Captain Shiva Chauhan became the first woman officer to be posted in the world’s highest battlefield Siachen

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi applauded Captain Shiva Chauhan of Fire and Fury Sappers as she became the first woman officer to be operationally deployed in Kumar Post, post completion of arduous training, at the highest battlefield of the world Siachen.
  • The Prime Minister tweeted in reply to a post by Fire and Fury Sappers corps: “This will make every Indian proud, illustrating the spirit of India’s Nari Shakti.”
  • From 1984 to 2015, 873 soldiers died due to weather in Siachen. However, since it is strategically very important, 3000 soldiers are always stationed there.
  • Many soldiers also died here due to accidents and avalanches. The day temperature in Siachen is minus 21 degree Celsius, while the mercury is reaching minus 32 degree Celsius at night.
  • Captain Shiva Chouhan was put through rigorous training along with other personnel which included endurance training, ice wall climbing, avalanche and crevasse rescue, and survival drills, at the Siachen Battle School, the Indian Army informed.
  • She got inducted to the Siachen Glacier on January 2, this year after an arduous climb.
  • The team of Sappers led by Capt Chouhan will be responsible for numerous combat engineering tasks and will be deployed at the post for a duration of three months.

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