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.

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