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In Pics: President Kovind honours IAF officers, says it symbolises India’s military excellence

President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday presented the President’s Standard to 51 Squadron and President’s Colours to the 230 Signal Unit of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Halwara Air Force Station.

Ram Nath Kovind at Halwara Air Force Station

President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday presented the President’s Standard to 51 Squadron and President’s Colours to the 230 Signal Unit of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Halwara Air Force Station. Addressing the gathering at the event, President Kovind was quoted by PTI as saying: "We are committed to peace but we will defend our borders with full might." (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Ram Nath Kovind at Halwara Air Force Station

Hailing the IAF, the President said the force has always been at the forefront of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. He also mentioned that the IAF symbolises India's military excellence. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Ram Nath Kovind at Halwara Air Force Station

Passing on IAF's firm objectives, the President's office, after his visit to Halwara, tweeted, "India remains firmly committed to peace, we would not hesitate to use our might to protect the sovereignty of our nation, if the need so arises." (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Ram Nath Kovind at Halwara Air Force Station

"A proud moment for me to honour the units today for their dedication, professional conduct and courage. These frontline units have distinguished themselves in service to our nation and have served India with honour and distinction, during peace and hostilities", tweeted President Ram Nath Kovind's office. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Ram Nath Kovind at Halwara Air Force Station

The resilience, tenacity and zeal of our valiant air warriors is a source of pride for every Indian, said President Ram Nath Kovind (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Ram Nath Kovind at Halwara Air Force Station

Speaking on the occasion, Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa said the Indian Air Force was always prepared for challenges and better equipped than China to tackle any eventuality on the eastern front. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Ram Nath Kovind at Halwara Air Force Station

Meanwhile, a mesmerising display of synchronised aerobatics drills was on display performed by the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) of IAF. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Ram Nath Kovind at Halwara Air Force Station

The President’s Standard was received by Group Captain Satish S Pawar, Commanding Officer of 51 Squadron, and the President’s Colours were received by Group Captain SK Tripathi, Station Commander of 230 Signal Unit. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Ram Nath Kovind at Halwara Air Force Station

The event was attended by a gathering comprising of various civil and military dignitaries. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Ram Nath Kovind at Halwara Air Force Station

Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore, Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Air Marshal C Harikumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command and Air Marshal HS Arora Commodore Commandant 51 Sqn were the other prominent figures who attended the event at Halwara. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Ram Nath Kovind at Halwara Air Force Station

Addressing the media at Halwara Air Force Station, where President Ram Nath Kovind presented the President’s Standard to 51 Squadron and President’s Colours to the 230 Signal Unit of the IAF, Dhanoa said the IAF was ready to face any security challenge confronting the country. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)