LADAKH SCOUTS: Best Defence Coaching in Lucknow
Regimental Centre: Leh, Ladakh
Regimental Insignia: An Urial native to the Ladakh mountains.
War Cry: Ki Ki So So Lhargyalo (Victory to the Gods)
Nickname: “Snow Warriors or Snow Tigers”
Active From: 1963.
Theatre Honours: Jammu & Kashmir – 1971.
Battle Honours: Turtuk – 1971.
The Ladakh Scouts was raised on 01 June 1963, following the debacle in the 1962 Indo-China War, with just eight companies. Also known as the ‘Snow Warriors’, the Regiment has taken part, and proved itself, in various operations since the 1965 Indo-Pak War. Colonel Chewang Rinchen, MVC & Bar, SM, (Retd.) joined the Army (J&K Militia) as the youngest Junior Commissioned Officer in 1947, at the tender age of 17½. He won the first Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) for the Regiment in the 1947-48 Jammu & Kashmir operations. He won another MVC for the Regiment in the 1971 Indo-Pak War.
Later on, in his distinguished military career, Colonel Rinchen was appointed the Honourary Colonel of the Ladakh Scouts. The Regiment was one of the first units to take part in Operation Vijay – the 1999 Kargil Conflict – and covered itself with glory during the conflict. Major Sonam Wangchuk, was the most recent recipient of the MVC for the Regiment in the Kargil Conflict. The Ladakh Scouts was recently given the status of a full infantry regiment and more battalions are planned to be raised.
Specializing in mountain warfare, the regiment’s primary role is to guard India’s borders in the high-altitude areas of the union territory of Ladakh. Raised by Colonel S.P. Salunke, the Ladakh Scouts were converted into an Army regiment in 2000. The Ladakh Scouts recruits mainly from India’s Ladakhi and Tibetan communities and is among the Indian Army’s most decorated units. Its soldiers have been honoured with over 300 gallantry awards and citations including one Unit citation, one Ashok Chakra, ten Maha Vir Chakras and two Kirti Chakras.
Units of the Ladakh Scouts were deployed with a battalion of the Kumaon Regiment to capture the Siachen Glacier in April 1984, as a part of Operation Meghdoot. The Ladakh Scouts were one of the first units to be deployed in action in Operation Vijay. Its units displayed exemplary gallantry and won numerous awards, including a Maha Vir Chakra for Major Sonam Wangchuk.
The presidential colours were presented to the regiment on 21 August 2017 by Ram Nath Kovind. The Ladakh Scouts have produced notable winter sports athletes, National Level Ice Hockey Players and many more national & ASIAN Level players.
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