The Union Government has renamed Panagarh Air Force Base of West Bengal as Air Force Station Arjan Singh, to honour the Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh. It was renamed on the occasion of his birthday. This can be termed as a rare honour to the nation’s oldest soldier Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh.
Air Officer Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal C. Harikumar unveiled the rechristening plaque. This is first time in India’s defence history, a military installations has been named after individuals, especially when they are alive. The decision of rechristening the Air Force Station was announced by the Chief of Air Staff Arup Raha on 15 April 2016 at a function in New Delhi.
Arjan Singh was born on April 15th, 1919 in Lyalpur now in Faislabad, Pakistan and had completed his education at Montgomery (now Sahiwal, Pakistan). He was selected to the Empire Pilot training course at RAF Cranwell at the tender age of 19 years. He had served on different positions in RAF during the British Rule.
He was the first Indian Air Chief to be elevated to the rank of Air Chief Marshal in 1966. He had led the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the 1965 India-Pakistan war. He retired in August 1969 and later was appointed as Ambassador of India to Switzerland. He also had served as Lieutenant Governor of New Delhi from 1989 to 1990.
In recognition of his lifelong services, the government conferred the rank of the “Marshal of the Indian Air Force” on Arjan Singh on January 28, 2002 making him the first and the only ‘Five Star’ rank officer with the Indian Air Force. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan for his astute leadership of the Air Force during the India-Pakistan war.
Panagarh is approximately 150 kms from Kolkata, located in Burdwan district. The airbase in Panagarh was constructed in 1944 during the Second World War and played a significant role in the 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan.
So lets discuss some questions related to this article :
1. Panagarh airbase has been renamed after which former IAF Chief ?
2. Name the person who is the Chief of the air staff ?
3. The Panagarh airbase is located at which place ?
Courtesy : The Hindu