The Hon'ble Raksha Mantri Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman was on her maiden visit to forward Air Base at Uttarlai on 10 Sep 2017. She was received by the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Senior Air Staff Officer SWAC Air Marshal DS Rawat AVSM VSM and Air Officer Commanding AIr Force Station Uttarlai Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma.
The minister was presented with a Guard of Honour by the Air Warriors on her arrival at the base. She was then briefed on the role of the base and nature of air operations. A glimpse of fighter strike operations were also showcased to the Hon'ble RM during her visit to the Air Traffic Control Centre.
The minister then addressed the Air Warriors and interacted with them. Prior to her departure, the minister interacted with mediapersons and answered their querries. Talking to the mediapersons the Hon'ble Raksha Mantri stated that meeting the demands of the Armed Forces with a view to maintain optimum state of readiness and preparedness at all fronts shall be her priority.
This visit to Uttarlai has incidentally been the first by any Defence Minister after 30 Dec 2001.