Amidst the long-standing impasse along the Line of Actual Control between India and China, Indian Army Chief general MM Naravane on Wednesday arrived in Leh.
The Army chief was received by Lieutenant General PGK Menon and other Army officers at an airbase in Leh. The LG also briefed the former on the operational preparedness in the region.
Naravane undertook the spot inspection in the forward areas, including Rechin La and interacted with the 14 corps, popularly known as Fire and Fury. He is on a one-day tour to Ladakh.
Amidst the Sino-India border tensions, Naravane’s visit was aimed at boosting the morale of Indian armies and to review the ground situation while assessing India’s overall military preparedness.
Nearly 50,000 soldiers have been deployed in various mountainous locations in eastern Ladakh. The two nuclear-powered nations have been engaged in border tension along the LAC since May in year. The tensions between the two escalated allegedly after armies of both the countries engaged in skirmish, killing the armed forces on both sides.
The army chief had visited Leh in June and September along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat.
The Army chief exhorted all ranks to continue working with the same zeal and enthusiasm while distributing sweets and cakes on the eve of Christmas.