Many Great New Pics Of The Indian Army, Navy & Airforceby rajkhalsa
Since the other thread is getting to unweildy with all the pics, I started the second thread. The older thread can be accessed here:
Many, many great new pics of the Indian Army and Indian Navy (http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=48161)
Again, here are images of the Indian military from news photos and from the Sainik Samachar, the fortnightly defense publication by and for soldiers of the Indian military.
The magazine, like those of Western militaries, generally keeps one up to date on the general happenings and goings on of the day-to-day affairs of the military, of interest to the soldier. Sadly, the online edition is updated sporadically, and only in low-resolution images.
By posting some images from here, I hope to show some of the Indian military's unique culture. Remember, this is the second largest military on the planet, probably the most diverse, and each of the thousands of units in the three services has their own histories, traditions, battle honors, ceremonies and heros, which make for a very colorful and interesting display for the general military enthusiast.
Most captions are from the text, but I added some more information to explain certain things if needed.
^ Army Chief Gen JJ Singh reviewed the parade comprising eight platoons, 50-men guard of honour and the Naval Band during ceremonial passing-out parade was held at Naval Academy, Goa. The 197 trainees who passed out included cadets from the Executive, Education, Engineering, Electrical, Submarine and Technical Cadre, Coast Guard and eight trainees from friendly foreign countries.
^ Comdt M Srivastava represented Coast Guard in the 24th Indian Scientific Antarctica expedition, here at Indra Gandhi Base in Antarctica.
^ The first flagship of the Indian Navy and the seniormost rifle regiment of the Indian Army joined forces with the signing of the Charter of Affiliation between INS Delhi and Rajputana Rifles. The historic Charter was signed at a befittingly grand ceremony held on the Halo Deck of INS Delhi in Mumbai.
The affiliation encompasses many facets of cooperation ranging from better understanding of each others traditions, culture and heritage as well as their combat potential and professional ethos. Soldiers and sailors will interact more actively participating in each others sporting and adventure activities. Regular orientation capsules, cross attachments or deputation of personnel to participate in reciprocal activities will familiarise them with each others organisational structures and procedures.
^ INS Khukri was a frigate of the Indian Navy during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. She bore the brunt of the war on December 9 that year when she sank 40 nautical miles off Diu Coast taking down with her a crew of 18 officers and 176 sailors. Capt Mahendra Nath Mullah, recipient of Maha Vir Chakra (posthumous) of the Indian Navy was the commanding officer of Khukri who chose to go down with the warship.
The act of Capt Mullah and his crew is a shining example of the unyielding spirit and indomitable courage glorifying the highest traditions of the Indian Navy. In memory of the ship crew who laid down lives for the country, a memorial named Khukri Memorial was set up in Diu in 1999. The memorial depicts the scale model of the ship.
Indian Air Force
^ Over 500 Airmen were inducted into the Indian Air Force at a colourful passing-out parade at the Air Force base, Tambaram. Above, Air Cmde MS Ahluwalia reviewing the parade.
IAF pilots flew to france to conduct a joint air exercise Garuda 2005. 24 Squadron of Indian Air Force, known as the Hunting Hawks with six Sukhoi-30 and one IL-78 mid-air refuller, took part in the exercise. Mirage-2000-C, Mirage 2000-5 fighters and AWACS represented the French Air Force. Some images from their departure:
^ A proud family: an air warrior with his family before leaving Bareilley Air Base
^ Naval Chief, Admiral Arun Prakash presenting the Chief of Air Staff Sword of Honour to Flg Offr Naishad Purohit during a passing-out parade held at Air Force Academy, Dundigal in Hyderabad. 58 cadets including 32 women were commissioned as Flying Officers after successful completion of their training.
^ The staff and students of Sainik School, Imphal donated one lakh rupees to Tsunami victims. Wg Cdr MS Bhandari, Principal, Sainik School handed over the cheque to the Governor of Manipur, Dr SS Sidhu at a solemn function.
^ Appu School celebrated its annual day in Tezpur where Mrs Nandini Bapat, Vice President, AWWA, Gajraj Corps was the chief guest. The tiny-tots presented a spectacular show of fun, frolic and music which was appreciated by the audience. Appu School runs nursery, kindergarten and UKG classes for the children of all ranks of Gajraj Corps, Air Force, GREF and civilians.
^ Images from the first joint Army-Airforce exercise, EX Vajra Shakti, 2005.
^ Army Delta Force Signallers maintaining a communication network in Dharmund and Natha, Kashmir
^ Brig NC Negi, Deputy Director General and head of the Pioneer Corps announced the change of corps badge at a special function held at the Pioneer Corps Training Centre (PCTC) in Bangalore. Above, Pioneer Corps jawans installing the new corps badge
^ Jawans from 1/3 Gorkha Rifles battalion recently celebrated its 125th Battle Honour Day. On the occasion, gala celebrations were held at Helipad, Gangtok. Maj Gen Avadesh Prakash, GOC, 17 Mountain Division released a Special Cover in the presence of a large number of officers, JCOs and men. Speaking on the occasion, the General Officer paid rich tributes to the battalion soldiers for their indomitable courage and gallant action.
^ Ninth battalion of the Rajputana Rifles was entrusted with the responsibility of conducting an attachment camp for NCC Cadets. The aim of the camp was to acquaint girl cadets with the rigours of military life through a plethora of training activities. It was attended by one Associate NCC Officer and 20 cadets from 1 and 5 Rajasthan Girls Battalions of NCC. The cadets were given hands-on experience on small arms like INSAS rifle, LMG and carbine including firing practice on Drona simulator.
^ Brig Ashok Kumar Pandey (Retd) launching a website for ex-servicemen
^ The women expedition team which scaled Mt Everest recently with Chief of Army Staff, Gen JJ Singh
The son of Maratha Ligh Infantry, the first ever Chief of the Army Staff in 237 years of its history and Colonel of the Regiment, Gen Joginder Jaswant Singh accompanied by his wife, Mrs Anupama Singh, visited their Regimental Centre for the first time after taking over:
^ Gen JJ Singh at the biennial conference
^ Army Chief, Gen JJ Singh greeting a young soldier
during his visit to Belgaum
^ An Army open recruitment rally was conducted at Churachandpur in Manipur for the selection of Soldier Clerk, Soldier, Technical, Nursing Assistant, General Duty and Tradesmen. The response to the rally was very encouraging and around 5400 candidates turned up for the screening test. Finally, 290 candidates were selected for the written test.
^ Lt Gen BS Dhaliwal handing over Commandants Banner for the champion platoon to Cadet Abhimanew Bhatia during the award presentation parade of the Cadets Training Wing (CTW), College of Military Engineering (CME), Pune
^ A Defence Exhibition was put up at Gag near Jalandhar on May 9 last. The exhibits included tanks, Bofors guns, infantry combat vehicles, latest communication and surveillance equipment and satellite imagery.
Some recent news photos:
^ BSF soldiers in front of India Gate
^ Soldiers stand guard at the Red Fort during full dress rehearsal for Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi on August 13, 2005
^ Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inspects a guard of honor at the 59th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort in New Delhi
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