Affiliation of ICG ship Shaurya with 3rd (Naga Hills) Battalion

Question: In order to improve Inter Armed Forces Cooperation, an affiliation charter was signed between Shaurya ship of Indian Coast Guard and 3rd (Naga Hills) Battalion of?
(a) Indo-Tibetan Border Police
(b) Manipur Rifles
(c) Assam Rifles
(d) Gorkha Rifles
Answer: (c)
Related facts:

  • To enhance inter Armed Forces Cooperation and utilize each other’s assets for training, the Director Generals of Assam Rifles and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in an impressive ceremony held at Alticor, Shillong signed an Affiliation Charter between 3rd (Naga Hills) Battalion of Assam Rifles and Indian Coast Guard Ship, Shaurya, on 22nd May, 2019.
  • Assam Rifles is the oldest Para Military Force of India with a rich history of valour, courage and tradition.
  • Assam Rifles have 46 Battalions manning the Indo-Myanmar border and countering the insurgency in the north east states. On contrary the ICG, with 142 ships & 62 aircraft is one of the youngest Armed Force under Ministry of Defence.
  • 3rd (Naga Hills) Battalion Assam Rifles is the oldest battalion of the force raised in 1835 as The Cachar Levy comprising of 750 personnel of all ranks for guarding the Eastern Frontier of Assam from Brahmaputra River to the Cachar Hills.
  • Presently, the battalion is deployed at Kohima, Nagaland where it had earlier bravely fought the Japanese in World War-II and stopped their advance into India.
  • ICG Ship, Shaurya, is indigenously built at Goa Shipyard Limited, based in Chennai is a modern state-of-the-art 105 mtrs long Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) commissioned on 12th August, 2017.
  • Shaurya meaning courage is a projection of ICG’s commitment To Serve & Protect the maritime interest of the nation. The ship is extensively developed for EEZ surveillance and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter to safeguard the maritime interest of India.

Objectives of the affiliation:

  • The objective of the affiliation is to promote bilateral cooperation between the Assam Rifles and the ICG in the field of exchange of information / personnel, build-up camaraderie for training, sports / adventure and sustainable development.
  • This affiliation will facilitate the Sentinels of the North East to interact with the Sentinels of the Seas on professional and social platforms and share rich experiences and best practices.
  • Assam Rifles personnel will be able to understand the peculiarities of a Maritime Service (Indian Coast Guard) and their role in guarding and intercepting the anti-national forces / non state actors detrimental to the maritime / coastal security. The personnel of ICG will be able to see and understand the operational ethos of the Assam Rifles working along the Indo-Myanmar border.
  • The reciprocation Ceremony will be held onboard Indian Coast Guard Ship Shaurya at Chennai on 11th and 12th June, 2019.

Links:
http://www.pib.nic.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1572392

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