General Bipin RawatOn the occasion of his 65th birth anniversary on 16 March 2023, the Indian Navy fondly remembers Late General Bipin Rawat, the first Chief of Defence Staff of Indian Armed Forces. General Rawat, a visionary leader, a scholar soldier and a military reformer, was known for his professionalism, principles, conviction and decisiveness. In a distinguished carrier spanning over four decades, General Rawat’s achievements were remarkable in all spheres of military and national security affairs.

As the first CDS and Secy DMA, General Rawat rallied for organisational and structural reforms to integrate the Armed Forces. Path-breaking transformational initiatives and civil-military synergy will remain his legacy. General Rawat’s enthusiasm lead the Armed Forces to turn Agnipath – the biggest HR transformation by the Armed Forces since Independence, from an idea to reality.

To acknowledge and honour Gen Rawat’s contribution to the transformational Agnipath scheme and towards enhancement of Tri-Services synergy and jointmanship, following two trophies are being instituted by the Indian Navy:-

(a)      General Bipin Rawat rolling trophy for the ‘Women Agniveer Trainee standing First in Overall Order of Merit’. This trophy is scheduled to be presented by the Chief of the Naval Staff during the ‘Passing Out Parade’ of the first batch of Navy Agniveers on 28 March 2023 at its premier sailors training centre, INS Chilka.

(b)      General Bipin Rawat Rolling trophy for the ‘Most Spirited Officer’ undergoing the Naval Higher Command Course (NHCC) at Naval War College (NWC), Goa.