Army will defend borders against all odds: Prez

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 10: President Ram Nath Kovind said today he was confident that the Army will defend the borders as well as sovereignty of the country against all odds and uphold dignity of the nation and our people, whatever be the cost.
Kovind stated this in his address on the occasion of presentation of “Colour to the Army Aviation Corps’’.
“We take the solemn vow to defend the borders as well as sovereignty of our country against all odds. I am confident that we will fulfill this vow and uphold the dignity of our nation and our people, whatever be the cost, and strive for excellence in all our endeavours,’’ the President said.
Noting that the Siachen Glacier, the highest battle field in the world located at the height of 18,875 feet from seal level, has been the ultimate operational frontier for the Corps since 1984, Kovind said: “Routinely operating at 20000 feet and above in extremely challenging conditions, the highly skilled and motivated pilots of the Corps have been carrying out yeoman service in Operation Meghdoot’’.
He also referred to his visit to Siachen Glacier on May 10 last year at Kumar Post saying it was a unique experience.
“Our Jawans living there in most adverse circumstances in the Glacier is a testimony to their unparalleled valour and determination. I realized on my visit that we live in peace because of vigilance and sacrifices of these brave soldiers,’’ the President said.
“Your courage and steadfastness have won you the Battle title ‘Kargil’ in ‘Operation Vijay’ in 1999. Many of your squadrons have been awarded the prestigious ‘Chief of Army Staff Unit Citation’ for their exceptional performance. You have been excellent ambassadors of our country while operating overseas in countries like Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, while on United Nations Peace Keeping Missions. You have performed much beyond the call of duty during natural calamities,’’ Kovind said.


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