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Hon’ble RRM’s interaction with IAF Commanders during Air Force Commanders’ Conference – April 2016



Hon’ble RRM’s interaction with IAF Commanders during Air Force Commanders’ Conference – April 2016


The bi-annual conference Air Force Commanders’ Conference commenced at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan), New Delhi on 11 Apr 16. Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri inaugurated the conference.

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha PVSM AVSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff welcomed Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri, Shri G Mohan Kumar, Defence Secretary and Shri AK Gupta, Secretary (Defence Production). He also introduced the Air Force Commanders to the Hon’ble RRM.

The aim of this bi-annual conference is to enhance the operational capability of the IAF. The CAS updated the Hon’ble RRM on operational status of the IAF, security measures in vogue and the progress on infrastructure development. He highlighted the efforts made to increase the aircraft serviceability and the corresponding increase in flying task of the IAF as compared to the previous years. Achievements of the IAF during recently conducted Air Force level and international exercises were also covered by the CAS. He further elaborated on the IAF’s Focus Areas and the future road-map for the IAF. He dwelt upon the efforts initiated for the well-being, morale and enhancement of physical fitness of air-warriors.

The Hon’ble RRM complemented the IAF for professional conduct during various exercises like Ex Livewire & Ex Iron Fist and for its contribution towards Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations. He emphasised on aviation safety, infrastructure development and the IAF’s role towards indigenisation.

During this conference, senior leadership of the IAF would deliberate on issues pertaining to air operations, maintenance, human resources and administration. Aspects of support provided by Defence PSUs through indigenised production of prime equipment would also be discussed in a daylong session on 13 April 2016 with high level delegation from HAL, BEL and BDL. The CAS presented trophies to various Command Headquarters for excellence in sports and welfare activities. 

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SNC marshals resources for Kollam tragedy
A major fire was reported at the Puttingal Devi Temple in Kollam in the early hours of Sunday, 10 Apr 16 following which the Southern Naval Command at Kochi pressed into action medical team along with equipment and materials using ships and aircraft.

Six Aircraft (Two Dornier fixed wing aircraft, two ALH helicopters and two Chetak helicopters) and three IN ships namely Kabra, Kalpeni and Sunayna were earmarked for the requirement. Two ALH with a nine member medical team along with three doctors, paramedics, supplies and equipment was rushed to the scene at 1130 hrs. The helicopters landed at the Ashramam Ground, Kollam at 1200 hrs. One Dornier aircraft from Kochi was positioned at AF Stn Trivandrum since noon. The rest of aircraft were stand by at Kochi foe any emergent need.

IN ships Sunayna, Kabra and Kalpeni were sailed immediately from Kochi with 200 KGs of medical supplies and medical team. INS Kabra and Kalpeni reached alongside Kollam jetty at 1600 hrs while INS Sunayna is off Kollam awaiting instructions as per situation. The medical supplies have been handed over to the local administration. Ships have kept blood donors ready to meet emerging requirements of Blood.

A relief camp has been set up at Kollam to co-ordinate all relief activities by the Navy, which was visited by the Hon’ble CM of Kerala.

Regular contact is being maintained with state officials. Ships as well as medical teams have been directed to remain at Kollam for rendering assistance. 

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