Air Marshal Bhan takes over as AOC-in-C of EAC

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Shillong, Jan 1 (UNI) Air Marshal Shiv Kumar Bhan today took over as the new Air Officer Commanding in Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Eastern Air Command (EAC).

A defence statement said Air Marshal Bhan would take over the charge of EAC on promotion. He would replace Air Marshal P K Borbora, who would be taking charge of the country's largest Air Command - Western Air Command.

After taking the charge, the newly appointed AOC-in-C AIR inspected a guard of honour at the EAC headquarters.

Air Marshal Bhan graduated from the National Defence Academy(NDA) in June 1969 and joined the Indian Air force (IAF) Academy to undergo flying training. He was commissioned in the IAF in December 1970 as a fighter pilot.

He has on flying experience of over 3,000 hours on Hunter, Sukhoi-7, Migs and graduated as a Fighter Combat Leader in 1980. The Air Marshal held various staff and field appointments, which include Command of a Mig-21 Squadron, Chief Operations Officer of a Wing, Commander of a fighter base amongst other high profile appointments.

Air Marshal Bhan had participated in a two-year instructional exercise with the Iraqi Air Force. He is also an alumni of the Royal College of Defence Studies, UK.

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