IAF officers pay homage to martyred commandos

Modesto Morganelli
Октября 13, 2017

The two Garud commandos of the Indian Air Force (IAF) who died in a terrorist encounter in north Kashmir on Wednesday were part of a group that was undergoing Live Situation Training with the Army. This was second incident in which Garud suffered casualties.

At the Pathankot airbase in Punjab, Corporal Gursewak Singh became the first Garud to fall to terrorist bullets.

Six heavily armed terrorists from Pakistan attacked the Pathankot base in the early hours of January 2, 2016.

Two Garud squads, each consisting of one officer and 13 other ranks, have been deployed in Kashmir. One of the teams, which is with 13 Rashtriya Rifles battalion at Hajjin, was involved in Wednesday's operation.

"Garuds were with the Army for live situational training. They came in August", a defence official said.

Official sources said the training of the elite Garud personnel with the Army was part of a range of measures the Indian Air Force (IAF) had initiated to bolster security at all its installations after the terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base a year ago.

The Garud commanders are tasked with protecting all critical bases and installations of the IAF across the country.

As a result, the government decided that Garuds would be deployed in counter-insurgency operations with the Army in Jammu and Kashmir to gain operational experience. Moreover, the IAF is implementing a Rs 8,000 crore plan to shore up the security of almost 54 airbases all over the country post Pathankot attack. They are specially trained to be a Quick Reaction Force at important IAF bases and protect IAF high value assets.Garuds have been effectively employed in Indian missions in support of the United Nations and during extrication of Indian nationals from war zones.

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