New Delhi. 08 October 2016. In a message, the President has said “I am happy to know that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is celebrating its 84th Anniversary on October 8, 2016.

The nation is proud of the capability and competency of the IAF. Over the last eight decades, the IAF has emerged as an immensely professional and combat-ready force. It has achieved distinction in defending our skies and delivering vital humanitarian aid and disaster relief. The brave men and women in blue have displayed incredible courage and determination in the discharge of their duties, acquitting themselves with great élan.

I am confident that the ongoing process of modernisation will transform the IAF into an even more potent and strategic force that can take on all future challenges. I am sure the IAF will remain ever vigilant in protecting our skies and continue to maintain its cherished standards of excellence.

On this occasion, I extend my greetings and felicitations to all personnel of the Indian Air Force, civilians and their families. I wish them continued success in the years ahead”.