Indian Army Chief Visits Ladakh Amid Border Tensions with China

Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane concluded a two day visit to Leh, Ladakh on Sept. 4 amid border tensions with China.

The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) arrived at Leh yesterday and proceeded to forward areas to undertake a firsthand assessment of the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

According to a statement released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, the COAS interacted with soldiers and local commanders deployed in difficult High Altitude forward areas.

“He appreciated their high morale and standards of professionalism exhibited by the units in safeguarding own territorial integrity. The COAS urged all ranks to remain vigilant and maintain a high order of operational readiness”, the statement said.

Later, at Leh, Lieutenant General YK Joshi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of the Army’s Northern Command and Lt. Gen. Harinder Singh, GOC, Fire and Fury Corps, briefed him on the state of operational preparedness and on the logistics arrangements for sustenance of forces in winters.

“The COAS expressed satisfaction on the efforts being made to ensure operational effectiveness and capability enhancement of the forces,” the statement concluded.

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