Breaking:Pak war super hero no more..A look at Arjan Singh's heroic career

New Delhi, Sep 16: Marshal of Indian Air Force (IAF) Arjan Singh,98, breathed his last on Saturday. He was suspected to have suffered a massive heart attack and was admitted at the Army Hospital (R&R) here in a crictical condition. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where Arjan Singh was undergoing treatment. The three services chiefs also visited the hospital. WHO WAS ARJAN SINGH Arjan Singh, 98, was appointed Chief of Air Staff on August 1, 1964. He was the first Air Chief who kept his flying category till being appointed the CAS (Chief of Air Staff). Singh had the unique honour of leading a flypast of over 100 IAF aircraft over the Red Fort on August 15, 1947 when India attained Independence. In the 1965 war with Pakistan, he led the IAF operations that pushed back the Pakistani offensive. An icon of the Indian military history, Singh had led a young IAF into the war in 1965 when he was hardly 44 years of age In 1965, when Pakistan had launched its Operation Grand Slam with an armoured thrust targeted at the vital town of Akhnoor, Singh led the Indian Air Force through the war with courage, determination and professional skill He inspired the IAF to victory, despite the constraints imposed on a full-scale use of air force combat power. He led the Indian Air Force through the war showing successful leadership and effort. Upon retirement from IAF in 1969, he was appointed the Ambassador to Switzerland. In recognition of his services, he was conferred the rank of Marshal of the Air Force in January 2002, making him the first and the only 5-star rank officer with the IAF.

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