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Featured Image: Marshal Arjan Singh (right in turban) inaugurates the squadron complex at Panagarh Air Base on Tuesday. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 07 March: MARSHAL of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh today inaugurated an Operations Squadron Complex at the Air Force Station named after him at Panagarh in Burwdan.

The Operations Squadron Complex would house a squadron of the Super Hercules C-130J. Once equipped with the aircraft, Panagarh station would be capable of undertaking all types of air transport missions in the eastern sector. It would be the second C-130 squadron of the Indian Air Force; the first one being based at Hindan in Uttar Pradesh.

Speaking on the occasion, Marshal Singh asked IAF personnel to adopt an attitude of thoroughness in profession and stick to the values of hard work and sincerity.

Earlier in the day, on his arrival at Panagarh, the 97-year old Marshal was received by the Air Officer Commanding in Chief of the Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal Anil Khosla and other senior officers.

Air Force Station Arjan Singh at Panagarh is the only Air Base in the Indian Air Force to have been named after the Marshal of the IAF, a living legend and inspiration for all air warriors.

It was on 15 July 1964 that Arjan Singh had taken over as the Chief of Air Staff at relatively young age of 44 in the rank of Air Marshal. He went on to become the first Indian Chief to lead the Air Force during a conflict in the 1965 Indo-Pak War.

Later Singh promoted to the rank of Air Chief Marshal in 1966, and served as Chief of the Air Staff until his retirement in 1969. After retirement, he was appointed as the Indian Envoy to Switzerland and Kenya and subsequently as Lt. Governor of Delhi.

Singh was bestowed with the rank of Marshal of the Indian Air Force in January 2002 by the Central government.