Sunday, October 3, 2010

Joint forces India’s future, ANC’s success to be emulated

''Jointness is success'' is what the tri services command in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is chanting and the mantra seems to be bearing fruit for the Indian armed forces. A brain child of the Kargil Committee, the Andaman Nicobar Command (ANC) –– a joint force of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force –– has finally borne the tag of being a ‘model’ for the Defence Ministry, which is said to be planning to set up more of such commands in the country.

Started as an experiment for the Centre to test for the first time operating all its armed forces, including a Coast Guard unit, from one base with one command, the ANC in October next year will celebrate its 10 years of working as a “single force”. Addressing a group of visiting journalists from Bangalore, Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) Vice Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi while conceding that there were differences in the initial stages of ANC’s creation said: “We’re happy we’ve been able to iron out all differences and are carrying out operations in tandem,”adding that the command has seen tremendous success in working jointly. 

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