Indian Army celebrates 39th Siachen Day

The Indian Army celebrated the 39th Siachen Day at the highest and coldest battlefield in the world, braving the challenges of nature’s extreme fury.

Every year on April 13, the Siachen Warriors celebrate Siachen Day. This year marks the 39th anniversary of Operation Meghdoot, launched by the Indian Army on April 13, 1984, to secure the Siachen Glacier, which was important from a strategic point of view since the glacier shares boundaries with Pakistan and China.

The Siachen Warriors also felicitated the veterans, Veer Naris, and Civil Defence employees who made supreme sacrifices on this most challenging battlefield, fighting extreme weather conditions and tough terrain. The Glacier extends to 76 kilometres in the Karakoram ranges, and the sub-zero temperatures and frequent avalanches are the greatest challenges for human survival here.

As per the official defence spokesperson, more than 11,000 troops have made supreme sacrifices in the line of duty during the last 39 years, ever since the beginning of Operation Meghdoot.

The Indian Army is guarding the key passes and ridges along the Glacier, the frozen frontier, in a high state of operational preparedness with highly determined and motivated troops and state-of-the-art equipment to deal with the challenges posed by extreme weather.