Saturday, 8 June 2013

Ladakh Scouts celebrate golden jubilee
UDHAMPUR, June 2: Ladakh Scouts Regiment celebrated its Golden Jubilee with traditional zest and fervor on Saturday. The Regiment was raised on June 1, 1963 and has the unique distinction of participating in all post independence wars. The Regiment has being bestowed with Battle Honours ‘Turtuk – 1971’, ‘Batalik – 1999’, Theatre Honour ‘Kargil – 1999’, Chief of Army Staff Banner and Unit Citation in addition to 520 honours and awards for exceptional valour and acts of gallantry in various operations.
A wreath laying ceremony was held at the Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre (LSRC) War Memorial where wreaths were laid by Lt Gen Sandeep Singh AVSM, SM, VSM, Colonel of JAK RIF & LADAKH SCOUTS, Ex Colonels of the Regiment, Col SS Patil, Commandant LSRC, veterans and serving soldiers. A Special Sainik Sammelan was organized on the occasion which was attended by senior serving and retired officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and other ranks. Speaking on the occasion, the Colonel of the Regiment extolled the bravery, courage and sacrifices of all ranks of the Regiment and commended Col SS Patil for achieving outstanding standards in training of recruits. All ranks observed a two minute silence in memory of the martyrs.
On this occasion a special ‘First Day Cover’ was released and Golden Jubilee Mountaineering Expedition to a virgin peak situated at an altitude of 7769 meters was also flagged off. The Colonel of the Regiment Banner for displaying outstanding performance in various Inter Battalion professional and sports competitions was presented to Col SK Sharma, Commanding Officer 5 Ladakh Scouts.

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