Jammu: Patting Gunners for their professional standards and ethos, GOC-in-C Northern Command Lt Gen DS Hooda on Sunday called upon the Artillery units deployed in J&K to reach even higher standards of excellence and continue to contribute towards peace and stability in the region.
Hooda was speaking on the occasion to mark the 187th Raising Day of the Regiment of Artillery.
The 'Raising Day', which is also known as 'Gunners Day', is observed on September 28 to mark the raising of the first Indian Artillery unit, 5 (Bombay) Mountain Battery, on this day in 1827.
The Regiment of Artillery has been part of all the wars that India has fought since Independence and the Gunners have proved their mettle by their professional acumen and dedication, PRO Defence, Col SD Goswami said.
The victory of the Indian Army over Pakistan in the Kargil conflict in 1999 demonstrated the fire power of the artillery, which pounded and systematically destroyed the enemy's will to fight, and proved to be the major battle winning factor.
The Gunners are also actively undertaking Counter Insurgency Operations in Jammu and Kashmir and have made an immense contribution in ensuring peace in the region.
Major Gen SK Singh, Major General Artillery, Northern Army Command called upon all Gunners to rededicate themselves to uphold the ethos and spirit enshrined in the motto of the Regiment of Artillery 'Sarvatra Izzat-O-Iqbal' (Everywhere with honour and glory).