President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has presented the ‘President’s Standard’ to the 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron of the Indian Navy, which is also known as the Killer Squadron at the ceremonial parade held at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, Maharashtra. To mark this occasion, the postal department has released a special day cover and a commemorative stamp. The year 2021 also marks the 50 years of inception of the Missile Vessel Squadron, also known as Killers.
About 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron:
- The 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron carried out ‘Operation Trident’ and bombed Pakistan’s Karachi Port during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
- The squadron has also taken part in several missions including Operation Vijay, Operation Parakram and also during the heightened security state following the 2019 Pulwama attack.
- The squadron had received several battle honours including 1 Maha Vir Chakra, 7 Vir chakras and 8 Nausena Medals(Gallantry).
- 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron was formally established in Mumbai, Maharashtra in October 1991 with 10 Veer Class and 3 Prabal class missile boats.
What is the President’s Standard?
President’s Standard is the highest honour bestowed by the President, the Supreme Commander, to a Military unit in recognition of the Service rendered to the nation. President’s Standard is the equivalent to that of President’s colours, but this is awarded to relatively smaller military formations or units.