"We are extremely proud of these brave and courageous soldiers who are defending our country in every situation," the defence minister
Earlier in the day, Singh visited the holy cave of Amarnath and offered prayers.
His trip to the cave shrine came on the second day of his visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
On Friday, Singh reviewed the overall security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir with the top military brass, officials said.
He asked the armed forces to give a fitting reply to any "misadventure" by Pakistan.
At a high-level meeting, the defence minister
had also asked the armed forces to maintain a strict vigil along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan.