Get-hooked March 31, 2021
Former Indian soldiers on a mission to enable disabled people to conquer land, sea & water
Operation Blue Freedom is the name of a mission started by former soldiers of the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and the Indian Air Force. Their aim is to enable people with disabilities to experience the same sense of freedom and adventure like everyone else. These are soldiers who have specialised across many fields over and above combat.
A Triple Elemental World Record in adaptive adventure sports with over 50 people of disabilities around the globe. That is the mission announced by Operation C.L.A.W Operation Blue Freedom Foundation. This NGO was started by CLAW Global, which brings together former Special Forces Operatives of the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and the Indian Air Force.
These are soldiers with experience in multiple fields above combat like scuba diving, mountaineering, emergency medical response and all-terrain survival amongst others.
A global mission, Operation Blue Freedom, aims to highlight and mainstream the abilities of people with disabilities. It is led by Major Vivek Jacob, a veteran Special Forces officer of the Indian Army and founder of CLAW Global. He spent 14 years as an elite para commando where he honed his expertise in military forms of scuba diving, sky diving and high-altitude mountaineering.
In 2015, Major Jacob nearly died after his parachute malfunctioned mid-fall during a combat skydive. He had severe spinal injuries and spent months at a military hospital. “While in hospital, he met an Air Force officer who was permanently paralysed in a freak accident. “He wanted to go scuba diving and that wish inspired me to start looking at ways to enable people with disabilities to enjoy adventure sports”, recalls Major Jacob.
That led him to launch CLAW Global. CLAW stands for Conquer Land, Air and Water. Major Jacob has more or less recovered from his skydive injury but remains hooked to his new cause.
Operation Blue Freedom brings together people with and without disabilities.
There are so many millions of disabled people who want to participate in adventure sports. Making this happen will require community effort and that is why I designed something that would be of value to able bodied people as well. This way everyone comes together to channelise resources towards people with disabilities. – Major Vivek Jacob, Founder, CLAW Global
Other team members are specialists as well.
“Each team member had been a crack soldier in the was highly trained with multiple specialisations in mountaineering, skydiving, Scuba diving, unarmed combat, multi terrain survival tech, emergency medical response, etc”, adds Major Jacob.
Skills that will come in handy as they go through the three stages of the challenge, which involve mountaineering in Siachen glacier and sky diving in Dubai.
“This is a wonderful opportunity as it brings together people across race, religion and country”, says amputee mountaineer Chitrasen Sahu, who is among the brand ambassadors of the challenge.
Chitrasen, who has been training to climb Mount Everest, has done sky diving as well. “I was always fascinated by the defence forces and being. Part of this is like a dream come true. Freedom is my motivation and that is the larger goal that CLAW Global is working towards”.
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