Jamnagar: Stressing on the need for an effective deterrence and a strong defence force, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said India is firmly committed to peace and equality. President Mukherjee said the nation is striving hard for all-round economic growth and social empowerment of its citizens.
"However, we remain equally focused on building capacity to defend our sovereignty and territorial integrity. Our Armed Forces give us confidence in the Nation`s ability to face any aggression and safe guard its interests," said President Mukherjee.
"The Air Warriors, who stand before us today, epitomise the grit and the determination in fulfilling their responsibilities by upholding the highest standards of service ethos," he added
.President Mukherjee said the Indian Air Force has been fulfilling its role of protecting the Indian skies and safeguarding the sovereignty of the nation
."The Indian Air Force has been fulfilling its role of protecting the Indian skies and safeguarding the sovereignty of our nation. It has also provided aid to the citizens during natural calamities. The resilience and tenacity displayed by the Air Warriors is a great source of encouragement and a matter of pride for the nation," he said.
President Mukherjee, who presented the Standard to 119 Helicopter Unit and Colours to 28 Equipment Depot of the Indian Air Force, said the nation is immensely proud of the Indian Air Force and remains eternally indebted to the air warriors for their selflessness and sacrifice.