Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag retires after 43 years in service; says ‘Army prepared to meet any challenges’

Indian Army Chief, Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag, retired on Saturday after 43 years in service. Speaking after inspecting a Guard of Honour at the South Block lawns here, he said that Army is prepared to meet any challenges.
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India TV News Desk New Delhi December 31, 2016 13:08 IST

Indian Army Chief, Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag, retired on Saturday after 43 years in service. Speaking after inspecting a Guard of Honour at the South Block lawns here, he said that Army is prepared to meet any challenges.

"After 43 years of service to the nation I superannuate today. I salute the martyrs who made supreme sacrifices," he said, adding that the force had focused on operational preparedness during his tenure.

"Indian Army is the finest and strongest army in the world. Our leaders are competent and soldiers are brave," he further said.

Gen. Suhag said that when he had taken over he had said that the response of Indian Army to any action against our interest would be immediate, adequate and intense.

“Indian Army has done that in the last two-and-half years,” he said.

He also thanked the government for providing a free hand and implementing OROP.

"Gratitude to the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) for the support and free hand in conducting operations. For impetus on modernisation," he said.

He said that infiltration attempts had increased during the year and the number of terrorists killed too was nearly double the previous year.

Gen. Suhag assumed office on July 31, 2014 following the retirement of General Bikram Singh. He had served as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) before taking charge as Chief of the Army Staff.

 

 
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