“The security scenario in our region mandates that our armed forces remain prepared and vigilant. The development at LAC is a small snapshot of what we are required to handle at short notice,” Chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said Saturday after reviewing a Passing out Parade at the Air Force Academy (AFA) Dundigal, Hyderabad.
“The gallant actions of Col Babu and his brave men in a highly challenging situation have demonstrated our resolve to protect the sovereignty of our country – at any cost,” he said, adding, “Inspite of unacceptable Chinese action after agreements reached during military talks and resultant loss of lives, all efforts are underway to ensure that the current situation at LAC is resolved peacefully.”
“But it should be clear that we are very well prepared and suitably deployed to respond to any contingency. I assure the nation that we are determined to deliver and will never let the sacrifice of our braves of Galwan go in vain,” the Air Chief Marshal said.
On being asked if the new flying officers would be taken directly to the field, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said: “It’s not an emergency. These are not officers who will get into the cockpits to fight or into the combat at the front end. But obviously, hundred is a good number to have in the field. Also, in terms of the current situation, we are taking all our officers from our training institutes directly to the field units. One, to expedite their training on the next system they are planned to be deputed. So it’s a plan so that they become operational at the earliest.”
A Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) was held marking the successful completion of pre-commissioning training of Flight Cadets of various Branches of Indian Air Force. During the CGP function, the IAF chief conferred the ‘President’s Commission’ to 123 graduating trainees, including 19 women cadets, of various Branches. The CGP symbolises the culmination of rigorous training and transformation of a cadet into a young Officer to shoulder the nation’s responsibility.