Arup Raha takes over as IAF chief

In a brief ceremony,Raha,59,assumed charge of the IAF from Browne in the presence of senior officers.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Newdelhi | Published:January 1, 2014 10:55 pm

Veteran fighter pilot Arup Raha Tuesday took over as the 24th chief of the Indian Air Force,succeeding Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne. In a brief ceremony,Raha,59,assumed charge of the IAF from Browne in the presence of senior officers,including new Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal R K Sharma and Deputy Chief Air Marshal S Sukumar.

Raha,who was born on December 26,1954,will remain the IAF chief for three years.

Raha,in his message to the 1.75 lakh-strong force,said the IAF is on a trajectory of modernisation and is transforming into a strategic aerospace power with full spectrum capability.

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