President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Standard to 112 Helicopter Unit (HU) of Indian Air Force, at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh on March 11, 2014.
New Delhi, March 11, 2014
President Pranab Mukherjee today presented the President's Standard to 112 Helicopter Unit (HU) and Colours to No. 4 Base Repair Depot (BRD) of the Indian Air Force at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh today.
"Ever since their inception, these premier establishments have displayed a rich tradition of professional excellence and have rendered distinguished service to the nation. In recognition of their dedication and devotion to service, the nation honours them this day," Mr Mukherjee, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said on the occasion.
4 BRD undertakes repair and overhaul of turbo-jet aero engines and their aggregates.
Mr Mukherjee said IAF had been commendably executing its mandate of protecting the Indian skies and safeguarding the sovereignty of the nation.
"It has also remained at the forefront of providing relief and aid to our citizens during various natural calamities. The resilience and tenacity displayed by the Air Warriors both while undertaking operational commitments as well as during disaster relief contingencies is a great source of strength and also a matter of immense pride for the nation," he said.
The President said that, as the country progressed, it was essential to preserve peace for which it needed a strong defence force.
"As a nation, we stand firmly committed to peace, stability and prosperity. But should a contingency arise, I am confident that our Armed Forces will valiantly rise to the occasion to meet all the security challenges," he said.
Mr Mukherjee noted that 112 HU had an enviable operational history to its credit.
"As one of the first helicopter units of IAF raised in the Eastern Sector, it has served with distinction. Not only did it provide exceptional air support to our ground forces during the 1971 operations but its brave Air Warriors have also consistently executed daring high altitude rescue as well as air maintenance missions in the eastern Himalayan Sector. As a part of IPKF operations the unit’s personnel flew several daring missions which firmly established their professional credentials and earned them rich accolades.
"The unit is presently handling the important task of training the next generation of our helicopter crews who will handle the future security challenges to our nation," he said.
He said the No. 4 Base Repair Depot has been handling the important task of providing quality aeroengine maintenance support to many operational fleets of the IAF.
Upon its inception, the depot was tasked to repair and overhaul aeroengines for Vampire, Mystere and Toofani aircraft which represented the backbone of our fighter fleet at that time. Over the years the unit has significantly upgraded its capabilities by absorbing contemporary technologies and best technical practices. Today, the depot is handling the aeroengine maintenance support requirements for the Kiran trainer, MiG-27 and the Mirage aircraft fleet.
"The fact that the depot has till date overhauled over 7650 aeroengines while maintaining an enviable safety record reflects the professional ethos of its Air Warriors," he said.