New Delhi: The Ministry of Defence announced yesterday that No. 47 Squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF) currently stationed at AF Station, Adampur, has completed 60 years of service to the nation. To commemorate the occasion, Diamond Jubilee celebrations were organised at Air Force Station Adampur on 14 & 15 February. On this historic occasion, the aerial display by the Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team, IAF vintage Flight, Air Devils, and performance by the Air Warriors Drill Team was arranged. A large number of serving officers, dignitaries, and veterans were part of the celebrations.
Squadron 47 was formed on 18 December 1959 at Air Force Station Halwara. It has operated Toofani, MiG-21 FL and MiG-29 fighter aircraft. The crest of the unit is a figure of a kneeling ‘Black Archer’ with a drawn bow, depicting poised readiness. The motto of the unit, “Karmani Vyapurutham Dhanuhu” is translated as “My bow is always stretched for its task.”
The Squadron took part in both 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars and won numerous accolades. The Squadron continues to maintain its operational edge and has actively participated in Operation Safed Sagar, Operation Parakram, and the operations post Balakot Strike in the Northern sector. The Black Archers are the recipients of the Presidents Standards in 2009.
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