'Indian blade runner': Army veteran Major DP Singh becomes first battle casualty veteran to skydive

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 28, 2019, 03.03 PM(IST)

Major DP Singh becomes the first Battle Casualty Veteran, to carryout Skydiving. (Image source: @proshillong) Photograph:( Twitter )

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The skydiving was carried out at Nasik on March 28, 2019, along with the team of Indian Army's Additional Directorate General of Public Information.

Major DP Singh, a retired officer of the Indian Army, who has a prosthetic leg has become the first battle casualty veteran to skydive.

He carried out the feat at Nasik today along with the team of Indian Army's Additional Directorate General of Public Information.

This was the first ever skydiving jump for the battle casualty veteran (leg amputee) conducted in India.

SKYDIVING

The freefall was conducted to endorse the “spirit of adventure” for all disabled soldiers who have suffered physical and war injuries in peace time.

Major DP Singh, widely known as the “Indian blade runner”, was trained by Indian Army to perform the first ever successful skydive.

Gen Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC, COAS approved the activity for the officer to commemorate “Year of Disabled in the Line of Duty”.

The journey to train the retired officer was started on March 18 when he was trained on first jump course.

TRAINING

The training which was witnessed by soldiers and recruits of training establishment successfully culminated on March 28 by safe and successful landing at the Dropzone.