Honours For IAF Pilot Abhinandan’s & Balakot Air Strike Squadrons
Sudarsan’s sand art on the occasion of the release of  Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman from Pakistan’s custody 
Sudarsan’s sand art on the occasion of the release of  Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman from Pakistan’s custody (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@sudarsansand)

Honours For IAF Pilot Abhinandan’s & Balakot Air Strike Squadrons

Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s 51 Squadron will be awarded a unit citation by IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria for thwarting a Pakistani aerial attack and shooting down a Pakistani F-16 on 27 February, ANI reported.

The award will be received by Commanding Officer Group Captain Satish Pawar.

The number 9 squadron whose Mirage 2000 fighter aircrafts carried out the Balakot aerial strikes on 26 February during 'Operation Bandar', will also be awarded the unit citation.

Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal’s 601 Signal unit will also be awarded the unit citation for their role in the Balakot aerial strikes and for thwarting the aerial attack by Pakistan on February 27, ANI added.

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Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was captured by Pakistan in February 2018 and returned to India two days later.

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(With inputs from ANI)

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