Saviors Of Siachen..

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    Saviors Of Siachen..

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    On April 13, 1984 troops of Northern Command launched operation Meghdoot with a view to prevent the Pakistan Army from clandestinely occupying the glaciated Siachen. As part of this operation, the strategic passes of Bilafond La and Sia La were occupied. This was done braving the inhospitable weather and terrain conditions.


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    The entire area, referred to as the highest, coldest and perhaps the most unforgiving battlefield, has since then witnessed the indomitable courage and supreme sacrifices of India's undaunting soldiers. The Siachen Brigade has, to date, won numerous bravery awards which include one Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra each, four Kirti Chakras, 12 Shaurya Chakras, seven Param Vishisht Seva Medals, 10 Yudh Seva Medals, five Vishisht Seva Medals and 90 Sena Medals.

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    The silver jubilee of operation Meghdoot was observed solemnly by paying tributes to martyrs at the War Memorial located at the Base Camp. The commemoration was attended by Lt Gen PC Bhardwaj GOC-in-C Northern Command, accompanied by his wife Mrs Deepa Bhardwaj and Air Marshal PS Bhangu. The wreaths were laid at the Siachen War Memorial on this occasion.


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    In his address to the troops, the Army Commander congratulated them for their spirit and courage. He cited the martyrdom of those brave soldiers who would continue to motivate them to surmount challenges posed by the enemy and the elements.

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    A First Day Cover was released by the Army Commander. On this occasion, a mountaineering-***-cycle expedition traversing the rugged terrain from Indira Column, Ladakh Region and culminating at Zojila was also flagged off by the Army Commander. A separate cycle expedition from Karuto Partappur was flagged in


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