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Patriotic fervour marks IAF parade

Patriotic fervour marks IAF parade
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As many as 158 flight cadets, including 29 women, on Saturday formally joined into the mainstream of Indian Air Force when Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R K Dhowan, on behalf of the President of India, awarded commission to them at an impressive Combined Graduation Parade held at the Air Force Academy at Dundigal near Hyderabad.

A total of 158 Flights Cadets, including 29 women, commissioned into Indian Air Force

Hyderabad: As many as 158 flight cadets, including 29 women, on Saturday formally joined into the mainstream of Indian Air Force when Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R K Dhowan, on behalf of the President of India, awarded commission to them at an impressive Combined Graduation Parade held at the Air Force Academy at Dundigal near Hyderabad.

The passing out parade marked the culmination of one year rigorous basic and professional training at the academy and other places including Air Force stations located at Hakimpet and Begumpet in Hyderabad and Yelahanka in Karnataka apart from Air Force Administrative College, Coimbatore. The newly inducted flight cadets will be allotted to various branches of Indian Air Force like flying, navigation, air controlling, logistics, administration, accounts and education.

Newly commissioned IAF cadets taking out a parade at the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad on Saturday

Flying officer Sonu Barak, who was the parade commander, was awarded ‘President’s Plaque’ and the Chief of Air Staff ‘Sword of Honour’ for standing first in over all merit in pilot course, while flying officers Kuldeep Singh and Bijender Bhagat were awarded President's Plaque for standing first in ground duty branch and navigation branch, respectively.

In his address, after reviewing the parade, the Admiral R K Dhowan congratulated the cadets for being part of one of the finest air forces in the world. He said as young leaders, they had to build up the quality with credibility and integrity and continue to strive for excellence and meet all challenges. He instructed the cadets that the word ‘impossible’ should not be in their dictionary. Admiral Dhowan focused on the importance of the core values of the IAF - Mission, Integrity and Excellence.

New IAF women cadets hug each other after the graduation parade

The passing out parade ceremony culminated with the breathtaking aerobatic display of ‘Sarang Helicopter team’ and Su 30 fighter jets. The fly-past of Pilatus and Kiran training aircrafts enthralled the audience on the occasion.

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