The ‘Raising Day’, which is also known as the ‘Gunners Day’, is observed on Sept 28 to mark the raising of the first Indian Artillery unit, 5 (Bombay) Mountain Battery, on this momentous day in the year 1827.
On this occasion GOC-in-C, (Army Commander) Indian Army’s Northern Command Lt Gen DS Hooda, praised the professional standards and ethos of the Gunners and called upon the Artillery units deployed in J&K to reach even higher standards of excellence and continue to contribute towards peace and stability in the region.
Ever since the concept of causing destruction to the enemy’s war machine from a standoff distance evolved in warfare, Artillery has been a major battle winning arm and its importance continues in the modern day battlefield.
"The Regiment of Artillery has been part of all the wars that India has fought since its independence and the Gunners have proved their mettle by their professional acumen and dedication. The victory of the Indian Army over Pakistan in the Kargil conflict in 1999 demonstrated the fire power of the artillery, which pounded and systematically destroyed the enemy’s will to fight, and proved to be the major battle winning factor," the Ministry of Defence said in a statement on Sunday.
The gunners have always been renowned for their professional excellence and exacting standards, and continue to perform their duties in the Northern theatre with utmost dedication, in difficult, hostile and inhospitable terrain conditions.
The gunners are also actively undertaking counter insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir, and have made an immense contribution in ensuring peace in the region.
Artillery units and formations are also involved in a number of Operation Sadbhavana projects to help and build the socio-economic life of people in Jammu & Kashmir, with the underlying message of peace and harmony in the region.
The gunner of today, while meeting operational challenges, is exploring a vast and technologically superior inventory of the artillery weapon systems comprising of long range guns, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and sophisticated surveillance and locating devices/radars.