Mar­shal of IAF Ar­jan Singh passes away

Khaleej Times - - INDIA -

new delhi — Mar­shal of In­dian Air Force Ar­jan Singh, who was on Satur­day ad­mit­ted to Army Hos­pi­tal af­ter a sus­pected heart at­tack, has passed away at 7.47pm, a de­fence of­fi­cial said. He was 98.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man and the three ser­vice chiefs had ear­lier vis­ited the hos­pi­tal’s In­ten­sive Care Unit (ICU) where he was un­der­go­ing treat­ment. Ap­pointed Chief of Air Staff on Au­gust 1, 1964, Ar­jan Singh led the In­dian Air Force ef­fec­tively in the 1965 war with Pak­istan, lead­ing the air oper­a­tions that pushed back the en­emy of­fen­sive. He re­tired in 1969.

In recog­ni­tion of his ser­vices, he was con­ferred the rank of Mar­shal of the Air Force in 2002, mak­ing him the first and the only 5-star rank of­fi­cer with the IAF. —

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