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PM Narendra Modi visits residence of Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh

17 September, 2017 2:30 PM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been attending a slew of events across Gujarat coinciding with his 67th birthday, visited the residence of Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh today evening.

Marshal died at the Army R and R Hospital in New Delhi on Saturday night.

Following the demise of the commander, PM Modi had condoled his death and had said that he was an exemplary leader.

Singh's last rites will be performed at Delhi Cantonment at 10 am on Monday.

Singh, the hero of the 1965 India-Pakistan war and the only Air Force officer to be promoted to five-star rank, died at the age of 98.

He was entrusted with the responsibility of leading the IAF when he was only 44 years old, a task he carried out with elan. He was the chief of the IAF when it found itself at the forefront of the 1965 conflict.

Singh, who had flown more than 60 different types of aircraft, had played a major role in transforming the IAF into one of the most potent air forces globally and the fourth biggest in the world.

Known as a man of few words, he was not only a fearless fighter pilot but had profound knowledge about air power which he applied in a wide spectrum of air operations.

He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour, in 1965.

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