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54 Infantry Division

The Hyderabad-based 54 Infantry Division is earmarked for amphibious tasks and the Indian Navy has built landing ships for tanks.

In keeping with the spirit of the' Year of the Jawan', in June 2000 a visit was organised for selected officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks of 54 Infantry Division to various ships and shore establishments of the Eastern Naval Command. The visit provided a first- hand insight into the working of the Naval establishments. The visiting team was shown live demonstration of escape from a damaged submarine, latest weapons and firing, mine breaching techniques, rescue of drowning sailors by helicopter, exchange of personnel from one ship to another on jackstay, towing of ships and scuba diving equipment. The visit would further boost the spirit of jointmanship. The visiting personnel of 54 Infantry Division was well looked after by the Navy and the formation looked forward to reciprocal visits by the Navy.

The fourth World Military Games was held at Hyderabad from 14 to 21 October 2007, and with participation from over 120 members of the CISM, officially called in French as Conseil International du Sport Militaire. The mega event, organised one year before the Olympic. Games, ws being held in Asia for the first time. This was also India's biggest sports event yet. The first event of the series was held in the Italian capital of Rome in 1995, marking the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the ratification of the Charter of United Nations. The 54 Infantry Division of the Indian Army, which is located at Hyderabad, has the bison as its formation sign, and accordingly, it has been considered apt to adopt it as the mascot.

In October 2008 General Officer Commanding 54 Infantry Division Major General Rajesh Singh said efforts were being made to modernise the Infantry while its men in difficult terrains would be equipped with latest armaments. Every year, October 27 is celebrated as Infantry Day. On this day in 1947, the first elements of the Indian Infantry landed in Srinagar and resolutely defended Kashmir from falling into enemy hands by pushing back Pakistani raiders, who had already advanced to take control of Srinagar.

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