'Standard' presented to 89 Armoured Regiment

Ranchi, Nov 30 : It was a historic moment for the 89 Armoured Regiment when General Bikram Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, presented "Standard" to the Regiment amidst full military regalia in a mounted parade at Namkum, Ranchi.

The ceremony was also graced by Lt Gen Gyan Bhushan, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief South Western Command, Lt Gen Anil Chait, Chief of Integrated Staff Committee. Lt Gen Rajan Bakshi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Central Command, Lt Gen Ravi Thodge, General Officer Commanding 1 Corps and a number of senior officers and civil dignitaries.

This rare honour has been bestowed upon 89 Armoured Regiment in due recognition of the dedicated and meritorious service rendered by the Regiment since its raising on 01 February 1980.

The Regiment has participated in most of the operations undertaken by the Army since its raising.

In the course of discharging its onerous duties, both in operations and in peace, the sacrifices made by the valiant soldiers of this Regiment have been duly recognised by the award of 4 Sena Medals, 10 Chief of the Army Staff Commendation Cards and 33 General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Commendation Cards.

The ceremony involved both foot and mounted parade in clockwork precision and co-ordination, in consonance with the highest traditions of the Army.

A formation of 25 T-72s holding its much deserved 'Standard' moved on the parade ground to the tunes of military martial music as a truly historic event.

The parade was commanded by Colonel Jagat Singh, Commandant 89 Armoured Regiment.

The Chief of the Army Staff also released a Special Cover of the day.

--IBNS (Posted on 30-11-2013)

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