IAF marks 85th anniversary; PM Modi, Prez Kovind hail air warriors

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi ChaturvediBy Sakshi Chaturvedi

Published on 8 Oct 2017 4:03 AM GMT

IAF marks 85th anniversary; PM Modi, Prez Kovind hail air warriors
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New Delhi: On the occasion of 85th anniversary of Indian Air Force, a series of scintillating air display will be organised at Hindon Air Force base in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district on Sunday.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent their best wishes and also hailed the air warriors.

"On Air Force Day, I salute the valour, commitment and dedication of our brave air warriors. They safeguard our skies," Kovind tweeted.

https://twitter.com/rashtrapatibhvn/status/916845604562788353

In a tweet, Modi said, "On Air Force Day, best wishes to our courageous air warriors and their families. Their determination and prowess ensure that our skies are safe."

https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/916855677661831168

The event also marked with band marches, parades and Chakra formation flypast.

Addressing the occasion of 85th Air Force day at the Hindon Air Force base, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is prepared to fight at any time.

"Notwithstanding the pace of ongoing acquisition, modernisation, indigenisation effort and our desire for peace, we are prepared to fight at a short notice should the need arise," Dhanoa stated.

The IAF chief also said losses during peacetime is a cause of concern.

It may be mentioned that Dhanoa made the remark two days after five air force personnel and two army personnel were killed when the IAF helicopter Mi-17 V5 crashed in Tawang near the India-China border on October 6.

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Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre also greeted air warriors and their families.

https://twitter.com/DrSubhashMoS/status/916822733572292608

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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