The 13 Assam Rifles, also known as “Thundering Thirteen”, celebrated its 51th Raising Day on February 15.
According to a defense release the battalion has rendered invaluable service in guarding North East frontiers, maintaining internal security and carrying out various civic action programmes for the welfare of the people in the remote parts of Nagaland and Manipur during the past 51 years.
The battalion was raised at Gaya (Bihar) on February 15, 1958. After the initial training, the battalion was deployed in Ghaspani (Nagaland) in March 1959 and then at Dimapur in September 1959.
The battalion also served for a considerable duration in Mon till 2003 before it finally moved to Ukhrul district in Manipur where the battalion was involved in intense counter insurgency operations.
The Battalion further moved to Nagaland in Chieswema under Headquarter 5 Sector Assam Rifles in May 2008.
The release maintained that unit continues to enjoy the confidence bestowed by the hill people for their work and has identified itself with the locals by helping them in their progress.
“The eventful and glorious history of 13 Assam Rifles is replete with heroic actions in Counter Insurgency Operations in Nagaland and Manipur,” stated the defense release.
In a span of half a century, the unit has excelled in all professional spheres and has earned a plethora of accolades and decorations evolving itself into a true force responding to all challenges with élan, the release asserted.