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15 Corps / XV Corps / Chinar Corps

15 Corps was first raised pre-independence on 12 Jan 1916 at Port Said in Egypt. After independence, the Corps was re-raised in 1955 at Udhampur and made responsible for security of complete state of J&K. Subsequently on raising of HQ Northern Command the Corps shifted to its present location at Badami Bagh, Cantt Srinagar in 1972.

15 Corps also known as "Chinar Corps", derives its name from the formation sign of a Chinar leaf with a battle axe on it. Since independence 15 Corps has kept vigil over the Line of Control in J&K and has been instrumental in saving Kashmir from evil designs of our enemy. Gallant soldiers of Chinar Corps bravely fought all the wars post-independence in 1965, 1971 and 1999 and have been fighting the menance of terrorism since late 1980's. Return of peace and prosperity in Kashmir valley has been achieved due to the dedication, courage and hard work of the troops under command of 15 Corps. The Corps has excelled in all operations it has undertaken and has an enviable record of gallantry. Gallant actions of brave soldiers of Chinar Corps continue to be recorded in the annals of military history in gold. Pre-independence, Corps was awarded 06 Victoria Cross, 03 Military Cross and 01 Distinguished Service Order. After independence, 15 Corps has won 13 Param Vir Chakras, 83 Maha Vir Chakras, 281 Shaurya Chakras, 13 Ashok Chakras, 61 Kirti Chakras, 473 Vir Chakras, 05 Param Vishist Seva Medal, 13 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 28 Ati Vishist Seva Medal, 47 Yudh Seva Medal, 1694 Sena Medal, and 95 Vishist Seva Medal through 2008.

Troops of Chinar Corps have always worked tirelessly for the welfare of the Awaam in valley. Some of the recent notable achievements have been the relief and rehabilitation provided to the victims of earthquake and snow tsunami, empowerment of youth and women through imparting of quality education, opening of community development centers and organisation of tours and sports activities. It has also cared for the children who have been the hardest hit due to terrorism by opening and assisting orphanages. The list of activities undertaken by troops of Chinar Corps in the service of Awaam is endless.

On 24 November 200 Lieutenant General Mukesh Sabharwal took over as the General Officer in Commanding of the Srinagar-based army command, 15 Corps, responsible for protecting the Line of Control and tackle militancy in Kashmir valley. Sabharwal replaced Lieutenant General Amarjit Singh Sekhon at a ceremony at Badami Bagh cantonment. Sekhon had been posted as Director General Military Operations, (DGMO) at New Delhi. With assembly elections due next year in the state, Sabharwal had his task cut out as militants will try to sabotage the poll process.

In August 2007, in keeping with the directions of Chief of the Army Staff, Victor Force under Maj Gen SK Bhardwaj was at the forefront in ensuring the well-being and inner health of all ranks. To augment the leadership qualities and motivation, a 'Leadership and Self-Motivation Centre' has been established at Victorpura Garrison. The Centre has a state-of-the-art synthetic Volley Ball court,a gymnasium and a Yoga Centre, a recreation hall and a guest room for JCOs and ORS. It was formally inaugurated by GOC 15 Corps, Lt Gen AS Sekhon, and dedicated to the troops. The Corps Commander was accompanied by his wife and other senior officers of HQ 15 Corps and Victor Force.

On 12 January 2008 the Indian Army's 15 Corps, which is in charge of the defence of the Line of Control (LoC), observed their 93rd Raising Day at their headquarters in Srinagar by remembering the deceased soldiers. 15 Corps celebrated its 93rd raising day at Srinagar with traditional enthusiasm at a solemn and austere ceremony at Badami Bagh Cantonment. GOC, 15 Corps Lt Gen Mukesh Sabharwal laid floral wreath at the Corps War Memorial on behalf of all ranks of 15 Corps as a mark of respect to all martyrs who laid down their lives in the call of duty. A special philatelic cancellation ceremony and photo exhibition organised at Badami Bagh Cantt, was attended by large number of senior civil and military dignitaries as part of day long celebrations. His Excellency Lt Gen S K Sinha (Retd), the Governor of J&K released the special cover on the occasion. On the occasion of the Corps Raising Day, GOC praised all ranks of the Chinar Corps for their sacrifices and selfless services under extremely trying conditions to uphold the sovereignty of the nation. He exhorted all ranks to rededicate themselves to achieve excellence in all their activities so that the name of the Corps is written in golden words in the years to come. He added that we must continue to work with the Awaam to ensure that peace & tranquility become a permanent feature of this `paradise on earth'.


XV Corps
Srinagar 3405'N7449'E

U/I Artillery BDE
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19 Infantry Division
Baramulla 3434'N7445'E

28 Mountain Division
Gurais / Gurez 3438'N7450'E



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