Indian Air Force a symbol of valour, courage, says Amit Shah on 87th IAF Day

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Ghaziabad: Newly inducted Indian Air Force's (IAF) CH-47 Chinook during the 87th Indian Air Force Day celebrations at Hindon Airbase, in Ghaziabad, Oct. 8, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Ghaziabad: Newly inducted Indian Air Force’s (IAF) CH-47 Chinook during the 87th Indian Air Force Day celebrations at Hindon Airbase, in Ghaziabad, Oct. 8, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the role of the Indian Air Force in protecting the country during conflicts and helping people during natural calamities.

On the 87th Air Force Day, the prime minister posted a short video on his Twitter handle to highlight the contributions of “air warriors”.

“Today, on Air Force Day, a proud nation expresses gratitude to our air warriors and their families. The Indian Air Force continues to serve India with utmost dedication and excellence,” he said.

Every year, the Air Force Day is celebrated at Hindon base in presence of the IAF chief and senior officials of the three armed forces. The IAF was founded on October 8, 1932, and the force has participated in several crucial wars and landmark missions. Union

Home Minister Amit Shah also greeted the Indian Air Force on the occasion of its 87th anniversary, saying the force is a symbol of valour and courage. In a tweet, Shah said the entire nation is proud of the Indian Air Force’s dedication and commitment to safeguard the motherland.

“Indian Air Force is a symbol of valour and courage. On Air Force Day, I salute our Air Force heroes and their families,” he said.

The IAF is celebrating its 87th anniversary on Tuesday.

Two squadrons of the Indian Air Force, which played a role in the Balakot air strike, were decorated with citations at the Hindon base on the 87th IAF Day.

IAF chief RKS Bhadauria decorated the 51 Squadron and the 9 Squadron for their role in the air strike on terrorist camps in Pakistan’s Balakot in February.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and fighter pilots, who were a part of the Balakot operation, participated in the flypast.

Varthaman downed an enemy jet during an aerial combat with Pakistan in February and was held captive for three days.

Every year, the Air Force Day is celebrated at Hindon base in presence of the IAF chief and senior officials of the three armed forces.

The IAF was founded on October 8, 1932, and the force has participated in several crucial wars and landmark missions.

(PTI)