Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh will always be remembered for discipline, courage: PM Modi

ANI | Updated: Sep 17, 2017 15:05 IST

Dabhoi (Gujarat) [India], September 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed grief over the demise of Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh and said that he would always be remembered for his discipline and courage.

The prime minister remembered him as the hero of the 1965 war and saluted him for his courage.

"He was very disciplined and had high spirits. Yesterday, when I came to know about his heart attack, I went to meet him in the hospital. He was filled with same energy and spirit," Prime Minister Modi said, while addressing a public meeting here.

"I salute him for his courage. The country will always remember him, his discipline," he added.

India's pride Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh passed away on Saturday.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman paid tribute to Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh in the national capital

The three Service Chiefs of the India - Admiral Sunil Lanba, General Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa also paid tribute to Singh.

Also, on account of the nation mourning the death of Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, the National Flag will fly half-mast in Delhi on September 18.

The last rites of Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh would be performed at the Barar Square, Delhi on September 18.

Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh had led a young air force into the 1965 Indo-Pak war when he was about 44-year-old.

He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his leadership during the war. He flew over 60 aircrafts and remained a flyer until the end of his career with the IAF.

Five-star Marshal Arjan Singh retired in August 1969. In 2016, the crucial air base at the Panagarh Air Force Station was renamed after him.

Panagarh is also the headquarters of the newly raised 17 Crops - Mountain Strike Corps. (ANI)