NSG commandos may march on Republic Day Parade

Dec 20, 2016 16:47 IST

The Indian Special Forces unit, National Security Guard may participate in the upcoming Republic day parade for the very first time in the history.

The decision was taken following a meeting between the Union Home and Defence Ministries. The Special Forces unit, popularly known as the ‘black cat’ commandos due to their black uniform, has already begun its preparation for the parade.

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Key Highlights

• The NSG would have to choose a contingent of about 60 commandos.
• The contingent is expected to include personnel from both its army and paramilitary-based units.
• The commandos will for the first time display their prowess and commando-style fast march past at the parade.
• The first clearances for NSG’s participation have been issued.
• The only commando force to take part in the Republic Day celebrations until now has been the troops of Army’s Special Forces.

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The inclusion of this force will indeed be a sight to see, as the commandos dressed in their trademark black attire with black headgear, special assault rifles MP-5, dagger and perfect manoeuvres will surely add a new level of energy to the day’s celebrations.

About National Security Guard

• It is an Indian special forces unit that was created in 1984, following Operation Blue Star and the assassination of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
• It was formed to combat terrorist activities in exceptional situations and to protect states against internal disturbances.
• The commandos of NSG are trained to conduct counter terrorist tasks including ones such as counter hijacking tasks on land, air and sea, bomb disposal and hostage rescue missions.

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