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Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Retires After 43 years in Service

First published: December 31, 2016, 12:07 PM IST | Updated: 1 mins ago

File image of Dalbir Singh. (Image: PTI)

New Delhi: The Indian Army chief, General Dalbir Singh, retired on Saturday after 43 years in service and will shortly hand over charge to his successor, General Bipin Rawat.

“After 43 years of service to the nation, I superannuate today. I salute the martyrs who made supreme sacrifices,” Dalbir Singh said after inspecting a Guard of Honour at the South Block lawns in the city.

Dalbir Singh expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Government for providing support to the army and giving free hand for conducting operations.

“Express my gratitude to PM and the Government for supporting the army and giving free hand in the conduct of operations. I thank the Government for granting One Rank One Pension to the armed forces,” he added.

He further added: “Indian Army is fully prepared and well trained to tackle any challenges be it external or internal”

General Dalbir Singh inspects guard of honour on his last day as Army Chief

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In 2012, we had killed 67 terrorists, 65 in 2013 & killed 141 terrorists alone in J&K this year: Gen Dalbir Singh on last day as Army Chief

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(With inputs from IANS)