Kargil War 20th anniversary commemorated with trek

One of the severest battles fought during the Kargil War was the Battle of Khalubar in the Batalik Sector, which was why it was chosen as the destination

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Indian Army, Kargil

New Delhi: The 20th anniversary of the Kargil War was celebrated in a grand manner by the Indian Army with a commemorative trek to Khalubar.

Army said that the year 2019 witnesses the 20th anniversary of the Kargil War and this important milestone was celebrated in a grand manner by the Indian Army with a view to rekindle the pride and valour of all the gallant soldiers who took part in Operation Vijay.

One of the severest battles fought during the Kargil War was the Battle of Khalubar in the Batalik Sector. Despite the harsh terrain, the valiant soldiers of 1/11 Gorkha Rifles were successful in forcing the enemy to evict from his positions thus contributing a victory which will be remembered till times to come.

The battalion was awarded the Battle Honour “Batalik” and Theatre Honour “Kargil” and gallantry awards to include one Param Vir Chakra and three Vir Chakras.

To commemorate this victory as part of the 20th anniversary of Operation Vijay, a trekking expedition to Khalubar was undertaken by the 1st Battalion of the 11 Gurkha Rifles. The objective of the trek was to celebrate the triumph of the Battalion as also to pay homage to the brave ‘Kirantis’.

After inducting into Leh, the team completed its mandatory acclimatization and necessary preparations by 5 July.

Strength of two Junior Commissioned Officers and eight Other Ranks participated in this trek which was flagged off on 8 July. The team covered a distance of about 10 kilometres before summiting Khalubar.

During their journey, the team traversed through the harsh inhospitable terrain at altitudes varying from 9000 feet to 17000 feet.

The IAF has planned several activities at the air base to commemorate the 20 years of the war and the symbolic recreation of the Tiger Hill attack was one of them.

Five Mirage 2000, two MiG 21s and one Sukoi 30 MKI were on static display at the base.

One of the Mirage 2000 aircraft showcased the Spice bomb carrier. The bomb was used in the Balakot airstrike in February.