PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

PORT BLAIR

7th October 2005

Andaman Nicobar Command celebrates 4th Raising Day

    India's first ever Integrated Command came into existence on 8th October 2001 at Andaman & Nicobar Islands with the present Chief of the Naval Staff and Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee, Admiral Arun Prakash as the first Commander-in-Chief. The Command celebrated its 4th Raising Day on 8th October 2005.

   The Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Islands was reviewed after the Sino-Indian war in 1962. This led to the establishment of the naval base at Port Blair, deployment of Air Force at Car Nicobar and positioning of Army Brigade. The unified nature of the military set up in the islands existed since early 1970s. In the aftermath of Kargil operations and on the recommendation of Group of Ministers, the A&N Command was raised on 8th October 2001 as the first Unified Command comprising of the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard. The ANC is presently commanded by Lt. General Aditya Singh, AVSM.

   In the past four years, the Command has achieved strategic coherence and high level of operational efficiency on the southern most front of the country. On the fateful day of December 26th last year, when the killer tsunami waves hit the archipelago, the Command pioneered the rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations in the islands for about six months under 'OP Madad'.

   On the momentous occasion on 8th October, a Barakhana with all troops and ex-servicemen was organized at Port Blair, Diglipur, Car Nicobar and Campbell Bay.