MoD Press Release
Mumbai, 1 April 2021: All future wars will be conducted by the three Services in an integrated manner. To enable our Armed Forces to conduct successful operations, it is essential that they be provided with sound logistics support during all stages of war. The Joint Operations Division under the aegis of HQ Integrated Defence Staff actively pursued and enabled establishment of three Joint Logistics Nodes (JLNs) as the first but concrete step towards logistics integration of the three Services.
The Government sanction letter for the establishment of JLNs at Mumbai, Guwahati and Port Blair was signed on 12 Oct 20. JLNs at Guwahati and Tri-Services, Andaman and Nicobar Command, Port Blair were operationalised on 01 Jan 2021. The third JLN at Mumbai was operationalised and dedicated to the services by General Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC, CDS today, 01 Apr 2021.
These JLNs will provide integrated logistics cover to all the three Services for small arms ammunition, rations, fuel, general stores, civil hired transport, aviation clothing, spares and engineering support in an effort to synergise the operational effort of the Armed Forces.
This initiative would accrue advantages in terms of saving of manpower, economise utilisation of resources, besides financial savings. It would enhance joint inter-operability between Services and go a long way in improving the logistics processes of the Armed Forces in accordance with H’ble PM's directions to enhance jointness between the three Services.
The important milestone is a harbinger of 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. Successful functioning of these three JLNs would prove to be important stepping stones for opening of more JLNs in different parts of the country.
The CDS, in his address, emphasised on the need to work towards greater logistics integration and urged the Services to put in concerted efforts to achieve cost cutting as well as modernisation. Presence of senior officers from the three Services during the inauguration of JLN which was conducted virtually reflected the true essence of tri-Service integration. The Standing Operating Procedure of the JLN was also e-released by the CDS on this occasion.