THE FIRST EVER CONDUCT OF SKYDIVE FOR BATTLE CASUALTY VETERAN BY INDIAN ARMY
Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 28 March 2019
India’s famous blade runner, Major DP Singh, who is the hero of Op Vijay set another milestone by skydiving during an event organised by Indian Army for it’s battle casualty veterans. “Sky is the really limit, push to yourself and reach out to it”, said major DP Singh when asked for his reaction over the feat. He did not had any fear falling from the sky.
The first ever Skydiving jump for Battle Casualty Veteran (leg amputee) in India was conducted by instructors and training staff of Indian Army (Army Adventure Wing) on 28 Mar 2019 at Nasik, Maharashtra by service aircraft from 9000 ft AGL.
Maj DP Singh, a Kargil War veteran widely known as “Indian Blade Runner” was trained by Indian Army to perform a first ever successful Skydive endorsing the “Spirit of Adventure” for all disabled soldiers who suffered physical/war injuries in peace and war time.
Gen Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC, COAS approved the activity for the officer to commemorate “Year of Disabled in the Line of Duty” and hence started the journey on 18 Mar 19 wherein the officer was trained on First Jump Course which successfully culminated on 28 Mar 19 by safe and successful landing at the Dropzone and witnessed by soldiers and recruits of training establishment at Nasik.
This activity will further motivate and enthuse the zeal of soldierly spirit in disabled soldiers of the services.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.