Pune: Regiment of Artillery Marks 197 Years of Valor and Service on Gunners Day

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Pune, 28th September 2023: All Artillery units and formations of Southern Command celebrated 197th Gunners Day on 28 September 2023. The date 28 September has a special significance to the Regiment of Artillery, as on this day, 5 (Bombay) Mountain Battery was raised, the Same is also celebrated as Gunner’s Day.

The Regiment of Artillery is proud of a glorious past replete with rich traditions and gallant achievements. It has acquitted itself as the battle winning factor in every occasion whenever the integrity of our nation has been threatened. The Gunners have also won accolades for their outstanding contribution in the ongoing counter terrorism operations. The Regiment has a glorious history of serving the nation in war and peace as well as in missions abroad and is known for its professional excellence, selfless dedication and utmost devotion to duty. It has rendered yeoman service to the nation during all the major conflicts with adversaries and during disasters and natural calamities. The regiment boasts of One Victoria Cross, One Distinguished Service Order, 15 Military Crosses during the pre-independence era and One Ashok Chakra, Seven Maha Vir Chakras, Nine Kirti Chakras, One Hundred and One Vir Chakras, Sixty Nine Shaurya Chakras, besides many other decorations Post independence. In recognition of valour and professionalism shown on the battlefield our Regiment has been bestowed with 42 Battle Honour Titles during pre and post-independence era. The Regiment has also produced outstanding sportsman of international caliber, making the Regiment proud by being honoured with Two Padma Shri Awards, Seven Arjuna Awards, Two Padma Bhushan & One Padma Vibhushan Awards.

The rapidly progressing transformation of the Indian Artillery into a state-of-the-art combat force by equipping itself with modern weapon systems with greater mobility and lethality incorporating the latest technological advancements will help the Gunners in honouring their motto,”Sarvatra Izzat-O-IqbaI – Everywhere with Honour and Glory”.

On this occasion, Lieutenant General Ajai Kumar Singh, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Command, lauded the services rendered by the Regiment of Artillery and urged the Gunners to rededicate themselves to the Service of Nation.