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PRESIDENT’S STANDARD TO 22 KILLER SQUADRON

PRESIDENT’S STANDARD TO 22 KILLER SQUADRON

Context:

According to the news published in PIB on 05 December 2021, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, will present the President’s Standard to the 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron, also known as the Killer Squadron. They will be awarded at the Naval Dockyard event, Mumbai, on 08 December 21.

Key Points:

  • The event is expected to be attended by the Governor, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the Head of Marine Affairs, and a few other civil and military dignitaries.
  • The President’s Standard is the highest honour bestowed to a military unit by recognizing its service rendered to the nation.
  • The Postal Department will also launch a Special Day Cover along with a commemorative stamp.

About President's Standard:

  • On May 27, 1951, the Indian Navy was awarded the President’s Colours, by the then President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad.
  • The President's Standard is the same honour as the President's Colors, given to a small military unit.

The 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron:

  • It was officially launched in Mumbai in October 1991 with ten Veer Class and three Prabal Class submarine vessels.
  • However, the 'Killers' genealogy dates back to 1969, with the installation of OSA I Class missile submarines from the former USSR to strengthen the Indian Navy's power.
  • Heavy merchant ships shipped these missile boats to India by heavy merchant ships and shipped in early 1971 to Kolkata.

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