67th Armoured Regiment (India)
|67th Armoured Regiment|
|Active||1967 – present|
|Motto(s)||"THROUGH DARKNESS TO THE LIGHT BEYOND"|
The regiment was raised on 15 September 1967 at Ahmednagar by Lieutenant Colonel Niranjan Singh Cheema (ex Poona Horse) and was equipped with the indigenous Vijayanta tanks - the first regiment to be raised with indigenous tanks. The Regiment bid farewell to the Vijayanta tanks in June 1984 and was converted to T-72 tanks. The Regiment has had the privilege of serving with distinction in all the three armoured divisions of the Indian Army and a large number of other armoured/infantry formations including a high altitude tenure in Leh.
The first Regimental Flag hoisted on raising had three vertical stripes coloured 'Red', 'Black' and 'Canary Yellow' signifying the regimental motto at that time – "Through blood and darkness to the light beyond".
The current Regiment Flag (as approved by Army HQ) has three vertical stripes coloured 'Black', 'Canary Yellow' and 'Black' with the Regiment badge in red colour embroidered in the centre stripe. The change in the colours led to a change in the Regiment Motto i.e., "Through darkness to the light beyond".
The distinct and elegant Spearhead regimental badge was designed by Colonel CL Proudfoot. The Regiment is nicknamed The Spearhead because of the shape of badge and its pride in participation in major offensive exercises as the leading regiment of the armoured Formations it then served in.
The Regiment celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1992 at Hissar and was the proud recipient of the "President's Standard" on 21 February 2014 at Bikaner in recognition of its dedicated service for over four decades. A formation of roaring tanks took part in the parade commanded by Colonel B Ravi, the 21st Commandant, on the occasion, as Army Chief General Bikram Singh bestowed the prestigious honour upon the regiment for its meritorious service since its raising.
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- Goswami, S. D. (16 March 2014). "67 Armoured Regiment - President's 'Standard' Presented". Sainik Samachar. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
- PTI (21 February 2014). "President's Standard for 67th Armoured Regiment". Economic Times. Retrieved 26 November 2014.