Jaipur ,The Regiment of Artillery is celebrated its 187th Gunners’ Day on Sunday, 28 September 2014. It was preceded with a celebration by all serving officers with veterans followed by a Barakhana for ‘All Ranks’ in Jaipur. It was on this day that the oldest serving battery of artillery i.e. 5 (Bombay) Mountain Battery was raised. Lieutenant General AK Sahni, GOC-in-C South Western Command and Senior Colonel Commandant - Regiment of Artillery, greeted the entire Gunner fraternity, on this occasion.
The Regiment of Artillery has been an intrinsic part of all the conventional and asymmetric wars that India has fought since independence. The gunners demonstrated fortitude against all odds during the operations of 1947-48, 1962, 1965, 1971 and in 1999 Kargil War. Since the mid 1980s, gunners have been fighting shoulder to shoulder with the infantry in Counter Insurgency Operations in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and the North Eastern States. During the Kargil War in May-Jun 1999, the Artillery regiments created havoc in the enemy lines by its accurate and versatile fire power, contributing to an unprecedented victory for the Indian Armed Forces.
The Gunner of today, while meeting operational challenges, is exploring a vast and technologically superior inventory of the Artillery Weapon Systems comprising of long range guns, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and sophisticated surveillance and locating devices/radars.
On the occasion of the 187th Gunner Day, all ranks of the Regiment resolved to rededicate themselves to the service of the Army and the Nation. The Gunners’ Day was celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm in other military stations of Rajasthan.