Monday, March 26, 2012

Macgreggor Medal Awarded For A Maritime Achievement

Commander Dilip Donde, the first Indian to solo circumnavigate the globe in a sail boat, was today awarded the MacGreggor medal by the United Service Institution at New Delhi. The Chairman of the Chief's of Staff Committee, Admiral Nirmal Verma presented the award to Commander Dilip Donde in the presence of the Chief of Army Staff, General VK Singh, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha and Lt Gen (Retd) PK Singh of USI

It maybe recalled that Commander Dilip Donde had completed solo circumnavigation of the globe in May 2011 after traversing over 40,000 kms and surmounting numerous nautical challenges in Indian Naval Sail
Vessel (INSV) Mhadei.

The MacGreggor Medal, awarded to Armed Forces personnel for valuable military reconnaissance, was instituted in 1888 to honour the memory of the USI founder, Maj Gen Sir Charles MacGregor. In the 124 years
since it's inception, thirteen Indian Officers have won the medal. The illustrious list of medal winners includes numerous summiteers of Mt Everest and some other similarly spirited military achievers. The last person to be awarded the MacGreggor medal was Col N Kumar (aka “Bull”) in the year 2010. Commander Dilip Donde is the first awardee to receive the award for a maritime achievement

Navy PRO

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