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To commemorate 50 years of 1965 Indo-Pak War, a number of functions have been planned by Headquarters Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force (IAF). In this series, to acknowledge the contribution of our Air Veterans who participated in 1965 Indo-Pak War, a Seminar on the “Role of Units under Maintenance Command in Conduct of 1965 Operations” under the aegis of HQ MC, IAF was held at No. 9 Base Repair Depot, Air Force Station, Pune on 7th August 2015.

1965 War was a crucial point in the annals of Military History of India. It was a turning point for the Defence Forces thinking and preparedness. During this war, for the first time, Indian Air Force and Pakistan Air Force were engaged in full scale operations. The IAF imbibed the lessons of 1965 War in full earnest, which resulted in telling successes in 1971 India-Pakistan War.

The inaugural address of the seminar was presented by Air Marshal Jagjeet Singh Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM), Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force. He brought out that lessons learnt during 1965 operations will significantly contribute towards shaping the conduct of future operations. The seminar was conducted in two sessions. The first session was dedicated to discussions on “Operational Scenario” and was chaired by former Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal PV Naik PVSM VSM (Retd) and the second session covered topics on “Maintenance Support” and was chaired by Air Marshal SS Ramdas PVSM AVSM VM VSM (Retd).

In the end a special session on experience sharing was also conducted which was coordinated by Air Mshl AR Ghandhi PVSM AVSM VrC (Veer Chakra) (Retd). The event was attended by War Veterans of all ranks and Field Commanders of IAF, besides young and vibrant officers and airmen of Indian Air Force.

The seminar provided an opportunity to relook at our past history and to discuss the experiences with our Veterans. The forum provided an opportunity to share ideas and learn from the wisdom, knowledge and experiences of veterans, while acknowledging their contributions and sacrifice to the cause of our National Security and Indian Air Force.

It provided an opportunity to all on sharing of information of lessons learnt during the Air Operations conducted during 1965 War and how it influenced the operational philosophy of the IAF in the subsequent decades. The most telling effect of 1965 war was the rigorous planning and meticulous conduct of an extremely successful air campaign in the 1971 Indo-Pak War. It also brought out the need for cohesive and amalgamated strategies with regards to equipment and resources.

In the end Air Cmde Sanjay Kumar, AOC Base Repair Depot, Pune extended the Vote of thanks to the Chief Guest and all eminent guest speakers for their significant contribution and whole hearted support to make this mega event successful.

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