1. Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh passes away in New Delhi at 98

Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh passes away in New Delhi at 98

Arjan Singh, a war hero and Marshal of the Indian Air Force, passed away at the age of 98 on Saturday.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 17, 2017 12:07 AM
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Arjan Singh, a war hero and Marshal of the Indian Air Force, passed away at the age of 98 on Saturday. Arjan Singh was admitted to the Army Research and Referral Hospital where he took his last breath. He was unwell for some time now. Arjan Singh is the only officer of the Indian Air Force till date to be promoted to the five-star rank, equal to a Field Marshal. He was given this rank in 2002. He was also the chief of the Air Staff (CAS) from August 1, 1964 to July 15, 1969, and was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1965.

Arjan Singh was the first Air Chief Marshal of the Indian Air Force who was upgraded to the position of Air Chief Marshal from the rank of Chief of the Air Staff in recognition of the Air Force’s contribution in the 1965 war. After years of dedicated service, Singh had retired from services in 1970 at the age of 50. A year later, he was appointed as the Indian Ambassador to Switzerland. He concurrently served as the Ambassador to the Vatican.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Singh in the hospital. “Went to R&R Hospital to see Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who is critically ill. I also met his family members. We are all praying for the speedy recovery of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh. Doctors are doing their best,” PM Modi had tweeted.

Singh was famous for his role in the 1965 India-Pakistan war.

Known for his courage, determination and professional skill, Arjan Singh had inspired the Indian Air Force to a big victory, despite the constraints imposed on the full-scale use of air force combat power.

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