Ghaziabad, 8 October 2014: Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated the 82nd Anniversary with an amazing Air Force Day Parade, at Air Force Station Hindan in Ghaziabad. The celebration saw the presence of SARANG, the helicopter display team of the Indian Air Force, SUKHOI SU-30MKI, a supermaneuverable air superiority fighter and MIL MI-17, a Russian helicopter.
Greetings by President, Pranab Mukherjee-
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee greeted the Indian Air Force on its 82nd Anniversary today (October 8, 2014.)
In his message, the President said “Our Armed Forces give us the confidence in the nation’s ability to face any aggression and safeguard its interests. The brave men and women in blue have displayed tremendous courage and determination in the discharge of their duties, acquitting themselves with great élan time and again. They have earned the admiration and respect of a grateful nation as they continue to drive IAF’s ongoing transformation with their steadfast dedication and commitment. I place on record my deepest appreciation for their devotion to duty and professionalism.
Over the years, the Indian Air Force has evolved into a well balanced and potent Air Force manned by highly skilled and professional Air Warriors. It has developed the capability to effectively respond to threats and challenges – both in peace and war. I am confident that in the years to come, the Indian Air Force will continue to maintain its cherished standards of commitment and competence. The nation takes pride in the many exploits of our Air Force and looks forward to its further growth as a modern strategic force.
On this occasion, I extend my greetings and felicitations to all personnel of the Indian Air Force and their families and wish them success in all their future endeavours”.
Greetings by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi-
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has saluted Indian Air Force personnel on Air Force Day.
“On Air Force Day, I salute our air force personnel. They are our pride and their bravery, commitment and dedication continues to inspire,” the Prime Minister said.
Greetings by Home Minister, Rajnath Singh-
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has conveyed his greetings on the Air Force Day. Rajnath Singh said, “Today I salute our brave Air Force personnel who always lead by example. The IAF is one of the finest in the world.”
The Union Home Minister said, “IAF is not only known for its combat capabilities but also for its active role in humanitarian operations in times of crisis and disaster.”