New Delhi: Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC who served as Chief of the Air Staff, who headed the Air Force for five years from 1964 to 1969 is no more.
The legendary Marshal of the Indian Air Force, who led the Air attack from the front during the 1965 war with Pakistan. That year, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan. Arjan Singh was critically ill and was receiving treatment at the Army hospital in the capital. He passed away last night after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited him in the hospital and met his family members.
Modi has condoled the demise of the Marshal of the Air Force. In a series of tweets from his twitter handle the Prime Minister said that the Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh’s determined focus on capacity building in the IAF added great strength to our defence capabilities. Calling him a distinguished air warrior and a fine human the Prime Minister extended his thoughts to his family and those mourning his unfortunate demise.
“India mourns the unfortunate demise of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh. We remember his outstanding service to the nation.
Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh’s determined focus on capacity building in the IAF added great strength to our defence capabilities.
India will never forget the excellent leadership of Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh in 1965, when the IAF saw substantial action.
Sometime back I met him, who despite his ill health tried to get up to salute even though I said no. Such was his soldier discipline.
My thoughts are with his family and those mourning the demise of a distinguished air warrior and fine human, Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh. RIP”, the Prime Minister said.
After retiring from the IAF, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Delhi from 1989 to 1990. He was also a diplomat and advisor to the government of India. In 2002, he was promoted to five-star rank as Marshal of the Indian Air Force, equal to the army rank of Field Marshal – the person to adorn this rank in India.