General Raymond A Thomas III, Commander of US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) called upon and interacted with COAS General Bipin Rawat on Thursday. The two army officials discussed issues of strategic and mutual concern during their meeting.
Prior to meeting with COAS General Bipin Rawat, General Raymond A Thomas III called upon Vice Admiral G. Ashok Kumar at New Delhi and discussed areas of mutual cooperation.
Meanwhile, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday visited forward areas in Barmer and Suratharh sectors in Rajasthan amid the tension across the border, to review operational preparedness at the sites. During his visit, he expressed complete confidence in the capabilities of the Indian Army to thwart any nefarious design by Pakistan to de-stabilise any situation.
The IAF is in a high state of preparedness, to proactively engage any perceived threat in the present security scenario.
A strict vigil in the skies to detect and thwart any act of aggression from Pakistan Air Force is being maintained. As per NOTAM No. A0234/19 issued by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Pakistan, it has opened their airspace with Oman, Iran, Afghanistan and China only. The eleven entry/exit points located along Indo-Pak airspace boundary are still closed.
On March 6, General Bipin Rawat paid a visit to the forward locations of Chetak Corps, wherein he interacted with the army jawans and took note of their preparations. During his visit, he expressed his satisfaction on the morale of the Chetak Corps.
Amid the ceasefire violations by Pakistan, COAS General Rawat along with Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command on March 2 visited the White Knight Corps to review the operational preparedness of the forces in the Corps Zone along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB).