Air Chief visits Pathankot air base
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 21:25
Pathankot: Chief of Indian Air Force (IAF) Pradeep Vasant Naik reviewed the preparedness of the Pathankot Air Force Station as part of a two day visit to the base.

Naik, who commenced his visit yesterday, reviewed the preparedness of the local air force station at a meeting here with local Air Force Station officials, an official spokesman said here today.

On his arrival, Air Chief and President AFWWA Madhubala were received by Air Commodore Rajesh Kumar Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Pathankot and Jaya Kumar, President AFWWA (Local), the spokesman said.

During his visit, the Air Chief addressed air warriors of the station and visited the operational units based at the station, one of them being 26 Squadron, of which he is the Commodore Commandant.

The Squadron was commanded by him from November 24, 1986 to December 18, 1988. A frontline fighter squadron of the Indian Air Force, 26 Squadron called the 'Warriors' was formed on January 1, 1968 at Adampur.

The spokesman said that it was the first squadron of the Indian Air Force to be equipped with Su-7 aircraft.

Within three years of its inception, the squadron played a very active role during the Indo-Pak War of 1971. During the fourteen days of war, the Squadron earned four Vir Chakras, two Vayu Sena Medals, one Vishisht Seva Medal and one Mention-in-Dispatches epitomising valour that would make any fighter squadron proud.

In 1977, the Squadron was re-equipped with Mig-21 aircraft and moved to its present location in Pathankot.

Meanwhile, BSF has stepped up its vigil along the international border in Gurdaspur district as a precautionary measure and in view of the general alert issued by the Centre in the wake of Osama Bin Laden's killing.

Official sources said that the district police and railway police have also stepped up vigil around vital installations, including railway installations in order to maintain peace.


First Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 21:25

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