The President of India,
Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the prestigious Presidential Standards
to two of the IAF’s Squadrons – 25 Squadron and 33 Squadron, in an
impressive ceremonial parade held at Air Force Station Sulur today.
The Governor of Tamil Nadu A Rosaiah, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne,
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal AK Gogoi, Air Office
Commanding-in-Chief South Western Air Command(SWAC), Air Marshal RK
Jolly Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Air Command(SAC), Air
Commodore BS Yadav, Commodore Commandant, 25 Squadron and Air Commodore
JV Paul, Commodore Commandant, 33 Squadron, Mrs Rama Pilot, wife of Late
Squadron Leader (Retd) Rajesh Pilot were present on the occasion besides
a host of other serving and retired officers of the two Squadrons and
Located in the South Western Sector, 25 Squadron called ‘The Himalayan
Eagles’ was formed on 01 Mar 1963 at Chandigarh. With a motto
‘SATVADHINA HI SIDDHAYA’ ie ‘EXCELLENCE THROUGH DELIGENCE’ it has been
the lifeline of troops stationed in the Northern region for over five
decades, in peace as well as in war. During the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak
conflicts and Kargil Operations the squadron played a vital role.
33 Squadron was formed on 09 Jan 1963 with two Caribou aircraft. With a
motto ‘SHRAMO DADATI SIDDIM meaning ‘THROUGH HARD WORK COMES GLORY’. The
squadron participated in operations in both 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak
conflict. It also has the distinction of spearheading the largest ever
formation in the history of the IAF during the Tangail operations in
1971. In 1986 the squadron was reequipped with AN-32, which has over the
years proven to be the work horse of the IAF. The squadron flew
extensively during the IAF’s Tsunami rescue and relief operations. Based
at Sulur, the squadron maintains an effective air bridge to the far
flung island territories of Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep.
The Standards are awarded to Operational Units while Colours are awarded
to non flying formations. IAF Operational Squadrons become eligible for
award of Presidential Standards after completion of 18 years.