Nirmala Sitharaman celebrates Diwali with troops at Andaman & Nicobar
The defence minister also paid homage to the Indian Air Force personnel and their families who were killed during the tsunami in 2004.india Updated: Oct 19, 2017 18:57 IST
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman celebrated Diwali on Thursday with military personnel at the strategically important tri-services command on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Sitharaman, who arrived at the command on Wednesday, also reviewed its security preparedness and other operational matters.
The defence minister also paid homage to the Indian Air Force personnel and their families who were killed during the Tsunami in the Car Nicobar islands.
At the memorial for the victims of tsunami 2004 - Carnicobar airbase washed away with air warriors & their families. Onlly a few survived. pic.twitter.com/LmF5ilWovQ— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) October 19, 2017
She also visited a naval facility and the Coast Guard base under the Andaman and Nicobar command here.
“RM @DefenceMinIndia Smt @nsitharaman celebrates Diwali with troops&their families at Tri-Services Command A&N (sic),” the defence ministry tweeted.
With the Tri-Services in Port Blair. Formation-anchor, guns & the wings. Next to me is Lt Gov of A&N Admiral (Rtd) DKJoshi. Also seen CINCAN pic.twitter.com/0RPmmfpLzN— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) October 19, 2017
This is her first visit to the strategically important command after assuming charge as the defence minister.
On her arrival, she was accorded a joint services guard of honour.
Later, she was given a comprehensive brief on the security environment and thrust areas of the command at its headquarters, officials had said yesterday.