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Big Loss to Nation: Tribute to CDS General Bipin Rawat, Chiefs Of Indian Armed Forces

Tribute to CDS General Bipin Rawat, Chiefs Of Indian Armed Forces

Defenceadda Team is deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Chief of Defence Staff in a Chpper crash. We salute the brave heart for his courage, valour and greatness that he brought to the Indian Armed Forces. 

An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS General Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today at 12:20 pm near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. The Army chopper was carrying the CDS along with his wife and some staff members, including his Defence Assistant, Security commandos and other Air Force personnel. According to the official sources, General Bipin Rawat has been admitted to the Hospital after which he was declared dead. Indian Air Force has confirmed that CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 12 others have died in the IAF Chopper crash.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Gen Bipin Rawat was an outstanding soldier. A true patriot, he greatly contributed to modernising our armed forces and security apparatus. His insights and perspectives on strategic matters were exceptional. His passing away has saddened me deeply. Om Shanti.”

The Indian Air Force tweeted: “With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen. Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident.”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted: “Deeply anguished by the sudden demise of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other Armed Forces personnel in an extremely unfortunate helicopter accident today in Tamil Nadu. His untimely death is an irreparable loss to our Armed Forces and the country.”

A brief look at General Bipin Rawat, India’s first CDS

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat has been named as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff on 31st Dec 2019. General Bipin Rawat was named the Chief of Defence Staff just a day before he was to retire from service after completing a full three-year term as the Chief of Army Staff on 31 Dec 2019. General  Bipin Rawat was the first Indian Army officer to hold the post of the Chief of Defence Staff, which was set up just days ago by Government of India. The main function of Chief of Defence Staff is to act as a single-point advisor to the government on matters related to the military.

He also focused on the better synergy between the Indian Armed Force i.e. Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. General Rawat was appointed the Chief of Army Staff on December 30, 2016, and retired on 31st December 2019.

Bipin Rawat Honors

On his visit to the United States in 2019, General Bipin Rawat was inducted into the United States Army Command and General Staff College International Hall of Fame. He was also the Honorary General of Nepalese Army. Rawat has also been conferred Param Vishisht Sewa Medal, Uttam Yudh Sewa Medal,Ati Vishisht Sewa Medal, Yudh Sewa Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Sewa Medal and the COAD commendation on two ocassions and the Army Commander’s commendation.

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