68th Republic Day : NSG commandos from Manesar march in parade

NEW DELHI: The nation’s military prowess, its state-of-the-art defence platforms and its diverse cultural and social traditions are on showcase on the Capital’s Rajpath as the country celebrates its 68th Republic Day. For the first time a contingent of the National Security Guard (NSG), popularly known as the Black Cat Commandos, also participated in the parade.

As per tradition, the Republic Day Parade ceremony commenced at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. Prime Minister Narendra Modi lead the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath.

An eternal flame burns at the Amar Jawan Jyoti to commemorate the indomitable courage of Indian Armed Forces personnel who made the supreme sacrifice in the country’s service.
The PM and President’s cavalcades then moved down Rajpath, where after the unfurling of the National Flag, the national anthem was played with a 21 gun salute. Then, the parade began and President Pranab Mukherjee rose to take the salute.

For the first time, a contingent of UAE soldiers marched in the parade. The 149-member Presidential Guard, which was led by a UAE band consisting of 35 musicians, presented a ceremonial salute to President Mukherjee. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and a son of the UAE’s founding president, is the chief guest at the Republic Day parade this year.

The parade was commanded by Lt General Manoj Mukund Naravane, General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area.

The army showcased its Tank T-90 and Infantry Combat Vehicle and Bramhos Missile, one of its treasured armour, its Weapon Locating Radar Swathi, Transportable Satellite Terminal and Akash Weapon System.