All-women defence team conducts adventure patrolling in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: A joint all-women team comprising members of the Army, the Assam Rifles and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police conducted an ‘adventure patrolling’ in Arunachal Pradesh, Kohima-based defence spokesman Col Chiranjit Konwer said on Friday.
The 18-member squad became the maiden all-women team to conduct an adventure patrolling in the Himalayas of the northeastern state, the spokesman said in a statement.
“The fully kitted and self-sustained patrol led by Indian Army women officers was launched on 10 August from Kibithu in remote Anjaw district of the state,” he said.
Before concluding the patrol on Independence Day on Thursday, the team went through a difficult terrain, crisscrossing streams and dense forests, where their navigation skills were tested.
“The women underwent training encompassing physical conditioning exercises, basic lessons on mountaineering, jungle survival, and motivation before the programme,” Col Konwer said.
Displaying high standards of morale, motivation and resolve during the adventure patrol, the joint team of officers and soldiers exhibited the tremendous potential of women power, he added.
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command, Lt Gen MM Naravane, lauded “the grit, professionalism and determination of the team members.”