Siachen Day - 13 April

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Siachen Day is annually observed by the Indian Army on 13 April.

An Overview of the News

  • It commemorates Operation Meghdoot, initiated on 13 April 1984.

  • The day pays tribute to the courage and sacrifice of Indian Army soldiers stationed at the Siachen Glacier.

Location and Significance:

  • Siachen Glacier, situated in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalayas, forms part of the Union Territory (UT) Ladakh.

  • It is recognized as the highest and coldest battlefield in the world.

  • The area symbolizes India's strategic presence and territorial integrity in the region.

Operation Meghdoot:

  • Operation Meghdoot was a significant military endeavor launched by India.

  • Objective: Secure control of the entire Siachen Glacier, located in Jammu and Kashmir (now part of northern Ladakh).

  • It marked India's proactive stance in response to escalating activities by Pakistan in the Ladakh region.

  • The operation was pivotal in gaining Indian control over the entire Siachen Glacier.

Role of Indian Air Force (IAF):

  • Integral to Operation Meghdoot was the participation of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

  • Airlifting Troops: IAF helicopters played a crucial role in transporting Indian Army soldiers to the Siachen region.

  • Support and Logistics: IAF provided essential support and logistics during the operation, facilitating troop deployment and sustenance in the challenging terrain.

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