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Siachen Pioneers
Apr 30, 2014

114 Helicopter Unit, also known as the Siachen Pioneers celebrated its Golden Jubilee at Leh recently. The occasion was marked by the maiden visit of 114 HU Commodore Commandant, Air Commodore P.K. Sharma. Also present on the occasion was the previous Commodore Commandant M.M. Bahadur (Retd). He has a distinction of being part of the crew of the first ever helicopter landing in the Siachen Glacier, in a Chetak helicopter, on 20 September 1978. This was a feat that paved way for the Indian Army making its stronghold on Siachen glacier.

114 Hlicopter Unit has been engaged in service of Operation Meghdoot for over three decades now. It routinely involves landing at the highest helipads in the world, in Siachen glacier and flying the helicopters to the edge of its flight envelope over a very treacherous terrain marked by uncertain weather.

During its 50 years of outstanding service to the nation, 114 Helicopter Unit has been awarded the President’s Standard in 1996, Unit Citation by the Chief of Air Staff in 2004 and a place in the Limca Book for World Records for the highest helicopter landing at a density altitude of 25,140 feet. Besides this, the Unit is famous worldwide for its daring rescues of mountaineers and trekkers from across the globe year after year. The Unit’s motto—We do the difficult as a routine, the impossible (may) take a bit longer is a true reflection of its hardy reputation and commitment.

The Siachen Pioneers have a special connect with the people of the Ladakh region. They regularly undertake flights in support of the local population who live in the remote regions.


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