PM remembers Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 16th September rushed to visit Marshal of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

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.

Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind led the nation on Sunday in paying final tributes to Arjan Singh. Singh's demise marks an end of a glorious era of the Indian Air Force. "We remember his outstanding service to the nation", he said on Twitter.

Born in 1919 in Sahiwal in Pakistan, Singh graduated from Government College, Lahore and then joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1938. Also, during the war, the IAF played a stellar role in providing the initiative to India despite the Pakistani Air Force having U.S. supplied jet fighters.

After retiring from the IAF, Singh served as the Indian ambassador to Switzerland and the Vatican.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the Singh's death and said India will never forget his excellent leadership in the 1965 India-Pakistan war when the IAF saw substantial action.

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In August 1964, when he was 45, he took charge of IAF's third Indian Chief of Air Staff. Another achievement in his kitty included being the chief of Indian Air Force at just 44 years of age.

Singh, who used to fly more than 60 different types of aircraft, played an important role in making the IAF one of the world's most powerful air forces and building the fourth largest air force in the world.

1974: Appointed Indian High Commissioner to Kenya.

Family members, relatives and friends also gathered at his 7A, Kautilya Marg residence here to pay their last respects.

Arjan Singh commanded the Operational Group responsible for all air operations in India from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari when India became a Republic in 1950.

After a few initial setbacks, the Indian Air Force outmaneuvered the Pakistani fighters, handing a decisive air superiority to the Indian war effort.