Dehradun, Mar 31 (UNI) Chief of the Army Staff General J J Singh today presented a new standard to the 62nd Armoured Regiment -- first Armoured unit to be raised in independent India.
The Regiment bade a nostalgic farewell to its old standard presented by the then President Dr Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy on March 31, 1981.
In his address, the Army Chief appreciated the bravery of the unit, which led it to be honoured with one Mahavir Chakra, two Param Vishistha Sena Medals, one Ati Vishistha Sena Medals, three Vishistha Sena Medals, two Sena Medal and two Chief of the Army Staff Commendations.
He said the Cavalry has lived by the motto of the Indian Army in defending the country with its valour and guts and had also enriched its own Regimental motto ''Fortitude and Valour''.
It was a nostalgic get together for these Cavalry men as serving and retired personnel of this first Armoured Regiment raised in Independent India in 1956 at Ambala, came together from all over the country to celebrate the occasion with their families. In the 1965 Indo-Pak war the Shermans tanks of the Cavalry had outgunned and out performed the far superior Pattons of the enemy. The regiment is now equipped with the T-72 tanks.
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