Mumbai, Sept 30: INS ''Talwar,'' the lead ship of the modern Talwar (modified krivak) class frigates, was today affiliated with the 16th Light Cavalry, the oldest and senior most Armoured Regiment of the Indian Army.
In a splendid ceremony on board the ship at naval dockyard here, INS Talwar's commanding officer Capt Girish Luthra and 16th Light Cavalry's Co Col Sumer Sobti signed the charter of affiliation in presence of western fleets flag officer commanding Rear Admiral R F Contractor and Armoured Corps Centre and school Commandant Maj Gen Pushkar Singh Yadav, who is also the colonel of the 16th Light Cavalry, a defence communique said here today.
This is the first time that an armoured regiment has been affiliated to any Naval ship, the communique said.
Speaking on the occasion, rear admiral contractor underscored the importance of joint operations and said there is a new emphasis on an integrated approach by the three services for success in an operation.
Maj Gen Yadav termed the affiliation as historic as both the units symbolize the ''cutting edge' of their respective forces. He recalled the historic links his regiment had developed with the Navy during its various overseas deployments during the two world wars.