Formation of Indian armed forces’ special operations unit begins, to have 3000 commandos

The Indian Forces have begun raising the Armed Forces Special Operations Division with the appointment of a Major General rank officer to oversee its formation.

The government has approved the raising of the Armed Forces Special Operations Division comprising the Special Forces of the Army, Navy and the Air Force and will be headed by Major General AK Dhingra of the Special Forces Regiment.

“Initially, there will be about 3,000 special forces commandos from the Parachute Regiment of the Army, MARCOS of Navy and the Garud Commandos of the Air Force. It is said to be based in Agra as it already is the base of India’s only Parachute Brigade,” a senior army officer said.

Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia (Retd) believes that the raising of the Special Operations Division is welcome but it is not enough to match the rising stature of the country.  Read More

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