INDIA. Mumbai: The Mahar regiment, one of the most decorated infantry regiments in the Indian Army, was attached to the Indian Navy’s indigenously built guided-missile stealth destroyer, INS Kolkata, on Wednesday at an elaborate ceremony conducted at Naval Dockyard in South Mumbai.
The Mahar Regiment earlier comprised troops from the Mahar community of Maharashtra. However, now it is composed of different communities from the states including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar. It is headquartered in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh.
Captain Prashant Handu, Commanding Officer, Kolkata, presented Brigadier Navneet Jaryal, Commandant, Mahar Regimental Centre, with the ship’s crest at the affiliation ceremony.
The affiliation was solemnized with the signing of the Affiliation Charter by Lieutenant General C Bansi Ponnappa, Adjutant General of the Indian Army and Colonel of the Mahar Regiment, Rear Admiral Sameer Saxena, Flag Officer Commanding, Western Fleet, Indian Navy, Brigadier Navneet Jaryal, Commandant, Mahar Regimental Centre, and Captain Prashant Handu, Commanding Officer, INS Kolkata, onboard the ship, an official statement issued on Thursday stated.
The Navy and Mahar Regiment bands performed a joint guard and a combined performance during the occasion.
By fortuitous accident, the Mahar Regiment’s motto “Yash Siddhi” (Success and Attainment) and Kolkata’s slogan “Yudhay Sarvasanadh” (Always Prepared for Battle) compliment and embellish each other beautifully.
Lieutenant General C Bansi Ponnappa paid respect to the Bravehearts in the navy dockyard’s Gaurav Stambh and signed the visitor’s book on the occasion.
The affiliation between Naval ships and Army regiments was established in 1990 to promote a spirit of cooperation, understanding, and joint manship among Army and Naval troops.
Even though they operate in different theatres, it is the Army and Navy’s coordinated battle efforts that can bring about dominance and win wars.
As a result, the affiliation is a symbol of inter-service friendship that helps with joint operations and dependency in modern combat.
The ship is linked to Army units to create better knowledge of fighting capabilities and to coordinate the armed forces’ available means and resources.
Some of the earlier affiliations include the Stealth frigate INS Sahyadri, with the Poona Horse, Frigate INS Shivalik with Scinde Horse, Frigate INS Satpura with 7 Cavalry, the Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, with the Bihar Regiment, and the Guided-missile destroyer INS Mumbai to Maratha Light Infantry Regiment.
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