Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Country mourns over death of IAF Marshal Arjan Singh

Country mourns over death of IAF Marshal Arjan Singh

"Received messages that Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh was suspected to have had massive heart attack in morning and was brought to the hospital", Sitharaman said after visiting the Marshal. He was also India's oldest, five-star ranked air force officer.

In 2015, at the age of 96, the nation watched as the Marshal of the IAF reached the Palam Airport on July 28 where the body of former President and India's missile man A.P.J.Abdul Kalam was brought. "I remember pilots of No. 6 Squadron, who had de-inducted from Burma, telling us about the tactics of Japanese Zero fighters and all us pilots in the station discussing these over beer", he said.

This was remarkable because it made him the only officer of the Indian Air Force to accomplish this feat. "Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh was a WW II hero and won our nation's gratitude for his military leadership in 1965 war". As per reports, he was the first Air Chief who kept his flying category till the CAS (Chief of Air Staff) rank.

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1971: Appointed India's Ambassador to Switzerland. After his promotion to the rank of Air Vice Marshal, he was appointed as the AOC-in-C of an operational command.

Today Evening In a statement, the Indian Air Force (IAF) said Singh died at 7:47pm after being admitted to the Army's R&Rhospital following a cardiac arrestthe defence ministry said. He was also the High Commissioner to Kenya in 1974.

Air Marshal Arjan Singh goes through a copy of SCREEN with him are Sadhana, Ramanand Sagar and Air Commodore Shahi.

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In a series of tweets from his twitter handle the Prime Minister said that the Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh's determined focus on capacity building in the IAF added great strength to our defence capabilities.

According to the IAF's official website, Singh's "testing time came in September 1965, when the subcontinent was plunged into war". The rank of Air Marshal is equivalent to field marshal of Indian Army.

The fighter aircraft base at Panagarh in West Bengal was named in his honour on his birthday past year. And the IAF did strike the Pakistani offensive in an hour.

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Singh, the original "air warrior", inspired the IAF to achieve great heights during his service. His first assignment on being commissioned was to fly Westland Wapiti biplanes in the North-Western Frontier Province as a member of the No.1 Royal Indian Air Force Squadron. He was Lieutenant Governor of Delhi from December 1989 to December 1990.

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