- General Rawat's enthusiasm helped the Armed Forces turn Agnipath from an idea into a reality.
- Path-breaking transformational initiatives and cooperation between the government and the military will be his legacy.
The Indian Navy will give out two awards in honour of General Bipin Rawat, who was India’s first Chief of Defense Staff.
On Wednesday, the day before the General’s 65th birthday on Thursday, the Navy made the announcement.
The first trophy would be Gen. Bipin Rawat’s rolling trophy for the “Women Agniveer Trainee who stands first in overall order of merit.”
Commander Vivek Madhwal, a spokesman for the Indian Navy, said on Wednesday that Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R. Hari Kumar will give the trophy for this year at the “Passing Out Parade” of the first group of Navy Agniveers on March 28 at the Navy’s best place to train sailors, INS Chilka.
He said that Gen. Bipin Rawat’s rolling trophy would be given to the “Most Spirited Officer” taking the Naval higher command course at the Naval War College (NWC) in Goa.
On December 8, 2021, a helicopter crash near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, killed Gen. Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 12 other military people.
“On the 65th anniversary of his birth, March 16, the Indian Navy remembers Gen. Bipin Rawat with fondness,” the Navy said in a statement. Rawat was the first Chief of Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces.
It said that Gen. Rawat was a “visionary” leader and a “military reformer.” It also said that he was known for his professionalism, principles, conviction, and decisiveness. “In a distinguished career that spanned more than four decades, Gen. Rawat’s accomplishments in all areas of military and national security were truly remarkable,” the Navy said.
It said that Gen. Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, pushed for organisational and structural changes to bring the armed forces together. “Path-breaking transformational initiatives and cooperation between the government and the military will be his legacy. General Rawat’s enthusiasm helped the Armed Forces turn Agnipath from an idea into a reality. This was the biggest change made by the Armed Forces since Independence “In a statement, the Navy said.