Southern Command Celebrates 129th Raising Day


Pune (UNI) : Southern Command | The elite HQ Southern Command of Indian Army, located at Pune observed its 129th Raising Day on Saturday, having been in service of the nation since 1895. (Southern Command)


On this historic occasion, rich tributes were paid to brave martyrs, who without any fear or remorse have laid down their lives in the service of the motherland.


Southern Command, is the oldest and the largest command of the Indian Army, covering nearly 40 pc of Indian landmass spread over eleven States and three Union Territories. This Command with its history and glorious traditions of over 129 years is a live example of valour, sacrifice & selfless service. Over the years, the Command has adapted itself rapidly to the changing operational milieu and has kept itself abreast of the contemporary technologies and best practices to further hone its core competencies, said defence release.


The command has withstood the test of time and has successfully participated in various pre & post independence operations including the amalgamation of Junagarh & Hyderabad in 1947 – 48, liberation of Goa in 1961, Indo – Pak conflicts of 1965 & 1971, OP PAWAN and of late in OP VIJAY and OP PARAKRAM. Be it the Bhuj Earthquake, floods in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & Bengaluru, Cyclone Tauktae or the Morbi bridge collapse, the valiant soldiers without caring for their own lives, have stood by the people and shall continue to do so, at all times, the release added.


With its commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with the masses, various events are being conducted in Command Zone where in people from all sections of society have been brought together to participate for common cause of environment protection, blood donation, improvement of education in Govt. Schools and outreach to remote villages. As a special gesture towards the Puneites, Army Bands are organising special displays and shows at Pune Race Course from 31 March to 02 April 23 to reaffirm Indian Army’s bond with the masses.


While conveying his compliments on the occasion, Lt Gen AK Singh, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command has exhorted all citizens and soldiers to work together towards accomplishing the mission of ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’.



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