Army chief General Dalbir Singh on behalf of President of India Pranab Mukherjee presented the Standard to 18 Cavalry at the cantonment in Amritsar on Monday.
It was a unique and proud moment for the Army chief as he is also the Honorary Colonel of the regiment. To commemorate this historic event, the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) also released a ‘Special Day Cover’.
Addressing a gathering of serving personnel and veterans of the force, the General felicitated the regiment for having earned this distinction due to its heroic deeds since its inception 174 years ago. Sharing his personal affinity with 18 Cavalry, the General said his father Rishaldar Major Ramphal Singh (retired) had participated in the Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971 as a braveheart of this very regiment. Even prior to that his grandfather had been a soldier of Azad Hind Fauj of Netaji Subash Chander Bose.
He said the Standard presentation has increased the responsibility of the regiment and hoped that 18 Cavalry will meet the expectations of the country. The mesmerising spectacle of mounted parade added to the military elan of the occasion. On this occasion, the General also awarded COAS commendation card to six personnel of the regiment.
This honour has been bestowed upon the 18 Cavalry in due recognition of the dedicated service rendered by the regiment since its raising in January 1842. The 18 Cavalry is a frontline regiment of the Indian Armoured Corps, which has participated in a large number of operations undertaken by the Army since its raising.
In the course of discharging its onerous duties, both in operations and in peace, the hardwork done and sacrifices made by the valiant soldiers of this regiment have been duly recognised by the 29 battle and theatre honours received, second highest in the Armoured corps. The ceremony was also attended by Lt Gen KJ Singh, General Officer Commandingin-Chief, Western Command, Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command and a number of senior officials and civil dignitaries.