Leh (SunstarTV Bureau): Indian Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane visiting the forward areas at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) including Rechin La, gave 12 Chief’s Commendation Cards to troops deployed in the icy heights.
Amid continued tensions at the LAC between India and China, MM Naravane is the first Indian Army Chief to reach the heights and interact with the soldiers of Fire and Fury Corps. His visit was aimed at reviewing India’s overall military preparedness as the tense border standoff with China’s People’s Liberation Army.
Notably, Lieutenant General PGK Menon in October, 2020 took over as the new commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps. The Chief of Army Staff was received by LT Gen Menon and other Army officers at an airbase in Leh.
“General MM Naravane visited forward areas of Fire and Fury Corps including Rechin La and undertook a first-hand assessment of the situation along the LAC. He was briefed by the GOC of 14 Corps and other local commanders on the operational preparedness of our forces,” the Army said.
“The Chief of Army Staff undertook on the spot inspection of the state of habitat of troops on the forward line of defences at Rechin La. He appreciated the efforts made by the formation to make troops comfortable along the LAC,” the Army further said.
General MM Naravane also visited forward base Tara and interacted with the local commanders and troops. He appreciated their high morale and state of readiness.
While interacting with the troops deployed in forward areas, the Army chief exhorted all ranks to continue working with same zeal and enthusiasm. General Naravane also distributed sweets and cakes on the eve of Christmas.