged or on the surface. It can carry upto 18 torpedoes

 

  • The total length of Kalvari is 67.5 metres and a height of 12.3 metres and can travel upto 1,020 KMs underwater and can dive to depth upto 300 metres.

 

  • INS Kalvari is a diesel-electric attack submarine.

 

  • The construction of the submarine began on December 14, 2006.

 

 

 

 

Story of grit and determination

Lt. Barnana Yadagiri

 

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Some people are disheartened by difficulties, while some face them boldly and achieve their goals. When one is determined, no obstacle can stop them from achieving their dreams.

I happened to come across one such determined soul when I went to IMA for covering the Passing out Parade of Autumn term this December for my blog. I met a newly commissioned officer, Lt. Baranana Yadagiri. He belongs to the Hyderabad and his father, Gurnnaya Yadagiri, used to be a daily wager.

During his interaction with the media, Lt. Yadagiri said, “I have faced a lot of difficulties right from my childhood. My father used to work in a small cement factory. I have a younger brother too and it was difficult for my father to feed us with his meagre earning of around Rs 100 per day.”

However, Lt. Yadagiri background didn’t stop him form pursuing his dreams. He worked hard and got 93.34% in matriculation, which helped him to get scholarship for further studies. He studied engineering from International Institute of Information and Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad in Mechanical stream. After completing his engineering, he got job offers from the US, but he didn’t give in to the distractions and kept moving ahead to achieve his goal.

“I got lot of opportunities. I got offers to go to the USA and that from IITs and IIMs, but I wanted to join army that’s why I didn’t go there.”

Lt. Yadagiri not only become an officer but also received silver medal for standing first in the order of merit in technical entry.

Lt. Yadagiri’s parents were overwhelmed by looking at their son in the army uniform. Their hard work has paid off. After donning the uniform, feeling of satisfaction could clearly be seen on Lieutenant’s face. He was calm and composed with fire and hunger in his heart.

Now his next aim is to enhance his skills and knowledge so that he can prove himself worthy of his uniform, making his parents, instructors and army proud of himself.

Lt. Yadagiri addressing the media:

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IMA is the institute where boys are groomed into men.

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487 GCs of 141 Regular Course, 124 Technical Graduate Course and 25 UES Course, including 78 Foreign Gentlemen Cadets from Seven friendly foreign countries passed out from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun on 09 Dec 2017. Gen Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, SBP, ndc, psc, Chief of the Army Staff, Bangladesh Army, reviewed the parade. The GOC-in-C, ARTRAC   Lt Gen MM Naravane, AVSM, SM, VSM, delegation members and Defence Attaches also witnessed the Parade. The GCs displayed tremendous enthusiasm, vigour and zeal, putting up an excellent show, marching to Military tunes of `Col Bogey’ and `Sare Jahan Se Achha’ with pride and élan.

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Lt Gen MM Naravane, AVSM, SM, VSM

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Gen Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, SBP, ndc, psc, Chief of the Army Staff, Bangladesh Army
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Bangladesh Army Chief Reviewing the Parade

Congratulating the GCs on successful completion of their training at IMA, the Reviewing Officer complimented all cadets for the excellent parade, immaculate turnout as well as the crisp and energetic drill movements indicating the high standards of training and discipline imbibed by the young Gentlemen Cadets.

Gen. Shafiul Huq also congratulated the award winners on their commendable achievement which is a reflection of their hard work and toil that they have put in while undergoing training here in IMA. He expressed his felicitations to the Gentlemen Cadets of friendly foreign countries who were also getting commissioned.

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Piping ceremony of 78 Foreign GC’s

 

At the end he said that IMA’s world class reputation and the achievements of its Officers were attributed to the outstanding quality of its instructors and staff. He acknowledged the commitment of the instructors and staff of the IMA and their dedication to the Gentlemen Cadets. Complimenting the effort, he said, that the IMA had instilled in the GCs a sense of duty, loyalty and service to the Nation. Finally, he congratulated the parents and the families once again for the accomplishment of the vibrant, energetic young men, which is a result of their support and encouragement.

 

The Reviewing Officer presented the following awards:-

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  • Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Second in the Order of Merit was presented to Academy Under Officer Amarpreet Singh Dhatt.

 

  • Bronze Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Third in the Order of Merit was presented to Battallion under officer Sourav Das.

 

  • Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Technical Graduate Course was presented to Junior Under officer Barnana Yadagiri.

 

  • Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Foreign GCs was presented to Junior Under officer Alexandr Simonaitis.

 

  • Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to Naushera for standing Overall First amongst 16 companies for the Autumn Term 2017.

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Bangladesh Army Chief with award Winners

 

1962 war veteran Lance Naik ( R ) Darbara Singh also interacted with Media. He recounted incidents from the war.

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Celebrations of newly joined officers after Piping Ceremony

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