For the first time in history, Indian Military goes for major reforms on US Military pattern
NEW DELHI - Special units of the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy will now combine forces under Special Operations Division to meet with possible threats and carry out sensitive missions.
It is for the first time in India's history that a Special Operations Division has been created which will see chosen personnel from all three armed forces as its members. A battalion each from Indian Army's Para Special Forces, Navy's Marcos (Marine Commandos) and Air Force's Garud Commandos will now operate under this common umbrella.
There would be 3000 personnel in all and Major General AK Dhingra has been named as the first General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Special Operations Division.
The headquarters of the Special Operations Division could be in Agra.
The proposal to have a common division between the Army, Air Force and Navy was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Combined Commanders' Conference in Jodhpur in September of last year. Its need was felt considering the changing dynamics of modern warfare.
The need for closer cooperation between the three forces has been recognised as the next step in meeting with security challenges facing India.