Berhampur, September 28 (LocalWire): President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday presented the President’s Colours award to the Corps of Army Air Defence at its Gopalpur military station.
The prestigious award was presented to the Army AD on completion of 25-years as an independent arm of the Indian Army.
The award was received by Army AD center on behalf of the Corps of Army Air Defence from the President, who is also the supreme commander of Indian Armed Forces.
The President’s Colour is the highest honour bestowed upon a regiment of the Armed Forces in recognition of their contribution to the security of the nation during the peace and hostiles.
Speaking on the occasion President Kovind highlighted the achievements of the Army Air Defence and recalled the glorious legacy of the Indian Armed Forces in protecting the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the nation and called to maintain the same.
“We have taken a solemn vow to defend the sovereignty of our country against all odds. I am confident we will fulfil this vow and keep the dignity of our Nation and our people intact, whatever be the cost. That is what the Colours signify. Carry them with pride and strive for excellence in all your endeavours,” he said.
Recalling the history of Army Air Defence, the President said that it was carved from Regiment of Artillery on 10 January 1994.
“Its history dates back to World War 2 when its troops fought gallantly in Burma, Malaya, Bahrain, Singapore, Iraq, and Persia. In the post-Independence era, the brave soldiers of Air Defence Regiments fought gallantly during the liberation of Goa. During Indo-China War 1962, the efforts made to provide robust Air Defence cover in North Eastern affected regions are also worth mentioning,” he said.
“The air defence gunners destroyed a number of enemy aircraft during Indo-Pak War of 1965, 1971 and displayed exemplary velour by providing effective air defence protection,” he said, adding that valiant soldiers have also contributed their might during counterinsurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and North East.
Four regiments of Army Air Defence were decorated with Honour for their role during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, which speak volumes of the regimental professionalism and spirit, the President said.