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Air Chief Marshal Browne takes charge as New Air Chief


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Prasad K. VE., The Hindu / NEW DELHI, July 31, 2011.

New Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne after taking over charge from Air Marshal, P V Naik at the Air HQ in New Delhi on July 31, 2011. Photo Rajeev Bhatt.
New Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne after taking over charge from Air Marshal, P V Naik at the Air HQ in New Delhi on July 31, 2011. Photo Rajeev Bhatt - The Hindu.

Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne on Sunday assumed charge as the Chief of Air Staff from Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik a Vayu Bhawan, the Air Headquarters.

“The IAF is well poised on the path of transforming itself into a potent strategic force'', the new Air Chief said in his message to the Indian Air Force with the motto- ‘People first Mission Always’.

The new Air Chief said that with the induction of state of the art equipment and systems there would be a major upgrade in combat potential of the IAF, its personnel must receive the highest attention.

“In whatever capacity you serve in the Indian Air Force, you remain our most valuable asset”, he said adding that all leaders irrespective of the rank and position should endeavour to empower those working below them through dedicated training and mentoring.

``While change is the hallmark of growth and progress, the biggest challenge facing us in the coming years, is to manage this fast paced change effectively, without compromising on high operational standards. Operating across a broad spectrum of equipment vintage, would test our innovativeness and capabilities. The nation has reposed a high degree of trust and confidence in our capabilities. It is indeed an onerous asking, and I am confident that as capable men and women we will work shoulder to shoulder in discharging our responsibilities befittingly”, he said.

His message comes at a time when the IAF has in the recent past procured-- C130 Super Hercules transport aircraft-- or in the process of procuring new platforms -- C17 heavylift transport, Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft, Basic Trainer Jets, Heavy Lift and Attack Helicopters -- among other equipment.

Born in Allahabad on December 15, 1951, Air Chief Marshal Browne was commissioned into the Fighter stream of Indian Air Force on 24 June 1972. He has had a varied operational experience of flying Hunters, all variants of MiG-21s, Jaguars and SU-30s.


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