Air Force's 59 Squadron celebrates President's Standard

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Guwahati, Nov 23 (UNI) The 59 Squadron of the Indian Air Force stationed at Azara, near Assam's main city Guwahati, today celebrated the 'President's Standard' awarded to the unit at its base.

The unit was conferred the award by President Pratibha Patil, also the supreme commander of the armed forces, at a function in Bangalore on November 12.

The celebrations on winning the award were held at its Azara base today, with the function hosted by Air Commander M Bahadur, Air Officer Commanding, Borjhar Air Force station.

Wing Commander F M Wahid, unit leader of 59 Squadron, also participated in the celebrations.

The President's Standard is awarded to an operational flying unit for their special contribution in the services of the country. It is a symbolic gesture on part of the supreme commander of the armed forces.

The President, while awarding the unit, had described the 59 Squadron as the ''lifeline'' for soldiers and civilians in remote north eastern regions and had also recalled with appreciation the unit's contributions in 1962 and 1971 wars and Tsunami relief operations.

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