The Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated its 91st Foundation Day with grandeur and enthusiasm. The day was marked by various events and ceremonies to honor the valour, commitment, and dedication of the Indian Air Force personnel. From greetings by President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to Union Minister Amit Shah, the nation expressed its pride and appreciation for the IAF’s remarkable service. This article provides an overview of the celebrations and highlights the key moments of the 91st Indian Air Force Day.
Unveiling the New Ensign
One of the significant highlights of the Air Force Day celebrations was the unveiling of the new ensign of the Indian Air Force. The new ensign replaces the existing one that has been in use for over seven decades. Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari had the honor of unveiling the new ensign during the Air Force Day parade in Prayagraj. The new ensign symbolizes the evolving nature of the IAF and represents its values and aspirations.
A Historic First: Female Officer Commands the Parade
In a historic first, the IAF parade was commanded by Group Captain Shaliza Dhami, a female officer. Group Captain Dhami, who took charge of a frontline IAF combat unit earlier this year, currently leads a missile squadron in the western sector. Her leadership during the parade showcased the growing role of women in the Indian Air Force and their contribution to the nation’s defense.
Greetings from President Droupadi Murmu
President Droupadi Murmu extended her warm wishes to the Indian Air Force on its 91st Foundation Day. Taking to social media, she expressed her appreciation for the IAF’s achievements and commended its efforts in scaling greater heights. President Murmu highlighted the strength, courage, and dynamism of the Air Force, which has always been prepared to face challenges and protect the nation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Tribute
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to social media to greet the air warriors and their families on Air Force Day. In a heartfelt message, PM Modi acknowledged the valour, commitment, and dedication of the Indian Air Force. He emphasized that the great service and sacrifice of the air warriors ensure the safety of the skies. PM Modi shared a video montage showcasing the Indian Air Force’s remarkable achievements, expressing India’s pride in its defense forces.
Union Minister Amit Shah’s Appreciation
Union Home Minister Amit Shah extended his greetings to the Indian Air Force personnel and their families on the occasion of the 91st Air Force Day. He acknowledged the significant role played by the IAF in keeping India safe and commended the air warriors for their dedication and commitment. Minister Shah highlighted the IAF’s projection of air power beyond boundaries, making it a lethal and formidable force.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh’s Salute
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh saluted the Indian Air Force on its 91st Foundation Day. In a tweet, he praised the IAF’s invaluable service and sacrifices made to protect the sovereignty of the nation. Minister Singh acknowledged the IAF’s wings of steel and heart of courage, which fervently secure the nation’s interests during war and peace. He commemorated the air warriors’ commitment to safeguarding the nation’s skies.
The Grand Airshow and Parade
The Air Force Day celebrations featured a grand airshow and parade, showcasing the prowess and capabilities of the Indian Air Force. The airshow included a display of various fighter aircraft, including Sukhoi 30, MiG 29, Rafale, and Jaguar, among others. The Akashganga team also performed breathtaking aerial acrobatics, leaving spectators in awe. The parade and airshow took place in Prayagraj, where thousands gathered to witness the impressive display of skills and power.
Acknowledging the Eastern Ladakh Region
Air Commodore Handa highlighted the increased role of the Indian Air Force in the Eastern Ladakh region bordering China. The IAF’s presence in this strategically important area has multiplied, demonstrating its commitment to safeguarding India’s borders. The Indian Air Force plays a vital role in maintaining the security and integrity of the nation, especially in sensitive border regions.
The 91st Indian Air Force Day celebrations were a testament to the unwavering dedication, courage, and commitment of the air warriors. From the unveiling of the new ensign to the impressive airshow and parade, the celebrations showcased the Indian Air Force’s strength and capabilities. The greetings and appreciation from President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Union Minister Amit Shah further emphasized the nation’s pride in the IAF’s valiant service. The Indian Air Force continues to evolve and excel, projecting its air power beyond boundaries and safeguarding the nation’s skies.