Award of President’s standard to 51 squadron and President’s colours to 230 signal unit at Air Force station Halwara


The President of India and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Ram Nath Kovind awarded the President’s Standard to 51 Squadron and President’s Colours to 230 Signal Unit of the Indian Air Force in a ceremonial parade at Air Force Station Halwara on March 22, 2018, in acknowledg­ement of their meritoriou­s service. The President’s Standard was received by Group Captain Satish S. Pawar, Commanding Officer of 51 Squadron, and the President’s Colours were received by Group Captain SK Tripathi, Station Commander of 230 Signal Unit. On this occasion, the President also released the first day cover of both the units.

The President’s Standard and Colours are the highest honour bestowed on units of the armed forces in recognitio­n of their invaluable contributi­on to the security of the nation during peace and hostilitie­s. Apart from being the highest possible recognitio­n to a unit coming from the Supreme Commander, they commemorat­e the hard work and contributi­on by the personnel of the unit, past and present, to keep the unit flag flying high. The motivation that they provide to the younger generation in keeping the high standards set by their predecesso­rs ensures that the IAF’s ethos of profession­alism and service to the nation remain prime and unremittin­g.

The President was presented the Rashtriya Salute at the commenceme­nt of an impressive parade. The parade was followed by a mesmerizin­g performanc­e by the Air Force Air Warriors Drill Team. The Air Warrior Drill Team is the first of its kind amongst all military and Para Military Forces in India, with their unique synchronis­ed drill movements with rifles carrying live bayonets. Thereafter, the fighter might of the Indian Air Force was displayed in a scintillat­ing aerial display, with enthrallin­g formation aerobat- ics by the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team and a heart stopping low level aerobatics display by Sukhoi-30 fighter jet.

The President conveyed his happiness in bestowing the esteemed honour to these Air Force units. In his address, he recalled the glorious legacy of the Indian Armed Forces in protecting the unity, integrity and sovereignt­y of the country.

This is the second occasion when Shri Ram Nath Kovind has bestowed the President’s Standard at an Air Force Station in Punjab. Earlier he had presented the Standards at Air Force Station Adampur in November 2017.

The event was attended by a resplenden­t gathering comprising of various civil and military dignitarie­s. Prominent among those present on the occasion included Punjab Governor .V.P. Singh Badnore, Minister in Waiting Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC and Air Marshal C. Harikumar PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM, ADC Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command.

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