COIMBATORE: India remains thoroughly committed to peace but will use all forces to protect our nation if the need were to arise, declaired Ram Nath Kovind at the Suluar air force station. “I am confident that our men and women in uniform will rise to the occasion. Our armed forces are exemplified by our air warriors, who play a vital role in defending our nation. Indian air force carried out three missions on known terrorist camps. Our air force, in recent years, has been modernised in a rapid manner. It has been on the forefront of all humanitarian assistance during these disasters,” he noted.
Kovind made the statement, on Monday, after presenting the President’s colours to 5 Base repair depot of Sulur and Air force station of Hakimpet at the Sulur air force station. The award was a mark of their selfless devotion, professionalism and various performances and achievements, the President announced.
Speaking about the two air bases that were honoured, he said that the Sulur repair depot plays a vital role in maintaining various types of aircraft, which have been in use for more than 30 years. It also fuels new ideas, innovations and technological developments, besides aiding the Make in India initiative. The Hakimpet base continues to train pilots for the force, he detailed.
Air Chief Marshal Birendar Singh Dhanoa and Governor Banwarilal Purohit witnessed the impressive ceremonial parade. The air force band enchanted the audience by playing some excellent military tunes. ‘Akash Ganga’, Indian air forces’ own daredevil paratroopers, also performed jumps from a height of 10,000 feet and landed precisely at predetermined spots in front of the audience. There was a flypast by aircraft team; personnel also executed low-level aerobatics with the light combat aircraft Tejas. The air warrior drill team put up an impressive display.
Parajumps, parades make an event exciting
An impressive ceremonial parade was held at the Sulur air force station to mark the occasion. It was witnessed by Air Chief Marshal Birendar Singh Dhanoa, Governor Banwarilal Purohit and various other dignitaries. Serving and retired personnel, decorated veterans and their families were present on the occasion.‘Akash Ganga’, Indian air forces’ own daredevil paratroopers, also performed jumps from a height of 10,000 feet.