Air Force Association Gujarat Branch organized “Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, Param Vir Chakra, Annual Memorial Lecture” at Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat, Auditorium. The event was dedicated to “MiG-21-Warhorse of IAF” and was presided over by Governor of Gujarat OP Kohli.
The Governor hailed the valour of Flying Officer N.J.S. Sekhon who shot down two Pakistani F-86 jets in an unequal combat while engaging six F-86 jets during 1971 war before being shot down by the gunfire of one of the F-86 jets. He opined that the story of brave young pilot whose supreme sacrifice saved Srinagar during the war will inspire the younger lot to join the Air Force.
Air Marshal HS Arora AVSM ADC, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Air Command in his address gave an overview on the combat potential of IAF and complimented the veterans for organizing such events which enhance the prestige of IAF amongst public.
The eminent speakers Vice Admiral Anup Singh PVSM AVSM NM (Retd) former Flag Officer Commander-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command, Lieutenant General KJ Singh, PVSM, Bar To AVSM (Retd), Air Commodore Surendra Singh Tyagi VM (Retd) and Dr. Srisunder Subramaniam CEO of Venture Studio Ahmedabad University also expressed their views on variety of subjects from National Security to the Role of Society in Combating Terrorism.
Veteran Air Commodore SS Tyagi VM who holds the Guinness Book record of highest number of sorties on MiG-21 inspired the audience with the stories of 1971 war.