New Delhi, August 1
Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari on Saturday took cost as commander-in-chief of the Indian Air Force’s Western Air Command (WAC) which takes care of the safety of the nation’s air area within the delicate Ladakh sector in addition to numerous different components of north India.
He succeeded Air Marshal B Suresh who retired from service.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Air Marshal Chaudhari was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on December 29, 1982.
In a distinguished profession spanning almost 38 years, the officer has flown all kinds of fighter and coach plane within the stock of IAF. He has a flying expertise of greater than 3,800 hours, together with operational flying on MiG-21, MiG-23 MF, MiG 29 and Su-30 MKI fighter jets.
Air Marshal Chaudhari held quite a few vital positions. He was the commanding officer of a frontline fighter squadron and has additionally commanded a frontline fighter base. As an Air Marshal, he held the place of Deputy Chief of the Air Staff.
His appointment as chief of the WAC comes when it’s enhancing operational deployment in jap Ladakh in view of the border row with China.
The IAF has been finishing up evening time fight air patrols over the jap Ladakh area in the previous few weeks.
It has already deployed nearly all its frontline fighter jets like Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar and Mirage 2000 plane in frontier bases in Ladakh in addition to in a number of different locations alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Air Marshal Chaudhari was additionally concerned within the Rafale acquisition programme.
He was serving as senior air workers officer in Eastern Air Command earlier than assuming the cost of the Delhi-headquartered Western Command.
In recognition of his distinguished service, the Air Marshal was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in January 2004 and the Ati Vishist Seva Medal in January 2015. — PTI