Army veteran Major DP Singh becomes first battle casualty veteran to skydive
Major DP Singh, hero of Operation Vijay set another milestone by sky diving during an event organised by Indian Army for its battle casualty operation.
He is a Kargil war veteran widely known as “Indian Blade Runner” was trained by Indian Army to perform the first ever successful skydive endorsing the Spirit of Adventure for all disabled soldiers who suffered injuries in peace and war time.
The first ever skydiving jump for the battle casualty veteran (leg amputee) conducted by instructors and training staff of Indian Army (Army Adventure Wing) on 28th March 2019 at Nasik, Maharashtra by service aircraft from 9000 ft AGL.
Major Singh had lost the use of his right leg during the Kargil War but it was only a minor setback for a man on a mission. Unwilling to let it dictate the terms of his life from here on, he received a prosthetic leg and gradually moved to being not just mobile but took to running. And if that wasn’t enough, he became the first specially-abled Indian soldier to complete a skydive.
Gen Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC, COAS approved the activity for the officer to commemorate “Year of Disabled in the Line of Duty” and thus the journey to train the retired officer was started on March 18 when he was trained on first jump course.
The training which was witnessed by soldiers and recruits of training establishment successfully culminated on March 28 by safe and successful landing at the Dropzone in Nasik.
“Sky is the real limit, push yourself and reach out to it”, said Maj DP Singh when he was asked for his reaction over this achievement.