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C-17 GLOBEMASTER III
INDUCTED INTO THE IAF
The Government of India announced on September 2
that the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has formally
inducted the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III into the
IAF at a special ceremony held at Hindan airbase of
The Induction ceremony was attended by a host of
dignitaries including the Minister of State for Defence
Shri Jitendra Singh, the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief
Marshal N A K Browne, Vice Chief of the Air Staff Air
Marshal Arup Raha, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Western Air Command Air Marshal SS Soman, the
US Ambassador to India Ms Nancy Powell and other
Senior Officials of the IAF, USAF and Air warriors of
the newly formed C-17 squadron "SKYLORDS".
Describing the induction of the C-17 Globemaster
III in the Indian Air Force as a 'defining moment', Shri
Antony said, "With this, the IAF has taken a giant
stride towards its goal of acquiring multi- spectrum
strategic capabilities, essential to safeguard India's
growing areas of interest".
Shri Antony said the government had expedited
the process of procuring 10 C-17 Globemaster III
from the United States as apart of the Foreign Military
sales programme because it was felt that there was a
need for a capable strategic airlift platform.
Shri Antony said the rapidly evolving geopolitical
environment around us calls for a robust national
"Traditional Challenges to our national security
have evolved into complex multi-dimensional threats.
A long-term comprehensive capability enhancement
approach by and for our Armed Forces is the need
of the hour. On its part, the government remains fully
committed to this responsibility".
Lauding the stellar role played by the IAF in rescue
and relief operations during the recent Uttarakhand
flash floods, he said, "Today's induction of C-17
will further boost IAF's capability for Humanitarian
Assistance and Diaster Relief".
Referring to the Indo-US strategic partnership,
Shri Antony said the induction of C-17 adds another
important milestones in this relationship.
Recalling the journey embarked by the IAF to
fulfill the futuristic needs of Air operations, Air Chief
Marshal NAK Browne said "The induction of ten C-17
aircraft promises to be a game changer on how we
conduct air transport operations. The C-17 fleet will
provide tremendous flexibility in terms of operational
response options in any future campaign. The long
range, heavy lift capability will allow the commanders
to induct Troops, squadrons, Re-locate Forces as well
as shift forces between theatres rapidly". The C-17
would form an extremely important component of the
strategic airlift capability and reach of the IAF.
On the raising and the beginning of the
new chapter of 81 Sqn the Air Chief said "The
SKYLORDS join a very unique group of officers
and me of our Transport squadrons who bring with
them a legacy of Honour, Dedication and sacrifice
with a mandate to uphold the highest professional
standards of IAF". He further exhorted them saying
"keep the work ethos of IAF foremost as you prepare
yourselves to complete every mission with Honour
The government accorded approval to buy
10 C-17 Globemaster III along with associated
equipment for the IAF in June 2011. The first of the
10 aircraft touched down in India on 18th June 2013
and the delivery of all 10 is expected to be completed
by November 2014. This aircraft will enhance the
operational potential of the IAF with its payload
carriage and performance and would augment the
strategic reach of the nation during Operations,
Disaster Relief or any similar mission. The induction
of the C-17 is a major milestone in the modernization
drive of the IAF.
Presently three aircrafts have been delivered and
are operational. The newly inducted C-17 Squadron
(81 Squadron) will be based in Hindan. Ù
Defence Minister, Shri A. K. Antony, the Minister of State for Defence, Shri Jitendra Singh,
the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne with Air Warriors of the newly
formed C-17 Squadron "SKYLORDS"
Credit: Government of India
The Philippines Ministry of National Defense
announced on September 6 that visiting Japanese
Minister Ichita Yamamoto, Minister of State for
Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs, met with
Secretary of National Defense Voltaire T. Gazmin
on the previous day. Following the visit of Japanese
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last July 2013, the
Minister's visit to the Philippines aimed to further
reiterate Japan's position and views under the
administration of Prime Minister Abe on regional
security issues especially on the East China Sea.
During their bilateral meeting, both ministers
acknowledged the growing partnership of the
Philippines and Japan specifically in maritime
security. The two sides welcomed the robust
cooperation between the two countries.
The two ministers further acknowledged that
the issues of common concern of the Philippines
and Japan are issues related to maritime security.
Secretary Gazmin emphasized the Philippines'
position of addressing the West Philippine Sea
issue in accordance with international law, hence,
the arbitral proceedings under the United Nations
Conventionon the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Minister Yamamoto expressed support for
the position of the Philippines and stressed
that Japan likewise adheres to the resolution
of disputes through international law.Minister
Yamamoto, likewise, shared Japan's view on the
East China Sea. He disclosed that Japan has been
continuously advocating the peaceful resolution of
disputes within the area and engages with other
concerned countries to ensure regional peace and
Secretary Gazmin stressed the need for all
involved parties, whether on the East China
Sea or the West Philippine Sea, to exercise
strategic restraint.The meeting between the two
ministers allowed both countries to have a better
appreciation of each of our countries' views on
regional issues and concerns.
Their discussions brought about a common
position and approach to jointly address prevailing
security issues in the region. Ù
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