President of India and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces Pranab Mukherjee on 4 March 2016 presented President’s Standard to 119 Helicopter Unit (HU) and President’s Colours to 28 Equipment Depot (ED) of the Indian Air Force. The awards were given away at Air Force Station in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
Indian Air Force's operational squadrons become eligible for award of Presidential Standard after completion of 18 years of service to the Nation. The selection is based on the unit's performance and achievements during peace as well as hostilities. The honour is an acknowledgement of the meritorious service rendered by the units.
The helicopter Unit has recently saw the induction of new acquired most modern fixed wing aircraft Mi-17 V5. The Unit, also known as ‘the Stallions’, was among the first to fly Mi-8 choppers.
It took part in several challenging missions after being raised exactly 44 years ago. Our correspondent reports, Mi-17 V5, the aircraft had already seen action and proved its mettle in different terrains, be it in the laps of Himalayas, the deserts of Rajasthan or the naxal infested central India.
Apart from this, the President also released a commemorative postage stamp at the presentation of the Standard to 119 Helicopter Unit and Colours to 28 Equipment Depot of Indian Air Force.
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When: 4 March 2016