On the occasion of the 68th Republic Day of India, the ceremonial parade commenced this morning at Amar Jawan Jyoti. The parade was attended by Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and a son of the founding president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as the chief guest.
New Delhi witnessed, for the first time in history, a marching contingent of soldiers of the UAE, known as the Presidential Guard, consisting of 149 members and a 35-member band.
Commandos of the National Security Guards (NSG), also known as Black Cat Commandos, made their debut at the Republic Day Parade today with a 140-member contingent, clad in black uniforms carrying MP-5 assault rifles.
Indigenously developed light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas and the 155-mm Dhanush artillery gun, popularly termed as India’s Bofors, were showcased for the first time today.
Early morning rain and an intermittent drizzle failed to dampen spirits as the elite “Black Cat” commandos of the NSG and the Tejas aircraft made their debut at the parade, The Hindu reported.