PUNE: Lieutenant General P Mohammed Hariz, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Command and Colonel of the Regiment of Mechanised Infantry, visited their affiliated Indian Navy Ship INS Ghariyal on Monday.
He complimented all on board for their professional excellence. He urged them to continue the cooperation and further build on it to achieve greater synergy.
INS Ghariyal is the second landing ship tank (large) of Indian Navy, which was built indigenously and was commissioned on February 14, 1997. The ship can carry troops and vehicles and is ideally suited for amphibious operations. It is closely associated with the Mechanised Infantry.
The case for affiliation of the Mechanised Infantry with INS Ghariyal was initiated in January 1999 by late Lieutenant General PS Joshi and was approved on February 24, 1999. The then Colonel of the Regiment and Centre Commandant extended an invite to officers of INS Ghariyal to be honorary members of the Officers’ Mess of Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre, Ahmednagar.
Motorised Infantry battalions had been raised earlier, but the modernisation of the Infantry began in earnest after the 1965 War. 1971 saw some chosen, elite Infantry Battalions take to battle, mounted on armoured personnel carriers. The Mechanised Infantry formally came into existence in April 1979 and the Brigade of the Guards joined the fold thereafter. Today, the Mechanised Forces have mastered the art of integrated operations and they are as integrated in peace as they will be in war.