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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