Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat operationalised 3rd Joint Logistics Node (JLN) in Mumbai on April 1.
Gen Rawat said establishment and operationalisation of joint logistics nodes is a very important step in the direction of logistics integration of the three services.
What is the purpose of JLNs?
• The defence ministry said all future wars will be conducted by the tri-services in an integrated manner.
• To enable armed forces to conduct successful operations, it is essential that they be provided with sound logistics support during all stages of the war.
• These JLNs will provide integrated logistics cover to the armed forces for their small arms ammunition, rations, fuel, general stores, civil hired transport, aviation clothing, spares and also engineering support in an effort to synergise their operational efforts.
• The initiative would accrue advantages in terms of saving manpower, economise utilisation of resources, besides ensuring financial savings.
• It would help in further strengthening of integrated logistics in the armed forces and will enable them to operate in all areas and across all spectrum of warfare seamlessly.
• The Joint Operations Division (JOD), under the aegis of Headquarters, Integrated Defence Staff (Hq IDS), enabled establishment of the JLNs.
• Government Sanction Letter for establishment of JLNs in Mumbai, Guwahati and Port Blair was signed on October 12, 2020.
• The JLNs in Guwahati and Tri-Services, Andaman and Nicobar Command, Port Blair were operationalised on January 1, 2021.