Speaking after awarding the prestigious President's Standard and Colors to 125 Helicopter Squadron and Mechanical Training Institute at the Air Force Station in Tambaram here, the President said the country is a responsible and emerging power in a multipolar and multilateral world.
Apart from providing deterrence against inimical entities, the armed forces have been at the forefront of providing succor to citizens during natural calamities. The operations by the Indian Air Force during floods in Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir valley and in Tamil Nadu deserved special mention and would always be remembered by the nation, he said.
The Indian Air Force has evolved into a technologically advanced entity while safeguarding the sovereignty of the nation. The resilience and tenacity displayed by the air warriors is worth of emulation by the youth of the country, he said.
The 125 Helicopter Squadron, called as Gladiators, since its formation in November 1983 has enhanced its operational capability over the years. The squadron has earned accolades for its valour and strike capabilities when deployed internally as well as abroad. When deployed under the UN Flag in Sierra Leone, the Gladiators were instrumental in securing the release of 232 captured Indian Army personnel.
In January last year the Squadron played a stellar role in
confining the terrorists to a restricted area during the terror
attack on Air Force Station Pathankot, he said.
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