IAF Chief Bhadauria flies 5 aircraft mission on 1st Balakot air strike anniversary

New Delhi: On the first anniversary of the Balakot air strikes yesterday, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff, flew a five aircraft mission at Srinagar Air Base along with aircrew from squadrons that had participated in the operations on 26 & 27 February last year. The CAS flew a MiG-21 Type 69 aircraft along with the Commanding Officer of 51 Sqn, Group Captain Kamran Nazeerin, a formation comprising of one MiG-21, two Mirage-2000s and two Sukhoi-30 MkIs.

The Ministry of Defence stated in a Press communication that 26 February 2019 was a momentous day as it bore testimony to the professionalism and operational preparedness of men and women of the IAF who successfully executed a very complex mission and achieved their objectives under extremely challenging conditions.

The MoD said IAF salutes the spirit, tenacity, and sacrifice of its air warriors and assures the nation of its unstinted resolve.

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