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Change of guard at Hasimara Air Force Station

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  1. Anish

    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Change of guard at Hasimara Air Force Station
    KOLKATA: Air Commodore Jasvir Singh Mann took over as Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of Air Force Station Hasimara from Air Commodore V V Dedgaonkar.

    Air Force Station Hasimara is a forward air base in north Bengal, close to the Indo-Bhutan border. In November, 2015, the two MiG-27 squadrons based at AFS Hasimara were awarded Presidential Colours. Since then, one of the Mig-27 squadrons have been number plated (decommissioned) and the air base is now undergoing upgradation.

    Air Commodore Mann was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force in 1989 and has flown all types of Russian-origin fighters currently in the IAF's inventory. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, he underwent the Higher Command Course and has held prestigious appointments as the commanding officer of fighter squadrons and staff appointments of command at Air Headquarters.

    "He takes over command of the base at a crucial time. AFS Hasimara will be the second base in the country where a squadron of Rafale fighter jets will stationed. The jets will start arriving from France in 2019 and necessary preparations are underway at Hasimara. Engineers and technicians from Dassault Aviation in France are working at the base to prepare it for the aircraft. Hasimara is very important for India's defence as it is close to the narrow strip of land in north Bengal called the 'Chicken Neck' that connects the northeastern states with the rest of the country," a senior IAF officer said.

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