HomePress ReleaseTHE CAS VISITS AF STN BHISIANA TO PAY HOMAGE TO THE AIR WARRIORS WHO MADE SUPREME SACRIFICE DURING OPERATION SAFED SAGAR

THE CAS VISITS AF STN BHISIANA TO PAY HOMAGE TO THE AIR WARRIORS WHO MADE SUPREME SACRIFICE DURING OPERATION SAFED SAGAR

28/05/2019 New Delhi: Jyaistha 6, Saka 1941
Monday, 27May 2019


Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff, led a four aircraft, MiG-21 'Missing Man' formation flypast today, at Air Force Station Bhisiana, to honour the valour and supreme sacrifice of men killed in action during Operation Safed Sagar at Kargil. Air Marshal R Nambiar PVSM AVSM VM & Bar ADC, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command a Kargil veteran,was also a part of the formation. The 'Missing Man' formation is an aerial salute accorded to honour the fallen comrades-in-arms. This is an Arrow Formation, with a gap between two aircraft in the formation depicting the - Missing Man. Later, in a sombre ceremony, he laid a wreath at the War Memorial to honour the IAF men who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.

It was on this day in 1999 that, Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja VrC (Posthumous) laid down his life during the Kargil conflict. He was at that time the Flight Commander of 17 Squadron.

On the 28 May the CAS will visit Air Force Station Sarsawa and fly in a Mi-17 V5 Missing Man formation to commemorate the Kargil martyrs. It was on 28 May 1999 that we lost a Mi-17 helicopter after successfully attacking the enemy in Drass sector. Squadron Leader R Pundhir, Flight Lieutenant S Muhilan, Sergeant R K Sahu and Sergeant PVNR Prasad died in action in that Mi-17 helicopter.


Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC and Air Marshal R Nambiar PVSM AVSM VM & Bar ADC, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command walking to the aircraft with formation members during the ‘Missing Man’ formation sortie at Bhatinda.


Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC and Air Marshal R Nambiar PVSM AVSM VM & Bar ADC, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command with formation members during the ‘Missing Man’ formation sortie at Bhatinda


Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC preparing to take off during the ‘Missing Man’ formation fly past at Bhatinda



The four aircraft, MiG-21 'Missing Man' formation flypast led by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC at Air Force Station Bhisiana today, to honour the valour and supreme sacrifice of Air Warriors during Operation Safed Sagar


Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC paying homage to Kargil martyrs at Air Force Station Bhatinda