Jalandhar, Aug 1 (UNI) Surveillance And Target Acquisition (SATA) Regiment, the oldest surveillance unit of the Indian Army, today celebrated its 85th raising day in Western Sector.
The Regiment, also called "Alma Mater of Locators", was raised in 1924 at School of Artillery in Kakul (now in Pakistan) as 1st Survey Section Royal Indian Artillery and was re-organised as Ist Survey Battery in 1941 and later as Ist Survey Regiment in 1942. On partition one Battery from the Regiment was allotted to Pakistan Army.
On the solemn occasion all ranks re-affirmed their resolve to uphold the rich traditions and saga of excellence of the Regiment.
The Regiment has participated in all operations since raising to include the World War II (Burma), Hyderabad Police Action in 1948, Indo-China War 1962, (NEFA Sector) Indo-Pak Wars of 1965 and 1971 (Western Front) and has also participated in OP BLUSTAR in Punjab in 1984 and OP RAKSHAK, OP VIJAY and OP PARAKRAM (all in J&K).
Gen (Retd) OP Malhotra a former Chief of the Army Staff and Governor of Punjab is an ex Commanding Officer of the Regiment.
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