Port Blair, Jan 15: Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) celebrated Army Day on 15 Jan 21. 15 Jan is celebrated every year as Army Day to commemorate the taking over of the Indian Army by Lt Gen KM Cariappa (Later Field Marshal) as the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, in 1949 from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander -in-Chief of India.
On the occasion, Lt Gen Manoj Pande, AVSM, VSM, Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) and senior most veteran Maj Gen (Retd) Vinay Bhatnagar, AVSM, VSM laid wreath at Bayonet Chowk, War Memorial. The CINCAN complemented All Ranks for achieving excellent results in all spheres of activities and exhorted them to maintain high standard of operational preparedness so as to ensure that the Army successfully overcomes emerging challenges and threats to the nation.
Remembering the supreme sacrifice made by gallant soldiers, the CINCAN said that the Army personnel of the Andaman and Nicobar Command have always been at the forefront when dealing with the security of islands and providing assistance to the Andaman and Nicobar administration during emergent requirements like Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Aid.
Units of the Army Component celebrated the event with fervour and pride. Various events were organized that included beach cleaning and tree plantation to spread the message of environment conservation among the populace.