New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday said the nation is proud of the many exploits of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and looks forward to its further growth as a modern strategic force.
Greeting the IAF on its 82nd anniversary, the President said: "Over the years, the Indian Air Force has evolved into a well-balanced and potent air force manned by highly skilled and professional air warriors..."
"It has developed the capability to effectively respond to threats and challenges - both in peace and war. I am confident that in the years to come, it will continue to maintain its cherished standards of commitment and competence," he said in a message.
"The nation takes pride in the many exploits of our air force and looks forward to its further growth as a modern strategic force," Mukherjee said.
Referring to the IAF officers, the President said the "brave men and women in blue" have displayed tremendous courage and determination in the discharge of their duties and have earned the admiration and respect of a grateful nation.
"I extend my greetings and felicitations to all personnel of the Indian Air Force and their families and wish them success in all their future endeavours. I place on record my deepest appreciation for their devotion to duty and professionalism," he said.