Kargil War 1999 Current Affairs - 2019
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lighted Victory Flame at National War Memorial in New Delhi on 14 July 2019 to begin celebrations of 20th Anniversary of victory in Operation Vijay (Kargil War 1999) at Kargil (in Kargil district of Ladakh region), in Jammu and Kashmir.
The year 2019 marks 20th anniversary of successful culmination of Operation Vijay wherein brave soldiers of Indian Army overcame seemingly insurmountable odds, hostile terrain, weather, and determined enemy (Pakistan) occupying dominating heights, to win Kargil war.
Theme of 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas- Remember, Rejoice and Renew which stads for- The country all together ‘remember’ our martyrs by revisiting their sacrifices, ‘rejoice’ by celebrating victory in Kargil and ‘renew’ our resolve to safeguard honour of Tricolour.
The Victory Flame was lit by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with General Bipin Rawat, COAS, Subedar Sanjay Kumar, PVC who handed it over to ace army shooter Subedar Jitu Rai, as 1st torch bearer of the Flame.
Indian Army is celebrating this kargil war victory in memory of its brave martyrs with events covering a myriad spectrum.
Relay of Victory Flame from National War Memorial (in New Delhi) to Kargil War Memorial (in Dras). Indian Army’s outstanding sportsmen and war heroes will be carrying Victory Flame.
It will pass through 9 major towns/cities of North India and finally culminate at Kargil War Memorial located at Dras on 26 July 2019, where it will be received by General Bipin Rawat, COAS.
All along journey of Victory Flame, Indian Army personnel will be paying homage to heroes who fought valiantly for Nation.
About Victory Flame
It symbolizes coalescence of souls of Kargil War martyrs.
Its design has been inspired by grit, guts and glory displayed by immortals who made supreme sacrifice for motherland in finest tradition of Indian Army.
Torch of Victory Flame is made of copper, brass and wood which symbolizes tenacity and determination of country’s fallen heroes.
Upper portion of Torch has a metal etching of Amar Jawan that epitomizes fallen Unknown Soldiers.
Lower portion of Torch is Wooden and it has 20 gold embossed inscriptions of Amar Jawan exemplifying 20 glorious years of Kargil Victory.
The Chief of the Air Staff (COAS) Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa received the baton of Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) from Admiral Sunil Lanba, the outgoing Chief of the Naval Staff and also COSC Chairman.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa will take over as new Chairman COSC with effect from 31 May 2019 consequent to release of charge by Admiral Sunil Lanba upon hus superannuation.
About Admiral Sunil Lanba
- The Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba will retire on 31 May 2019 after a distinguished career spanning more than four decades. Admiral Lanba served as 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy.
- The Commands held by him includes Eastern Naval Command, Southern Naval Command.
- He has been an ardent supporter of Tri-Services (Indian Army- Indian Airforce- Indian Navy) Jointmanship. He was instrumental in harmonising the efforts of three Services in a number of Tri Services issues.
- He has been Awarded- Param Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.
About ACM Birender Singh Dhanoa
- The Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa is an alumni of Rashtriya Indian Military College and the National Defence Academy (NDA). He was commissioned in the Flying Branch of Indian Air Force (IAF) in June 1978.
- Flying Experience: He is an experienced fighter pilot and a qualified category (CAT) ‘A’ Flying Instructor. He has more than 3000 hours of flying experience to his credit. The ACM has predominantly flown the MiG-21 aircraft along with flying experience across entire spectrum of fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
- He was the Commanding Officer of a frontline ground attack fighter squadron during the Kargil war (1999).
- He has also held several coveted operational and staff assignments such as the command of a frontline fighter Base, Chief Instructor (Air) at Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Director Fighter Operations and War planning at Western Air Command, Senior Air Staff officer of two operational Commands and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Intelligence) at Air HQ. He has also served as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of South Western Air Command and has also been Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCOAS).
Tags: Admiral Sunil Lanba • Birender Singh Dhanoa • Chief of the Air Staff (COAS) Air Chief Marshal • Chief of the Naval Staff • Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) • Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) • Director Fighter Operations and War Planning • Kargil War 1999 • MiG-21 • National Defence Academy (NDA) • Rashtriya Indian Military College • Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCOAS)