Western air commander visits frontline air base in Jammu

Jammu (NVI): Western Air Commander, Air Marshal VR Chaudhari visited frontline air base in Jammu and reviewed the operational preparedness, days after a huge flare-up at the Line of Control in J&K after Pakistan attempted a BAT (Border Action Team) like attack and shelled multiple sectors at LoC.

Air Marshal Chaudhari was received by Air Commodore Ajay Singh Pathania, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Jammu, on his arrival and was apprised of the operational readiness of the base and its ability to undertake the assigned operational tasks under their command.

The AOC-in-C also met and interacted with air warriors of the station and its lodger units during the course of his visit.

He lauded the focussed efforts put in by the station in maintaining proficiency in all roles envisaged and urged them to continue performing their duty with due diligence, PIB’s Defence Wing said in a statement.

The Western Air Commander’s visit to Jammu comes amid a rise in unprovoked ceasefire violation at LoC and the recent intense shelling in which five defence personnel and four civilians lost their lives. The Indian Army had also killed four Pakistani Army commandos in Kupwara’s Keran sector near LoC.

The SSG commandos, who wanted to carry out a BAT (Border Action Team) attack belonged to 2 SSG Unit located at Sharda Valley in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

According to some reports, around 11 Pakistan Army personnel are believed to have been killed in retaliatory action by Indian Army, besides the 4 SSG commandos.

The 11 Pakistani troops are believed to be killed by the Indian Army while blasting several Pak bunkers across LoC by using rockets and ATGMs (Anti Tank Guided Missiles).

-ARK