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

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

29/05/2019 New Delhi: Jyaistha 7, Saka 1941
Tuesday, 28 May 2019


Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC Chief of the Air Staff visited Air Force Station Sarsawa today to commemorate the supreme sacrifice of Air Warriors who laid down their life during Op Safed sagar. Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar PVSM AVSM VM & Bar ADC, AOC-in-C, Western Air Command and Lt Gen YK Joshi AVSM VrC SM GOC 14 Corps also visited AF Station Sarsawa on the same day to commemorate the solemn occasion.

The Chief of the Air Staff and AOC-in-C, WAC IAF took part in the “Missing Man Formation” fly past in Mi-17 V5 helicopter of 152 HU. On this day, 20 year back Sqn Ldr R Pundir, Flt Lt Muhilan, Sergeant RK Sahu and Sergeant PVNR Prasad laid down their lives in service of the nation while flying a mission during Ops Safed Sagar. The timing of the flypast was synchronized with the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Station War Memorial. Mrs Sharmila Pundir, wife of Sqn Ldr R Pundir, also joined the solemn occasion and laid a wreath at station war memorial while an ALH Mk-III helicopter showered flower petals.

During Op Safed Sagar, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa commanded 17 Sqn of the IAF. Air Marshal R Nambiar took part in the Ops flying Mirage 2000 aircraft and Lt Gen YK Joshi, as CO 13 JAKRIF, led operations on Tololing for the capture of Point 5140.


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


Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC during ‘Missing Man’ formation flypast in Mi-17 V5 helicopter at Air Force Station Sarsawa


Air Marshal R Nambiar PVSM AVSM VM & Bar ADC, AOC-in-C Western Air Command during ‘Missing Man’ formation flypast in Mi-17 V5 helicopter at Air Force Station Sarsawa


Mi-17 V5 '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 Sarsawa 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 along with Air Marshal R Nambiar, AOC-in-C Western Air Command, Lt Gen YK Joshi, GOC 14 Corps and Group Captain P Bhola, CO 152 Helicopter Unit at Air Force Station Sarsawa


Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa along with the personnel of 152 Helicopter Unit, AF at Air Force Station Sarsawa