President awards Standards to 115 Helicopter Unit & 26 Squadron of IAF
The President of India and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Pranab Mukherjee, awarded the prestigious President’s Standard to 115 Helicopter Unit and 26 Squadron in a grand ceremonial parade held at the Air Force Station Tezpur on November 21. The President’s Standard is awarded to Operational Units based on their past record of performances and achievements during peace and hostilities. The Commanding Officer of 115 Helicopter Unit, Wing Commander A.P. Deshpande and Commanding Officer of 26 Squadron, Wing Commander S. Prabhu received the Standards. The Parade was commanded by Group Captain Vikram Gaur, Vishisht Seva Medal, Chief Operations Officer of Air Force Station Tezpur.
115 Helicopter Unit, raised on April 1, 1967, is endowed with a glorious history and a rich operational legacy. Its active participation in the Indo-Pak War of 1971 had won them many accolades. Due to its renowned and remarkable role in disaster relief operations during natural calamities, the unit was aptly christened as ‘The Hovering Angels’. The unit’s history is replete with tales of courage, valour and sacrifices.
26 Squadron (Warriors) was formed on January 1, 1968, at Adampur. Since its inception, it has etched numerous tales of valour and fortitude as a frontline fighter Squadron of the Indian Air Force. The Warriors also played a very active role in the Indo-Pak War of 1971 providing close air support to Indian Army. The squadron actively participated in the Kargil conflict of 1999 and was responsible for guarding northern skies during Op Prakaram.