Ad­vanced Land­ing Ground at Wa­long be­comes op­er­a­tional

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Ad­vanced Land­ing Ground (ALG) at Wa­long was in­au­gu­rated by Air Mar­shal C. Hari Ku­mar, Air Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief East­ern Air Com­mand, In­dian Air Force on Oc­to­ber 23, 2015. Air Vice Mar­shal Manaven­dra Singh, Se­nior Of­fi­cer-in-Charge Ad­min­is­tra­tion along with Se­nior Army Com­man­ders at­tended the cer­e­mony. Wa­long ALG was op­er­a­tional dur­ing 1962 Chi­nese ag­gres­sion. There­after, it re­mained aban­doned for a long time till it was de­cided in 2013 to re­con­struct the ALG to make it fully air op­er­a­tional.

The project was very closely mon­i­tored by the chief en­gi­neer, North-east­ern projects and Works Depart­ment at Head­quar­ters East­ern Air Com­mand re­sult­ing in its com­ple­tion in a record time of 21 months. Close su­per­vi­sion and ac­tive mon­i­tor­ing by Project Mon­i­tor­ing Group (PMG) made it pos­si­ble de­spite of its dif­fi­cult lo­ca­tion and nat­u­ral ob­sta­cles in sus­tain­ing sup­ply of ma­te­rial and ma­chin­ery.

The Wa­long ALG will sup­port Air Oper­a­tions and will also fa­cil­i­tate the ad­min­is­tra­tion in the man­age­ment of border ar­eas. Be­sides this, the ALG will also pro­vide air sup­port in re­spond­ing to the nat­u­ral calami­ties, ca­su­al­ties evac­u­a­tion, hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and sup­ply of equip­ment and ra­tion to the troops posted in far flung ar­eas.

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