Exercise INDRA 2021 Closing Ceremony: Indo-Russia Joint Military Drill Culminates

The closing ceremony of the Indo-Russia joint exercise INDRA was held on August 12, 2021. The aim of the exercise was to acquaint each other with operational planning, procedures, combat drills and conducting of joint operations against international terrorist groups. Both the contingents, comprising of 250 soldiers from each side displayed great enthusiasm and professionalism while practicing joint drills during the conduct of the exercise.

During the validation phase, Mechanised Forces and Special Forces practiced integrated live firing and specialised joint operations which included clearance of rebel stronghold in an urban setting. The troops not only learnt about each others organisations, but also exchanged ideas and best practices being followed in Peace Keeping Operations under aegis of the United Nations. Exercise INDRA 2021 Opening Ceremony: Indo-Russia Joint Training Exercise Commences At Prudboy Ranges in Volgograd.

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The exercise was a grand success and has taught valuable lessons to the troops of the participating countries. The camaraderie developed between the contingents during the course of exercise will certainly assist in enhancing confidence between the armies. The conduct of such Joint Military Exercises is an important step to strengthen the relations between India and Russia.

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INS Vikrant, Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, Returns to Kochi After Successfully Completing Maiden 5-Day Sea Voyage

Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) ‘Vikrant’ successfully accomplished its maiden sea voyage today for which she had sailed on August 3, 2021 from Kochi. Trials progressed as planned and system parameters proved satisfactory. The carrier would continue to undergo series of sea trials to prove all equipment and systems prior handing over the vessel to the Indian Navy.

Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) “Vikrant” designed by Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND) is being built at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), a Public Sector Shipyard under Ministry of Shipping (MoS). IAC is a leading example of the nation’s quest for “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” and Indian Navy’s “Make in India” initiative, with more than 76 percent indigenous content. India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Named INS Vikrant Sets For Sea Trials.

The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier is 262 m long, 62 m at the widest part and height of 59 m including the superstructure. There are 14 decks in all, including five in the superstructure. The ship has over 2,300 compartments, designed for a crew of around 1700 people, having gender-sensitive accommodation spaces for women officers. The ship with high degree of automation for machinery operation, ship navigation and survivability, has been designed to accommodate an assortment of fixed wing and rotary aircraft.

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During the maiden sailing, ship’s performance, including hull, main propulsion, Power Generation and Distribution (PGD) and auxiliary equipment were tested. Trials, which were reviewed by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Naval Command on the last day; have progressed as planned and system parameters have been proved satisfactory.

The successful completion of maiden trials sorties, despite challenges faced due to COVID-19 pandemic and COVID protocols in place, is testimony to the dedicated efforts of large number of stakeholders for over a decade. This is a major milestone activity and historical event. The carrier would undergo a series of Sea Trials to prove all equipment and systems prior to its delivery in 2022.

Delivery of Vikrant is being targeted to coincide with celebrations to commemorate 75th anniversary of India’s independence “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”. With the delivery of IAC, India would join a select group of nations with the capability to indigenously design and build an Aircraft Carrier and provides thrust to Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Delivery of IAC would also strengthen India’s position in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and its quest for a blue water Navy.

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India-China Border Dispute in Ladakh: Indian Army, PLA Disengage In Gogra; Standoffs in Depsang And Hot Springs Yet To Be Resolved

Indian and Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Friday have started pulling back from Gogra or Patrol Point-17A. Notably, Gogra is one of the friction points on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the two countries in the Eastern Ladakh sector. The breakthrough came after the 12th round of commander level talks between the two armies. The talks were held on July 31 at Chushul Moldo Meeting Point in Eastern Ladakh.

The Defence Ministry in a statement said, “The two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on resolution of remaining areas related to disengagement along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector of India-China border areas. As an outcome of the meeting, both sides agreed on disengagement in the area of Gogra. The troops in this area have been in a face-off situation since May last year.” Fact Check: No Fresh Clashes Reported at LAC Between Indian Army And PLA Troops; PIB Debunks Fake Media Report.

The ministry added, “As per the agreement, both sides have ceased forward deployments in this area in a phased, coordinated and verified manner. The disengagement process was carried out over two days i.e. August 4 and 5, 2021. The troops of both sides are now in their respective permanent bases.” All temporary structures and other allied infrastructure created in the area by both sides have been dismantled and mutually verified. The landform in the area has been restored by both sides to pre-stand off period. PLA Soldiers Crying on Way to LAC in Ladakh? Video Goes Viral Amid India-China Border Dispute.

This agreement ensures that the LAC in this area will be strictly observed and respected by both sides, and that there is no unilateral change in status quo.  With this one more sensitive area of face-off has been resolved. Both sides have expressed commitment to take the talks forward and resolve the remaining issues along the LAC in the Western Sector.  The Indian Army along with ITBP is totally committed to ensure the sovereignty of the nation and maintain peace & tranquility along the LAC in the Western Sector.

Meanwhile, disengagement at Hot Springs and Depsang have not taken place. Both armies have reported deployed around 50,000 to 60,000 troops each in the Ladakh theatre due to the standoff.  In February this year, Indian and Chinese troops withdrew from North and South banks of the Pangong Lake.

The situation in eastern Ladakh deteriorated after around 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers were engaged in a violent face-off on the evening of May 5; Over 100 Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in the violence. The incident in Pangong Tso was followed by a similar incident in north Sikkim on May 9.

In June last year, Indian and Chinese soldiers were engaged in a violent clash at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh. Twenty Indian Army soldiers were martyred in the clash. According to reports around 40 Chinese troops were also killed in the Galwan Valley clash. However, China officially confirmed only the death of four soldiers.

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Exercise INDRA 2021 Opening Ceremony: Indo-Russia Joint Training Exercise Commences At Prudboy Ranges in Volgograd

The Indo – Russia joint training Exercise INDRA 2021 commenced at Prudboy Ranges, Volgograd on August 4, 2021, with an impressive opening ceremony that saw the unfurling of the National Flags of both countries. Exercise INDRA 2021 will enhance interoperability between the Indian and Russian Armies. From Rafale Jets to Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, Here Are Aircraft That Bolster IAF’s Capabilities.

The aim of the exercise is to facilitate joint training between Indian and Russian Armies to jointly plan and conduct counter terror operations under the United Nations mandate. The conduct of the exercise will also entail academic discussions between expert groups of both contingents. INDRA 2021: India And Russia To Hold Joint Military Exercise At Volgograd.

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The exercise will focus on unit level joint planning and conduct of anti terrorist operations and will include cordon & search operations, intelligence gathering and sharing, perception management, humanitarian laws and hostage rescue in simulated settings.

Exercise INDRA – 2021 will strengthen mutual confidence, interoperability and enable sharing of best practices between both the armed forces. It will be another landmark event in the history of Indo-Russian defence cooperation.

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India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Named INS Vikrant Sets For Sea Trials

In a boost to “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” campaign, sea trials of indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC(P71)) ‘Vikrant’ began on Wednesday. The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier “Vikrant” designed by Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design(DND) is being built at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), a Public Sector Shipyard under Ministry of Shipping (MoS). The IAC is a leading example of the nation’s quest for “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” with more than 76 percent indigenous content. This is the maiden attempt of the Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard to indigenously design and build an Aircraft Carrier. Indian Navy Gets 3 Indigenously-Built ALH MK III Helicopters; Induction Ceremony of ‘322 Dega Flight’ Held At Vishakhapatnam.

The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier is 262 m long, 62 m at the widest part and height of 59 m including the superstructure. There are 14 decks in all, including five in the superstructure. The ship has over 2,300 compartments, designed for a crew of around 1700 people, including specialised cabins to accommodate women officers.  The ship has been designed with a very high degree of automation for machinery operation, ship navigation and survivability, ‘Vikrant’ has a top speed of around 28 knots and cruising speed of 18 knots with an endurance of about 7,500 nautical miles. The ship can accommodate an assortment of fixed wing and rotary aircraft. IAF Inducts Rafale Aircraft Into 101 Squadron at Air Force Station Hasimara, Second After ‘Golden Arrows’.

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Most of the ship construction activities have been completed and the ship has entered the trials phase. Readiness of ship’s Propulsion and Power Generation equipment/ systems was tested in harbour as part of Basin Trials in Nov 20. Progress of construction of the Carrier was reviewed by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri during his visit to the ship on June 25, 2021.

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Though the commencement of Sea Trials was delayed due to the 2nd wave of COVID, with concentrated and dedicated efforts of large number of workmen, OEMs, engineers, overseers, inspectors, designers and the ship’s crew, who had put their heart and soul towards the ship’s readiness for sea trials.

This is a major milestone activity and historical event. Reaching this milestone is significant as they have been achieved barring the current pandemic challenges and imponderables. During the maiden sailing, ship’s performance, including hull, main propulsion, PGD and auxiliary equipment would be closely watched.

With the delivery of IAC, India would join a select group of nations with the capability to indigenously design and build an Aircraft Carrier, which will be a real testimony to the ‘Make in India’ thrust of the Indian Government. The Indigenous construction of Aircraft Carrier is a shining example in the Nation’s quest for ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India Initiative’.

This has led to growth in indignous design and construction capabilities besides development of large number of ancillary industries, with employment opportunities for 2000 CSL personnel and about 12000 employees in ancillary industries. Over 76% indigenous content towards procurement of equipment, besides work by CSL and their subcontractors is being directly invested back into the Indian economy.

Around 550 Indian firms including about 100 MSMEs are registered with CSL, who are providing various services for construction of IAC. Indian Navy’s ship building programme is rightly poised to provide requisite ‘Economic Stimulus’, with 44 ships & submarines on order being built indigenously.

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IAF Inducts Rafale Aircraft Into 101 Squadron at Air Force Station Hasimara, Second After ‘Golden Arrows’

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday, i.e. July 28, operationalised the second Rafale squadron after “Golden Arrows”. The IAF formally inducted Rafale aircraft into No. 101 Squadron at Air Force Station Hasimara in Eastern Air Command (EAC). Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria attended the induction ceremony. On arrival, The CAS was received by Air Marshal Amit Dev , Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command. The event also included a fly-past heralding the arrival of Rafale aircraft to Hasimara followed by a traditional water cannon salute. Here Features And Specifications of Dassault Aviation’s ‘Omnirole’ Aircraft.

Addressing the personnel during the induction ceremony, CAS said that the induction of Rafale had been carefully planned at Hasimara; keeping in mind the importance of strengthening IAF’s capability in the Eastern Sector. Recalling the glorious history of 101 Squadron which bestowed upon them the title of ‘Falcons of Chamb and Akhnoor’, CAS urged the personnel to combine their zeal and commitment with the unmatched potential of the newly inducted platform. He said that he had no doubt that the Squadron would dominate whenever and wherever required and ensure that the adversary would always be intimidated by their sheer presence. First Batch of Five Rafale Jets Arrive in India; Dassault Aviation’s Aircraft To be Part of ‘Golden Arrows’.

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The 101 Squadron is the second IAF Squadron to be equipped with Rafale aircraft. The Squadron was formed on May 1, 1949 at Palam and has operated Harvard, Spitfire, Vampire, Su-7 and MiG-21M aircraft in the past. The glorious history of this Squadron includes active participation in 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars. From Rafale Jets to Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, Here Are Aircraft That Bolster IAF’s Capabilities.

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Notably, Till now, India has received 26 Rafale Jets out of 36 aircraft that the country has ordered from Dassault Aviation. The first squadron of Rafale Jets is “Golden Arrows”, which is already operational Ambala air force station in Haryana. It is also known as No. 17 Squadron. In 2016, India signed a deal with the France government to procure 36 Rafale jets in a “ready to fly” condition. The entire deal was worth Rs 59,000 crore. According to the deal, 75 percent Rafale fleet will always remain operational.

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INDRA 2021: India And Russia To Hold Joint Military Exercise At Volgograd From August 1 to 13

The 12th Edition of Indo-Russia joint military Exercise INDRA 2021 will be held at Volgograd, Russia from August 1 to 13, 2021. The exercise will entail conduct of counter terror operations under the United Nations mandate by  a joint force against international terror groups. Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2019: Indian And US Armies Sing & Dance on Assam Regiment’s Marching Song ‘Badluram Ka Badan Zameen Ke Neeche Hai’; Watch Video.

250 personnel from both the nations will form part of the exercise. The Indian Army contingent comprising of a Mechanised Infantry  Battalion underwent rigorous training at different locations in India to refine their drills for participation in the joint exercise. AVIAINDRA-2018: IAF’s Special Forces ‘Garud’ Undertake Air-Borne Assault Operation in Anti-Terrorist Scenario.

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Exercise INDRA-21 will further strengthen mutual confidence and interoperability between the Indian & Russian Armies and enable sharing of best practices between the contingents of both the countries. The exercise will be yet another milestone in strengthening security cooperation and will serve to reinforce the longstanding bond of friendship between India and Russia.

The 11th edition of the INDRA NAVY exercise was conducted in the Bay of Bengal from September 4 to 5. The Indian Navy was represented by guided missile destroyer Ranvijay, indigenous frigate Sahyadri and fleet tanker Shakti, along with their integral helicopters. Sahyadri has been presently redeployed to provide assistance to MT New Diamond, which has caught fire off the coast of Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the Russian Federation Navy will be represented by destroyer Admiral.

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Shershaah Trailer Launched; Sidhharth Malhotra’s Movie On Kargil War Hero Capt Vikram Batra To Release on August 12, 2021

The trailer of the movie Shershaah was launched on Sunday, on the eve of Kargil Vijay Diwas which is celebrated every year on July 26. Actors Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani and producer Karan Johar reached Kargil for the trailer launch event. The movie is based on the life of Kargil War Hero and Param Vir Chakra winner Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra.

In the movie Malhotra is portraying the role of Captain Batra. The two minutes 30 seconds trailer, depicts various aspects of the Kargil War hero. Famous dialogue of Capt Batra “Ya to Tiranga lehra ke aunga ya Tirange me lipat kar aunga.” Has also been featured in the trailer. Kaira Advani is playing the role of Capt Batra’s girlfriend. Kargil Vijay Diwas 22nd Anniversary: Know About Param Vir Chakra Awardees Of Kargil War 1999.

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Sharing the trailer, the actor wrote, “Captain Vikram Batra reporting on duty! The wait is finally over, I’m honoured to present to you the legendary story of our Kargil War Hero.”

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The film is produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. Vishnu Vardhan is the director of the movie. The movie was scheduled to hit theatres in July 2, 2021, but due to COVID-19, its release was postponed to July 2, 2021. It has now been scheduled to release on August 12, 2021 on Amazon Prime Video. In January this year, Karan Johar released posters of the movie. also stars Ankita Gora, Shiv Pandit and Sahil Vaid, among others.

Shaheed Captain Batra had become a household name in India during the Kargil War. The young and jovial officer of the Indian Army, also code named as “Shershaah” during the Kargil War 1999 attained martyrdom while fighting for his motherland on July 7, 1999. Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021 Celebrations: Lt Gen YK Joshi Leads ‘Dhruva Kargil Ride’ From Udhampur to Drass to Pay Tribute to Kargil War Heroes.

Captain Batra was born on September 9, 1974 in Himachal Pradesh’s Palampur to Girdhari Lal Batra, a government school principal, and Kamal Kanta Batra, a school teacher. Captain Batra joined the Indian Military Academy in 1997 and commissioned as a lieutenant into the 13th battalion of the Indian Army on December 6, 1997. In January 1999, Batra was sent to attend the Commando Course at Belgaum, Karnataka where he excelled.

The young officer gave his success signal “Yeh Dil Mange More!” after the capture of Point 5140. He attained martyrdom while capturing the Point 4857. Later, the point was renamed as “Batra Top.” For displaying bravery in the battlefield, Captain Batra was awarded Param Vir Chakra (Posthumously), India highest wartime bravery award.

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Kargil Vijay Diwas 22nd Anniversary: Know About Param Vir Chakra Awardees Of Kargil War 1999

During the summers of 1999, the Indian Army defeated Pakistani army and terrorists backed by it in a war which was fought on the mountains of Kargil at an altitude more than 15,000 feet. The Kargil War 1999 was fought between May and July 1999. Generally during winters armies of both the sides leave their bunkers at high altitude places in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and later during summers they reoccupy them. Kargil War 1999: A Story of Indian Army’s Valour and Pakistan’s Betrayal.

However, in 1999, Pakistan took undue advantage of India’s trust, Pakistan Army soldiers and mujahideens occupied Indian bunkers by crossing the Line of Control (LoC). The Kargil War 1999 broke out just three months after the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Yajpayee visited Pakistan with a message of peace and with a firm determination to solve the Kashmir issue peacefully in February that year. India came to know about the Pakistan’s plan in May, when the Indian Army’s patrol party led by Captain Saurabh Kalia, who went to the area did not report back to headquarters. Then the Indian Army auched the “Operation Vijay”. Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021 Celebrations: Lt Gen YK Joshi Leads ‘Dhruva Kargil Ride’ From Udhampur to Drass to Pay Tribute to Kargil War Heroes.

Here Are Param Vir Chakra Winners During The Kargil Wars:

Shaeed Captain Vikram Batra: Capt. Batra, PVC (9 September 1974 – 7 July 1999) was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest and most prestigious award for valour, for his actions during the 1999 Kargil War. Batra joined the Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun, in June 1996 in the Manekshaw Battalion. The brave officer captured the Peak 5140 in Drass sector, without any casualties. He sacrificed his life while capturing the Point 4875 on July 7. Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra 22nd Martyrdom Day: Lt Gen YK Joshi Flies Over Batra Top to Pay Tribute to Kargil War Hero on His Balidan Diwas.

Shaheed Lieutenant Manoj Pandey: Lt Pandey (25 June 1975 – 3 July 1999) was also posthumously awarded the Param Veer Chakra. On the night of 3 July 1999 during the advance to Khalubar as his platoon approached its final objective, it came under heavy and intense enemy fire from the surrounding heights. Captain Pandey was tasked to clear the interfering enemy positions to prevent his battalion from getting day lighted. He got a fatal burst on his forehead while achieving his objective.

Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav: Yadav, Now Subedar Major, was awarded the Param Veer Chakra for his 4 July 1999 action during the Kargil War. He was part of the Ghatak team of 18 Grenadiers who launched an offensive after climbing the Tiger Hill from the rear side, taking the enemy by surprise. In spite of being grievously injured he kept on fighting.

Rifleman Sanjay Kumar: On 4 July 1999, as a member of the 13th Battalion, Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, Kumar, now Subedar,  was the leading scout of a team tasked to capturing Area Flat Top, during the Kargil War. Having scaled the cliff, the team was pinned down by machine gun fire from an enemy bunker, about 150 meters away. He kept advancing towards the enemy and in a close fight killed three enemy soldiers. He was awarded the Param Veer Chakra for his bravery.

Mahavir Chakra Awardees:

Anuj Nayyar

Rajesh Singh Adhikari

Gurjinder Singh Suri

Digendra Kumar

Balwan Singh

Imliakum Ao

Keishing Clifford Nongrum

Neikezhakuo Kenguruse

Padmapani Acharya

Sonam Wangchuk

Vivek Gupta

Shaheed Captain Vijayant Thapar was amongst the 53 Vir chakra awardees. Notably, Lt Gen YK Joshi, who was the Commanding Officer of the 13 Jammu And Kashmir Rifles (JAK Rifles) at the time of the Kargil War and led the attack on Point 4875, was also awarded Vir Chakra, the third highest war-time gallantry award.

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Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021 Celebrations: Lt Gen YK Joshi Leads ‘Dhruva Kargil Ride’ From Udhampur to Drass to Pay Tribute to Kargil War Heroes

Ahead of the 22nd Anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas, “Dhruva Kargil Ride” was organised by the Indian Army from Udhampur to Drass on Thursday to commemorate gallant actions of Kargil War heroes. The Dhruva Kargil Ride was flagged off by Kargil War hero, Subedar Sanjay Kumar, PVC. The bike rally was led by GOC-in-C, Northern Command, Lt Gen YK Joshi. It comprises 25 riders. Remembering Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra, ‘Shershaah’ of 1999 Kargil War, on His Martyrdom Day.

Notably, Lt Gen Joshi, who led the 13 JAK Rif during the Kargil War of 1999 with Pakistan. “Very important to note that this sacrifice made by the brave Indian Army is not only recognized but also remembered so that they continue to encourage the current and future generations of the country. This effort of ours, this rally that we are undertaking is to remember the fallen heroes during operation Vijay.,” reported Republicworld quoting Lt Gen Joshi as saying.

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Meanwhile, another bike rally was organised in Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh. On July 19, 2021 General Officer Commanding, Fire and Fury Corps PGK Menon flagged off a bike rally for Doulat Beg Oldie. It completed its first phase from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie and returned to Leh Wednesday. The second phase of this rally commenced on Thursday from Leh to Drass.Lt Gen Menon led the rally. The motorcycle rally led by the Fure and Fury Corps commander will with the Dhruva Kargil Ride at Drass on Friday.

On Wednesday, a musical evening was organised in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur as part of the Kargil Vijas Diwas celebrations 2021. The Indian Army in a statement said that rhe ‘Shaurya Band’ of Jammu and Kashmir joined Northern Command at Udhampur to present a musical evening full of patriotism and fervour of nationalism to honour the heroes of the Kargil War. Lt Gen Joshi was also present at the event.

Earlier this month, Lt Gen Joshi also over Batra Top in Sukhoi 30 MKI and paid tribute to his comrade Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra, who laid down his life during the Kargil War. Notably, Lt Gen YK Joshi was the Commanding Officer of the 13 Jammu And Kashmir Rifles (JAK Rifles) at the time of the Kargil War and led the attack on Point 4875, which is now known as “Batra Top” as Shaeed Capain Batra attained martyrdom while fighting with enemies at this point.

The Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year on July 26 to commemorate the victory of the Indian Army in flushing out Pakistani Army troops and terrorists from vacated Indian Positions in the Kargil sector along the Line of Control (LoC). The Kargil war was fought from May-July 1999.

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