Arjan Singh, Marshal of Indian Air Force, passes away

Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and India's oldest, five-star ranked air force officer, died at 7.47pm on Saturda...

Arjan Singh, Marshal of Indian Air Force, passes away

Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and India's oldest, five-star ranked air force officer, died at 7.47pm on Saturday after suffering a heart attack. He was 98.

Singh was admitted to the Army's Research and Referral hospital this morning, the defence ministry said.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the three Service chiefs - General Bipin Rawat, Admiral Sunil Lanba and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa - visited Singh at the hospital.

Arjan Singh+ was the only officer of the IAF to be given a distinction equal to that of a Field Marshal.

In 2016, the IAF named its Panagarh (West Bengal) air base after Arjan Singh on the occasion of his 97th birth anniversary. The Panagarh base would be called Air Force Station Arjan Singh. He was the only living officer to have a base named after him.

In his glorious career+ , Arjan Singh flew over 60 different kinds of aircraft and his zest for flying didn't end until the day he retired in 1969.

When he was Chief of Air Staff, the IAF acquired supersonic fighters, strategic reconnaissance aircraft, tactical transport aircraft and assault helicopters, many of which are still in service today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the death of Marshal Arjan Singh+ and said India will never forget his excellent leadership in the 1965 India-Pakistan war when the Indian Air Force saw substantial action.

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