Nirmala visits Army, Airforce bases in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh

NEW DELHI, Nov 5: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the forward Army posts in Arunachal  Pradesh and Air Force base in Eastern Assam on Sunday where she was briefed on the defence preparedness along the Line of Actual Control.

In continuation of her visits to forward areas along the LAC, she was accompanied by Lt Gen  Abhay Krishna, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Eastern Command and other senior Army  officers in today’s visit to the forward army post of Kibithu in Eastern Arunachal Pradesh.

The Minister also interacted with the troops and appreciated their dedication to the service and  efforts in such a remote and inhospitable terrain. As part of this visit the Minister also visited the  important Eastern air base of Chabua, where she was received by Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar VM,  senior Air Staff Officer HQ Eastern Air Command, and Air Commodore George Thomas VM, AOC, Air Force Station Chabua.

During the visit she took stock of the operational preparedness and infrastructure development  of the base. The strategic base presented a static display of the combat assets available at the station  to the Defence Minister, which included the Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter aircraft and modern Missiles.          She also interacted with Air Force personnel serving in this eastern most region of our nation and  had lunch with the air warriors. She complimented the air warriors for their professional approach  and commitment in the service of the nation. She appreciated the operational readiness, ongoing  infrastructure development and the high morale of the Air Force personnel at the base.

The visit to the forward army and Air Force bases followed the Minister’s visits to Bomdilla and  Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday, where she attended the inauguration ceremony of the  Buddha Mahotsav 2017 and called on the Arunachal Pradesh Governor at Raj Bhawan in Itanagar,  an official release here said. (UNI)