The President of India and Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, Pranab Mukherjee, awarded the prestigious President’s Standard and Colours to 125 Helicopter Squadron and Mechanical Training Institute (MTI) respectively, during a ceremonial parade held at the Air Force Station in Tambaram recently. The Commanding Officer of 125 Helicopter Squadron Group Captain V.D. Badoni and Commanding Officer of MTI Group Captain A. Arunachaleswaran received the President’s Standard and Colours respectively.
The ceremonial parade was commanded by Group Captain Arunachaleswaran. The President also released First Day Covers of 125 Helicopter Squadron and Mechanical Training Institute at the function. There was a spectacular display of precision and daredevilry by the Air Warriors drill team. Fly-past consisting of Mi-35 and Mi-17 Helicopters, Pilatus and Kiran trainer aircraft was synchronised with significant events of the parade. The ceremony concluded with a breathtaking air show demonstrated by Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT), which won the admiration of one and all.
The Governor of Tamil Nadu and senior government officials from Tamil Nadu administration, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal C. Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, Air Marshal S.R.K. Nair, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command along with other senior defence and civilian dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated the awardee units and said that the nation is proud of the capability and competency of the IAF. “Over the last eight decades, the IAF has emerged as an immensely professional and combat-ready force. It has achieved distinction in defending our skies and delivering vital humanitarian aid and disaster relief. The brave men and women in blue have displayed incredible courage and determination in the discharge of their duties, acquitting themselves with great confidence. The ongoing process of modernisation will transform the IAF into and even more potent and strategic force that can take on all future challenges. The IAF will remain ever vigilant in protecting our skies and continue to maintain its cherished standards of excellence.”