March 4, 2019
Coimbatore : Lauding the Armed forces, exemplified by the air warriors, President Ram Nath Kovind Monday said that its valour and professionalism was on display very recently, as the Indian Air Force carried out pre-emptive strikes on a known terrorist camp.
“Our Armed Forces, exemplified by the air warriors who stand before us, reflect our firm resolve to defend our nation. Its valour and professionalism was on display very recently6, as the Indian Air Force Carried out pre-emptive strikes on a known terrorist camp”, he said.
“India remains firmly committed to peace, but in case the need arises, we will use all our might to protect the nation’s sovereignty. I am confident that our valiant men and women in uniform will rise to the occasion,” Kovind said in his address on the occasions of presentation of colour to Air Force Station at Hakimpet and 5 Base Repair Depot at Sulur on the outskirts.
India’s growing stature in the comity of nations is consistent with the strength and capabilities of our armed forces, the President noted.
Stating that Indian Air Force (IAF) has over the years grown into a modern, technology-intensive force distinguished by its commitment to excellence and professionalism, Kovind said that keeping pace with the demands of contemporary advancements, the IAF continues to modernize in a rapid manner and is in the process of a very comprehensive modernisation plan.
Besides safeguarding the sovereign skies of our nation, IAF has also been at the forefront of all Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations, he said adding that the resilience and tenacity displayed by our valiant air warriors is a great source of pride for the Nation.
Both these stations have a rich history of professional excellence and have served the Nation with honour and distinction in peace and during hostilities, he said.
The Nation honours them today with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for their selfless devotion, professionalism and courage in the face of adversity.
“In acknowledgement and recognition of their outstanding performance, I am pleased to award Colours to Air Force Station Hakimpet and 5 Base Repair Depot,” Kovind said.