On behalf of the President, army chief general Dalbir Singh Suhag on Wednesday presented armoured regiments 50 and 84 with standards at Mammun Cantonment in recognition of their service to the country since raising.
The regiments did a commendable job in operations Rakshak (2007 Kupwara counter-insurgency task), Vijay (Kargil War in 1999), and Prakaram (2001-02 standoff with Pakistan). “Receiving this honour is a proud moment for any regiment,” said General Suhag, adding: “Glory comes after hard work and dedication. I expect all regiments to maintain high standards for the prestige of the army.”
Three helicopters soared over the stadium during the function, showering flower petals over the officers and jawans. The chopper in the middle of the flying formation carried the national flag and the flanking choppers carried a standard each of the two regiments. As the aircraft disappeared into the sky, 24 T-72 battle tanks, 12 each from the two regiments, roared into the venue with the commanding officers in lead.
Bellowing out smoke, the tanks made a slow lap of the stadium, and as they passed the dais, the officers and jawans on board saluted the army chief. “I am proud to be part of the moment when the two regiments are getting their standards,” said the general.
He also released a “special cover” as souvenir of the occasion. Lieutenant generals KJ Singh (general officer commanding, Western Command), Rajeev Tewari (GOC, 9 Corps), and Ravinder Partap Sahi (GOC, 2 Corps); and many serving and retired army officers were present. Chief host lieutenant general Ashok Kumar Mehta, commandant of 84 Armoured Regiment; and lieutenant general AB Shivane, GOC, 1 Corps, and colonel of 50 Armoured Regiment, won appreciation for their leadership roles.