Former COAS Gen KV Krishna Rao Cremated with Full Military Honours

Former COAS Gen KV Krishna Rao Cremated with Full Military Honours

              The mortal remains of Gen KV Krishna Rao (Retired), Ex Chief of Army Staff (COAS) were cremated with full military honours  at Brar Square, Delhi Cantt, today. He passed away in Military Hospital in New Delhi on 30 Jan 2016.

The honorable President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee in his message stated, “Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of General KV Krishna Rao, former COAS. His exemplary services to the nation and the Army will always be remembered”. The honorable Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar condoled the passing away of the General Rao, stating “The country has lost one of our best known military leaders. He was a visionary who led ably, inspired a generation of soldiers and initiated modernization of Indian Army in the early 1980’s. His contribution in the 1971 War and maintaining the unity and integrity of the country shall always be remembered”. General Dalbir Singh, the COAS laid a floral wreath to pay tribute to General KV Krishna Rao and expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the former Chief. He stated that “Gen KV Krishna Rao was a soldier statesman who inspired a generation of soldiers and will continue to do so even after his demise”.

         General KV Krishna Rao had an illustrious career spanning over four decades in the Indian Army. He served in Burma, North West Frontier and Baluchistan during the Second World War, participated in the 1947-48 war against Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir and was a founder Instructor of the National Defence Academy during 1949-51. He commanded an Infantry Division in the Jammu Region during 1969-70 and a Mountain Division engaged in Counter Insurgency Operations in Nagaland and Manipur during 1970-72. During this period his Division also participated in the 1971 India Pakistan War in Eastern Theatre and was instrumental in capture of the Sylhet Area and liberation of North East Bangladesh. General Krishna Rao commanded a Corps in the Jammu Region from 1974-78 and the Western Army Command during 1979-81. Post his tenure as 14th COAS of Indian Army, he also served as the  Governor of the North Eastern States of Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura from 1984-1989, as also of Mizoram. Later, General Krishna Rao was appointed as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir during 1989-90 and  reappointed from 1993-1998.

        Wreaths were laid on mortal remains on behalf of the honorable President of India and the Raksha Mantri. Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, Minister of State External Affairs and former COAS Gen VK Singh, former Army Chiefs (General VN Sharma, General NC Vij, General Deepak Kapoor and General Bikram Singh), representatives of Chief of Naval Staff and Air Staff, representative of Government of Manipur and a host of serving and retired fraternity of Army were present on the occasion as a mark of respect to the former army Chief. 

Col  Rohan  Anand, SM
PRO (Army)

Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba Takes Over Western Naval Command
Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba took over the reins of Western Naval Command (WNC) as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) on 31 January 2016 from Vice Admiral SPS Cheema at a ceremonial parade held at INS Shikra. Later in the day, officers of the Western Naval Command accorded Vice Admiral Cheema a warm send off, with the traditional ‘Pulling Out’ ceremony. Vice Admiral SPS Cheema retires today, after completing nearly four decades of service to the nation and the Navy.

Calling the personnel on parade as his 'ship mates', Vice Admiral SPS Cheema expressed his gratitude to all personnel of the command for their support and their dedicated efforts in functioning of the command. Recounting his expanse of service he said that he has seen many changes in the Indian Navy in terms of technology, quality of man power and resources. He was however indeed very glad that the spirit of enthusiasm, ability to face all odds and above all a deep sense of patriotism has not changed among the men in uniform.

Vice Admiral Lanba, a specialist in Navigation and Direction and an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College, has very rich operational and staff experience over a career spanning more than three decades. He has served as Navigating Officer of INS Sindhudurg (Corvette) and INS Dunagiri (Frigate). During his illustrious service he commanded four frontline warships namely, INS Kakinada (Minesweeper), INS Himgiri (Frigate), INS Ranvijay and INS Mumbai (Destroyers). He is also an alumnus of the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad, where he also served as the faculty.

He has also held important staff assignments such as Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet and Chief of Staff, Southern and Eastern Naval Commands. He has also been the Flag Officer Sea Training, Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area, Commandant, National Defence College and Vice Chief of Naval Staff. He was Commander-in-chief of the Southern Naval Command at Kochi, prior to being appointed to head the premier operational Command of the Indian Navy.

Vice Admiral Lanba is a recipient of the Param Vishist Seva Medal and the Athi Vishist Seva Medal for distinguished service of an exceptionally high order.

Mrs Reena Lanba who will now preside over the Navy Wives Welfare Association (Western Region) is a qualified teacher and a home maker. 

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