IAF chief visits air bases, advanced landing grounds in Ladakh

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New Delhi (NVI): Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria today visited Air Force Stations and Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in Ladakh and interacted with field commanders there to take stock of the security situation in the forward areas in the wake of India-China border stand-off.

The IAF Chief was briefed on the operational preparedness and status of deployed forces at air bases as well as in the forward areas, the IAF said in a statement. He also interacted with IAF and Indian Army personnel deployed at these locations.

Notably, the Air Chief has paid multiple visits to forward areas in Ladakh since the conflict with China’s PLA broke out in April-May of last year.

During his visit to Thoise today, he reviewed the ongoing logistic operations for support and sustenance of troops in the winter season. He also visited Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) and Nyoma ALGs where he was given a security overview in the respective sub-sectors.

At DBO, the CAS laid a wreath in homage to the fallen heroes. Prior to his departure, CAS joined CDS Gen Bipin Rawat for a comprehensive discussion on operational matters with senior IAF and Indian Army Commanders at Air Force Station Leh.

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat also visited forward areas in Ladakh today where he interacted with the personnel.

The Air Chief also conveyed his deep appreciation for the exceptionally high levels of morale and dedication with which all personnel continue to maintain operational preparedness; despite the harsh weather and an inhospitable terrain, the IAF said in an official statement.

Pertinent to mention here that troops from both sides are deployed along the LAC since the friction erupted last year due to unprecedented mobilisation and forward concentration by Chinese troops.