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Kovind presents Standards to 118 Helicopter Unit and Colours to Air Defence College

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President Ram Nath Kovind presented Standards to 118 Helicopter Unit of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Colours to Air Defence College here on Thursday.
 
Speaking on the occasion, the President said the world looks at India differently today. It is seen as an eminent power, expected to play a prominent role in shaping the global paradigm with regards to international security, trade and commerce, and environmental protection. 
 
“India’s rise in the international order has many dimensions to it. And it draws heavily from the capabilities and valour of our Armed Forces, including our air warriors,” he added.
 
“I have just returned from a visit to Vietnam and Australia. I held discussions with the leaders of both these countries in different areas of mutual interest such as defence, international security, trade and culture. 
 
“The deliberations made one thing amply clear. That, the world looks at India differently today. India is seen as an eminent power, expected to play a prominent role in shaping the global paradigm with regards to international security, trade and commerce and environmental protection,” he said. 
 
“Though we remain firmly committed to peace, we are determined to use all our might to protect the sovereignty of our nation. Whenever an occasion demanded, our brave men and women in uniform have ensured that the nation has dealt with the security challenges forcefully and effectively," he said.
 
The 118 Helicopter Unit or “Challengers” was formed on November 22, 1971, in Chabua and was then equipped with Mi-8 aircraft. Whether flying the Mi-8 or the formidable Mi-17 helicopter today, the Unit has a remarkable operational record. 
 
It has also contributed to humanitarian assistance and relief operations during natural disasters. The motto of the Unit Aapatsu Mitram, which means-Friend in Distress, is indeed an apt one. 
 
“I am confident that Challengers will continue to excel and operate as a formidable force in the years to come,” Mr. Kovind said. 
 
The Air Defence College has achieved significant milestones in Air Defence training in the past 60 years. The college provides professional training not only to officers of Indian Air Force but also to sister services and officers from friendly countries. 
 
The flying element of the College played a vital role during the 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars. Since its establishment, the college has distinguished itself by adopting a futuristic approach towards training. 
 
The College truly lives up to its motto “Rakshanepunyasya Shikhamahe”, which means ‘ Teach to Excel in Defence’.
 
“In recognition of their outstanding performance, I am pleased to award Standards to 118 Helicopter Unit and Colours to Air Defence College. I compliment the personnel and families of the Units, past and present, for their devotion and service to the nation. The Indian Air Force is a fine force known for its prowess and professionalism,” Mr Kovind added.
 
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