Indian Army to send troops to Sudan on peace-keeping mission

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New Delhi, Feb 29 (UNI) The Indian Army is sending a contingent for UN peace-keeping operations in Sudan as part of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).

Lt. Gen. SPS Dhillon, Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Information System and Training), while addressing the Contingent, apprised the troops of the excellent work done by Indian Contingents in various UN Peace Keeping Operations in the past and exhorted all to carry out their assigned tasks with self dedication, devotion and humanitarian approach.

The Contingent comprises of 2 NAGA, 5/1 Gorkha Rifles and other units.

The 2 NAGA was raised on February 11, 1985, and is the second battalion of the youngest regiment of the Indian Army. It is a recipient of the Chief of Army Staf Unit Citation twice and has been awarded with Battle Honour' Maskoh' and Theatre Honour 'Kargil' for their performance during Operation Vijay.

The unit has won one Maha Vir Chakra, two Vir Chakra, one Yudh Seva Medal, two Sena Medals, two Vishisht Seva Medals and other awards.

The 5/1 Gorkha Rifles was re-raised on January one, 1965. During Bangladesh Operation in 1971, the battalion was awarded the Battle Honour 'Darsana' and Theatre Honour 'East Pakistan'.

In addition the unit has been awarded the Chief of Army Staff's Unit Citation.

The unit has been awarded three Maha Vir Chakra and two Vir Chakra.

Both the battalions will be supported by Force Signal Unit, 619 Transport company and level II hospital of the Indian Army.

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