XV Corps
Active1916-1918, 1942-1945, 1948-Present[1]
CountryIndia
BranchIndian Army
TypeArmy Corps
SizeCorps
Part ofArmy Northern Command
Garrison/HQBadami Bagh, Srinagar
Nickname(s)Chinar Corps
Commanders
Current
commander
Lieutenant General Rajiv Ghai
Notable
commanders
Lt Gen B. S. Raju
General Bikram Singh
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain
General Sundararajan Padmanabhan
Lt Gen Kashmir Singh Katoch
Gen S. M. Shrinagesh

XV Corps, or 15 Corps, also known as Chinar Corps,[2] is a Corps of the Indian Army which is presently located in Srinagar and responsible for military operations in the Kashmir Valley. It has participated in all military conflicts with Pakistan and China till date.[1] Lieutenant General Rajiv Ghai is its current Corps Commander since 14 June 2023 taking over from Lieutenant General Amardeep Singh Aujla.[3]

History

HQ XV Corps was first raised in Egypt at Port Said on January 12, 1916, under the command of Lieutenant General Sir Henry Horne. It was part of the British Indian Army during the First World War for operations in Egypt and France. Disbanded in 1918, it was re-raised on March 20, 1942, at Barrackpore for combat operations in Burma during World War II, and after the war, it served in Java and Sumatra.[4]

Disbanded in Karachi in 1947 after repatriation, it was re-raised after India gained independence, as part of the Indian Army, in 1948 as HQ Jammu and Kashmir Force. It underwent a number of name changes till its final re-designation as HQ 15 Corps in 1955 in Udhampur. In June 1972, HQ Northern Command was raised to take over operational control of Jammu & Kashmir. HQ 15 Corps moved to Srinagar to take charge of the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. After Operation Vijay, HQ 15 Corps was made solely responsible for military operations in the Kashmir Valley.[1]

Formation Sign

The design consists of the 'red-white-red background' depicting a corps of the Indian Army with a Chinar leaf and a battle axe superimposed on it.

Composition

The corps currently consists of:[5][6]

List of Commanders / General Officer Commanding (GOC)

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (June 2021)
Rank Name Appointment Date Left Office Unit of Commission References
Lieutenant General S. M. Shrinagesh September 1948 January 1948 19th Hyderabad Regiment [7][8]
Mohinder Singh Wadalia 1957 1959 19th Hyderabad Regiment [9]
Shiv Dev Verma January 1959 1961 16th Light Cavalry [10]
Bikram Singh June 1961 22 November 1963 13th Frontier Force Rifles [11]
Kashmir Singh Katoch November 1963 7 June 1966 13th Frontier Force Rifles [12]
Sartaj Singh 1970 January 1973 Regiment of Artillery [13][14]
R K Jasbir Singh 4th Gorkha Rifles [15][16][nb 1]
Prem Nath Hoon 3 August 1983 1984 Sikh Regiment [17][nb 2]
Mohammad Ahmed Zaki October 1989 June 1991 Maratha Light Infantry [18]
Sundararajan Padmanabhan July 1993 February 1995 Regiment of Artillery [19][20]
J S Dhillon March 1995 Maratha Light Infantry [21]
Krishan Pal 1999 January 2000 Assam Regiment [22][23]
John Ranjan Mukherjee 2000 Assam Regiment [24]
Vinayak Gopal Patankar 18 April 2002 17 July 2003 Regiment of Artillery [25]
Nirbhay Sharma 18 July 2003 14 June 2005 Parachute Regiment [26]
Sarabjit Singh Dhillon 15 June 2005 22 October 2006 The Grenadiers [27]
Amarjeet Singh Sekhon 23 October 2006 23 November 2007 Sikh Light Infantry [28][29]
Mukesh Sabharwal 24 November 2007 2008 Rajput Regiment [30][31]
Bikram Singh 2008 31 October 2009 Sikh Light Infantry [32]
N C Marwah 30 November 2009 3 December 2010 Kumaon Regiment [33][34]
Syed Ata Hasnain 4 December 2010 8 June 2012 The Garhwal Rifles [35][36]
Om Prakash 9 June 2012 9 June 2013 Kumaon Regiment [37]
Gurmit Singh 10 June 2013 25 June 2014 Assam Regiment [38][39][40]
Subrata Saha 26 June 2014 25 November 2015 Assam Regiment [41]
Satish Dua 26 November 2015 31 October 2016 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry [42][43]
Jaswinder Singh Sandhu 1 November 2016 14 December 2017 5th Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) [44]
Anil Kumar Bhatt 15 December 2017 7 February 2019 9th Gorkha Rifles [45]
Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon 8 February 2019 29 February 2020 Rajputana Rifles [46]
B. S. Raju 1 March 2020 17 March 2021 Jat Regiment [47]
Devendra Pratap Pandey 17 March 2021 9 May 2022 Sikh Light Infantry [48]
Amardeep Singh Aujla 9 May 2022 14 June 2023 Rajputana Rifles [49]
Rajiv Ghai 14 June 2023 Incumbent Kumaon Regiment [50]

Notes

  1. ^ Though commissioned into the 4th Gorkha Rifles, he was later transferred to the Jat Regiment
  2. ^ Though commissioned into the 4 Sikh, he was later transferred to the Dogra Regiment

References

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  32. ^ "General Bikram Singh (01 Jun 2012 to 31 Jul 2014)". Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  33. ^ "Marwah is new GOC 15 Corps".
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