IAF Marshall Arjan Singh hospitalized following cardiac arrest

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Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and India's oldest, five-star ranked Air Force officer, died at 7.47 p.m. on Saturday after suffering a heart attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the hospital where Singh is admitted and they both expressed their concerns by stating that they hope for a speedy recovery of the Marshall. "He said in his tweet", Went to R&R Hospital to see Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who is critically ill. He led the IAF during the 1965 India-Pakistan conflict. "We remember his outstanding service to the nation", he tweeted. Born on April 15, 1919 in Pakistan's Faisalabad to a military family, he joined the Indian Air Force at the age of 19. In 1967, Arjan Singh was invited to take the salute at the passing out parade of the Royal Air Force Flying College, Cranwell, where he had first learnt flying 28 years earlier, and presented the "Sword of Honour" to the best Cadet.

For his role in successfully leading the squadron in combat, Arjan Singh was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in 1944. As Pakistan launched its Operation Grand Slam targeted at the town of Akhnoor in Jammu and Kashmir, he led the IAF through the war with courage, determination and professional skill. "But he was made acting Air Commodore, acting Air Vice Marshal", he added. Also, during the war, the IAF played a stellar role in providing the initiative to India despite the Pakistani Air Force having U.S. supplied jet fighters.

"Condolences on the sad demise of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh ji".

1974: Appointed Indian High Commissioner to Kenya. He was 98 years old.


Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh, Justice Sikri, Govind Narain and Rajeshwar Dayal member of citizen's commission going to visit refugee campus in Delhi. The Air Force Base situated in Panagarh (West Bengal) is now known as Air Force Station Arjan Singh. And true to his word, the Air Force struck the Pakistani offensive in an hour.

Singh, the original "air warrior", inspired the IAF to achieve great heights during his service. He served as the IAF chief from August 1, 1964 till July 15, 1969.

After India was declared Republic in 1950, Arjan Singh headed the Command of IAF's operational group for two years and again from 1955 to 1959. After a few years he became the Lt. Governor of Delhi.

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