The 68th Republic Day was celebrated with pomp and gusto on Thursday. Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the chief guest of the annual Republic Day parade. The parade on Rajpath had many firsts this time:
UAE contingent marching in the parade
For the first time in the history of Republic Day, a foreign contingent took the lead at the annual parade on Rajpath. A 35-member strong band along with 144 soldiers, led by Brigadier Obaid Al-Zahumi, marched past the cheering crowd on Thursday. Last year, a French contingent had marched on Rajpath.
NSG commandos march for the first time
The elite National Security Guards, also known as the Black Cat commandos, took part in the parade for the first time ever. A contingent of 60 commandos in their black overalls and full armed gear marched on the Rajpath, giving ceremonial salute to President Pranab Mukherjee.
Dhanush Howitzer displayed
India's first indigenously-built 155 mm artillery gun, Dhanush was displayed to the international community for the first time. The Indian Army currently utilises three of the guns.
Tejas LCA flypasts Rajpath
Another indigenously-built military inventory from the stable of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, was showcased for the first time. Three Tejas aircraft flew past the cheering crowd on the Rajpath.
Updated Date: Jan 26, 2017 13:19:06 IST