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INDUCTION OF 222 SQUADRON AT AIR FORCE STATION THANJAVUR

21/01/2020 Thanjavur : Pausha 30, Saka 1941
Monday 20, January 2020


No 222 Squadron, the Tigersharks were inducted at Air Force Station Thanjavur in a ceremony attended by General Bipin Rawat PVSM UYSM AVSM YSM SM VSM ADC, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC , Chief of the Air Staff, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO, Air Marshal Amit Tiwari AVSM VM, Air Officer Commanding–in–Chief (AOC-in-C), Southern Air Command (SAC), Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain AVSM VSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Mr R Madhavan, Chairman cum Managing Director, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and other Dignitaries on Monday, 20 Jan 2020.

On arrival, General Bipin Rawat, the CDS was received by Group Captain Prajual Singh VM, Station Commander, Air Force Station Thanjavur.

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General Bipin Rawat, in his address, said that the resurrection of the ‘Tigersharks’ highlighted the Integration and Jointness which is the future of the Indian Armed Forces. He brought out that Su 30 MKI aircraft along with the BrahMos will be a game-changer which will extensively enhance the security in the maritime domain. The Squadron will be operating closely with the Indian Army and Navy to get the ball rolling in jointness of the Indian Armed Forces.

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC, Chief of Air Staff, in his address thanked the CDS for being at the ceremony. He said that it was a historic day for the Indian Air Force, Southern Air Command, Air Force Station Thanjavur and 222 Squadron. He spoke of the decision to choose Thanjavur as the base for induction of the SU 30 MKI squadron because of its strategic location and complimented Southern Air Command and all personnel of AFS Thanjavur for their efforts towards advancing the induction of the squadron by almost a year.

The induction ceremony culminated with a flying display by Light Combat Aircraft, Sarang Helicopter Display Team and Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team.


Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, addressing the gathering during the induction ceremony of No 222 Squadron at Air Force Station Thanjavur


The Chief of Defence Staff , General Bipin Rawat addressing the gathering during the induction ceremony of No 222 Squadron at Air Force Station Thanjavur


General Bipin Rawat , the Chief of Defence Staff , Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria , Chief of the Air Staff, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO and other Dignitaries witnessing the flying display during the induction ceremony of No 222 Squadron at Air Force Station Thanjavur


Water Cannon salute being given to Su – 30 MKI aircraft during the induction ceremony of No 222 Squadron at Air Force Station Thanjavur


Flying display by Sarang Helicopter Display Team during the induction ceremony of No 222 Squadron at Air Force Station Thanjavur