Many great new pics of the Indian Army, Navy & Airforce
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
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 otherís traditions, culture and heritage as well as their combat potential and professional ethos. Soldiers and sailors will interact more actively participating in each otherís sporting and adventure activities. Regular orientation capsules, cross attachments or deputation of personnel to participate in reciprocal activities will familiarise them with each otherís 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 ĎKhukri Memorialí 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 Commandantís 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 ĎDefence Exhibitioní 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
great pics, raj. it seems like gen JJ singh is enjoying his job a great deal.
Yep, great pics. Any pics of the new Garud Air Force commandos?
The Indian Army has some of the sharpest dress uniforms EVER!
Hmm.... the Sainik Samachar server seems to be down? Once it comes back online I'll save these pics on imageshack
I'll post some pics of the Garud soon
Some more pics!
^ Rear Admiral RF Contractor, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command, inspecting a guard of honour on INS Tirangini
Indian Air Force
^ Flight cadets of the IAF with the cadets of United States and other countries. As part of International Cadets Exchange Programme, four Flight Cadets, accompanied by an officer of Indian Air Force, visited United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs
The passing out parade of 700 airmen and women of Administrative Training Institute of the Air Force at the IAF airfield at Tambaram, Chennai
^ Air Marshal HS Garkal reviewing the parade
^ Air Marshal HS Garkal presenting the best all-rounder trophy to Leading Aircraftman Selvam
^ Lt Gen MC Bhandari, Director General, National Cadet Corps with the cadets who visited the UK under the Youth Exchange Programme.
^ Army Chief presenting Chiefs of Staff Banner to Alpha Squadron, National Defense Acadamy
^ Troops overhauling of Kvadrat weapon system
^ Commandant, GRC presenting medals to the recruits during the passing-out parade of course No. 49 of the Guards Regimental Centre.
^ Lt Gen R Subramanyam, GOC-in-C, Central Command visited the inauguration a new Army camp at Katihar, a 555 km away from Line of Control, dividing Pakistani-occupied and Indian Kashmir. The inauguration was done by the junior-most soldier of 14 Garhwal Rifles, Sep Surendra Singh, above
^ Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) working at Maitri Station, India's research outpost of the Indian Scientific Expedition at Antarctica
^ EME soldiers Fixing IA helicopters at Siachen
^ Interesting contrast of camo: Chief of Defence Forces Australia, Gen Peter Cosgrove, seen here with Lt Gen Hari Prasad, visits HQ Northern Command
^ An attestation parade for 370 recruits of Course No. 100 was held at Veer Sthal Parade Ground of the Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre in Delhi Cantonment. The parade was reviewed by Lt Gen Madan Gopal, Director General, Infantry.
^ Brig WJB Sturgeon unfurling the Rashtriya Rifles flag of 59th Rashtriya Rifles Battalion (Assam). This 3rd RR battalion of Assam Regiment was formally raised at Assam Regimental Centre, Shillong.
troll? My comments were unjust? You are saying that India really is 2nd largest army? Diversity in Indian army somehow attributes to its greatness?
You want to say that future Indian air force officers will be women???
58 cadets including 32
iirc, upwards of 1/4 of air force officers are women, including flying officers. Though not in combat aircraft, but support aircraft like transports, tankers, and the like.
However, there are women pilot officers of combat helicopters.